Thursday, November 15, 2018

Grape Streusel Cake

If you've never used grapes in baking before you have been missing out. Our Grape Cream Pie (Link HERE) is sooooo good and very different from the usual. So is this grape streusel cake. You could use pretty much any fruit to make it but the grapes just have such an unusual flavor and texture it is worthwhile giving them a try. 
I compare this to a coffee cake, especially with that tasty crumb topping. I put it in a 9 X 9 pan but if you wanted it a bit thicker you could bake it in an 8 X 8 pan - you'd just have to adjust your cooking time a bit. 

Grape Streusel Cake

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
pinch salt
2 Tbsp oil
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups seedless grapes

1 1/4 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9 X 9 pan with parchment paper, set aside.
Prepare the cake - Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a second bowl, whisk together oil, egg, buttermilk, and vanilla. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just mixed. Do not over mix. Spread evenly in prepared pan.

Top with the grapes.

Prepare streusel - In a mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and butter. Toss with a spatula until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the grapes.

Bake at 350 until topping is golden brown and toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean - about 30 minutes. 

You can leave it in the pan BUT I like to use the parchment paper to lift the cake out of the pan so I can serve it on a serving platter. 
Let cool completely before serving. Don't forget the ice cream or whip cream!

I love simple cakes like this that are perfect for so many things. Tea time, girl's night, after school snack, brunch... all the things. This does freeze well too. Just make sure it is completely cool before covering with plastic wrap (or airtight container) and freezing. 

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