Only For Coffee (or Coffee Cake) Lovers (I think that covers everyone)

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I am in need of a cup of coffee in the worst way.  Yet, I am too lazy to get up ad walk down to the kitchen to get one.  Not to mention that it is nine o’clock at night and I probably shouldn’t be drinking coffee this late.  But, I still have so much more to do before bed…it’s not gonna happen.  Don’t you love it when you have this “To Do” list in your head and all day long you keep thinking that it’s possible only to get to the end of your day and come to the reality that it’s not?  Every once in a while I feel really guilty about it.    However, this is not one of those times.  Except, I just realized that thing 2 doesn’t have a clean uniform shirt for tomorrow.  I will definitely take care of that before bed, but that’s it.  Further more, I don’t even like “To Do” lists.  You look at it and all of this pressure builds…instant stress.  Sure, it helps you stay organized but, organization is sometimes over rated.  I say, “DOWN WITH ‘TO DO’ LISTS!”

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I am seriously off topic here.  Folks, these are the ramblings of a sleep deprived woman.  My hubby inadvertently woke me up this morning at 4:45 when he left for the gym.  I usually don’t even stir when he leaves but, this morning I stirred all right.  In fact, I was so stirred up that I finally just got out of the bed and showered around 5:30 then snuggled up on the sofa, watched television and, if you guessed that I had a cup of coffee, you would be absolutely correct.  I love the way you get me! I know, I could have actually done something on my “To Do” list but, it was way too early in the morning for you to expect me to function.  I’m not a morning person.  I know this shocks you.

Anyway, it is Wednesday, or at least by the time that you read this it probably will be so you know that this post includes a recipe and it’s still all…about…coffee.  Or at least, coffee cake.  This recipe for Sour Cream Pound Cake is a WINNER!  I made this for my in-laws when they came to visit for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it.  It’s easy and perfect if you have to take something to the office or are having a brunch or if your husband wakes you up at 4:45 in the morning and you can’t get back to sleep so, now you’re pouting on the sofa.   Pair it with your favorite tea, milk, coffee, whatever and you will be a very happy person.

SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE

2 c. white sugar

1 c. butter (softened)

2 eggs (room temp.)

1 c. sour cream (room temp.)

2 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease tube or bundt pan. Cream 1 cup butter and white sugar.  Add eggs  one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each.  Add sour cream and vanilla, blending completely.  In a separate bowl whisk together 2 cups flour baking powder and salt.  Add to wet ingredients beating until combined.

FILLING

1/3 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 c. brown sugar

2  tbsp. melted butter

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

To make filling, mix together the 1/3 cup four, brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon. Mixture will be coarse.

Spread half of the cake batter into the prepared pan.   Sprinkle half of the filling on top of the cake batter then spread the remaining cake batter over the top of the filling.  Sprinkle the remaining filling on the top of the cake.  Bake 35 – 40 minutes.

My suggestion is that since this is a breakfast/brunch item, let it cool over night and beat everyone up the next morning to enjoy a piece of this cake in solitude.  With a BIG cup of coffee.  I have to go to bed now or else I’m going to turn into a pumpkin.

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