This recipe from Favorite Family Recipes piqued my interest because it would be easier using a cake mix. Instead of following the package directions, the author adds different ingredients. Also, Erica instructs how to prepare the topping. She insists upon this dish's versatility, and in my attempt, I actually did not include the chopped walnuts even though I had them on hand, leftover from making chocolate walnut fudge for Thanksgiving. I didn't mix the topping into the batter, only laying it on top, like in this image...
Anyway, the coffee cake tastes decent, but I don't like how the finished product looks. Instead of tweaking this particular recipe, I think I'll search for another and try that. The cake was incredibly moist, but didn't rise well under the weight of the topping. Even though the toothpick came out clean, perhaps it wasn't completely done... I'm unsure.
Hot out of the oven, the topping looked very wet. I try to make everything beautiful and this first attempt at coffee cake simply didn't work out. I'll do better next time.
Any recipe suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I feel like every domestic goddess needs a coffee cake!