Friday, December 20, 2013

Streusel Squares





Streusel is one of my favorite things to eat! What is there not to love about the buttery crumb topping? It just makes everything better! So when this months Cake Slice winning cake was Streusel Squares I was more than delighted!

I've been watching "Cake Boss" episodes for years. One episode they featured their crumb cake and my eyes nearly popped out of my head! I swear to you if I could have afforded to hop on a plane to get to that crumb cake, I would have! Shortly after that episode the Cake Boss cook book was released with lots of their family recipes, the crumb cake recipe included! I purchased the book and read it like twice and cried both times. Just love their story. I told myself I would make the crumb cake soon. It hasn't happened. His recipe calls for a custard that is added to the batter. Its optional, but I just don't want to make the cake without it, and I'm always pressed for time. So this recipe is on my to do list when I make time.

Thank goodness there is a streusel cake recipe in Carole Walter's "Great Cakes"! And that she made it simple enough to make. I absolutely loved it! My whole family loved it! We loved it so much I made it twice. I even took some to work and my co workers devoured it!



I loved the cake even more when it was slightly warm. I washed it down with ice cold milk. Heavenly! Maranda, my Cake Slice friend suggested the cake was lacking something. Brown sugar? Nuts? I planned on adding sliced almonds to the streusel topping, but changed my mind at the last minute. I cut back the vanilla by 1/2 tsp. and replaced it with almond extract instead. It was perfect!
This recipe definitely a winner!

Please visit my Cake Slice friends to see how there cake turned out.


   

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12 comments:

Felice Geoghegan said...

Your cake looks amazing and I love that I have found someone else who thinks that milk and a warm slice of this type of cake goes together. I'd love to see the Cake Boss recipe when you get a chance to make it - the custard sound intriguing.

The Ninja Baker said...

Dear fellow Cake Boss fan, Anabel, the cake with custard is yummy...But I think with your addition of almond and baking savvy you may have matched the Boss' perfection!

Sonya said...

You were SO RIGHT about the almond extract..it made this cake :)

Thinking of you and your family...

Anne@FromMySweetHeart said...

Anabel...your cake turned out beautifully...the crumb looks so moist! I agree with Maranda...I think this cake could have used a little something more. Maybe the almond extract was it! I love the way you described reading through the cake boss cookbook....you have the same passion as I do...I could weep for a beautiful cake, too. Now you've got me intrigued to get that book and look at that custard recipe! Thanks for all you do for our wonderful group! : )

Emily said...

Anabel,
You always enjoyed great successes with all our bakes!

SpinTheMeal Amy said...

Another Cake Boss junkie here, too! I liked this crumb cake recipe, but I think I will add some jam to kick it up a bit next time. Looking forward to baking with you in 2014, Anabel!

Maranda Medina said...

I definitely need to make this cake again using the almond extract! You are a genius my dear! I can't wait until you make the Cake Boss cake and let us know how it is! Though the custard does sound a bit overwhelming.

Cupcakery said...

Warm was definitely better Anabel- and now I want it with a tall glass of milk too! Must make more :)

Aileen Lee said...

Lovely Streusel!

Becca Looney said...

Oh please make that custard crumb cake sometime soon. It sounds interesting and I want to see the end result :) Your coffee cake looks great! Hope you have a great New Year!

Diana Gale said...

This cake was gorgeous when it was warm. With a glass of cold milk. YUMMY! Like the idea of adding almond extract. i think it would definitely have given the cake an extra OMMPH!

Monica H said...

Crumb cake with custard? Oh my!