Saturday, October 6, 2012

Conference Coffee Cake

For those of you who don't know, this weekend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds its semi-annual General Conference.  It is held twice a year on the first weekend of April and October, and for many of us who belong to this church, it has become something like a twice-a-year holiday with its own traditions surrounding it.  And my family being a food loving sort of family, these traditions are usually centered around food.  For example, on Saturday evening during conference, the men 12 and older go to a meeting while the women of my family get together for pizza and to talk each others' ears off.  My husband and his brothers always go to this meeting with their dad, and afterwards they have root beer floats.  My very most especially favorite food-centered conference tradition, though, is this coffee cake. 
Every year my mom makes this for Sunday morning breakfast and everyone pieces on it the rest of the day until we barely have room for Sunday dinner that afternoon.  Yes, it is worth spoiling your dinner for.  And yes, I do see the humor in the fact that we're Mormons eating something with the word "coffee" in it while we listen to our church leaders.  Have no fear, this doesn't contain any coffee, but I'm sure if you are of the coffee-drinking sort it would go great with that beverage.  I prefer mine with a big, cold glass of milk.
Conference Coffee Cake
For the cake:
1/2 c. oil
2 eggs
1 c. milk
1 tsp. salt
3 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
For the topping*:
1 c. brown sugar
4 Tbsp. flour
4 tsp. cinnamon
4 T. melted butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Mix oil, eggs, and milk together in a medium bowl until combined.  Add salt, flour, sugar, and baking powder, and stir until just combined.  In a separate bowl, mix topping ingredients together.  Gently stir half of the topping mixture into the cake batter, just mixing until it has a slightly marbled appearance.  Pour batter into a greased 9x13" pan and sprinkle with remaining topping mixture.  Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
*If desired, you can cut the topping recipe in half and skip the part where you marble half of it into the cake batter and just sprinkle it all on top.  I highly recommend the version above, though.