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Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If I could, I would box each and every one of you a loaf of this brown sugar pound cake. I’d fashion it with parchment paper and a curl of ribbon, along with a handwritten note of sorts. We’d nibble on a slice over a cup of coffee, and it’d be in that space that we’d share stories, the joys and the horrors, of our week. This brown sugar pound cake is the kind of treat that’s meant for gifting and inspires sharing, like a buttery little love note to send to the people who count.

I’ve recently spent a fair amount of time thinking about why I love this craft so much. In a matter of years, baking and cooking has melted into the nooks and crannies of my life, pouring edges to the mold of who I am, of who I want to be. It’s less of a hobby or a means of nourishment, but instead, a process that nourishes me in intangible ways and quenches my thirst to create and to share. Baking is the trade that allows me to love the people around me- a box of cookies for a friend, a birthday cake for my child, a spoon of chocolate for my husband. The time spent by the stove and around the table is an act of service, a show of affection, and anyone willing can choose to partake.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To be fair, baking may not be your thing. You may be a painter or a scientist. You may be the kind that builds kites or plants gardens or strums melodies on vintage guitars. Words or numbers or colors may mean more to you than flour and sugar, but whatever your gifting is, I really think you should use it. Let me be the one, maybe even the first, to encourage you to share freely and abundantly the things that give you joy. And if you haven’t found your “thing” yet, I can assure you that there is room in the kitchen. There is space to create, to fail, and to try again, to love others through the making and breaking of bread. If you’re willing to sift and stir and knead for the benefit of others, I can promise you that baking is an art you can do. Let this recipe for brown sugar pound cake be the one you tiptoe into the shallows with.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This brown sugar pound cake is dense and moist, filled with ribbons of cooked berries and sprinkled with a buttery crumb topping. The recipe yields two loaves of cake, perfect for sharing with a neighbor or teacher or friend. The process of preparing this brown sugar pound cake is straight forward but includes a few different steps, so let’s talk about the how.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To prepare the cake, we start by making a blueberry filling. We could just toss in a handful of berries and call it a day, but by pre-cooking the berries into a thick syrup, we are able to swirl the filling into the loaves for a sliver of tang in each slice. Simply toss mashed berries with some sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch, and cook on the stovetop until thick and bubbly.

While the filling cools in the fridge, we start on the topping. This is a brown butter crumb topping, similar to what we tossed on our raspberry rhubarb crumb cake. Brown butter, with the addition of sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon, makes for a flavorful topping, a warm and salty welcome to an otherwise sweet cake. Check out my tutorial on browning butter for some help on that topic.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

The topping and filling for this brown sugar pound cake can be made a day or two in advance or just before whipping up the pound cake. On the day of baking, prepare your cake batter. We start by creaming butter and sugar, adding eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk with the usual suspect dry ingredients. The batter is divided between two loaf pans and is swirled with the cooled berry filling. Top each cake with a generous amount of crumble, and feel free to save a handful for nibbling while the cakes bake! You’ll know the cakes are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the center of the cake springs back slightly at the touch.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Allow the cakes to cool completely before packaging for sharing. I have a few ideas for packing loaves here that you can check out, if you please. I also love buying pretty disposable pans so that you can gift the loaves right in their baking container. Whatever you choose, just be sure to save a slice for gifting to someone else. Let others have a taste of the stuff that you’re made of. Happy Sunday and have a great week!

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

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Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This recipe for brown sugar pound cake with blueberries and brown butter crumb topping makes two loaf cakes, dense, moist, and incredibly flavorful, the perfect treat for sharing.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
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Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 11/2 cups (220 gm) blueberries, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

For the crumble:

  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup (130 gm) all-purpose flour

For the cake:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gm) packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 11/2 cups (200 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup (180 mL) buttermilk, at room temperature

Instructions

To prepare the filling:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Stir, mashing more if desired, until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken. Once the mixture has thickened slightly, remove from heat to a separate container and place in the fridge to cool while you prepare the rest of the cake elements. This can be made ahead, covered, and stored in the fridge for up to one week.

