Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
Wow! My roommates assaulted it. It smelled like heaven while cooking. The marbling effect is beautiful. In texture, it's somewhere between quick bread and pound cake. If only it wasn't horrendously bad for me... I have done this recipe with 2 egg whites, as well, and it turned out fine. Note that the caramelized crust makes this a pain to cut nicely, but well worth it. I'm working on developing a low/no fat version of this recipe, but for healthier fare, look to my other recipes.
- 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
- 3⁄4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 3 large egg whites, beaten
- 1 -1 1⁄4 cup buttermilk
- 2 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 -3 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄4 cup packed dark brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 -2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 -4 teaspoons sugar
- Preheat oven to 350-375°. The higher temperature will give a more crackly topping, but you have to be more careful about overbaking.
- Mix thoroughly in a large bowl the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
- Cut together the 2-3 Tbsp non-melted butter, 1/4 cup DARK brown sugar and however much white sugar you desire until you get a wet but crumbly consistency.
- Combine and beat together the melted butter, light brown sugar and sugar. When thoroughly combined, add the egg whites and mix for a few minutes more.
- Add buttermilk to the sugar, butter and egg mixture. Stir to evenly distribute.
- Mix wet ingredients into the dry, just enough to get all the flour into the dough. It's easiest to do this in two additions.
- Pour the batter into a prepared 9 x 5 or similar loaf tin.
- Take 1/3 to 1/2 of the streusel and spread it over the top of the batter. Cut through batter to marble.
- Spread remaining streusel over top.
- Bake 60-75 minutes, or until knife test comes out clean.
This cake is definitely five-star, but the instructions aren't! Specifically, Step 3 is very confusing - that's the streusel, and should really go at the end. This is probably the right way to go around it: Prepare the batter (all the ingredients listed in the recipe besides the last 4) - i.e. Steps 1-7 but IGNORE Step 3. Pour the batter into the pan. Make a streusel by mixing the last four ingredients together. Then follow Steps 8-10. The result is truly delicious!