midnight at the oasis: apple crumb coffee cake

It’s great to wake up and have breakfast ready and waiting. Last night I made this coffee cake that I saw on La Vie Cerise and decided that it would be perfect for a Saturday morning with a whole lot of coffee. And it was. The topping was plentiful and sweet and the apples scattered throughout the cake added just the right amount of tartness to balance everything out.

But the thing about baking this cake was that I started it quite late in the evening….after 1 am to be exact. And because it was so late, I wasn’t in best form and I missed an ingredient—baking powder. I didn’t realize it until I started typing out the recipe this morning. Doh! And since I’m in confession mode, I also over-baked this cake. I guess that’s what happens when it’s late and I’m not so focused. Oops! Not that you’d ever know it cuz this cake is good, miscalculations and all. So maybe my cake didn’t rise very much and was a bit too golden, it was still a fantastic way to start the day along with a whole lot of strong coffee.

Want more? Why not head over to my latest post over at the Food Network Canada and say hi! Vancouver is quickly losing it’s history in the rush to build up a condo or two (thousand) and this weekend marks the end of Wally’s Burgers, a local burger joint. Read my write up on the Food Network Canada blog, Bazaar.

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34 comments to “midnight at the oasis: apple crumb coffee cake”

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    Kristen   March 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I could just about weep with gratitude to have something new to make with 6 bazillion apples still at the greenmarkets. You are my hero.

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    industrialpoppy   March 29, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Why oh why do I always end up looking a cooking blogs before bedtime? Now my stomach is grumbling! Looks like I’ll be making this tomorrow-yum!

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    Grace   March 30, 2008 at 2:47 am

    oh my. that looks so dense and delicious, i may never use baking powder again. :)

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    Sylvie   March 30, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Baking powder or not, that coffee cake looks good and I bet it smelled heavenly when baking too.

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    Bijoux   March 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    That cake is definitely something to make when the in-laws come by the house. I will return to this recipe at a later date and ensure that a container of ice cream is also in the freezer…yum!

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    Angela   March 31, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Well, it looks good anyway!! :)

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    liberal foodie   March 31, 2008 at 7:32 am

    I was going through the same thing this weekend. I attempted to make granola on Saturday and burned it either by cooking it for too long or the temperature was too high.

    Your coffee cake looks delish, unlike my granola.

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    michelle @ TNS   March 31, 2008 at 9:17 am

    wow, that is one dense cake. and i mean that in a good way. i could go for a big ol’ slice and a half-gallon of coffee right about now.

    i think i’ve got a case of the mondays.

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    kickpleat   March 31, 2008 at 9:50 am

    you are welcome, kristen! make it work.

    industrial poppy, let me know if you did make it! yes, the midnight tummy rumbles are the worst :)

    a. grace, this is super delicious and dense! yum.

    sylvie, it was actually hard to sleep since the smells at night were soooo good!

    bijoux, this would be great with ice cream!

    angela, make no mistake, this isn’t a dud! it is soooo good, regardless of my mistakes! i think it’s foolproof :)

    liberal foodie, ack! at least i’m not the only one! don’t worry, this weekend i burnt a pot of pasta. who does that??

    michelle, i’ve got the mondays too. sadly, all the cake is gone! but i’ve got my half gallon cup filled to the brim :)

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    LyB   April 1, 2008 at 8:40 am

    I just love dense, appley, coffee cakes! And with a whole lot of coffee, well, that might just be breakfast this weekend! :)

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    VeggieGirl   April 1, 2008 at 8:55 am

    wow, talk about a truly scrumptious way to start one’s morning – that coffee cake looks to-die-for delicious!!

    by the way, I AM still a loyal reader of your blog, I swear!! It’s just that my school-workload has prevented me (and still is preventing me) from commenting on all of my favorite blogs, as much as I would like to/used to.

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    Mari   April 1, 2008 at 10:02 am

    I’m such a late night baker; and yes sometimes, it’s a disaster, but other times it delivers the goods. I’m usually baking mine to eat immediately though, LOL!