To prepare the crumble:

  1. Add the diced butter to a small saucepan or skillet set over medium heat. Stir with a whisk or swirl the pan occasionally to ensure the butter is melting evenly. Once melted, the butter will sizzle, foam, and eventually start forming little golden bits on the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking and stirring regularly until the butter has taken on an amber color and nutty aroma. Take care not to burn the butter. Remove the pan from heat and pour the brown butter into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Add the brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon to the butter. Fold in the flour until the mixture has crumbled. Set aside in the fridge while you prepare the cake. Alternatively, this can be made and stored in an air-tight container up to one week in advance.

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare two (8-1/2” x 4-1/2” x 2-3/4”) loaf pans with cooking spray. You can also line the pan with two strips of parchment paper for easy removal, if desired.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the room temperature butter on medium speed with a paddle attachment until the butter is lightened in color and smooth, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the sugars. Cream for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Add each egg, one at a time, stirring well on medium speed after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the vanilla, stirring to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter and egg mixture and stir on low just until combined. Add the buttermilk and stir on low to combine. Add the remaining dry ingredients and stir on low, folding with a spatula to finish combining.
  5. Scoop one cup of batter into the bottom of each prepared pan and spread it out. Drizzle two tablespoons of the blueberry filling evenly over top of each battered pan. Repeat this process with the layering of batter and filling once more and then divide the remaining cake batter among the two pans. You will not use all the blueberry filling. Drag a butter knife through the pans, back and forth several times, to swirl in the blueberry filling. Top each pan with 1/2 of the crumble.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for about 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool briefly before eating, or cool completely to remove the entire cake from the pan.

Notes

  • If your blueberries are not sweet and ripe, you can add an additional tablespoon of sugar to sweeten them lightly. You want the filling to be fresh and not overly sweet.
  • You will not use all the filling for these cakes. You can save the leftovers and freeze for future cakes, or you can use it as a topping for ice cream or pancakes!
  • If you don’t care about having a blueberry swirl, feel free to fold in 1-1/2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries to the batter before baking. Just forget the filling and fold in berries! Easy!
  • If you need help browning butter for your crumble, check out the link in my above post or search “brown butter” on my blog homepage. There is a tutorial!
  • If you add more than the specified amount of blueberry filling, your cake can become gummy and dense. It still tastes delicious, but it won’t look as advertised in the photos.

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A thick and fluffy sour cream cake filled with gooey raspberry and sweetened rhubarb. The whole cake is topped with a brown butter and sugar streusel crumb. This is a simple and easy summer cake that bakes quicky and can be easily adapted for a number of other summer berries, stone fruit, or other fruits. Find the recipe for this dessert like breakfast / snack cake at thewoodandspoon.com / woodandspoon.com .

Bonjour, friends! I am writing to you today from sunny St. Barth’s- the French-speaking Caribbean island full of chic travelers, posh locals, and divine cuisine. I’m definitely a little fish in a big pond here, but honestly, I couldn’t feel fancier if I tried. Brett and I traveled to the island with some dear friends and have spent the better part of the past few days sun bathing, day drinking, and taking in all of the European vibes the island has to offer. It’s been incredible getting to unplug and I can’t wait to share more about out trip with y’all later. All of the world travel seemed to be an appropriate time to share this raspberry rhubarb crumb cake and to tell you about another recent international experience I had.

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A thick and fluffy sour cream cake filled with gooey raspberry and sweetened rhubarb. The whole cake is topped with a brown butter and sugar streusel crumb. This is a simple and easy summer cake that bakes quicky and can be easily adapted for a number of other summer berries, stone fruit, or other fruits. Find the recipe for this dessert like breakfast / snack cake at thewoodandspoon.com / woodandspoon.com .

