Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Time

This morning I woke up when it was still dark outside with child like excitement! I felt like a kid on Christmas morning and that's all because my beautiful Mum arrived from Australia just in time for the Holidays!
My mum always talks about her love affair with streusel and her memories as a child of sneaking into the kitchen late at night and taking large chunks of this densely moist and buttery cake! So in honor of her arrival I decided to pair this traditional cake with the fall favorite flavor of pumpkin.  The results were nothing short of magic! Not only was the cake super moist but the pairings of all the pumpkin spices mixed with the crumbly streusel topping seriously made me question why this combination wasn't found everywhere! It's just insanely good!
I know that the ingredients list looks a little overwhelming but I promise you, it's not as bad as it looks! 

The Chirpy Birds Pumpkin Coffee Cake

1/2 cup of room temperature butter
1 cup of granulated sugar
3 jumbo eggs room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 cup of sour cream
1 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
2 1/2 cups of self raising flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of rolled oats
4 tablespoons of cold butter
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon 
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
3 tablespoons of maple syrup

Pumpkin Filling
1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree
1/4 cup of granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350F
Let's start with the cake mixture first so the following steps are referencing the cake ingredients only! Sift together dry ingredients and set aside. 
Cream butter and sugar in electric mixer for around 4 minutes until it's light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time until completely incorporated.  Then add vanilla, sour cream and pumpkin. Mixture should be smooth and creamy.  Slowly add dry ingredients until just incorporated! Don't beat though! It's better if you finish bringing it together by hand than over beat it. Great now that that's taken care of head to the streusel part.

Place all ingredients apart from the maple syrup into a separate bowl. Bring them together with your finger tips until it looks like crumbs. Set aside!

Mix together pumpkin puree and sugar and set aside. Okay time to assemble!
Place half of the cake mixture into your coffee cake dish, then 3/4 of the streusel mixture onto the top of the cake. Drizzle streusel mixture with the maple syrup then top of your pumpkin puree mixture.  Finish by topping with the rest of the cake batter and top with your remaining streusel. Place into a preheated oven for around 60 minutes until the centre comes out clean!
Not only will your friends and family be thanking you, but the smell that will fill your house will kick the butt of any fall scented candle you could ever buy! Nothing can mimic the aroma of holiday home cooking!
Hope you're having a wonderful day today and showing someone you love just how much you love them! Even if that's just over a cup of tea or coffee and a smile :)

xo tash


  1. you are knocking it out of the park with all these amazing recipes gf!

  2. Looks delicious!
    And enjoy the time with your mom :)

  3. Darl, this looks so scrumptious and not too hard to make either!

    She's gonna love it!

    Have fun won't you!

  4. Yummmm...That sounds wonderful sweetie. You inspire me to bake more:) hugs and kisses

  5. This sounds divine! I'm so tempted to give making this a try!

  6. Yum!!! I have so much oatmeal I'm trying to motivate to bake something oaty to use at least some of it before we go!

    Enjoy your visit with dear mum!

  7. such a lovely, heartwarming post. looks delicious!

    xo Alison

  8. May I please have a slice?;) This seriously looks delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe, I'm definitely going to have to try this one out! Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog by the way. Hope you're having a splendid day!


    Molly Jane

    PS. Stop by again soon!

  9. Mmm, Tash, my mouth is watering. Holiday hugs to you and our mum. I miss you both.

  10. Hey Chirpy! This looks delish. I'm going to make this, we have some serious pumpkin luvers in our house.
    Let's stay in touch!

  11. You always have such great recipes! This one sounds divine!

  12. ps. I listed ur blog on both of my blogrolls!

  13. Oh how absolutely beautiful to have your mum around, especially as the holidays approach! This looks delicious, I love the tidbit you shared of her with the streusal too :) I'd love to have this on a lazy weekend, with a piping hot cuppa joe.

  14. Oh wow, this just sounds so perfect for this week! Maybe for Thanksgiving morning - yum! Thanks!! xo

  15. Sounds delicious!!!
    Enjoy this special time with your mom

  16. Welcome to your Mom! I'm a little excited about this recipe. I've been trying to get my husband to like pumpkin flavored things and as of yet, I've haven't done a very good job. Cake might just be the answer!

  17. Aw, I love the holidays, and family and freshly baked goodies... perfection!

  18. A pumpkin streusel coffee cake? I'm in heaven! Have a wonderful visit with your mama!

  19. I love this! Nothing better than cooking something yummy with someone you love. I hope you have a lovely visit with your mom!

  20. Okay, this needs to happen at my house. Loving it! I'll definitely be jotting down that recipe asap.

  21. This looks divine! And so moist, I love streusel! Enjoy your time with your mom :)

  22. Yum yum yum! And have a wonderful time with your mom!

  23. Mmmm that looks so good! Thank you for sharing!


    p.s. Be sure to enter my jewelry necklace giveaway when you get the chance!

  24. nothing better than having your mom there! and this looks seriously delish!

  25. what a magnificent (and dangerous!) idea... have a great time with your mum! xo bb

  26. I swear pumpkin is a super ingredient!! It just makes everything taste better.

    I hope you're enjoying your time with you ma!!

  27. you had me at "struesel" and "sneaking." yum!

  28. Yummy! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xo

  29. I don't know how I missed this!! I would've baked this up ASAP...maybe I'll have it with margarita Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/ get the idea.

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with you mum!!




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