Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

The Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is a treat. Unlike most cakes, with more emphasis on extra flavors, this one is known for its rich texture and heavy content. It is an ultra filling cake that will have even the most boundless of appetites fulfilled.

Because of this, it is not recommended that you eat a great amount of cream cheese coffee cake. With its mixture of sugar, butter, cheese, vanilla and, of course, sour cream, this is not a cake for the timid. It is, instead, one that is guaranteed to fill you up after one slice.

This means that you should not eat the sour cream cheese cake after heavy meals (like a large dinner that included more than a few trips for second helpings) or as a breakfast substitute. While coffee cakes are known as an early morning food, they are not all good in that role.

As a breakfast item, this would in fact act against you. Even small slices are thick and quite rich in flavor; this can overwhelm even the most hardy of palettes, especially as the first meal of the day.

And, if you are thinking of serving this to your kids as a special treat before they head to school, think again. You should never send your child to school with something this heavy in them, especially if they have nothing but gym and recess to look forward to. You would stand a better chance at making them sick, rather than satisfied.

No, the sour cream cheese cake is best suited after a light meal. Perhaps you have just had a quick brunch with your friends and you are all looking for something sweet to enjoy? Or perhaps your dinner was a small occasion, and now you want something rich to end the night on?

This is the cake for you then. With a sour cream cheese coffee cake, you can truly taste the rich flavor so why should you ruin it by eating to much beforehand? It is a waste of the cake's actual purpose.

Some would argue, of course, that this can be eaten at any time, assuming you do not stuff yourself with it. We disagree. Even the smaller slices can wield a powerful weight, satisfying most appetites. Why? Because the sour cream cheese coffee cake is made from heavy ingredients. This is not a light fruit cake, with just a bit of sugar added for kick. This is something else entirely.

The sour cream cheese coffee cake (for most common recipes) calls for a cup of sour cream, half cups of sugar and butter, dry yeast, four cups of flour, etc. And that is just for the batter! The filling requires sixteen ounces of cream cheese, a three-fourths cup of sugar, etc.

This is not a light dessert. We cannot stress this enough. Have a look at this recipe, and you’ll understand:

8 oz Cream cheese, softened
1/3 c Sugar
1 t Almond extract
2 c Bisquick baking mix
1/3 c Milk
1/4 c Sugar
2 tsp Butter or margarine, softened
1/4 c Fruit preserves (any flavor)
1/4 c Sliced almonds

Grease a round pan, 9 x 1 1/2". Mix cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar and the almond extract; reserve. Mix the baking mix, 1/4 cup sugar and the butter or margarine until dough forms. pat in the bottom and 1" up the sides of the pan. Spread cream cheese mixture over the dough. Carefully, spread preserves over the cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with almonds. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown and the cream cheese is set, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool 20 minutes; carefully, remove from the pan. Refrigerate any remaining coffee cake.

So, before you try to sample a sour cream cheese coffee cake, remember that this is not a matter of enjoying the cake, but rather enjoying when you eat it. Choose wisely.

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