Monday, April 26, 2010

Jersey Diner Coffee Cake

Jersey Diner Coffee Cake
Jersey Diner Coffee Cake
I'm not sure where the title of this recipe came from, but if you've ever had an Entenmann's Ultimate Crumb Cake, this is nearly identical to it. Dense crumbs top a moist, buttery cake and the result is pure joy.

This uses a boxed cake mix and margarine - both taboo these days, it seems - but we so enjoy this cake that I make it with both anyway. There's no reason to eat a whole cake in one sitting, and if you stick to one piece (I dare you!), then you're not ruining your health completely.

I know I found this online somewhere about 11 years ago, but I didn't save that information and I'm clueless as to the author. There are different versions of this floating around, though, so I don't feel as if I'm stepping on any toes. Whoever you are, here's to your delicious creation.

Butter, Sugar and Vanilla
Look at all that butter, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla.

Jersey Diner Coffee Cake
Perfectly crumbed cake.

Jersey Diner Coffee Cake
Makes one 11x15 cake
Printable Recipe

1 pkg Duncan Hines Butter Cake mix (or any other brand)
4 large eggs
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Blend together until lumps disappear - do not over mix.
Bake in a greased 11x15 jellyroll pan for 20-25 minutes.

Crumb Topping:

4 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (I used Floridian Gourmet [see photograph] which is sadly out of business now, but his newest endeavor is HERE - this guy knows his stuff!) 
2 sticks of margarine
1 stick of butter

Melt butters and let cool slightly. Add vanilla.
Mix flour, cinnamon, sugars then add the liquid mixture.
Crumble with hands and place on warm cake. Bake again for 20 min at 350 degrees F.
Let cool and dust with powdered sugar.


Holly said...

This looks and sounds delish! I always use box mix;)lol

Annie Jones said...

This looks like the one that used to be on the box of Jiffy Mix or Bisquick (also somewhat taboo these days). I have one lonely cake mix sitting in my pantry. I think I'll have to try this one! :)

kat said...

So yummy its got to be ok as a sometimes treat.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Nice ratio of crumbs to topping. Yum!

amyanne said...

I can't get past the chemically taste in the box mixes - have you ever tried using your own yellow cake recipe? This looks yummy!

Anne Coleman said...

amyanne - Well, of course I have! I don't think they taste like chemicals at all unless they're severely cheap. There is one brand of brownie mix that tastes rather disgusting, but beyond that I don't have problems with them - especially when all 7 kids are home and clamoring for something sweet.

Deborah Dowd said...

This looks amazingly delicious-I love the Entenmann's crumbcake (my son is addicted to the crumb doughnuts!)

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Taste of Beirut said...

As the mother of 7, do not apologize for using a cake mix! Wonderful and I wish you a very happy Mother's day!

Anonymous said...

may the blessing be always with you!! ........................................

Christine said...

I love how your crumb cake looks. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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Carole said...

New Jersey is famous for its diners and this is typical diner fare. The thicker the crumb topping, the better!
~ Carole