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Posted on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 8 a.m.

Raspberry coffee cake with lemon glaze provides aromatherapy for frazzled cooks

By Mary Bilyeu

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When I'm under stress, I like to cook and bake. Long hours at work, six-day weeks, mishigas ([mish-ih-GAHS] = craziness) in my personal life... these all conspired against me. I haven't had much time available, but I've cooked curried chicken with spinach for a lovely dinner with Craig; and I've baked challah, applesauce pie, peanut butter cookies, and honey cake. Others might rely upon drive-throughs or bakeries; I prefer aromatherapy and comfort food.

So when I received the generous gift of homegrown raspberries, this was the perfect treat to make — sweet, fragrant, and infused with love and thoughtfulness ....

Raspberry Coffee Cake

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of kosher salt
1 cup flour
3/4 cup fresh raspberries

2/3 cup oat granola
pinch of cinnamon
1/8 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sour cream, egg and sugar. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour. Gently stir in the raspberries, then spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Combine the granola, cinnamon and brown sugar; add the melted butter and stir to combine. Sprinkle topping over cake batter.

Bake cake for 35 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.

In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until desired consistency is reached (a bit like toothpaste). Drizzle glaze over the cake and let set.

Cut into 4 columns, then turn the cake and cut across into 3 columns. Makes 12 servings.

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Mary Bilyeu writes for on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, telling about her adventures in the kitchen - making dinner, celebrating holidays, entering cooking contests, meeting new friends ... whatever strikes her fancy. She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person. Feel free to email her with questions, comments, or suggestions:

Go visit Mary's blog — Food Floozie — where she enthuses and effuses over all things food-related; and look for her monthly articles in the Washtenaw Jewish News. "Like" her on Facebook, or send a tweet on Twitter, too.

The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.



Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 8:20 p.m.

This sounds so good!! Will have to go looking for raspberries tomorrow!! Thanks for all your recipes! Laura M

Mary Bilyeu

Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 8:45 p.m.

You're very welcome! This one was particularly nice, so I hope you enjoy it ... :)


Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

Mary if you were running for president you would get my vote :)

Mary Bilyeu

Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 2:53 p.m.

I've got more sense than to throw myself into that lions' den! I'll stick to cooking, baking, taking pictures of everything I eat, and chatting with my friends over food ... :)