Coffee and Cherry Pie's Coffee Cake

Emily and I blindly became housemates in a frenzied alliance of students that were stranded abroad during the political warfare known as 'the college housing lottery'.

Everyone swore that we would get along splendidly. She was apparently a cool girl with killer style and an affinity for baked goods. What more could a girl ask for in someone to share living quarters with besides, perhaps, a romantic partner that is not an inanimate object capable of snuggling and bathing me in duck ragu?

When it was revealed that she also had a taste for silver foxes I was confident that we would get along just fine. 

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Come August, I finally met Emily on the day that we moved into our humble abode. She was a vision of vintage perfection clad in cotton candy dress with hair perfectly coiffed despite the disgusting humidity. However, she was quiet around me, only offering quick hellos and goodbyes. I would hear soundtracks of Antonioni films or Ron Swanson's mustachioed mutterings on Parks & Recreation and think, 

"If only we could somehow find common ground."

Our olive branch eventually sprouted in the form of the freak show that was our television production class. She and I bonded over wide-eyed exchanges in visceral response to our interesting cohorts and a group project that involved estimating the cost of a Michael Jackson float in Kanye West's music video/magnum opus, 'Runaway', the feature film.

I envy Emily because she perfectly embodies her Instagram handle, @coffeeandcherrypie, capable of donning a sugary red gown by day and transforming into a bitter Black Dahlia by night. Her talents are deadly when handed a camera or a whisk, resulting in edible euphoria such as her mom's coffee cake. 

Emily's Coffee Cake Family:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar, plus an additional 1/2 cup for swirling
  • 1 softened stick of butter

it's easy as pie:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300º and spray an angel food cake pan with Pam, or your preferred aerosol de-sticker. 
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, and baking powder into a medium bowl. In a separate large bowl, mix together one cup of sugar, one stick of butter, and both eggs
  3. Alternate in thirds, adding the dry ingredients and sour cream into the mixture of sugar, butter, and eggs. Add 1 tsp. of vanilla once the complete mixture is thoroughly combined.
  4. In a small, separate bowl bring together the sugary goodness of walnuts, cinnamon, and the additional half-cup of sugar.
  5. Spread half of the batter evenly in the cake pan, sprinkle half of the walnut-sugar mixture on top, and swirl it all up with a butter knife.
  6. Add the rest of the batter on top and finish it all off with a healthy dusting of the remaining sugar mix. 
  7. Bake for one hour while you stalk Emily's Instagram and perk a fresh pot of Italian espresso.

Enjoy your coffee cake in modest slices, or in its entirety like that GIF of her friend, Eli, when he received one as a gift on his birthday. 

Check out some of Emily's foodie photography below after watching this episode of my cooking show, 'Make It Snappy', dedicated to her ring of coffee heaven.

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ANALYZE & DISCUSS:

Do you not want to devour everything in these photos?!?!?