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The Hangover: Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

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I don’t know what your plans are for New Year’s Eve. I never used to like planning for the biggest night of the year. There sometimes were disappointments. Sometimes there were grand celebrations. Now that I’m a mommy, I have the best excuses to not want to go out on New Year’s Eve. Like, “I don’t have a sitter.” Or, “Little guy gets scared of the fireworks outside.” Actually, my chihuahuas get very scared.

But you! I know you are living the life I used to lead. You are going to a fabulous party and there will be some bubbly. Champagne. Beer. Beer and champagne. You know, those kinds of parties!!

Or maybe you went to bed at 10 PM after snuggling on the couch with your kids watching one of their movies for the 100th time. You can barely keep one eye open another second, let alone wait to see the ball drop. You drop in bed and dream of this luscious cake you will soon bake!

Whatever the scenario,  make this cake batter tomorrow. Stick it in the fridge. New Year’s Day you wake up. Pop it in the oven. Soon you will smell the smells of holiday time: cinnamon, ginger. Pecans intermingling in this dreamy and spicy sensory moment. Your headache will start to fade just a little.

Then it is ready and you take a bite. SMILE! It’s the new year and you have amazing cake! And make sure there’s some really strong coffee to go with it. I made this cake last Christmas day with my neighbor. We both were in LOVE with this recipe. I made it all December last year. This year I had friends requesting the "Christmas Cake".
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The fun part of this cake is you make the batter the night before. It can stay in the refrigerator for up to 18 hours. You can also bake it immediately after making the batter. I have and it is amazing!! If you are saving for next morning to bake, simply wrap the top of your baking pan with plastic wrap and pop the cake in the fridge until the next day morning. When you take it out of the fridge, remove the plastic wrap before baking.

I have made this in a Bundt and I have made it in a 9 inch spring form, as I did on this one in the photos above. I adjusted the recipe by adding more spices! I added ginger and more cinnamon to the batter and more cinnamon to the topping.

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake
Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4  cup  butter, softened
  • 1  cup  granulated sugar
  • 2  large eggs
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  cup  sour cream
  • 3/4  cup  firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup  chopped pecans
  • 2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon

Preparation

1. Beat butter and granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

2. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Spread batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan.

3. Stir together brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Cover pan with plastic wrap, and chill 8 to 18 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake coffee cake 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven. Serve warm or at room temperature.

recipe from: Southern Living December 2009

These last few weeks there have been lots of cakes, breads, cookies, and pies circulating throughout my kitchen and into our mouths. This is a gorgeous Tre Marie pannetone that I am still enjoying. No one else is eating because I have strategically hidden it.
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My sweet neighbor Katherine brings us this rum cake every Christmas. She’s a doll. She has a dog named Romeo. She used to live in Rome and is a woman full of incredible stories of her fabulous past.
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Yesterday we went by to my mom’s to have some mac and cheese. My daughter took some photos. I’m wearing my gold “pimpadelic” poofy jacket (my friends hubby said I looked pimpadelic wearing it the other day). It was a little chilly! Little guy was probably throwing something over the balcony.
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Gorgeous weather in the month of December. Hard to believe it was in the 20’s here two days ago.
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Sogni per 2011 : Dreams for 2011

My daughter took all these photos and this was her FAVORITE shot of the sky. It's also my favorite. As I've mentioned in other posts, I adore my children. I've been lucky to find my mate and we try to enjoy every moment together as a family. We've had some beautiful and simple moments this past year. Walks on the beach. Silly movies and popcorn feasts. Long bikerides with our neighbors. Impromptu dinners outside with our special friends. We enjoyed gorgeous hikes in North Carolina and road trips throughout Italy. Days filled with amazing food and lovely friends. These are a handful of moments I won't forget.
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This past summer, life lead me to this food blogging journey. It was a dream of mine for the past five years. I finally took the dive and I am very happy I did. I have encountered some really talented people. Witty and kind. People all over the world.  People I now call my friends.  I look forward to a new year of reading all of your adventures in life and in the kitchen.

I hope to have a year filled with good health, family, and wonderful friends. This post title is very silly. I try to not take life too seriously. I hope you sometimes laugh when you read my blog. I hope you sometimes drool over the food. I get really giddy when you tell me on twitter or email me that you made my recipe and it was successful. If it wasn't successful, I break down in tears!
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And here is my cheesy smile. My daughter told me to smile. Then she told me to look serious. I couldn’t stop giggling.

Whatever you do this New Year’s Eve, I hope it is a wonderful evening. I wish you a New Year filled with hope and peace. Good health and much love. Lots of great cake and fun times. Thank you for visiting me these past few months. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you. I LOVE your comments and visiting your blogs.