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A thick and fluffy sour cream cake filled with gooey raspberry and sweetened rhubarb. The whole cake is topped with a brown butter and sugar streusel crumb. This is a simple and easy summer cake that bakes quicky and can be easily adapted for a number of other summer berries, stone fruit, or other fruits. Find the recipe for this dessert like breakfast / snack cake at thewoodandspoon.com / woodandspoon.com .Several weeks ago, my friend Erin of Cloudy Kitchen flew from Brooklyn, NY to our small, Southern town for a few days of baking, blog talk, and fun. Erin is a New Zealand born food blogger that I met via the blogosphere, and we have had the most fun getting to know each other. She’s been a sounding board for recipe concepts, a help with troubleshooting computer woes, and constant source of encouragement throughout my first year of blogging. Her trip to Selma was our very first in-person meet, but I doubt it will be the last.

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A thick and fluffy sour cream cake filled with gooey raspberry and sweetened rhubarb. The whole cake is topped with a brown butter and sugar streusel crumb. This is a simple and easy summer cake that bakes quicky and can be easily adapted for a number of other summer berries, stone fruit, or other fruits. Find the recipe for this dessert like breakfast / snack cake at thewoodandspoon.com / woodandspoon.com .

While Erin and I were together, we baked a number of things including a delightful crumb cake. Rhubarb had just made its first appearance in the produce section, so we swiped a bit for our weekend together and baked several test batches of a peach rhubarb cake based on Deb’s famous recipe. It was fab.

This raspberry rhubarb crumb cake is one of the versions we came up with together. A dense but moist sour cream cake layered with a gooey, sweet raspberry rhubarb filling, and topped with the most glorious salted brown butter crumb topping. It’s glamorous enough for dessert, yet simple enough to enjoy alongside your morning coffee and tea. Could this raspberry rhubarb crumb cake be the most well-rounded treat of all time? I think, maybe so.

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A thick and fluffy sour cream cake filled with gooey raspberry and sweetened rhubarb. The whole cake is topped with a brown butter and sugar streusel crumb. This is a simple and easy summer cake that bakes quicky and can be easily adapted for a number of other summer berries, stone fruit, or other fruits. Find the recipe for this dessert like breakfast / snack cake at thewoodandspoon.com / woodandspoon.com .

To prepare the cake, we start by browning butter. (Update: If you need a tutorial on browning butter, check that out here!) A whole stick (and then some!) sizzles and foams away in a pan before turning golden, fragrant, and nutty. We combine that with some brown sugar, plenty of salt, and a few other ingredients to make a super-sized portion of crumble to top our cake. The cake whips up quickly with a few humble ingredients- butter, sugar, and sour cream to name a few- and the batter finishes ultra thick and tangy. Finally, we mix up the fruit filling which is nothing more than some diced rhubarb, fresh raspberries, and just enough sugar to offset the tart bite of the fruit. We spread the cake batter into the bottom of a 9″ pan, slather it with the fruit filling, and sprinkle on those brown butter crumbles. After a leisurely bake in the oven, the cake is golden, gooey, and nothing short of delightful. 

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A thick and fluffy sour cream cake filled with gooey raspberry and sweetened rhubarb. The whole cake is topped with a brown butter and sugar streusel crumb. This is a simple and easy summer cake that bakes quicky and can be easily adapted for a number of other summer berries, stone fruit, or other fruits. Find the recipe for this dessert like breakfast / snack cake at thewoodandspoon.com / woodandspoon.com .

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A thick and fluffy sour cream cake filled with gooey raspberry and sweetened rhubarb. The whole cake is topped with a brown butter and sugar streusel crumb. This is a simple and easy summer cake that bakes quicky and can be easily adapted for a number of other summer berries, stone fruit, or other fruits. Find the recipe for this dessert like breakfast / snack cake at thewoodandspoon.com / woodandspoon.com .

This raspberry rhubarb crumb cake is a new favorite of mine for a number of reasons. The tang of the sour cream mixed with the sweet fruit and salty, brown butter crumbles is a match made in heaven. The variety of textures makes each bite of this cake noteworthy, something special worth discovering. And while the cake is certainly decadent thanks to the rich topping and juicy filling, it remains simple and understated- like a favorite, old sweater that is perfectly broken in and fits just right. 

