One of the first recipes I ever made myself was a Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake that I found in the Pillsbury Cookbook. My infatuation with this scrumptious cake began when one of my parents' friends brought her take on it to our house one Christmas and it became her holiday calling card. I would dream about that cake for the next 364 days until she'd come over again. To me, aside from the aesthetic beauty of a cake baked in a fluted pan, the marbling of cinnamon streusel throughout tender sour cream cake is like the perfect couple in love.
When I became an adult, whenever I went to someone's home, I would bring a Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake of my own. It was one of those foolproof recipes in my repertoire and it always seemed to the recipient like I had made something truly special, even though it was beyond easy to make.
Many years passed since I last made this cake, but then one day on the drive to school I was telling Kenya a story about this cake and he asked me if I would make one for him. Always one to oblige, I picked up all the ingredients and together we baked it every step of the way. The result was so pretty I took a picture of it to post on Instagram. It wasn't long before I had people asking me for the recipe. It's taken a few weeks to do it, but here it is. Over the years I've made several twists, most notably placing the filling in the center so that every fork full has a luscious bite of caramelized cinnamon walnuts. This cake is a majorly decadent treat, but one that really impresses!