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A few days ago Saman and I were wondering what to make for dessert for our best friends who were coming over. So, we looked on Pioneer Woman and finally we found a recipe titled “The Best Coffee Cake. Ever.” And it turned out that every ingredient in the recipe was in our pantry, Alhamdulllah. (And it really was the best coffee cake. Ever.)

Let’s get started. 

We tweaked the recipe a bit and cut some of the butter out, however I think more butter can still be lessened but the cake might not be as soft. 

Our version of this recipe:

For the Cake:

  • 1 & 1/4 stick Butter, Softened (Yes, I still think this is too much but I haven’t tried with less yet!)
  • 2 cups Scant Sugar
  • 3 cups Flour, Sifted
  • 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1-¼ cup Whole Milk
  • 3 whole Egg Whites, Beaten Until Stiff

For the Topping:

  • 3/4 stick Butter, Softened
  • ¾ cups Flour
  • 1 & 1/2  cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
  • Almonds, Chopped by hand. We didn’t measure, it depends on how much you want on your topping.

Steps: (Taken from here.)

“Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat egg whites and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar. Add flour mixture and milk alternately until combined. Don’t overbeat. Fold in beaten egg whites with a rubber spatula. Spread in a well-greased 9 x 13 (or LARGER!) baking pan. A cake pan with higher sides would be best.

In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Sprinkle all over the top.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until no longer jiggly.”


H. Sisters Tips:

*Tip: For less butter usage, you can definitely use less butter in the topping. Once you combine ingredients by hand slowly you’ll realize that much butter is enough. So add it gradually and when you think the texture is just enough to melt onto the cake, you can stop.

*Tip: Sift your flour! Yes it’s a pain in the butt but it makes your cake light and fluffy.

*Tip: For beating egg whites until stiff, be sure to use an electric  mixer to get the task done in under 3-4 minutes.