Monday, February 28, 2011

Cinnamon Flop Brunch Cake #10

Yet another recipe from Kittencal.  This one like most of her others that I make came from I've included Kittencal's comments because they are always full of helpful hints.  I usually try to incorporate these into the recipe, but there were just too many this time.

The case:
Kittencal's Comments
"Except for the the milk and small amount in the egg, the cake itself has very little fat and using low-fat milk will keep the fat to a minimum, I have stated the egg as optional, I strongly suggest to add it in for a more cake-like texture -- If you are looking for a fancy cake to serve then this is not it however for the ease of this cake it is darn good and makes a great weekend brunch cake, it's like a combination of a cake and cinnamon bun all in one, ridiculously simple to make as it's all mixed by hand and takes like 5 minutes to throw together, try adding in some chopped strawberries, apples or blueberries, raisins or dried cranberries, this recipe is a blank canvas, so go ahead and add in fruit, nuts chocolate chips whatever you wish, and to kick this up a notch drizzle recipe#120835 on top :) --- servings are only estimated"

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar ( add in more for a sweeter taste)
1 1/4 cups milk
1 -2 teaspoon vanilla (optional) or 1 -2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 large egg

1/2 cup brown sugar ( can use more or less)
1 -2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter
chopped walnuts (optional) or pecans (optional)

1. Set oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Prepare a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish, or two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans (although the batter will seem like it will fit into only one 8 or 9-inch pan, this flop rises very high and will run over the sides if baked in just one pan).
3. In a bowl mix the 2 cups flour, 1-1/4 cups white sugar, milk, vanilla or almond extract, baking powder, pinch of salt and egg (if using) until just combined careful not to overmix.
4. Pour into prepared baking pan/s.
5. Generously spread brown sugar and cinnamon on top.
6. If desired sprinkle chopped walnuts or pecans over top.
7. Drizzle melted butter over top.
8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes for 8 or 9-inch round cake pan, and about 30 minutes for a 13 x 9-inch pan.

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted ( please sift to remove any small lumps)
1/4 cup whipping cream ( any amount to desired texture start with 1/4 cup, or use 18% table cream)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl adding whipping cream until desired texture is achieved (do not make it to thin, or it won't stick on cakes!).

The ruling:
Just go ahead and throw all these ingredients together and make this.  And pour yourself a huge glass of milk!  This is simply delicious!  I love, love, love sweet cinnamon brunch dishes, and this is one of the best I've had!  It took me more than 5 minutes to make including prep, but these are ingredients I always have on hand- and it's all from scratch!  The only change I made was to the icing, I used milk instead of whipping cream.

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