Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake + CHOBANI Review

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
I don't like coffee.

But, like, everyone else does. And when 20-somethings get together, it is often for "coffee". Many times this coffee takes place at a Starbucks. And, so as not to appear rude, I have managed to find a few things there that I frequently order and like...of course they're not a beverage. My most favorite thing to get there is their coffee cake. I loooove it. It's cinnamon-y and brown sugar-y and cake-y but with a delicious crunch from the streusel. *sigh*. This is why, when I saw a recipe on The Baker Chick for a coffee cake that was hailed as BETTER than Starbucks', I immediately bookmarked it. I am so so SO happy I did. It IS even better. The cake is so moist, so fluffy and it is completely bursting with cinnamon goodness. I oftentimes find the cake to streusel/filling ratio lacking, but not here. This cake is heaven. AND you can make it the night before and bake it in the morning, which is so amazing because as ambitious as my morning plans are when I go to bed, that is how sleepy and lazy I feel when I awake. With this all I needed to do was take it out of the refrigerator and put it in the oven, and then sit on the couch, enjoying the heavenly smells wafting through the apartment. Ah yes, this is a coffee cake of wonders.


Oh, and did I mention it has Greek yogurt in it?
Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
Um...so I'm a little late to the Greek Yogurt party. 

Everyone has been telling me how amazing it is, how I should substitute it into some of my recipes, etc. etc...

But I was scared.

You see...I don't like yogurt. Tanginess and I don't get along. So I wasn't sure how much that would impact whatever I would put it in. That's why I was so excited when the wonderful people over at Chobani graciously offered to send me some of their yogurt to try! I was so happy to have both the 0% and 2% kinds of their plain Greek yogurt to play with, and they sent me some vanilla Greek yogurt with chocolate chunks because...I figured...if I was going to like to eat a yogurt...that would be it. Of course, I didn't like it. BUT Michael did, and I used it for part of the yogurt in his special strawberry pie. Then it came down to the plain yogurts...how would they hold up in my cooking and baking? Were my fears going to be realized? 

My fears were all for nothing! I LOVE USING GREEK YOGURT!!! It works so seamlessly in place of so many things (So far I've used it in place of sour cream, mayonnaise, cream cheese, and I replaced half of the heavy cream in this recipe with some Greek yogurt), and it is so much better for you!! I'm a convert. Forreal.

(I'm not gonna get into health benefits, because I'm not a dietitian or doctor, or any of that business, and I don't know nearly enough to try to pass on knowledge. Google that shiz-nit!)
Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
I've officially decided to consistently keep myself stocked with at least 1 container of 0% plain Greek Yogurt. It is now a staple. You guys should totally jump on board this, if you haven't already! AND the amazing Chobani peeps are giving you the opportunity to win some of their fantabulous Greek yogurt-so, whether you are already a Greek yogurt lover or looking to learn more, scroll on down past the recipe and read how to enter! 

Oh yeah and...there's the recipe. That's delicious guys. Make it tonight. Eat it for breakfast tomorrow. Done and done.

 Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake


Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
Ingredients:
Streusel
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter
Filling
  • 1 cup brown sugar, light or dark (or a combination)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • Optional-1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa, for color
Cake
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt (or 1 tsp. if using salted butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (Chobani 0% or 2% are great! Regular yogurt will work too, though)
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (any)
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
Preparation:
Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly grease one 9 x 13" pan or two round 9" cake pans.
Streusel
  • In a small bowl whisk together the sugar, salt, flour and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter. Set aside.
Filling
  • In a small bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon and cocoa. Set aside.
Cake
  • In a large bowl beat the butter, sugars, salt, baking powder, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.
  • In a separate bowl whisk yogurt and milk.
  • Alternate gently beating the flour and the milk/yogurt into the butter mixture. Continue until everything is combined and smooth.
  • Pour/spread half the batter into the pan (3 cups if 9x 13" and 1 1/3 cups per pan if using 9").
  • Sprinkle filling evenly over the first layer of batter.
  • Spread the remaining batter on top.
  • Use a table knife to gently swirl the filling into the batter until it is swirl-y/marbled. (DON'T combine completely!)
  • Sprinkle the streusel on top.
  • Bake until a dark golden brown around the edges and a medium gold on top, and when you insert a toothpick in the middle it comes out clean. 55-60 minutes for 9 x 13", 50-55 min. for 9".
  • Remove and allow to cool 20 minutes before cutting.
Make Ahead Note: Cover the entire thing, completely assembled but not yet baked, tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Bake normally, but you may need to add an extra 5+ minutes to baking time. I did this and it turned out great!

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

GIVEAWAY!!!CLOSED!!
The winner is comment #20, Stefanie (Sarcastic Cooking): "Wow! I love that conversion chart! I would definitely bake something because I would have never thought to substitute Greek yogurt in a dessert. "
CONGRATS STEFANIE!

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

One lucky Cooking Actress reader will win a Chobani assorted case (including plain yogurt and a mix of their fruit varieties). Giveaway closes September 12th, 12 AM EST.  After the contest is over, I will send the winner an email (so please make sure you provide an email address or some other way to get in touch with you), and obtain shipping information (we do not share this information with anyone). The winner will have 3 days to respond or another winner will be chosen, all prizes will be awarded. The winner will be chosen via a random number generator. Open to U.S. residents over the age of 18. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 


How to enter: (REQUIRED FOR ENTRY IN THIS GIVEAWAY) 
Leave a comment on this post telling me some ways you like to/would like to use Chobani!

Additional (optional) entries: (you will receive one additional entry for each of the following--so if you leave a comment for all of them, you can have a total of up to 8 entries/chances to win! MAKE SURE TO LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY-these entries are optional, not required.
**If you already like/follow any of these, it still counts. Just let me know you already follow each in separate comments**
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Disclaimer: Chobani provided me with samples of product, and I was under no obligation to review if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. My opinions, as always, are all my own. We are not liable for technical failures or typographical errors, or resolving identity disputes related to the winner.VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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