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A thick and fluffy sour cream cake filled with gooey raspberry and sweetened rhubarb. The whole cake is topped with a brown butter and sugar streusel crumb. This is a simple and easy summer cake that bakes quicky and can be easily adapted for a number of other summer berries, stone fruit, or other fruits. Find the recipe for this dessert like breakfast / snack cake at thewoodandspoon.com / woodandspoon.com .

If you’ve been noticing the rhubarb in the produce section of your grocery store, this raspberry rhubarb crumb cake is the perfect way to use it up. Give it a try and share it with a new friend. You can also check out Erin’s site for a different variation of this cake. It’s a rhubarb peach crumb cake with that same glorious brown butter topping and dense cake. GLORIOUS! In the meantime, I’m going to keep soaking up this sunshine and Caribbean breeze, and we can meet up here again next week, cool? Happy Wednesday to you and cheers!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. Tart rhubarb, sweet berries and a touch of cinnamon make this the perfect pie. Post includes information on how to use and trim rhubarb, tips on preparing the perfect flaky butter pie crust, and other spring pie inspiration. Can be made with a decorative or lattice braid pie top. thewoodandspoon.com

Raspberry Streusel Cake

Raspberry Streusel Cake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. Three layers of brown sugar vanilla cake filled with a quick and simple raspberry compote and sprinkles of cinnamon sugar streusel crumble. The naked cake is coated in a tangy cream cheese frosting. This layer cake can be prepared in parts days in advance and stays moist over time. Find this party cake recipe (perfect for holidays and Mother's Day !) on www.thewoodandspoon.com / woodandspoon.com

Berry Almond Streusel Pie

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Hummingbird Muffins

Hummingbird Muffins Recipe by thewoodandspoon.com . Crumb / streusel topped muffins based on the classic Southern hummingbird cake recipe, these muffins are filled with brown butter, banana, pineapple, brown sugar, and nuts. Topped with a simple glaze/ drizzle. This recipe would be perfect for an Easter breakfast or brunch and are a great treat to share with friends. Simple, easy recipe based on Bake From Scratch Coffee Cake. By The Wood and Spoon Blog.

Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze by The Wood and Spoon Blog. This moist cinnamon and carrot flavored cake is topped with a browned butter frosting and toasted chopped pecans. This recipe is one bowl, easy, and can be modified to make a layer cake as well. Perfect for parties and upcoming Easter brunch, breakfast, or dessert. thewoodandspoon.com

Apple Crumb Cake

Apple Crumb Cake

 

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Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

This raspberry rhubarb crumb cake is a dense sour cream cake filled with a gooey, raspberry rhubarb fruit filling and topped with a salted brown butter crumble.

  • Author: Kate Wood and Erin Clarkson
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Ingredients

For the crumble

  • 11 tablespoons (155 gm) unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 cup (210 gm) brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (vanilla extract can be substituted)
  • 12/3 cup (200 gm) all-purpose flour

For the cake

  • 2 cups (240 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk (any variety), at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (160 gm) full-fat sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (vanilla extract can be substituted)
  • 2 cups of ½” diced rhubarb (washed and trimmed of tops and ends, about 240 gm/ 8-1/2 ounces before trimming)
  • 2 cups (150 gm) raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Instructions

To prepare the crumble

  1. Add the diced butter to a small saucepan or skillet set over medium heat. Stir with a whisk or swirl the pan occasionally to ensure the butter is melting evenly. Once melted, the butter will sizzle, foam, and eventually start forming little golden bits on the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking and stirring regularly until the butter has taken on an amber color and nutty aroma. Take care not to burn the butter. Remove the pan from heat and pour the brown butter into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. To the mixing bowl, add the brown sugar, salt, and vanilla bean paste, and stir to combine. Add the flour and fold until large crumble clumps form and the flour is well incorporated. Set aside in the fridge while you prepare the cake.

