Happy Birthday Coffee Cake

Last weekend our sales guy, Anthony, celebrated his birthday.   I decided we could celebrate with a cake at our weekly meeting.  A full blown layer cake would have been over-the-top on a Monday morning especially on the heels of the holidays.  So I made a coffee cake and here is the recipe.  We even put a candle in it and staff sang Happy Birthday….I should have taken a picture!  As my family awoke to that wonderful aroma, I must admit they were disappointed to learn the cake was headed to the office.
I’m a big fan of buttermilk in cake recipes so I searched and found this one in the trusty Betty Crocker checkerboard cookbook.
1 ¼ cups flour
¾ cups brown sugar
¼ t. salt
1/3 c. shortening
1 t. baking powder
¼ t. baking soda
¼ t. each cinnamon and nutmeg (I recommend 1/8 of nutmeg, up to your taste)
2/3 c. buttermilk
1 beaten egg
¼ c. chopped nuts
Combine the first three ingredients. Cut in shortening setting aside ¼ cup of the crumb mixture for the topping.  Add to remaining crumb mixture the baking powder, soda and spices and mix well.  Add buttermilk and egg, mix well
Spread batter into a 8x8x2 inch GREASED metal baking pan (I used a cake pan for the birthday effect).  Stir together remaining crumb mixture with nuts (I used both walnuts and pecans). Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean. Serve warm.


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