Sunday, August 22, 2010

Two Crumb Cakes One Picnic.

Last Saturday was Hubby's company Picnic at Sherkston Shores, it is located on the shores of Lake Erie and a great way to spend a Saturday. It is about a 2hr drive from Toronto.

"Say What" 

" Papa Smurf, are we there yet?" 

After finally arriving at our destination we spend the day in the pool

on the water slides 
and enjoying the company of good Friends

Since I wasn't quite sure on what to make for dessert for the Picnic I put a call out on Twitter, Nicole @ Making Good Choices and Lisa @ Vegan CookBook Critic  came to the rescue. 
Nicole suggested I make a crumb cake, after all it travels well and doesn't need to be refrigerated. Great Idea!! 
I ended up making 2 Crumb Cakes Nicole's Uncle Tommy's Crumb Cake and a Blueberry Crumb Cake both were a big success. 

Uncle Tommy's Crumb Cake 
adapted from Nicole @ Making Good Choices

1 box yellow cake mix (i used French Vanilla) 
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups water (i used 2%milk) 
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 cups sugar 
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
2 sticks of unsalted butter melted 

Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and Flour a 9x13 baking pan. 

For the Cake:
  1. In a mixing bowl combine cake mix, 2 eggs and 1 1/2 cups of milk and beat on medium for 2min.
  2. Once the batter is smooth, pour into the 9x13inch baking pan 
  3. Bake for 30minutes or until golden brown
For the crumb: 
When you have 5-7min left for the cake to bake, start making the crumbs 

Combine 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, Melt 2 sticks of Butter and add to flour mixture.
***Crumbs form best when mixed with your hands!!

Once the cake is done, sprinkle the crumb mixture over the entire surface and place back in the oven for another 7-10min. 
Let it cool and sprinkle the top with powdered sugar!

This cake has an amazing crumb. Everyone really enjoyed this cake especially the crumb. 

I also made this Blueberry Crumb Cake, I used Greek Yogurt instead of the sour cream and  baked in a 9x13inch pan.  

    This crumb is quite different then Uncle Tommy's Crumbs, it is a dryer crumb, but still very good. The cake is very light and not too sweet, just the way I like it. 
    I would almost like Uncle Tommy's Crumb on this cake!! YUM!  

    We spend a lovely day with Hubby's work friends and their families. I really enjoy Company Picnics over formal Christmas Parties. 

    Happy eating 


    Tina said...

    Those crumb cakes look really really good. Glad you had a fun day!

    Andrew Opala said...

    Great recipes! Used to live down there ... we loved Sherkston and Crystal Beach in the Summer and the (then) World's largest wooden roller coaster.

    Looks like you had fun.

    Her Name is Rio said...

    Sounds like a terrific day and terrific looking cakes too! Yes- picnics are more fun than formal parties for work!

    Marlene said...

    Sounds like a fun day and the crumb cakes look delish!

    The Linz said...

    What a great time! And I have to say those crumb cakes sound mighty tasty. I am adding the recipe to my recipe files now! :)

    freak4fitness said...

    That cake is DROOL worthy!!!!!

    Nicole said...

    Glad you enjoyed this crumb cake! It's always a big hit :)

    Emz said...

    Ohhhhh Claudia. ...... Looks like heaven. And if it comes from a cookbook called, "Making good choices" it's a must!!

    Anne said...

    Sounds like a fun day...and those crumb cakes...yummmm!

    So glad the IT Band Wrap is helping...Good luck with your race :)