I'd love to keep in touch with you more in this coming year! Follow the adventures of Cake Duchess here on twitter!

I just started to Facebook and I would love to chat with you there!! Click here for the link to Cake Duchess on Facebook.

Much love and thank you for your friendship!! xo

43 comments

  1. Wow! This looks amazing! I like the name, too. :)

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  2. I loved that picture of you...you are so stunning, my sweet friend. And your coffee cake looks just divine! We just got back to Austin, and I'm wishing we had a slice of that now. Thank you for sharing such a delightful recipe. Many blessings to you tomorrow and in the days and weeks to come!

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  3. I love the name of this cake! I also prepared a couple of things for the morning after - you never know how it will all go down on NYE! ;-) I'm in the same boat as you, though... I have a 1 year old...but I did find a babysitter for tomorrow night! Yaaay me!

    Best Wishes and Happy New Year!

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  4. I thought I'm the only one that has to party plans for tomorrow night, I simply explained I just would not be comfortable knowing my baby girl has to spend the night away from her crib.
    love the photos and you look amazing. do you eat what you cook? the cake sounds delicious.

    New Year begins, let us pray,
    that it will be a year with new Peace,
    New Happiness, and abundance of new friends,
    God bless you through out the new Year.

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  5. Such a smart idea to post a hangover recipe. You know some of use will definitely need this. I love coffee cake with a hot cup of tea.

    Happy New Year. Best Wishes for 2011!

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  6. As always amazing recipe and beautiful photos!!!
    Happy New Year!

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  7. Even if we don't have kids or chihuahuas we do not go out and party like crazy either. This year we might even just stay home and watch a movie. That's it. But who would not need this cake the morning after?! Cinnamon, pecan and coffee....it sure is a great way to start the new year. Buon anno, cara!

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  8. You've gotta love a cake that ready to bake when you get up in the morning. New's Year's Eve or not, I'm not much of a morning person and preparing a cake is pretty much the last thing I feel like doing first thing in the morning, this totally makes life easier.

    Hope you have a great New Year's Eve with your family. Wishing you the very best for 2011.

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  9. I adore make-ahead breakfast dishes!! Lovely! Had to laugh about your pimpadelic jacket...too funny!

    Happy New Year, Lora!

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  10. Even if I'm not hungover, I'd have this cake on the first morning of the New Year, and the following day, if it even lasts that long! The spices are calling to me and my cup of coffee...

    I think your daughter takes the most wonderful pictures! Some of your food styling and photography must've rubbed off on her.

    Have a wonderful year ahead to you and your gorgeous family, Lora!

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  11. I love the name! We all need a hangover cake. Happy New Year!

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  12. I love the looks of that cake. I especially like the idea of keeping it in the fridge until the next morning. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

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  13. I will be home too with kids, dogs and hubby, I think we should all get online tonight and talk about what else, Food! He He. It's my pleasure to have been able to read you this year. You don't have to even convince me to try your goodies, they are all fabulous. I think your daughter has a future as your camera woman. Wishing you and your family a Very Happy New Year!
    -Gina-

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  14. I may need this cake tomorrow! LOVE the beach photos! Making me a little homesick for Long island...*sigh*
    Thanks for sharing this recipe & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  15. I think I'm happier being a mom on New Years Eve than I was 25 years ago dancing the night away in a noisy restaurant in San Francisco. Watching Buzz Lightyear for the 10,000 time is a far better choice in my mine! Actually, my guys are older, so the movies are getting even better! Love the cake you have here... just beautiful, and I really like that it can be done ahead and simply baked in the morning.
    Had to laugh at you vest comment...I have one in a cream color and I just love it! My fashionista neighbor just shakes her head every time she sees me in it and comments that I'm "puffy". I still wear it though!
    I've truly enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know both you and your mom.
    I love your daughter's beach photos! Your ocean is bluer than ours, and I'm guessing a bit warmer too!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  16. Hahaha, I Love the name. I don't plan on getting crazy tonight, but I'd like some of this cake anyway.

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  17. Gorgeous photos, and that cake sounds to die for! Happy New year!

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  18. Loving this coffee cake recipe!

    Happy New Year, Lora!

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  19. I feel the same way you do about New Year's. It snowed a foot in Colorado, so I'm definitely feeling like staying in. Oh, the pressure!

    Beautiful pics! Hope you have a fantastic 2011. Can't wait to see what else you'll bake.

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  20. I will need this delicious cake tomorrow! can you fedex it to me please! :)
    Lovely pic of you! Happy New Year Sweetie! :)

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  21. I don't intend to have a hangover but I still would like to wake up to that scrumptious cake. All New Years are special - and your life on the water sings of new beginnings. Beautiful smile, delicious cake, fine neighbors and loving family. Does it get any better than that? Happy 2011!

