Dark Chocolate Coconut Crumb Carrot Coffee Cake

Why is coffee cake, called coffee cake if there’s no coffee in it?

Is there supposed to be coffee in it?

Is it because the rich buttery topping compliments a dark slightly bitter piping hot cup of coffee oh so well?

Or is it to legitimize the idea of having a buttery, dense cake for breakfast?

Yeessiiirrr!

– to be frank, any of the above works for me. Especially the last one 😀

If it were up to me, there would be 5 essential food groups that ought be part of every meal :

Fruits & Veggies

Meat and Protein

Milk & Dairy

Grains & Fiber

CAKE.

(I just said ought — you know I mean official business when …) 

I should seriously rule the world one today … things would be so much happier if everyone was always eating cake. We would probably have to employ more doctors, and gym trainers but mehh … I’d be helping the economy.

Win/win – – ohhhyeeaaahh.

SO LET THE CAKE REVOLUTION BEGIN

Dark Chocolate Coconut Crumb Carrot Coffee Cake

Cake

2 ½ cups Flour

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

¾ Tsp. Baking Powder

½ Tsp. Sea Salt

1 Tsp. Ground Ginger

1 Tsp. Fresh Nutmeg

½ Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

¾ Cups Butter (at room temperature)

1 Cup Sugar

2 Large Eggs

1 1/3 Cups Sour Cream

1 Tsp. Vanilla

1 ½ cups Shredded carrots (approximately 2 medium-sized carrots)

1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chunks

Coconut Crumb

1 Cup Brown Sugar

½ Cup Granulated Sugar

1 ½ Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

½ Tsp. Sea Salt

1 Cup Melted Butter

2 Cups Coconut Granola

½ Cup Flour

Directions:

First prepare your favourite cake pan & preheat the oven to 350 oc.

Cake:

Sift together; flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, ground ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large-sized bowl, cream together you butter and sugar. Once combined, add your eggs one at a time until well combined.

Next, add the sour cream and then the vanilla.

Incorporate a third of your dry mixture into the wet. Mix well. Continue by adding another third of the dry ingredients – again mix well. And then the last bit.

Now for the fun part. Add your grated carrots and the dark chocolate.

Fill your prepared baking pan and allow to chillax while you prepare the buttery crumble topping.

Crumble

In a medium bowl add together the sugar, cinnamon, salt, granola and flour.

Add the melted butter.

Toss with a fork to create large clumps.

Lightly crumble your coconut crumble over your cake (say that 5 times fast 😀 ).

Bake for 1 hour, or until your cake passes the toothpick test.

Technically, you should be eating this cake for breakfast with all the nutrients people say the ingredients have;

Dark Chocolate: can lower your blood pressure, lower cholesterol, aphrodisiac  – – health food

Coconut: increases energy, strengthens your hair, speeds up your metabolism, good source of magnesium — health food

Carrots: Strengthens your vision ( Mama LTSL use to tell me this when I was little) — beta-carotene – – health food

Granola: oats, honey – – good fibres … – – health food

… Just making the world better with one sweet treat at a time 😀

Stay cute, my loves

xox

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Foodie Pen Pal : May

Living The Sweet Life just got a little sweeter … notice anything different?

Yeppers … I got me a little face lift.

Like it?

Hate it?

Let me know 🙂

Sooooo this month, I got another package – kind of like last months, except this one had different items but was still overflowing with delicious treats!! My May Foodie PenPal Package arrived just around my birthday – – and it was exactly the pick-me-up I needed. Without dwelling on it too much, things just weren’t so sweet so this package VERY welcomed.

There’s something magical about receiving a special treat from half way across the country from a complete stranger. This month the wonderful Jennifer, was matched with me – – it turns out this was Jennifer’s first month participating — and to be honest, I wish everyone would be matched with someone like her. Through our e-mails back and forth she seemed so nice!! … she quickly e-mailed me to find out a little about me and then it seems like she got right to work.

I was knocked off my toes to see how well she did!! Not that I thought there would be any problems, but judging from the items I got – – you’d think this lovely lady had known me for years 🙂

So, you want to know what I got?

