A blogging milestone

This post marks the 100th post and the third blogging milestone for Cultural Life, after my first ‘blogiversary’ in June 2012 and the delightful surprise of being Freshly Pressed in February this year!

All milestones should have cake or some form of dessert. πŸ˜‰ And so I celebrated my 100th blog post by baking this apple streusel cake:

As a Brit, I was initially confused by the name of this particular cake. If you say “coffee cake” the image that springs to the minds of most Brits is something like this: Nigella’s coffee and walnut layer cake. In England, coffee cake has coffee in it. It’s always interesting to learn how cooking and baking terminology varies on each side of the pond.

Linguistic differences aside, this apple streusel coffee cake turned out to be very delicious indeed, despite the fact that I unintentionally ignored the instructions to bake in a baking dish and not in a round cake pan. Hence, the flatness of my cake!

Recipe text from this page reproduced with kind permission from Mama’s Gotta Bake. Do check out her lovely blog….your mouth will water!

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Adapted from Gale Gand’s Brunch!

The Cake

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 apples, peeled and cored, and chopped (I like to use a tart Granny Smith apple)
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

Streusel Topping

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut up
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Using a pastry brush and melted butter, grease an 8-inch baking dish.

2. For the cake, sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or I used an electric hand-mixer) beat the egg and then mix in the milk and melted butter. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated. Add the apples and walnuts to the mixture and pour into the baking dish.

3. To make the streusel topping, mix the sugar, flour, cold butter and cinnamon in a medium bowl by pinching them together with your fingers until combined. Spoon the mixture over the top of the batter.

4. Place the oven rack in the bottom third of the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden, and when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan, and then cut into squares.

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12 thoughts on “A blogging milestone

  1. Congratulations on your 100th post. I’m glad to find your blog, as a book, food and film lover, and as a music maker and lover. And, as a firm believer that cake is ALWAYS good (well, good cake is good). As a transplanted American, now and always calling the UK home, sometimes I miss American coffee cake (which means cake to be served with coffee). I should try out this recipe. Unfortunately, my love for cake is not matched by a talent for baking; my talents lie elsewhere. That’s probably a good thing though (I’d be big as a house if I could bake everything I like in my own home).

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    • Thank you! The cake was great, although I must apologize for my appalling photography of it.
      Yes, good cake is definitely always good. πŸ™‚ I’ve been invited to a ‘pudding party’ at the end of April (the party slogan is “bring one pudding, eat many puddings”!) so I look forward to more baking adventures then!
      Well, I’m a Brit wishing I were an American. πŸ˜‰ I have aspirations to move to the States eventually, after I finish my undergrad studies here in the UK. And I think I’d definitely enjoy the coffee cakes over there! Thanks again for stopping by and commenting. πŸ™‚

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