“Kuchen” is German for cake. Traditional kuchen recipes run the gamut from pies to cakes to simply sweet pastries. This version is quick, easy, and even though it only resembles a authentic version, it is delicious enough to stand out own it’s own accord. You can alter it countless ways using seasonal fruit and it makes a great “not too sweet” dessert, which is usually how I serve it. This morning, my husband declared it to make a great breakfast as well. He is a “grab and go” type guy who used to not eat breakfast at all. I’ve brought him a long way in the past sixteen years! Today, when he went to open the microwave to reheat the coffee he made earlier and forgot about (it’s a daily ritual), he said “OH! There’s a cake in here!”
“I told you I made a cake yesterday.”
“Oh! Well I didn’t think you meant we still had it!”
He is used to me making food, photographing it, and giving it away
As I type this, I am surrounded by three princesses playing hide and go seek in the house. My niece, my daughter, and one of her friends (which we keep having over in hopes that her Mama will let us keep her) are enjoying a fun summer day all decked out in the finest dress up clothes. As a result, I’m a wee bit distracted. But cinnamon toast is about to come out of the oven and I am hoping that will buy me a little bit of time to finish up this post…
Interesting note about this post: I took all of the photos with my phone. I got a new one with a really nice camera so I just wanted to see how it would turn out doing an entire post with it. I’ll go back to my actual camera next time but it is important to know that I have a backup in case I ever drop my camera in chocolate cake batter like I did in this post. Hey, I gotta get my thrills where I can these days, ya know?
You’ll need: Peaches (fresh or canned), old fashioned oats*, Jiffy Cake Mix*, Cinnamon, Butter, Sour Cream, Egg, and a little white sugar.
*I prefer old fashioned oats because I’m actually using them in place of pecans in this recipe due to the expense of pecans. So I like the bigger oats. However, if you have quick oats, don’t make a special trip to get old fashioned. They’ll work just fine. If you have pecans and want to use them instead, knock yourself out.
*If you can’t get Jiffy Cake mix you have two easy options. 1. You can get one of those smaller boxes of cake mix that are designed to make an 8×8 cake or one layer of a 9 inch round cake. 2. You can just use a regular sized box, double this recipe, and make it in a 9×13 pan. Don’t stress yourself out over it, you can make it work.
Place cake mix, melted butter, sour cream, and egg in a bowl.
Stir it up with a spoon until well mixed.
Remember that you forgot to add your cinnamon so add that…
Then stir some more.
It will be smooth but may have a few smallish lumpy loos in it. You can keep stirring until you get those out if you want to. I find I lack the desire to do so
It’ll all come out in the wash.
Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.
I got this as part of a set last year at Sam’s Club and I always get compliments on it. I paid $20 for an 8×8, 9×13, and loaf pan. I haven’t seen them since but I know to look around Christmas time now because that is usually when they come out with some pretty bakeware
Drop the batter by spoonfuls into the cake pan and gently spread to even it out a bit.
Don’t eat this batter because it has a raw egg in it. However, if you disregard what I just said, and take your very life into your own hands, you’ll find that it is velvety smooth and has the most lovely taste
Place this in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes.
Ten minutes? Christy, that isn’t near enough time to cook a cake!
I know. We aren’t cooking it fully. We are just partially cooking it, then we are going to take it out of the oven and mess with it a bit, then put it back and let it finish cooking.
S’all good. Trust me
In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and oats.
Stir that together a bit. I just toss it kinda with my hand.
Alrighty, this is our cake after it has cooked for ten minutes.
Top that with peach slices.
You can absolutely use fresh peaches in this recipe if you like. You can also use berries, apples, or any other fruit that you happen to have an abundance of.
I am using canned peaches for a very good reason : I had canned peaches.
I wanted to use fresh but I don’t have a peach tree so that would necessitate me going and buying peaches but since I’ve already bought these, there is no extra money to spend in using them.
Isn’t canned fruit a cool thing to be able to get? It is amazing when you think about all of the items available to us right now in the grocery stores that people in other parts of the world can’t even fathom.
When I was in Nicaragua visiting my sponsor child and his family, I asked his mother “Is there anything you want to ask me about where I live?”. She nodded and leaned in, looking very serious as she spoke. The translator said “I have heard that they sell beans in cans where you live. Is this true? Do people really buy beans in cans? What other things do they have in cans where you live?”. She found it so hard to believe that she had held off on actually doing so until one of those crazy Americans could confirm it.
Beans and rice are a staple in Nicaragua. They make this wonderful dish called Gallo Pinto with them. Many families live on nothing but this most days, and even then they only have one meal a day. They purchase their beans dried along with their rice and the thought of people actually buying beans in cans was something that just defied logic to her.
We have no idea how convenient our lives really are. I have a long winded train of thought in my mind right now with regards to this that I will spare you from :). You lucky Dawg.
Lets get back to cooking… ~clears throat~
Look how pretty that is! The beautiful thing about this is that, currently, one of those big cans of peaches contain just enough to cover the top and have a few slices left over for you to eat as your reward for being considerate enough to bake a cake for your family.
Sprinkle your oat mixture all over the top.
Then drizzle with the remaining melted butter.
Return to the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.
Marsha G. shared this with us yesterday and it really made me stop and think. Special thanks to Marsha for allowing me to share it today:
This should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror
where one could read it every day..
You may not realize it, but it’s 100% true.
1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. You are special and unique.
8. Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
11. Always remember the compliments you received.. Forget about the rude remarks.
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