  • A box of Spiced Apple Chai Tea  – – perfect timing, my tea from last month JUUUSST ran out!!
  • A bag of Cranberry Maple Granola – – really, do I have to go into my granola addiction. The monster has been fed, and LOOOVED it.
  • A bag of Saybon Assorted Toffee — it’s so creamy!! ~ also Papa LTSL, may have had a couple *cough – most – cough*
  • A sample of Fair Trade Green Tea – – :). Happiness. True. Happiness.
  • An Wheat-free Oatmeal Bar – – perfect for those early mornings, I’m running out of the house.
  • Thai Spicy Rice Snack Mix – – I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks goooooooooooooood!
  • Hot Wasabi Hot Peas – – *drool* ~ brother LTSL got in on this action and … let’s just say we have an empty tin in the recycling now 🙂
  • Organic.FUDGE.BROWNIE.COOKIES. *faint* holy mother of cupcakes, I had one as soon as I opened the package and I swear I didn’t a moment to remember I wasn’t dreaming!!
  • Pretzel & Peanut Butter Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate – – HOW WELL DOES SHE KNOW ME!!
  • Chocolate Pocky sticks – – I loved these, I hadn’t had them since I was little.
  • Lifesavers — how ironic, just as my life needed to be saved these ended up in the mail 🙂
  • 2 Samples and the recipe for Jennifer’s AMAZING power cookies. Not only did I eat both – – I’ve also made the recipe, and shared the cookies to pretty much everyone I know. Its addicting and makes me smile from the inside out!!

Jennifer, thank you SO much. Everything in the box was amazing … you’re amazing. I truly wish your package that you received was just as awesome. And hopefully, you’ll continue being part of the Foodie PenPal Program?

Hey, speaking of which – – if I have you craving these goodies, why don’t you sign up to get your very own Foodie PenPal Package?

It’s easy-peasy-lemon squeezey :

Sign-up here by the 4th of this month.

The Nitty-Gritty:

  • On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
  •  You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
  •  The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
  •  You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
  •  Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
  •  Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.
Pretty Cool, huh?

Well my loves, stay sweet – – I shall be back 😀

xox

Foodie Pen Pal : April

Confession: I was supposed to write and post this entry yesterday.

I didn’t 😦

And I’m sorry.Life got in the way …

I’ll be honest, life will probably be getting in the way a lot in the next couple of weeks. With weddings, baby showers, graduations, Mother’s Day , birthdays, “new and exciting commitments”, communions  and family coming from away – while I will certainly be living the sweet life – it’s about to.get.busy.!!

I imagine life is about to become a roller-coaster and I better buckle up.

But I’ll count my blessings, take it one day at a time and I’m sure there will be nights where cupcakes are my dinner because I need a little sprinkle in my life 😀

Enough about that .. let’s get to the goods!!

Looookkkkiiiieeeee loooookkkiiiieeee what I got!!!!

Do you know anyone who doesn’t just LOVE getting packages in the mail, it makes me feel so grown up and important … and they are far more special than seeing bills in the mail. As soon as I saw the little box, I knew what it was – – and I tore right in….

 

It was my April Foodie Pen pal package from the lovely and oh so sweet Ana  (aka Piper) from Pipers run!!

Judging from Piper’s run, she’s a superwoman – balancing being a mom, runner, wife and having time for herself. When you have a moment check out her blog … she writes about some really cool topics and leaves you feeling energized.

I struck gold this month, beforehand Ana contacted me to find out a bit about me – my likes, dislikes, allergies and all that fun stuff.

Then…

*BHAAAMMM*

Was she spot on, or was she spot on?!!?

Chocolate – – ummm YESS please!!

Chai Tea … helllooo, morning cup of tea – you have a new friend.

And of course I’ve saved the best for last

GRANOLA & GRANOLA BARS!!

You can’t see me now, but there are fireworks everywhere I look now.

Piper sent me 3 granola bars … notice there is only 2 in the picture. I couldn’t help it … they looked so good and I got hungry 😦

Not only did I get three granola bars but also an entire bag of coconut granola. *yummm* Wait till you see what I did with this baby – – put it this way, I made it Sunday … and it’s now all gone!!

 Needless to say – –Piper, I loved the package – – thank you sooo much!!

This was my first month participating in the Foodie pen pal program and it was SO much fun!! I got the chance to send Sarah, a 3rd year university student a box of goodies to add a little sweetness to her exam period.

Hey, do you want in on this yummy action?

Commmmeee onnnn down!!

Sign-up here by the 4th of the month, so you have enough time to shop around:

Details:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

Stay sweet my dears – – I promise to have a recipe for you … soon.

xoxox