The Canadian Food Network has monthly challenges for us foodies which I love! This month it is for Anna Olson's Sour Cream Coffee Cake. You can find the recipe here and information about the challenge here. I made this for my mother-in-law Lorraine for Mother's Day.
Sadly, once again I had some serious issues with the recipe this month. Before I left to pick up supplies I went through the list of ingredients. In the list it did not specify what kind of sour cream so I just used what I had: light. Turns out at the top of the page there is a comment about not using low fat but I did not notice it until the cake was just about to go in the oven. Why on earth it was not written into the list of ingredients, I will never know.
Here I am adding the sifted dry ingredients. This recipe calls for baking soda and baking powder so I knew this cake was going to rise and rise. In fact, I had read the comments and saw that people had problem with overflow so I put the batter in a tall springform pan:
Ready for the oven but realizing I had screwed up the main ingredient, I hesitated to put it in the oven, now filled with lack of confidence. I looked at the recipe once more and notice in the photograph there is streusel in the middle of the cake. What the? I read the instructions over and over, no, I did not do anything wrong. I carefully followed the directions and am worried that the photo is not for the cake I am making. It also has caramel drizzled across the top, where does that come from?
It is hard to take a risk with a recipe I have never made and share it for a special occasion like Mother's Day but it is Anna, I trust her baking recipes, yet, this one kind of let me down. It was an OK coffee cake. This was one giant beast of a cake! I prefer her delicate and lovely Applesauce Coffee Cake much, much more. I know my cake probably would have been a lot better had I used full fat sour cream but I do not think it is entirely my fault that I made this mistake and bet I was not the only one who did. Also, the photograph really stole my confidence in what I was doing and stressed me out. As a result, I give this recipe three out of five wooden spoons.
Thankfully Lorraine still enjoyed it and we had a lovely day together!