To prepare the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9” square or round baking pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with a square of parchment paper for easy removal, if desired.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Add the egg, vanilla bean paste, and milk and beat on low until well combined. Scrape the bowl, if needed, to ensure that everything is evenly incorporated. Add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients and beat on low speed to combine. Add ½ of the sour cream and beat to combine. Repeat this process once more and then add the remaining dry ingredients, stirring on low to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated bits. Your batter will be quite thick.
  4. Spread the batter evenly in the bottom of your lined pan. In a separate bowl, toss the rhubarb and raspberries together with the brown sugar and spread this mixture on top of the cake batter. Gently press the fruit into the batter a bit. Crumble the brown butter streusel evenly on top of the fruit and place the pan in the preheated oven. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean (See notes). Allow to cool slightly before eating. Cake will keep best at room temperature, covered tightly in plastic wrap.

Notes

  • If you bake your cake in a smaller, 8″ pan, baking time will differ. Check with a toothpick for doneness.
  • The fruit can coat your cake tester, causing it to appear less than done. If you notice cake batter coating your cake tester, allow the cake to remain in the oven a bit longer, however, be sure you are not mistaking fruit juices for uncooked cake.

Recipe Adapted From: Smitten Kitchen

Hummingbird Muffins

Hummingbird Muffins Recipe by thewoodandspoon.com . Crumb / streusel topped muffins based on the classic Southern hummingbird cake recipe, these muffins are filled with brown butter, banana, pineapple, brown sugar, and nuts. Topped with a simple glaze/ drizzle. This recipe would be perfect for an Easter breakfast or brunch and are a great treat to share with friends. Simple, easy recipe based on Bake From Scratch Coffee Cake. By The Wood and Spoon Blog.

It’s Friday and I’ve got your weekend entertainment covered with a  few things to watch, a couple things to read, and a simple Southern recipe for hummingbird muffins that will knock the taste buds right off your tongue. Ready for the round-up? Let’s go!

Ina Garten, Her New Show, and How to Entertain

Ina Garten is the queen of my heart. Anyone who can slay in the kitchen and maintain BFF status with Taylor Swift is a champion in my book. She lends us kitchen peasants a few noble words of wisdom in this article from Food52. I’m adding this quote from Ina to my list of kitchen mantras: “Food is not about impressing people. In fact, it’s just the opposite: it’s about making them feel comfortable.”

Stevie Wonder Carpool Karaoke 

James Cordon is quickly moving his way up the hierarchy of late-night television, but he absolutely stole my heart with this ride along featuring Stevie Wonder. You can tell that James is just pinching himself with glee and disbelief the whole time. Watch it, sing along, and let this little corner of the internet fill your heart with musical joy!

Hummingbird Muffins Recipe by thewoodandspoon.com . Crumb / streusel topped muffins based on the classic Southern hummingbird cake recipe, these muffins are filled with brown butter, banana, pineapple, brown sugar, and nuts. This recipe would be perfect for an Easter breakfast or brunch and are a great treat to share with friends. Simple, easy recipe based on Bake From Scratch Coffee Cake. By The Wood and Spoon Blog.

The Birthday Party Project

Every person on the planet deserves the love and joy that comes with being celebrated. The Birthday Party Project is shelling out celebrations by throwing birthday parties for homeless kids across the US. Their motto? “Love each other! Build each other up!” Gosh, we could all use a bit more of that, am I right?

What to Do with Leftover Easter Candy

If you’re like me, you fill your kids’ Easter baskets with all the candies you like. You know, because leftovers. Check out my Easter cake tutorial from last year if you want something fun and spunky to make, and then take a look at this round-up of creative uses for leftover Easter basket candy!

Hummingbird Muffins

Hummingbird Muffins Recipe by thewoodandspoon.com . Crumb / streusel topped muffins based on the classic Southern hummingbird cake recipe, these muffins are filled with brown butter, banana, pineapple, brown sugar, and nuts. This recipe would be perfect for an Easter breakfast or brunch and are a great treat to share with friends. Simple, easy recipe based on Bake From Scratch Coffee Cake. By The Wood and Spoon Blog.

