Birthday Coffee Cake

I adapted this recipe from an old cookbook called Kountry Kitchen Vol. 3., which I found in a used bookstore a few months ago. It seems to have been printed by one of Cape Breton's Presbyterian communities. Interestingly, most of the recipes are desserts, cakes, squares, pies, and candies. Only a few page are dedicated to actual meals.

Happy Birthday!


• 1 1/2 cup flour • 1 tablespoon baking powder • 3/4 cup sugar • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 cup butter • 1/2 cup strong coffee • 1/4 cup milk • 1 egg, well beaten • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter. Add the egg, coffee, milk, and vanilla. Stir well. Spread half of the mixture in a greased and floured 8" pan. Sprinkle half the topping mixture over carefully. Spread the remaining dough mixture and sprinkle the rest of the topping. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool.


• 3/4 cup sugar • 2 teaspoons cinnamon • 3 tablespoons flour • 3 tablespoons butter, melted • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.

Vanilla Frosting

• 6 oz cream cheese • 3/4 cup sugar • 1/4 cup of melted butter • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Carefully spread frosting over crumb topping.