Updated for 2023
Nothing beats a timeless classic. Hook’d Up Bar and Grill proudly presents the renowned Los Angeles Unified School District’s secret weapon – the legendary Coffee Cake. This irresistible treat has been satisfying cravings since 1954 and remains a beloved favorite in Los Angeles schools. It’s no wonder that students, teachers, and parents from all walks of life can’t resist this delicious delight.
The Authentic 1954 LAUSD “Old Fashioned” Coffee Cake Recipe
As I was scrolling through Twitter, I came across a tweet from Austin Buetner, the superintendent of LAUSD. To my delight, he shared the original 1954 Coffee Cake recipe. Although we may never know how they’ve managed to scale up the recipe to feed hundreds of thousands of students at a time, we can still enjoy the genuine flavors of this iconic dish.
The ingredients needed to recreate this masterpiece are simple, yet they combine to create a symphony of flavors. While you might need to stock up on items like nutmeg and buttermilk, trust me when I say that these ingredients are worth the extra effort. Once you take a bite of this exquisite coffee cake, you’ll understand why it has captured the hearts of so many.
Our Insights on the Recipe
Let me share what makes this Coffee Cake truly special. The crumble on top adds a touch of saltiness, perfectly complementing the cake’s sweetness. And here’s a fascinating fact – it’s not your typical “cakey” cake. It boasts a light and airy texture, possibly due to the inclusion of oil in the recipe. We used whole nutmeg and discovered that it takes the flavor profile to new heights. Don’t forget to have a grater on hand, like this microplane one, to fully enhance the nutmeg’s essence.
Now, let’s address a couple of ingredients mentioned in the original recipe. Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with “Baker’s Flour” or “Salad Oil.” We tried using All-Purpose Flour and opted for Canola Oil, and the results were just as fantastic. However, feel free to experiment with other oils or even butter as an alternative. Share your favorite variations in the comments below!
Lastly, let’s take a moment to appreciate the word “crumbly.” It perfectly describes the texture of this divine creation. We can’t wait to incorporate it into our conversations more often!
Before we proceed, let’s express our gratitude to the LAUSD food service team from 1954 for sharing this cherished recipe with the world. It’s a testament to their culinary expertise and commitment to providing exceptional meals to students.
If you decide to give this Coffee Cake a whirl, we’d love to hear about your experience and how much you and your loved ones enjoy it.
Frequently Asked Questions about LAUSD Coffee Cake
Q: What is coffee cake?
A: Coffee cake is a delightful, soft cake traditionally enjoyed with a warm cup of coffee or tea. It usually offers a hint of sweetness and can be flavored with cinnamon, nuts, fruit, or other delicious ingredients.
Q: What are the ingredients of coffee cake?
A: The exact ingredients for coffee cake may vary, but typically include flour, sugar, eggs, butter or oil, baking powder, milk, and flavorings such as cinnamon, nuts, or fruit.
Q: Can coffee cake be made without coffee?
A: Absolutely! Despite its name, coffee cake doesn’t actually contain coffee as an ingredient. It earned its name because it pairs perfectly with a steaming cup of java.
Q: Can I freeze coffee cake?
A: Yes, you can freeze coffee cake for future enjoyment. Ensure it is tightly wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn.
Q: How long does coffee cake last?
A: If stored in an airtight container at room temperature, coffee cake can last several days. For an extended shelf life, refrigeration is recommended.
Q: Is coffee cake healthy?
A: Coffee cake tends to be high in sugar and calories, so it’s not exactly a health food. However, some recipes incorporate healthier alternatives like whole wheat flour and reduced sugar for a more wholesome option.
Q: Is coffee cake a breakfast food or a dessert?
A: Coffee cake is a versatile delight that can be savored as a scrumptious breakfast or brunch item. However, it also makes for a delightful dessert or snack throughout the day.
Q: What are some variations of coffee cake?
A: Get ready to explore a world of coffee cake variations. From blueberry and cinnamon streusel to sour cream and pumpkin, the possibilities are endless.
Now that we’ve answered some burning questions about coffee cake, let’s dive back into the mouthwatering world of LAUSD’s legendary recipe.
Experience the Best Coffee Cake in Los Angeles at Hook’d Up Bar and Grill
At Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, we take pride in serving the finest coffee cake in the city. Inspired by the timeless LAUSD recipe, we’ve crafted a delectable rendition that will leave you yearning for more. Join us at Hook’d Up Bar and Grill to experience the magic of this legendary treat firsthand. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth with this LA institution.