Thursday, July 12, 2012

Easiest Ever Streusel-Topped Blueberry Coffeecake





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...When we vacation and our temporary home has a kitchen, be it large or small, one of the ingredients you'll always find in my hastily assembled pantry is a bag pancake mix. I find the mix to be remarkably versatile, and while I do use it to make pancakes and waffles,  it is also the secret ingredient in my fried chicken, pork chops and several of the cakes and pastries I make for my family. I found this recipe on a site called Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom, and it immediately caught my eye. I'm always looking for easy recipes that can be tackled by beginning cooks, and, as I read through the ingredient list, I knew this  would be perfect for my grandsons to try. I gave the cake a test run and I'm  happy to report that this effortless coffeecake, which, by the way, requires no special equipment to make, is much tastier than you might expect. It is no match for your finest scratch effort, but it is sufficient to the day and I think you'll enjoy it with your morning coffee or tea. It is a perfect cake for young cooks to try, so pass them a mixing bowl and wooden spoon, and wait for a warm piece of their cake to jump start your day. Here's how it is made.

Streusel-Topped Blueberry Coffeecake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Ellen Christan at Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom

Ingredients:
Cake
2-1/2 cups buttermilk pancake mix
1 cup water
3/4 cup frozen blueberries (firm fresh berries can also be used)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Topping
1/4 cup buttermilk pancake mix
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch pan.
2) To make the cake: Combine 2-1/2 cups of buttermilk pancake mix, water, sugar, maple syrup, egg, vanilla and frozen blueberries in a large bowl and mix until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
3) To make the topping: Combine 1/4 cup buttermilk pancake mix, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter with until crumbly. Sprinkle topping evenly over cake.
4) Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean and top is golden brown. Yield: 8 to 10 servings.








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35 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

A lovely coffeecake and perfect for a few cups of tea too!

♥LOVE2COOK MALAYSIA♥ said...

Lovely cake over there!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

That looks really good. Have a great day Diane

Coleens Recipes said...

Very nice and you served it on my all time favorite china.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That's a interesting recipe with the pancake mix! I have a nice strong cup of coffee, wouldn't mind a nice big slice right now:@)

kitchen flavours said...

Looks perfect! You are such a sweet grandma! Your grandsons will have a great time making this delicious cake!

Cheah said...

Like the cake especially the crusty top and mmm blueberries, sweet aroma!

Priya said...

Looks super divine and irresistible.

Sutapa said...

Yummy coffee cake ....love to have it with my cup of Darjeeling tea!

North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard said...

It doesn't get much easier then that ! Thank you, Mary, enjoy your day.

Susan Lindquist said...

Sounds like just what the vacation needs ... an easy and tasty start to the morning! I, too, posted on blueberries today, Mary! Tis the season!

Susan Lindquist said...

Sounds like just what the vacation needs ... an easy and tasty start to the morning! I, too, posted on blueberries today, Mary! Tis the season!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Fabulous! Not only do I love the blueberries, but I LOVE the pancake mix as the secret ingredient. Now I know what to do with those big boxes of pancake mix I never seem to be able to use up. I'm taking this one on our family vacation!

Kim Garceau said...

This look, indeed, quite easy to prepare. I like the result, it looks fluffy and delicious!

Ellen B Cookery said...

Looking at the picture, one would think there's a lot of work put into this cake, but you weren't kidding when you said it was easy. This is a lovely recipe to keep on file. Thanks for sharing!

Jenn said...

I love anything titled "easiest ever". You just can't go wrong there! The cake looks absolutely amazing, Mary. Looks like you spent hours in the kitchen making it!

Debbie said...

Great recipe! So simple yet it looks so delicious!

Suzie said...

I love blueberries. This cake looks perfect.

bellini said...

I am eagerly awaiting blueberry season.

David said...

Mary, I really crave coffee cake and we avoid having in the house. However we do splurge from time to time...and I love blueberries in anything! Thanks for this nice and simple recipe... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Teena Mary said...

Yummilicious!!! Feel like grabbing right away ;)

Cakewhiz said...

What a great idea using pancake mix to make cake!!! It sounds super fast and super easy!

From the Kitchen said...

I'd like to accompany you on your family vacation next year. I'll work for food--keep the campfire burning, the bears away, etc..

Best,
Bonnie

Jenn Kendall said...

these types of recipes are always so handy to have around! looks delicious, and perfect for the kiddos to make!

Blond Duck said...

I love coffee cake!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

this looks a delicious cake - just perfect with a cup of tea and a quiet moment!
Mary x

tender b. said...

You can't keep making desserts so easy. It means it will be easier to pack on the pounds.

Dining Alone said...

your description of its ease almost convinced me I could bake for a second ;) Have a great weekend.

Joanne said...

I would NOT have thought you could turn pancake mix into coffee cake! How cool!

Shug said...

I'm craving something sweet, and then I see this post....Now, I'm REALLY craving something sweet...
yum, yum

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

This sounds so delicious. I thought it would have coffee in it though, or perhaps in the streusel topping. I guess it's a cake to be enjoyed with coffee? :-)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

What a great idea Mary. I buy that pancake mix and will bring it along when I'm away in a rental vacation home. The cake looks great.

Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

Oh my! These is so tempting & very delicious. Bookmarking this recipe! Thanks for sharing. :)

anne said...

For such a simple ingredients it sure looks delicious ! A lovely cake that goes well with coffee or tea or by itself :)

anne said...

For such a simple ingredients it sure looks delicious ! A lovely cake that goes well with coffee or tea or by itself :)

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