Coffee Cake

 

coffee cake

Coffee cake with a dollop of cool whip

Coffee Cake – and other names for it

This coffee cake recipe is my go-to when I need a simple but appealing dessert. You can make this ahead of time and put it in the freezer.  It is called a coffee cake, but the terms “bars” or “torte” work as well. I clipped this recipe from a magazine in a doctor’s office years ago – like thirty or so. I have no idea to whom I should give credit, but I’m told it’s in some other cookbooks as well.

My hubby does not like cake, but he’ll eat this when I call it a torte or a bar. It’s true – it works every time. I like to make a big pan of this and cut it into bars, then put them into the freezer. They’re easy to pull out, quick to thaw, and fun to serve. I’ve served it with ice cream or cool whip. Choose the fruit filling you like best. My go-to is blueberry, but I have family members who prefer the cherry.

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Ready to go into the oven.

The instructions for the coffee cake

This recipe has a pound-cake type texture, and I assume it’s because the recipe calls to add one egg at a time, beating well after each egg.

The recipe calls for a powdered sugar glaze, but I never use it. This recipe serves 20-24 people.

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Cherry on the left and blueberry on the right.

Serving the Coffee Cake

This cake can be served for breakfast, for tea, for lunch, or any other time. I usually use cool whip as a topping, but ice cream works just as well.

Anytime you serve it, it’s bound to be a hit!

Coffee Cake Bars or Torte
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 20-24
 
An easy coffee cake that can be served for breakfast, lunch, tea, or dinner. Keeps and freezes well.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 can pie filling (blueberry or cherry)
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. add eggs one at a time, beating well after each
  3. Add remaining ingredients except pie filling
  4. Save 1 cup batter
  5. Spread remainder into greased jelly roll pan
  6. Spread pie filling over dough
  7. Drop remaining batter by spoonful on top here and there
  8. Bake at 350 (30-35 min in 11 x 17 pan) OR 45 minutes (in a 10.5 x 15.5 in. pan).
  9. Make a powdered sugar icing and drizzle on cake when cool
  10. Cut cake into squares

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pinterest coffee cake

 

Cream Cheese Fruit Delight

strawberry delight 2bThis is a great dessert, no matter which season of the year.  I grew up on this dessert, and someone almost always brought it to family reunions or church potluck dinners.  It’s one of those dishes that keeps people coming back for more.   We referred to this as Cherry Delight because it was often made with cherries.  Sometimes we made Blueberry Delight.  I’ve changed the name because when you’re making it with strawberries, “cherry” or “blueberry” doesn’t fit!

When there is fresh fruit in the summer, you can make your own pie filling with fresh fruit.  I have made this with wild blackberries that grow in our pasture and with fresh peaches.  You can use the recipe posted here if you want to make your own pie filling.  Just change the flavor of jello you use to match the fruit you are using.

This is a cool and refreshing dessert in the summer and a comfort dessert in the winter.  When no fruit is in season, I use canned blueberry or canned cherry pie filling.  It is always a hit.

blueberry delight partly eaten 2b

cherry delight in pan with spoon 2

This recipe can be made a few days ahead.  I make the filling and then layer it onto the graham cracker crust the day I want to serve the dessert.

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the graham cracker crust (the dish is stoneware from Celebrating Home)

This is a cool and refreshing dessert and is colorful as well as tasty.  You can use low-fat cream cheese or regular cream cheese.  You can use Dream Whip as the recipe calls for, or you can substitute Cool Whip and then not add as much sugar. (Or buy real cream and whip it, adding a little vanilla in place of the Dream Whip.)

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the cream cheese filling

For this recipe, I sliced some fresh peaches and added a little sugar; folks just spooned the peaches on top of the dessert.  I didn’t get any photos because the peaches were gone quickly.  I had also made a strawberry pie filling and the photos you see here are from that pie filling recipe, which can be found here.

Cream Cheese Delight
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Recipe type: Fruit Delight (Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Peach)
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Serves: 12 servings
 
This recipe is simple to make and makes a great addition to a potluck dinner or any meal. You get to choose the fruit topping, and it can be made a day or so ahead. If you want to substitute
Ingredients
  • 1½ pack graham crackers, crushed
  • ½ cup butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 package Dream Whip (1/2 cup milk and 1 tsp vanilla)
Instructions
  1. Mix graham crackers and melted butter
  2. Press into a 9 x 13 in. pan
  3. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes
  4. Cool completely
  5. Mix Dream Whip according to directions on the box
  6. Add cream cheese, and confectioners sugar and mix well.
  7. Spread over crust and cover with thickened fruit.