Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Baking of a Tradition

Our Family Christmas Morning Cinnamon  Coffee Cake

Spray your baking pan well with non stick cooking spray before pouring in the batter

A sprinkling of powdered sugar right before serving gives the look of snow on the trees

Years ago when I married my husband and we began to celebrate both our families holiday traditions, my mother in law served a cinnamon breakfast cake before we would open our gifts. Years later my husband and I began hosting Christmas morning in our home and the traditional Christmas morning cake is still being baked every year. Over the years, I have transitioned into baking it in a Christmas tree pan I bought from Wilton. It can also be baked in a 13" x 9" pan and cut and served in squares. I remember the year this cake didn't come out of the pan as easily as I had hoped.  My solution was to cut into small pieces and serve in small glasses sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Tasted great and I pretended I had it planned that way all along! I have modified it the past several years and now use a gluten free yellow cake mix as my base so it can be enjoyed by family members on a gluten free diet.  No one else in the family is onto this because it tastes as delicious as ever. This recipe is filled with cinnamon, sugar, sour cream and baked with a lot of love. I can feel the love of my wonderful mother in law each time I bake her recipe and know she is smiling! I love that I have my original hand written recipe that is kept in my spiral bound holiday recipe book . It makes me happy when I bring the book out in mid November to begin making my shopping list for ingredients so I can plan baking day with my girls. This cake is great all year long with hot chocolate or coffee. My recipe is shown above and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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1 comment:

  1. One of my favorite traditions! When the cake is on the table, Christmas has officially arrived. Xo