#MyBaristaMoment ~ Birthday Breakfast in 3 Easy Steps

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My sister recently celebrated another birthday. {I tease her constantly about being older than I am.}  Since we both have pretty busy schedules we decided to celebrate her birthday with breakfast and a morning of just relaxing while all of our kids were at school.

For her, that breakfast of relaxing includes coffee.  Since I don’t drink coffee, I took her shopping at Smart and Final to pick out her favorite flavors of Ambiance coffee, and then I made her a super moist and easy sour cream coffee cake to eat with her coffee.  {I also did her nails (gel) after we ate. I just thought I’d throw that out there lest you think breakfast isn’t enough of a birthday treat for a wonderful sister.}

#MyBaristaMoment Birthday Breakfast in 3 Easy Steps :



Picking out a yummy coffee was imperative in this Birthday Breakfast Plan.  I even recorded the shopping trip on Google+.  {I know!   Look at me get all fancy schmancy on you!}


The Super Moist and Easy Sour Cream Coffee Cake was a snap to make.  I got the recipe online and modified a bit.  Here’s how I did it:

Moist Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe:


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup softened butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Mix in 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Spread 1/2 of batter in the prepared pan.
  3. Prepare the filling: In a medium bowl mix 1/3 cup flour, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and cinnamon. Sprinkle cake batter with 1/2 the filling. Spread second half of batter over the filling, and top with remaining filling.
  4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.


This of course, was the best part.  I’m glad Rachelle liked her #MyBaristaMoment Birthday Breakfast.  Wouldn’t it have been disappointing if she hadn’t?  {gulp}


Interested in trying Ambiance coffee?  My sister recommends it.  {smiling}  If you buy Ambiance coffee from Smart & Final,  enter the code on the receipt from your purchase of Ambiance coffee and be entered to win some of these amazing prizes: First Prize (one grand prize per week, 3 total over the campaign): DeLonghi BCO264B Cafe Nero Combo Coffee/Espresso Maker, a $200 value!, or one of six $50 SmartCash cards (Two winners per week, 6 winners total)!  Cool, right?

Plus, visitors to the Ambiance site will be able to vote for their favorite Ambiance Coffee recipe and everyone who votes will be entered for a chance to win $50 worth of Ambiance products! (vote for me!!!!)

Disclosure:  This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias #CBias.

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  1. 1
    Rachelle Brancato says:

    Thanks for the lovely morning!

  2. 2
    Linda Thompson says:

    I drink Ambiance coffee. Your coffee cake recipe looks divine!

  3. 3
    Twitter: imperfectmomma

    so pinning this! I want to try this recipe out!!! Yummmmmmmmm. Oh…did I mention that I have a coffee cake addiction?

  4. 4

    I don’t drink coffee either, but I LOVE coffee cake! I’ll have to try this recipe soon. And what a nice sister you are.

  5. 5
    Lindsay Maring (Njavro) says:

    Happy Birthday Rachelle!
    What a thoughtful gift from your sister. I think I need to try this recipe.
    love from Minnesota!!!!!!

  6. 6
    Kelly Deneen
    Twitter: kelly_deneen

    You are such a sweet sister! That coffee cake looks yummy!

  7. 7

    Happy Birthday Rachel! You’re both soooo pretty. Cake looks yummy, though I’ve never been a big fan of coffee cake.

  8. 8

    Hi there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the
    same subjects? Thanks for your time!

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