Hummingbird Muffins Recipe by thewoodandspoon.com . Crumb / streusel topped muffins based on the classic Southern hummingbird cake recipe, these muffins are filled with brown butter, banana, pineapple, brown sugar, and nuts. This recipe would be perfect for an Easter breakfast or brunch and are a great treat to share with friends. Simple, easy recipe based on Bake From Scratch Coffee Cake. By The Wood and Spoon Blog.

You may remember that I’m new to the South. During my first month on the job as dietitian at my small town hospital here in Selma, AL, I got my first taste of hummingbird cake. It was an immediate classic for me. This cake was like banana bread meets carrot cake meets spice cake meets all of my dreams coming true, and I couldn’t get enough of it. 

I adapted the recipe for these hummingbird muffins from Bake from Scratch magazine, and I think it may be my new favorite way to eat cake for breakfast. These muffins are moist, lightly sweetened, and topped with a delightful pecan crumb topping and sour cream glaze. True to the original cake recipe, these muffins are sweetened with banana, crushed pineapple, and brown sugar. The cake also boasts the subtle flavor of brown butter which really takes these muffins to the next level. (Update: for some help on browning butter, see my post here!)

Hummingbird Muffins Recipe by thewoodandspoon.com . Crumb / streusel topped muffins based on the classic Southern hummingbird cake recipe, these muffins are filled with brown butter, banana, pineapple, brown sugar, and nuts. This recipe would be perfect for an Easter breakfast or brunch and are a great treat to share with friends. Simple, easy recipe glaze/drizzle based on Bake From Scratch Coffee Cake. By The Wood and Spoon Blog.

These hummingbird muffins would make an excellent breakfast item this weekend, and might be the perfect treat to round out your Easter brunch table too! Give them a try and let me know what you think. Have a terrific weekend and stay tuned for another great spring recipe that I’ll be sharing next week!

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Strawberry Shortcakes

 

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Hummingbird Muffins

Based on the classic Southern cake, these hummingbird muffins have a brown butter pecan streusel, a sour cream glaze, and a tender banana and pineapple filled muffin base.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

For the browned butter

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 110 gm) unsalted butter

For the streusel

  • 1/3 cup (40 gm) flour
  • 1/4 cup (55 gm) brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (50 gm) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup (55 gm) chopped pecan halves

For the cinnamon sugar sprinkle

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the cake

  • 1 large (120 gm) banana, mashed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (115 gm) drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 11/2 cups (190 gm) flour
  • 3/4 cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (55 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the glaze

  • 1/2 cup (60 gm) confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 11/2 teaspoons whole milk

Instructions

To prepare the browned butter

  1. Cube the butter and place in a small sauce or fry pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until melted. Once melted, stir frequently to keep the butter moving and watch as the butter slowly begins to brown. You’ll notice little amber colored flecks forming at the bottom of the pan and the butter will give off a nutty aroma. This should take close to ten minutes, but watch closely to avoid burning the butter. Once browned, remove from pan to a separate bowl and place in the fridge to cool to room temp.

To prepare the streusel

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Dice the butter and then cut into the flour using the back of a fork or a pastry cutter. Once the butter is well integrated, about pea-sized clumps, toss in the pecan pieces. Place in the fridge to keep cool until use.

To prepare the cinnamon sugar sprinkle

  1. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

To prepare the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a muffin pan with 12 paper liners.
  2. Combine the banana, eggs, pineapple, and vanilla in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium speed until thoroughly combined and slightly whipped, about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Add the cooled, liquid browned butter, and beat to combine. In a small bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients and then add them to the butter mixture. Stir until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Once mixed, scoop 2 tablespoons of batter into the bottoms of each of the muffin tins. (I use a leveled medium-sized cookie scoop for even scoops). Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar sprinkle evenly over each scoop of batter. Then, disperse about 1/3 of the streusel evenly among the 12 muffin tins. Top each muffin with an additional 2 tablespoons of batter, and then sprinkle the remaining streusel on top. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.

