Our receptionist is moving on, to bigger and better things!
When asked by another co-worker what her favorite treat was, she said coconut cake or coffee cake. So I combined her favorites and made this. Today is her last day with us. Soon she'll be off saving the world!
But right now, she's eating coffee cake!
This is an easy to make coffee cake and it's very versatile.
I have one recipe for coffeecake. A really, really good recipe. So I use it every time I make coffeecake. which in the last year and a half has only been to say goodbye to a co-worker (I just realized that!)
The original recipe is for a Raspberry Almond Coffeecake.
I've made it as Raspberry Lemon, Blueberry Almond, Vanilla Peach and now Coconut Vanilla Bean.
If you decide it looks good enough to eat, here is the recipe
2 1/4 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp coconut extract (or LorAnn's emulsion)
Mix flour and sugar in a medium bowl. Add butter and blend with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles course crumbs.
Set 1 cup of crumb mixture aside.
Add baking powder, baking soda and 1/4 cup of coconut to mixture and blend.
In a separate bowl mix sour cream, vanilla and 1 egg.
Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until just moistened.
Pour mixture into a greased 9-10 inch springform pan. Spread evenly on bottom and slightly up the sides of the pan.
In another bowl, combine the cream cheese, coconut extract, 1 egg and 1/3 cup sugar. Beat until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of cake batter.
Add remaining 1/4 cup coconut flakes to reserved crumb mixture and sprinkle generously on top of cake.
I know, I know... I've kept you waiting a little longer than expected. And so I've decided to sweeten the deal. Yay!
My Facebook fan page is now over 100 strong with amazing fans. Thank you all so much for your support! Each time one of you clicks on the 'like" button, it makes my day!
You may not realize this, but Facebook only counts peoples personal pages as fans, so they don't consider other pages fans. But I do! You are both equally important! So this giveaway is going to have something for everyone :)
I am giving away 2 orders of 2 dozen cookies. The first two dozen will be winners choice, custom cookies. The second order will be 2 dozen holiday cookies for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.
So one lucky fan gets 4 dozen cookies total, now and later :)
For the fan pages, because I am sure you are much more interested in the cookie tools, right?!
I am giving away 2 of these fantastic little plastic spatulas from Sur La Table
A few of these little squeeze bottles
4 bottles of Americolor .75 oz gel food coloring in Super Red, Lemon Yellow, Leaf Green and Royal Blue
Now if you're thinking, "Wait a minute! I want both!" You can have both :)
Here's how it works, please read carefully though, it's gonna get a little tricky.
If you can't wait to try the cookies and your mouth is already watering, but you have no interest in making cookies and you've been banned from Michael's for life for that "mooning" prank you pulled back in high school, than leave a comment just saying "cookies".
If you are an expert baker and/or you're on a diet avoiding sugar, butter, flour and everything else in a cookie, just leave a comment saying "tools". I won't be offended if you don't want the cookies ;)
If this were an exam and you would answer "all the above", leave a comment saying "both".
I will pick one winner using random.org and if that winner said "both" the giveaway will be over, but if that winner only wants one than I'll select another winner. Savvy?
Each person can enter TWICE. The first entry is mandatory, but all you have to do is leave a comment HERE on the blog, because FB just isn't a good format for giveaways. If you don't want to follow the blog and you just want to keep our relationship strictly on Facebook that's okay. You can comment as "anonymous", but make sure 1.) your name, and 2.) your email is in your comment so I have a way to contact you.
For the second entry, just share my Facebook page or the link to this giveaway on YOUR Facebook page and leave a second comment HERE saying you shared and what you want to win.
Simple and complicated at the same time, that's how I like to roll :)
I am keeping this giveaway open for 2 weeks. The winner or winners will be announced on Friday Sept. 2.
I do solemnly swear that all prizes are contributed from me and me alone. No sponsors or generous benefactors. Amen.