This week's Heavenly Cake Baker choice was Chocolate Streusel Coffee Cake. It's a lovely cake that was easy to make. The most difficult thing was finding Muscavdo sugar, which was surprising because there are many grocery stores and specialty markets in my city. I located two sources and chose the closest; a health food store with Muscavado on sale vs an Italian market that I can get lost in for hours. The lesson of the day was beware of muscavado on sale. It resembled a brick. Microwaved with a bit of water softened it enough for the food processor to pulverize it back into a crumbly state. Honestly, I nearly resorted to wacking it with a hammer.
A quick trip to the grocery store for bleached flour turned up a surprise find, a cute NordicWare six cup bundt pan, on sale no less! I figured it was destiny. Instead of baking the extra batter into cupcakes, I made a miniature dolly cake.
The one thing I am irritated about is the uneven crust coloring. I never know how much non stick flour spray to use and the bubbles wreak havoc.
Sadly, I do have a confession to make. My habit of using dried spaghetti instead of toothpicks or an actual cake tester has come to an end. This cake attacked the unsuspecting pasta and two pieces broke off. Eating it requires a warning lest the pieces impale an unsuspecting guest. As compensation, there is a prize for whoever finds them.
Judging by how fast this cake is disappearing, it seems to be a new favorite.