I was on the fence about making the Chocolate Streusel Cake up until 8 pm tonight, when I checked in and many HCB had already posted their cakes which everyone seemed so far to love. How could I say no when so many said yes?
January 10, 2010
Name of Cupcakes: A Mouthful of Awesome!
Constituents: Sour cream coffee cake, with a layer of chocolate-cinnamon streusel
Marie has mentioned a few cakes that she would request for her birthday cake, and if I had to request one I think a sour cream coffee cake would be it. I love this thick, fluffy, vanilla batter like I love Muscovado sugar. In this cake, incidentally, both of those things are present. Heavenly! I'm as happy as Larry!
The batter makes one 6-cup bundt cake plus two cupcakes, or twelve cupcakes. I decided if I was going to make 2 cupcakes I might as well make 12. Also, I only have the one 10-cup bundt pan, and although Raymond made his quite nicely in his 10-cup bundt, I came back to if I am making two cupcakes...well, you get the point.
It is kind of nice to wait until the last minute to bake, as I was able to read the posts of those who are not procrastinators and I learned from Kristina that the cupcake cups would be full but wouldn't overflow, and there would be extra chocolate streusel. She sprinkled her extra over the tops, which I decided to do as well. I also had enough batter and streusel to make a tiny little bundt. I found that pan in my baking cupboard when I was looking for my silicone cups--cute isn't it? That was a gift from Cookie; thank you Cookie!
Actually, I would have to say "ditto" to much of what Kristina says in her post. I also used my new Beater Blade for this batter, and after beating together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla things did look unusually light and fluffy, too.
I am bummed that it is past midnight and thus no natural light with which to photograph these babies. They are really very adorable, and thus deserve to be shot in the best light possible.
By the way, they are also amazingly delicious. Like I said, I love a sour cream coffee cake--dense, moist, rich. The cinnamon in the streusel is a welcome addition, adding warmth and spice to the chocolate layer. In the little bundt, the layer is a little crunchy in places which is a nice surprise. I think the muscovado sugar in the streusel adds a depth and roundness that regular brown sugar just couldn't provide, which is why I love it so much. In fact, I am 100% in love with this whole cake--it is definitely going on my birthday wish list!