First off… I need to rant!
It looks like I’m NOT having much luck with my ahem “supposedly” non-stick spring form pan…
I think I might have to invest in a new one.
Seriously, this one seems to cling to whatever I bake in it as if its very existence depended on it.
NOT what I would call ideal for a cake pan. I tend to like my cakes to make it out of the pan in one piece, you see?
Granted, when I made my Upside Down Pineapple Cake, I had to take
“some” of all the blame, but this time, I swear it was not my fault.
It was the bottom that plain refused to let go.
Still, I somewhat managed to save my latest creation.
This one came to life after commenter Fahreen made this special request, asking me to create a healthy coffee cake using almond meal and berries.
I was more than happy to oblige, for this would be the kind of challenge that I absolutely love and just can’t resist!
Or is it the resulting cakes that I really can’t resist?
I think it’s a little bit of both.
Now, I can’t say that I
am was 100% happy with this one… It DOES have a little bit of weirdness to it…
When I first cut into it, I found that the texture was a little bit off… The cake still looked like it was a tad undercooked, even after spending well over an hour in the oven. Plus, it was reallly crumbly and didn’t cut into nice, clean wedges. But hey, isn’t that what coffee cakes are all about?
Still, in view of these facts, I came *this* close to filing the whole experience as a “FAIL”, especially after the “cake clinging to the bottom of the pan” incident. I took it as a sign.
But then something magical happened: I tasted it.
I just TOTALLY changed my mind.
Not only does this coffee cake taste absolutely, amazingly good, it’s also super fresh and light, and the seemingly undercooked batter confers the most incredibly moist and almost creamy texture to this wonderful crumbly dessert. Or is it a snack? Or perhaps it’s breakfast…
No matter when, where or what you decide to eat this cake for, I can guarantee you one thing: you WILL be enjoying the experience.
A suggestion, perhaps, if I may?
This would make for an absolutely glorious mid-afternoon snack, on a hot, sunny summer day, with a nice cup of warm green tea…
Can you picture it?
I know I can… and I’m loving it!