How to Celebrate National Coffee Cake Day
- Tips and How To's
National Coffee Cake Day is April 7, and it's the perfect time to host an epic brunch feast. Coffee cake will obviously take center stage, but you can't just serve everyone a slice and call it a party. You'll also need to include some sort of protein, a dish with bacon and of course, plenty of coffee. Brew a big batch of fresh java using the Mr. Coffee® Smart Optimal Brew™ Coffee Maker with WeMo®. In a matter of minutes, you'll have 10 cups of coffee ready to serve - and if you use your smartphone to program it, you don't even have to lift a finger for fresh, tasty coffee.
Once the coffee is taken care of, you can focus on the other aspects of a successful brunch. Here's what to consider when throwing your very own morning party to celebrate National Coffee Cake Day.
Choose the Right Music
Every good party needs music. While you might be tempted to just select a generic Top-40 playlist or hit the "shuffle" feature on your iPod, you should give your party's music a little more thought. After all, you're celebrating one of the most important days of the foodie year. Choose upbeat music that gets people excited for the day ahead of them, but doesn't compete with the ambiance you're trying to create. To kick it up a notch, you might even want to select tunes specific to your favorite morning brew. Try including these seven songs about coffee.
Make It a Buffet
Even if you only have a few guests, you can instantly turn it into a party by keeping all of the food and serving materials in one area of the room. This will keep it from seeming like you're just having people over for a meal and make it more of an event. Set up a table in the back of the room and place a stack of plates at the beginning of the line. Be sure to keep napkins and silverware in the same general area.
You'll want to put some thought into the arrangement of food. Think of the best buffet you've ever been to. It probably didn't just have a bucket of fruit and plates of food lying out in the container they were cooked in. Instead, there was probably a big bowl of diced fruit and a beautiful arrangement of other prepared food. When it comes to throwing an epic brunch party, there's a lot of emphasis that's placed on presentation. There are ways to make even cereal look tasty. Get creative.
Provide an Assortment of Food
Every great brunch has a variety of food to choose from. There's typically one main dish - which, in this case, will be coffee cake - and several small options to complement it and add some interesting tastes. Try to include savory and colorful foods to go along with the cake. Yogurt, cereal and assorted fruit are key. Cut up some berries and bananas, and throw in some grapes. You'll want to make the bowl of fruit as colorful and tasty as possible. Next to that, be sure to add a couple other dishes, including:
Since it's National Coffee Cake Day, you'll want to make sure you nail this dish. Try this classic approach to coffee's best friend.
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup fat-free milk
- 1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, milk, yogurt and oil. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, then stir into the egg mixture. Mix well. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan, then pour in the batter. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing the sides of the pan. To serve, cut into thick pieces and sprinkle confectioner's sugar on top, then stagger them on a large serving plate.
Who doesn't love omelets with their coffee? Rather than stand over a hot stove and try to perfectly time the flipping of each one, just bake them! Using the same ingredients you'd need to make a traditional omelet, you can create cupcake-style omelets without any fuss! Not only will it be easier on you, but it will also produce a display-worthy dish.
- 8 eggs
- 1 cup peppers, diced
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a muffin pan with spray butter to prevent eggs from sticking to the pan or place cupcake liners in each opening instead. Crack eggs into a large bowl and whisk thoroughly. Pour an even amount of the eggs into each tin and add equal amounts of peppers and cheese to each. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.