Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sour Cream Coffee CUPcakes!

I tried Ina's Sour Cream Coffee cake recipe today, but I made them in the form of cupcakes! That way you can get a good portion to eat without feeling guilty ;) Modifications I made to the recipe are that I increased the streusel portion to make a nice layer in between and on the top to get a crusty topping! Hubby LOVED the coffee cupcakes and has already devoured 3 of them!!!

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sour cream
2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the streusel:
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes, until light. Add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.

For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms a crumble. Mix in the walnuts, if desired.

Spoon a small icecream scoop worth of the batter into each paper cup and spread it out lightly with a knife. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of streusel. Spoon another small scoop of the batter in the pan, spread it out, and scatter one tablespoon of streusel on top. Bake for 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes.

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