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Every night after dinner Steve says “Do we have any cake?”  and most nights I give a negative nod.  But, once in awhile I decide to take pity on him and make a simple cake to offer with a cup of decaf.  The problem with cake making is that Steve eats one dainty slice and forgets about it while I am left to devour the remains.  I have a terrible sweet tooth which makes eating an entire cake not difficult to do – over a few days, of course.  Since I am always trying to watch my weight (and not watch it increase) this is not something I like to do so cake making isn’t often on my list of kitchen chores.  Since Steve prefers a simple cake – pound cake, angel food, spice – I can always quickly put together a plain cake from memory.  Here is a chocolate version of bundt cake that is easy to make and keeps well over a few days, well-wrapped in the fridge.  If desired, you can add a cup of chopped nuts or chocolate chips or other flavored chips to the cake or drizzle the top with a glaze or sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

Makes one cake

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups sugar
2 ¼ cups sifted flour
¾ cup sifted dark cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Lightly coat the interior of a bundt cake pan with butter and flour or with nonstick baking spray. Set aside.
Place the butter in the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle and beat on low to soften.  Add the sugar, raise the speed to medium, and beat until light and creamy.
Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.  Begin adding the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, a little at a time, alternately adding the milk and one egg.  When all of the ingredients have been blended in, add the vanilla and beat to incorporate.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.  Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until the edges pull away from the pan and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and invert the pan onto a wire pan.  Lift off the pan and allow the cake to cool before cutting or covering with a glaze.

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This was my mom’s go-to Sunday coffee cake and, as my wonderful husband just said “it is addictive.  Easy to make and even easier to eat.  It is so much better than a commercial out-of-the-box cake and really doesn’t take anytime at all to make.  I make a big batch of the Crumb Topping and keep it in the freezer so the entire process takes only a few minutes to put the cake together.  It can bake while you make the beds and throw a morning’s load of wash in.  And, oh! the aroma that will wake everyone up to sweet thoughts. You can add dried fruit or berries to the batter, but it is totally unnecessary.

Makes one 9-inch cake

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
 1½ teaspoons baking powder
 ¼ teaspoon salt
 1 cup milk
 1 cup raisins, dried cranberries or cherries, or fresh blueberries, optional
 Crumb Topping (recipe follows)
 Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
 Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake cake (or use nonstick vegetable spray such as Baker’s Joy).  Set aside.

Place the butter in the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle.  Begin beating on low to soften; then, add the sugar and beat on medium until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and add to the creamed mixture, alternately with the milk, beating just until well-blended.  If using the fruit or berries, fold them into the batter now.
Pour into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula (or whatever implement you have handy).  Sprinkle the topping evenly over the batter.
Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool for about 15 minutes before cutting into serving pieces.

    Crumb Topping

    1 cup walnut pieces
    1 cup brown sugar
    ¼ cup all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    ¼ cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Combine the nuts, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade.  Process to just combine.  Add the butter and process, using quick on and off turns, to just crumbly.  Use as directed or place in a resealable plastic bag, seal, label, and freeze for later use.

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