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    liberal foodie   April 1, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    me! me! I’ve burnt soba noodles many times b/c the liquid evaporated faster than I thought, while stir frying. (Not while they were boiling, thank god. That’d be real sad!)

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    MB   April 1, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    TAG, you’re it!

    Tell five things about yourself and then tag 5 other bloggers…

    Have fun!


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    kickpleat   April 1, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    lyb, this makes a perfect breakfast! enjoy.

    veggiegirl, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to comment!

    it’s true, mevrouw, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. this time, it was a bit of both!

    haha, hag! yes, a box of fries at wally’s…sniff!

    liberal foodie, it’s the saddest (and smelliest) thing, believe me!

    marusya, thanks for the tag, but i’m totally lame and probably won’t participate. please forgive me!!!

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    eatme_delicious   April 1, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Yum what a delicious breakfast. I forget ingredients when it’s in the middle of the day…

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    hag   April 1, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Maria Muldar would be very pleased with your coffee cake….what a great thing to wake up to!

    I liked your Wally’s post too! I didn’t know you could get a BOX of fries!!

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    Jessica   April 3, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Oh boy, this looks so good. I don’t think I want it with baking powder. Definitely need to add to the to-bake list.

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    Maija   April 3, 2008 at 11:40 am

    this was a perfect recipe. I was so sad when I ate the last slice. I did use the baking powder, and I think it made it wonderfully light & fluffy. I also added fresh grated nutmeg to the batter because I have a newish zester (the microplane kind) that is so fun to use. I will definitely be making this again, maybe even this weekend.

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    Judy   April 3, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    WOW! I want to eat that cake…. all of it :)

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    kickpleat   April 4, 2008 at 10:07 am

    eatme, i’m glad i’m not the only one!!

    jessica, if you do try it, let me know!

    glad you loved it, maija, i’ll definitely bake this again with bp and i love the addition of nutmeg! yum.

    judy, it’s a good cake to eat! it’s gone before you know it.

    thanks kristine :)

    lydia, try it! i’m not a fan of custard (actually, i’m not sure if i’ve ever had any!)…but give it a go!

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    kristine   April 4, 2008 at 6:10 am

    ooooh I have just discovered you and your blog and I am enjoying immensely. I’ll be back….just off to bake this cake…!!

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    Lydia   April 4, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Do you think this would be good with some custard on top? It looks really good, and I’ve got a can of runny English custard (the kind that’s perfect in trifle) staring balefully at me in the cupboard.

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    Cookie baker Lynn   April 5, 2008 at 8:19 am

    What a great way to start your morning! I’d certainly have made more mistakes than that if I tried to bake at 1 am!

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    Rina the Mama Bear   April 5, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Mmm coffee cakes are so my favorite – add apples and I’m a happy girl.

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    Sarah   April 5, 2008 at 10:12 am

    I love all your recipes and this looks like a wonderful breakfast. By the way, your blog inspired me to start my own here: sarahweigum.com/blog. Come visit if you get a chance.

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    Journey_of_Life   April 6, 2008 at 11:32 am

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    Wheeler's Frozen Dessert   April 7, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    This looks amazing! I love coffee cake.

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    bellcurves   April 7, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    This looks great! I love crumb cake and will have to try this recipe.

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    Lisa   April 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    I made this yesterday (with the baking powder, but I had no walnuts). Very good! I may try it sometime without the baking powder, since it looks like it is good that way, too. :)

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    Betsy Rocks   April 14, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Fixed it, loved it, neighbors loved it, kids liked it better with some whipped cream.

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    the unmediocre   November 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Just made this cake for Thanksgiving. It was so good that I had two servings..one with custard and one without! I prefer it without custard because you can taste the fluffy light texture more.

    I did end up with not enough crumb mixture for the topping though but I always find this. Is it because most of it got stuck to my fingers? Is there any way around this?

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    kickpleat   November 27, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    unmediocre, use a smaller pan? make more crumble topping? i found it worked perfectly for me! try and try again :)

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    Melanie   November 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Yummy – I love this! I had no canola, walnuts and only a small amount of brown sugar so substituted with sunflower oil, jumbo oats and granulated sugar – it worked a treat. Thanks for the recipe :-)

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