Hello everyone! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and New Year!
I recently had the opportunity to host a CAFE ESCAPES Keurig party through HouseParty.com! This was my first ever HouseParty and I really didn't know what to expect but boy was I surprised. I got my party pack a few weeks before the party and it was FULL of CAFE ESCAPES flavored coffees and lattes, chai and hot chocolate drinks!
I invited about 30 guests and about 8 showed up which was plenty. Everyone brought a little something to nosh. We had cakes, cookies, veggie pizza and chocolate Oreo balls among other things. I made a "TUNNEL of CHERRIES” coffee cake in a bunt pan! Super simple, impressive looking and YUMMY!
|left: Mary, her husband right: My mother-in-law and a friend|
I also made a strudel layer with a 1/2 cup of quick oats, a few tablespoons of brown sugar, crushed walnuts 1/4 cup and a few tablespoons of butter and hand mixed it till it was pea sized crumbles oh, and added some cinnamon...
Cory’s Tunnel of Cherries Coffee Cake1 box of cake mix
1 can of cherry pie filling
*might need water up to 3 tablespoons
Oil (1/2 c.) OR you can sub. 1/2 cup sour cream, or Greek style or regular yogurt
1/2 tablespoons almond OR vanilla extract
1/4 c. (walnut, almond or pecan) nuts crushed
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/3 cup of quick oats,
2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar
A couple pats of butter.
Mix together till it forms pea sized crumbles set aside
Make cake mix- adding oil OR sour cream OR yogurt and extract of choice... beat with a mixer till stiff dough forms...
Place 1/2 of strudel mixture on bottom of the pan
GREASE a bunt pan liberally, or use PAM cooking spray
Pour 1/2 the cake mix in pan and spread evenly
Gently spoons cherries in a layer over cake batter and top with remaining strudel
Top with remaining cake batter and spread evenly...
Preheat oven to 350 and bake 40-50 minutes... Let cool completely and serve.
You can dust with powdered sugar before serving. Serves 10-12 people.
This recipe can be tweaked for any cake flavor and pie filling.
I want to try chocolate cake with cherry pie filling or lemon cake with blueberry filling!