Polish Coffee Cake…

My beautiful sister-in-law is having a baby girl this summer & tonight I am getting together with some fabulously creative women to plan a shower for her.  To help keep us all on track/to push the theme that I want, I made a Polish Coffee Cake.  This coffee cake is my favorite baked treat of all times.  My Me’me (mom’s mom) got the recipe from a lady named Mabel in Okinawa in 1964 when both of their husbands were serving in the Air Force.  I never met Mabel but I will ever be indebted to her for this amazing dish!

Here’s the team

A little background entertainment, great dancing & singing

Mix together 1/2 Cup of nuts (I used walnuts), 1/2 Cup cherries (about 10oz), 1/2 Cup of brown sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon

Yummy, set this aside til the end (have a little taste if you must: you must)

Cream together 1 stick of butter, 1 Cup granulated sugar & 2 eggs

Mix together 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda & 1 tsp salt

Add the dry ingredients to the creamed sugar, butter & eggs and mix it up

When mixture is thoroughly incorporated add in 2 Cups of sour cream (16oz)

Poor in half of the mixture into a bundt pan

Sprinkle half of the cherry mixture on top of the batter

Pour on the other half of the batter

Sprinkle on the other half of the cherry mixture

Use a table knife and swirl it through the cherry mixture to create a marbling effect

Gorgeous & ready to go into a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes

Toothpick comes out clean & she is ready to cool off for 10 min in the bundt pan

There you have it, sprinkle with powdered sugar if you want to but she totally doesn’t need it 🙂

Hoping someday my daughters will pass this onto their friends & family.

At the dinnermesa,


Recipe: Polish Coffee Cake (Me’me by way of Mabel Craft-Okinawa 1964)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together & set aside:

  • 1/2 cup of chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cherries
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Cream together:

  • 1 stick of softened margarine or butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs

Mix together:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Mix together creamed ingredients and dry ingredients.  When thoroughly combined mix in 2 cups of sour cream (16oz).

Grease bundt pan, pour half the batter into the pan, and sprinkle half of the mixture over the batter.  Pour remainder of batter into pan and sprinkle mixture on top.  Use a table knife and swirl like a marble cake.  Bake at 350  degrees for 40 minutes.  When done, let it cool for about 10 minutes.  Loosen around the edges with a table knife and carefully remove and let cool.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

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