To prepare the glaze

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk. Drizzle over top of the the muffins as desired.

Notes

For some help on browning butter, see my post here: http://thewoodandspoon.com/you-need-to-know-how-to-brown-butter/

Recipe Adapted From: Bake From Scratch

Apple Crumb Cake

Apple Crumb Cake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fun and simple way to use apples or pears or other fall produce. A simple fluffy cake recipe sweetened with applesauce and chunks of peeled apples. The topping is a crumble streusel that adds a bit of crunch to every bite. This cake is a great breakfast coffee cake or dessert to share with friends. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

I have a black thumb.

For three years, I’ve tried to cultivate a healthy garden of herbs and veggies and I’m starting to realize that I’m the problem. I’m the weakest link.

Pepper and parsley plants tremble at the thought of being planted in my backyard. Squash and zucchini don’t stand a chance. Even basil, supposedly the easiest and most forgiving of plants to attempt in a home garden, can’t survive a summer at my place. I fry those suckers every time.

If we were in hunter/gatherer times now, I would not be a surviver. You would find me somewhere in the woods, gagging on grass and brown, spotty tomatoes that undoubtedly had already been predigested by a worm (or something worse). I seriously lack gardening skills.

I blame my own laziness (who wants to water a garden?!) and basic agricultural know-how. It’s really much easier to just buy my produce from the store and farmer’s market, but I’m convinced that growing my own food would be so much more healthy and rewarding. 

My husband says we will someday plant a real, legit garden and so long as he’s okay with sewing the man hours, I’m fine with reaping all of the rewards. When that day comes, I’ll request an apple orchard and if the tree survives long enough to produce fruit, you better believe I’ll be making this apple crumb cake.

Apple Crumb Cake

This apple crumb cake might be the most fool-proof recipe on my blog to date. It’s extra fancy because it works with a variety of different types of fruit, so if you happen to be one of those weirdos who doesn’t like apples, you could totally use pears, berries, plums, etc. 

This time of year, apple desserts and crumb cakes kinda feel like a dime a dozen, but I really stand behind this fluffy friend. It’s moist and fragrant thanks to the applesauce and spices, and the crumb topping is delicious. In fact, if you decide to pick all the little crumbles right off the top of this apple crumb cake and nibble away like a little church mouse, I would not blame you. 

Apple Crumb Cake

Apple crumb cake is the perfect ode to October, the changing seasons, and those gorgeous little apples my green-thumbed friends are picking this time of year. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Cheers to you and happy Monday!

Apple Crumb Cake

 

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Apple Crumb Cake

Apple Crumb Cake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fun and simple way to use apples or pears or other fall produce. A simple fluffy cake recipe sweetened with applesauce and chunks of peeled apples. The topping is a crumble streusel that adds a bit of crunch to every bite. This cake is a great breakfast coffee cake or dessert to share with friends. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

This apple crumb cake is moist and fragrant, simple cake specked with bits of apples and topped with a sweet and rich crumb topping.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Category: Cake
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Ingredients

For the streusel

  • 1/4 cup (50 gm) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (60 gm) light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (110 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/3 (160 gm) cups all-purpose flour

For the cake

  • 1/2 cup (110 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 (150 gm) cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of boiled cider (optional)
  • 1 cup (240 gm) of no sugar added applesauce
  • 1 1/4 (155 gm) cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (240 gm) of small diced apples (about 1 granny smith)

Instructions

To prepare the streusel

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Stir in the butter to combine. Add the flour and stir just until combined.
  2. Set aside while you prepare the cake.

To prepare the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9″ springform pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring briefly to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the vanilla, cider, and applesauce. Beat to combine. In a separate bowl, toss together the dry ingredients and then add to the bowl of the stand mixer. Stir just until combined and then gently fold in the chopped apple.
  3. Spread the batter on the bottom of the pan and smooth. Then, crumble the streusel evenly over the top of the cake.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes before removing the sides of the springform pan. The cake can be eaten warm or at room temperature, but is best enjoyed within 3 days.

Recipe adapted from: Ina Garten