Coffee Cake in a mug with cinnamon oatmeal struesel topping

Coffee Cake in a Mug with cinnamon oatmeal struesel topping -- A Pinch of Joy
Coffee Cake in a Mug with cinnamon oatmeal struesel topping -- A Pinch of Joy

Sometimes just a little sweet will make the day so much better. I try not to have temptation setting around because – well, it’s just too tempting! If a whole cake is in the kitchen, it is “evened out” for breakfast, just a little piece for lunch and a small piece for afternoon tea, then a dinner sized piece in the evening. But we are well disciplined and never have a piece after dinner. :-) That’s a lot of carb, calories and sweet stuff in a day. One sweet serving is just perfect. Especially if it is divided between two people.

I’ve been experimenting with mug recipes for that sweet craving. This is one of our favorites. The yogurt replaces egg. I used low carb yogurt because that’s what I usually have on hand, but Greek yogurt or any other plain or vanilla yogurt would work. If you keep your butter on the counter, you are good to go. If you refrigerate butter, you’ll need to soften it for 5-10 seconds in the microwave so it will mix evenly in the dough. Be careful not to overcook the coffee cake as it will quickly become dry.  Eat while warm for best results. I won’t tell you that this is better than your favorite baked coffee cake recipe – but it will tide you over a sweet craving very nicely and it’s pretty darn good on its own merits.

Coffee Cake in a mug with cinnamon oatmeal struesel topping
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
Struesel Topping
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons quick oatmeal
  • 1 scant tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Place 1 tablespoon of room temperature butter in mug. If cold, place in microwave for about 10 seconds. Do not melt.
  2. Add sugar and mix well.
  3. Add yogurt and dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  4. Mixture should be thick. Smooth across the bottom of the mug.
  5. In small bowl, combine streusel topping ingredients using a fork until well mixed. Sprinkle on top of coffee cake in mug.
  6. Cook at full power in microwave for 1 minute. Top should be shiny, look slightly underdone and firm to touch. If additional cooking time is needed, do only 10 seconds at a time to avoid overcooking.
  7. Eat while warm!!!!


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Cream Cheese Frosting – lower sugar version

Cream Cheese Frosting (lower sugar version) -- A Pinch of Joy
Cream Cheese Frosting (lower sugar version) -- A Pinch of Joy

Cream Cheese Frosting (Lower sugar version) is a light, soft frosting. It spreads well, but is not suitable for decorating. It will hold things like chopped nuts or other embellishments — food or paper – but won’t hold shape. It’s not strong on flavor, has a very smooth texture, not sweet – it’s the perfect foil for a great cake! It enhances but doesn’t outshine unique flavors and textures, like Pumpkin Bars, Pineapple Spiced Carrot Cake or Hummingbird Cake. What other recipe gets top billing for being the perfect second banana to the star??

Make one batch to frost a 9×13 pan of cake or cakelike bars. To frost layer cakes, you will need to double the batch.   A touch of salt can enhance the flavor. You can also add up to a cup more powdered sugar, if you need (which will, of course, up the carb and calorie count).   If the day is very humid, or you will be transporting the cake, might be a nice option to know.

Cream Cheese Frosting - lower sugar version
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Beat cream cheese and butter at low speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and mix well.
  3. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Beat until well incorporated.
  4. Spread over cake, slice and serve


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Coconut Fudge aka Egg in the Grass Fudge

Coconut Fudge aka Egg in the Grass Fudge -- A Pinch of Joy
Coconut Fudge aka Egg in the Grass Fudge -- A Pinch of Joy

Coconut fudge is a cream cheese based candy that is colorful, fun and so easy to make! Use a 3 ounce package of cream cheese or cut three ounces from a larger 8 ounce piece. Food coloring has so many options that it’s hard to give a measurement. If you’ve used a particular kind – paste, deep color, neon or regular – you probably have an idea of the intensity each produces. If not – go slow. You can always add more, but subtracting doesn’t work!   I prefer the paste colors that are used in cake decorating for the fudge, but –hey, grass is green in any medium. And for making coconut grass, a liquid coloring seems to work best. This fudge will get soft if it is out of the refrigerator and uneaten for more than a hour or so. Usually it disappears so quickly, that’s not a problem.

Coconut Fudge aka Egg in the Grass Fudge
 
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A colorful, fun and easy to make cream cheese fudge for spring celebrations!
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Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 25 pieces
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon almond flavoring
  • Green food coloring
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup coconut
Topping
  • ½ cup coconut plus a few drops green food coloring
  • 25 small jellybeans or other small egg shaped candies
Instructions
  1. Butter 8x8 inch pan lightly.
  2. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and extract until smooth.
  3. Add food coloring a bit at a time, mixing until desired color is achieved.
  4. Mix in coconut and chopped nuts.
  5. Press evenly into pan.
  6. Place ½ cup coconut in plastic zipper bag with 2-3 drops of food coloring and shake until coconut is colored. Press gently into top of fudge mixture and add candy so that one piece is in the middle of each planned square of fudge.
  7. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until firm, before cutting and serving.


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