|Julian's Classic Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake|
|A nice cinnamon nut later in the center.|
|Cutting in the butter to create the streusel.|
Topping and Center
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
food release or butter for the cake pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large whole eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
Make the streusel topping: Mix together 1 3/4 cups flour, only 3/4 cups of the brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon of the cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or use a food processor to pulse until small to medium clumps form. Mix in 1/2 cup pecans. Note this is not the full amount you have chopped. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Make the streusel center: Mix together remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 cup pecans.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Make the cake batter: Spray or butter a 10-inch spring form tube pan (removable bottom, open center). Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour. Continue to beat until well combined.
Spoon half the batter into pan. Sprinkle streusel center mixture evenly over batter. Top with remaining batter, and spread carefully to cover the streusel. Sprinkle streusel topping mixture evenly over batter until fully covered.
Bake until cake is golden brown and a pick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45-55 minutes. Check frequently to ensure it does not over bake. Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let cool 15-20 minutes. Open the spring form pan and lift out the cake. Let the cake continue to cool on a wire rack with the bottom piece/tube in place. When room temperature, carefully lift the cake off the base and center tube and transfer to your serving platter or cake saver.
Make the optional glaze: Mix together confectioners' sugar and milk, adding milk a little a time until you get the correct consistency. This should be thin enough to drizzle over with a spoon but thick enough not to run down and off the cake. Let set for 15 minutes before serving.