Adventures in Singledom

Apple Coffee Cake

November 29, 2012 by The Squishy Monster

Guy drives up in his sleek blue Mercedes and flashes me his best smug, high fructose corn syrup smile.  Sorry dude, unless you’re peddling Girl Scout Cookies, I’m not amazed by that kind of indulgence.  His impudence hung so thickly in the air that I could smell him before he even got close.  Some guys just don’t get it.  Not one bit.  Here’s a golden rule to never forget: ask and listen.  Don’t dominate the conversation and most definitely don’t ramble on..and on…and on… about yourself.  Random guy, I don’t know what the brand of your shoes mean or care that you own half of the town (or so you say).  My reaction was petulant, at best.

Where has all the romance gone?  I’m perpetually starved for it.  I had a high school boyfriend who shyly gave me a bouquet of my favorite flowers on my front door step and then treated me to a romantic dinner.  In the middle of that story, doors were opened, earnest ears were lent, and eye contact and honesty flowed as freely as the cranberry cocktail I sipped on all night.

For the interim, I live vicariously through the (though fictional) stimulating and complicated relationships of the characters in my books.  Currently, I’m reading

Lee does an amazing job of presenting the intricate blend that is the Korean-American culture and the difficulties of being a part of both worlds but somehow feeling like you don’t belong to either.

…and I find sustenance in

5.0 from 4 reviews

Apple Coffee Cake
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Cuisine: Dessert

  • 1½ c unbleached flour
  • 2 ts baking powder
  • 1 ts pumpkin spice (diy)
  • ½ ts fine salt
  • ⅔ c brown sugar
  • 1 room temperature egg
  • ¼ c melted butter
  • ¾ c whole yogurt or sour cream
  • 2-3 apples (cut into thin slices)
  • Cinnamon sugar (for sprinkling)

  1. In your first bowl, sift together your flour, powder, spice and salt.
  2. In your second bowl, cream together your sugar and egg.
  3. Tip in your butter and yogurt/sour cream.
  4. Fuse the two bowls together–add your first bowl into your second bowl in 3 separate additions. Don’t worry too much about lumps, mix until just combined.
  5. Pour into a greased tin and layer your apple slices on top. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar and bake at 375 for about 17-19 minutes. Broil on high for a couple minutes just to begin caramelizing the sugar on top.

I gobbled up 2-3-4 slices with some yummy coffee…

Salted Caramel, ftw!  (Make your own)

Ah food–never asks questions, spins out an ego trip, argues or demands.

For the love of inanimate objects LOL,

Your Squishy Monster


  1. Oh my gosh, this looks sooo good. I’m want some right now!

  2. Ick…I do not miss being single. My condolences. I’m sure you’ll fine a non-loser, I eventually did :P

  3. Veronica says:

    Yup, food is a good filler when life disappoints. Which is kind of unfortunate for my pants, which are too small right now. lol The cake sounds great!

  4. Love apple coffee cake. In fact I got 4 granny smiths I need to use stat! Delicious looking cake. I wish I had a slice with tea now.

  5. shuahan says:

    “flashes me his best smug, high fructose corn syrup smile” you’re hilarious. no romantic guys here too alas. oh well, but there#’s always cake ;) yours sound like a real treat! yum!

  6. Elyse says:

    I think you’ve named why I like food so much. It doesn’t talk back and while it needs love, you’re free to give it as much or as little as you want, lol.

  7. Sigh no romantic men in my grade… Where are they! Until then I will happily though eat this coffee cake :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Wish you were closer so we could do a girly movie night with this yummy cake! ;)

  9. OMGGGG YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Lester. says:

    Angie. The person you described above ( Too many MALE FEMALE and maybe inbetween) Sadly choose to be that way. There are still real people( REAL) Men, not little stuck up boys in a mans shoes.There are real Ladies LIKE YOURSELF. Keep looking , stay positive. NEVER let any one control you, not break your spirit , nor take your joy.If more people LIVED their own lives and would strive to be the best they can be as I feel GOD created us all to be , the world would be a better place.
    Wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day! Be happy! Be Angie! Take no wooden nickles, nor plastic dimes. NEVER settle for second best!

    God bless you.


  11. sonomagal says:

    Ah, for those days again. Time flies so quickly. Just remember, you don’t have to be hungry to read the menu. Lol.

  12. This apple cake sounds delicious!

  13. Suzie says:

    Guys like you described give me the creeps. Especially that, “Me, me, me” stuff…ack!! And we won’t even go into the cyber age, creeps galore girl!! When I met my husband, he had a trailer home, a junk car but, he worked his butt off. Fast forward 20 years and he owns his own business, we have a wonderful home and though he’s still a workaholic, I wouldn’t change a thing. (Okay, maybe a couple…lol!). We have our own schedules, etc. but, we do occasionally chill out and just “be together”. Enough rambling…someday when you least expect it someone will come along for you!! And they will be the lucky one :)

    • The Squishy Monster says:

      I love your story, Suzie (love when you share bits of your personal life) =) Sounds like y’all have a system that works, ah…I shall (hopefully) have that one day too.

  14. Mmm says:

    I want some salted caramel n coffee cakes…
    true romance

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    Welcome to The Squishy Monster!

    Here, I'll share the stories of my on going love affair with food as well as step-by-step tutorials/cooking videos featuring original recipes. I'm a firm believer that despite our differences, our one commonality as humans? Food.
    I'm 100% Southern & 100% Korean. My name is Angela and my friends call me The Squishy Monster.

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