“The Manly Way”

“Why can’t you just dump it all in,” asks my ingenious 8 year old nephew, Flynn.  Later as Gwen was icing the cake, Paul, my brother (Joe), and Flynn chorused all at once, “Why don’t you just dump it all on there?”  The Dargas and Chenoweths think a lot alike.

I wasn’t going to bake today because I was feeling lazy.  But when you get a text asking if you are baking because your niece and nephew wanna come over to hang, you immediately, and without hesitation, say yes.

What started as a cozy, mellow morning with Paul and Flynn doing all of the jobs I hate to do (namely greasing the pan and pounding butter with a rolling pin to soften it, hence the “We’re doing this the manly way,” quoted from Paul) and Gwen and I mixing all of the ingredients, turned out to be a huge family affair with my brothers: Joe and Peter, nieces and nephews: Gwen, Flynn, Aubrey, and Ascher, two dogs: Hudson and Sherman, and Paul and I all running around the house, playing soccer in the front yard, playing in the Land Cruiser (Ascher’s favorite), taking photographs with Uncle Paul’s camera, and making an all around ruckus.  It was a blast!

Oh, and the coffee cake turned out great!

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake (recipe care of divascancook.com)

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INGREDIENTS:

CAKE:  3 cups all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 cup white sugar, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 ½ cups milk, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla, ½ cup butter (melted)

CINNAMON TOPPING:  1 cup butter (softened), 1 cup brown sugar (packed), 2 tablespoons flour, 1 tablespoon cinnamon

CREAM CHEESE GLAZE:  2 oz cream cheese (softened), 1½ cups powdered sugar, 3 Tablespoons milk (may need more), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350.
Cake:  In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.  Beat in milk, eggs, vanilla  Stir in melted butter.  Pour the cake batter into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Set aside.
Cinnamon Topping:  In a medium bowl, mix together all of the cinnamon topping ingredients until creamy.  Drop spoonfuls of the cinnamon topping mixture on top of the batter.  Use a knife to swirl the cinnamon mixture into the batter.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Cream Cheese Glaze:  Make the glaze by mixing all of the glaze ingredients until silky. You may need more milk or more powdered sugar to reach a desired glaze consistency.  Insert a toothpick into the cake part to check for doneness.  Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes before serving.  Drizzle on the cream cheese glaze.  Serve warm.
DSC03981.jpgThis is what happens when two of your brothers, your husband, and two nieces and two nephews stop by for bake day.

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