This sour cream coffee cake is great for Spring lunches and brunches. Or, it is great as a pick-me-up snack with coffee or tea. Even though this recipe is half the size of the original 13×9-inch recipe, it can still be too large for smaller needs. When you bake it in an 8 or 9-inch square pan, it is easy to cut the cake into quarters and freeze several quarters in 1-quart plastic freezer bags for use another day. This coffee cake bakes nicely with 10% microwave added to quickly cook the center before the edges become overcooked. Both sour cream and yogurt work well to give moistness and reduce the added fat. 

SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE  

1/2 cup butter1 cup sugar2 eggs1/2 teaspoon vanilla1/2 teaspoon almond extract1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream or plain yogurt 1/2 cup milk2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping:1/3 cup sugar2 teaspoons cinnamon1/2 cup chopped nuts, if desired   

1. MICROWAVE (100%) butter in microwave-safe mixing bowl 20 to 30 seconds or until softened. Preheat microwave-convection oven to 375 degrees.  

2. Blend sugar into softened butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in vanilla, almond, sour cream and milk. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix with whisk until smooth. Spoon half of batter into 8 or 9-inch square silicone baking pan. Mix together Topping ingredients; sprinkle half over batter. Spoon remaining batter on top; spread to cover. Sprinkle with remaining Topping.    

3. COMBO-BAKE on low rack with 10% microwave power at 375 degrees for 23 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm or cold. (To freeze quarters for another use, cut cake into quarters with silicone-safe knife or spatula. Lift each quarter from pan with spatula and slide into 1-quart freezer bag. Close tightly and freeze for up to 2 months.) 

About 12 Servings 

TIPS  

>Cake can be baked in a 9-inch round silicone baking pan. Cut into wedges and freeze extras as desired. 

>Sliced almonds are good with the slight almond flavor. 

>When using a glass baking dish, be sure to lightly grease dish