Then I noticed "Copycat of Starbucks Coffee Cake", clicked on the link and there was the recipe I'd always used; but with two minor changes. See, when it comes to recipes, you can make someone else's recipe your own by simply changing two ingredients; so Starbucks used sugar instead of brown sugar, and added a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Or so I think they did, since this is a copycat recipe, so the blogger basically thinks this is how it's made. The blog is "Your Homebased Mom", and here is the link to her recipe: http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/copycat-recipe-starbucks-coffee-cake/.
I made the appropriate changes, typed the recipe up on the computer, and now I have it in a more convenient place. I made four cakes and the one mistake I made is to forget I live in a high altitude location (7100 feet above sea level), so forgot to add extra flour, and reduce the oil, to the cake mix. The cake batter bubbled over the topping and was tacky on top of three of the four cakes; but they were still delicious. Well at least I hope they were; I gave those away, but I haven't heard any complaints, or they're just being nice.
Anyway, here is the original recipe from 1985, so now you can copy me instead of Starbucks. Of course to get the four cakes, I doubled up on the recipe; and used 8" x 8" aluminum pans; instead of two 9" x 13" ones; easier to give away that way. By the way, at that time, moist cake mixes were just coming onto the market, so this recipe called for those original "non-premoistened" mixes. Women began adding extra ingredients such as buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream to get the cake to be moister and richer. No need for that now!
2¼ cups flour
1½ Tbsp. cinnamon
1¾ cups brown sugar
1½ Tbsp. vanilla
|Add remaining ingredients to softened butter.|
|Use hands to work ingredients together.|
|Cinnamon streusel topping.|
|15 minutes, batter is giggly, so be careful removing from oven.|
|Add the crumble topping.|
|This one came out perfect, the other three weren't so pretty.|