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  22. Beautiful cake made even better by the fact that you can make it ahead of time. :) Hope you have a lovely new year! :)

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  23. Have a beautiful year with your family!
    Warm wishes from Carolinas! Let me know when you come up here for a hike again!:)

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  24. I love the name of this cake, and I bet it lives up to the name. I don't go out for NYE anymore either, we watch old home movies and drink prosecco.
    Hope you have a great evening. See you in 2011.

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  25. You're such a sexy pimpadelic lady! Seriously I wished I lived in Florida still, I want to meet you soooo bad. You look beautiful and your little boy is adorable!
    Mmmmm that cake looks and sounds amazing!!!! I seriously want to eat the whole thing, ok I want to devour everything you make. :)

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  26. HA! I'm single and childless and I don't have plans for NYE... and quite unapologetically I must add :) That doesn't mean I can't make the cake. Looks and sounds delish.

    Happy New Year!

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  27. Happy New Year and I'm looking forward more of your creative recipes. Thanks so much for all you've shared this year.

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  28. What a great post for the end of the year! Your cake topping looks delicious! Have a wonderful new year with your family! I'm so glad I found your blog this year, Lora!

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  29. If I had seen this cake last night I'd be eating a piece right now instead of drooling over it! You do look 'pimpadelic' in your pretty coat! It's hard to believe you've only been blogging for such a short time - you have a gift for it. Have a blessed and Happy New Year!

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  30. Beautiful recipe to go along with a beautiful post. Hope you had a great New Year with your family and all the best for 2011!

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  31. Your daughter takes wonderful pictures :) Just like her momma! I hope you had a wonderful New Years snuggling on the couch Lora! We were freezing our tooshes off wandering the streets of Crested Butte, CO. I sure do wish I had this coffee cake right about now!

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  32. I think this is the recipe I have been looking for that my mother used to make when I was a child!!

    I will be making it today to check! It sounds so delicious and so familiar. Thank you.

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  33. Unfortunately I have no hang over and spent entire night snuggling kids on the couch but regardless I am making this cake right now as we speak and enjoying 60 deg here in Richmond Va today.

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  34. I love that you can make the cake batter the night before, and the cake the next morning! I love making yeast cinnamon buns for Sunday morning breakfast, but with all the rising/kneading time, I can never get them done in time before church. I've found a few recipes I can make the night before and pop in the oven that day, and I will certainly be saving this one as well :)

    Happy New Year!

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  35. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful recipe. I will definitely have to make this soon. It sounds amazing.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy new year filled with lots of love and laughter!

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  36. I totally thought of you and this cake last night. We are boring and stay home unless we're out of town for the big NYE celebration. Gorgeous cake. My chihuahua doesn't like fireworks either.
    I love your "cheesy" smile! What a great photo! She's such a good photographer and photo assistant. Of course, the pimpadelic puffer is awesome too.

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  37. I made this and it was wonderful! Thank you!

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  38. Brilliant name for the cake. Wonderful recipe and fantastic shots!

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  39. You are such a sweet soul. It's apparent on twitter and expressed easily though your blog. I real breath of fresh air really. I am really passionate and protective of my recipes, too. When someone tries them and love them I am so elated, but when they try them and say they were OK I think about it for weeks wondering WHY! Haha. But, everyone has different tastes, use different ingredients and methods, you never know. I am happy and proud they tried in the first place!!!


    WHat gorgeous photos! Your family seems so open and friendly. ANd what great friends you have to send you amazing treats. I am more than sure that you spoil them as well. I just have a question, how do you hide that lovely bread? If I were to have some, my family would be all over it!!!

    OK this is an blog post on its own. I am just so touched by this post. And last but most certainly not least, the cake looks amazing! I don't drink much these days, but I am sure this cake would do the trick!! I am imagining drunkenly noshing on this!!! I hope you have a great 2011. You fully deserve it. Cheers, beautiful!!!

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  40. Happy New Year! This cake looks so delicious :)

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  41. Your daughters photos are gorgeous! I did have a snuggle with my kids + champagne New Years Eve...Since my kids are well over 6' it was not quite the same as when they were little, but no less wonderful :)
    Love this cake! And hope you have the most amazing year ahead...
    Hugs, Alisha

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  42. I was SO hungover on New Years and I think this cake would have been idea for my struggles a few days ago. This looks so good.

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  43. Sweetheart the pictures are beautiful and I love seeing you! This cake is soooo us and I love the idea of making it one day and baking it the next morning! Bookmarked for sure, we are a simple coffee cake family!

    xoxo

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