I have mentioned before how sometimes I feel like I should have lived in the 1960’s or 70’s.  One experience that I feel that I would have really enjoyed is being in a bridge club.  My grandma and all of  her friends met for bridge club and originally the club actually played cards.  As their lives evolved and became busier with babies and other responsibilities, bridge club simply became an excuse to get together, have a cocktail and visit.  Since my grandma passed away several years ago my mom has been grandfathered into the group of lovely bridge club ladies.  The majority of the group has been together for 60 years.  They meet once a month for fellowship, food, wine and conversation.  No cards.  What this group meant to me growing up was that I had an extended network of “grandmas” to teach me valuable life lessons and most importantly to keep my real grandmother’s memory alive.

the original bridge club, 1980

When I got married three years ago, the bridge club ladies hosted a bridal shower for me and presented me with a sentimental scrapbook in which each of them filled a page with memories and photographs of my late grandmother.  I was so touched by their kind gesture and feel so blessed to have this inspirational group of women in my life.

For some reason making this insane Extra Crumb Coffee Cake got me thinking about the bridge club.  Probably because I know how the ladies can spend hours sipping coffee (or wine) and how much they all love to cook.  They even made a Bridge Club Cookbook!

the cover of the Bridge Club Cookbook circa 1980

The Coffee Cake is simply not my grandmother’s Bridge Club’s coffee cake.  It is a decked out, insanely over-the-top coffee cake.

With most coffee cakes, the crumbly streusel topping is my favorite part and there never seems to be enough of it.  This cake completely satisfies my desire.  The topping is truly almost as thick as the cake itself.  And a generous filling made with cinnamon and cocoa powder puts the cake into a class of it’s own.

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combine ingredients for topping and set aside

in another bowl, combine filling ingredients and set aside

for the cake, in a large bowl and with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars

add vanilla and eggs

alternate adding flour and yogurt mixtures

pour half of batter into prepared pan

sprinkle filling on top

pour remaining batter over the top and spread

sprinkle topping evenly over the batter


cool, enjoy and celebrate a special woman in your life

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13 Comments ( Reply )

  1. luv what you do
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    What an amazing group of women and a special bond that you share. My mom has a group of friends taht we call the ‘ya ya’s’. They used to get together and play mahjong once a month. It was less about the tiles and more about the food, gossip, and laughter. I remember having trouble sleeping on those Thursdays becasue they’d be hysterically laughing past my bed time : ) This group of women has become my family and I am so thankful for that. They would definitely love this recipe!


    • Mercedes
      Jun 20, 2012 @ 6:26 am

      Thanks Jennifer! It’s so great that you have had a similar group of women in your life!


  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    The bridge club sounds amazing, what a sweet group of ladies! As for the coffee cake, yum! I’m drooling over the extra crumb :).


    • Mercedes
      Jun 20, 2012 @ 6:26 am

      Thanks Laura! The extra crumb definitely makes the cake!


  3. Cassie
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    This is so cute. I would have loved to be in a bridge club. So fun! And this cake – right up my alley! I adore coffee cake and this looks amazingly moist. Your photos are stunning Mercedes!


    • Mercedes
      Jun 20, 2012 @ 6:26 am

      Thank you Cassie! Maybe we are both “old souls”!


  4. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    These pictures are gorgeous Mercedes!
    Love to hear about the bridge club, such a great tradition.


  5. PatriciaCK @ The Answer Is Cake
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 3:39 am

    A girl after my own heart. I completely agree that there is NEVER enough crumble on most cakes. The “extra crumb” in the title was what make me click on this – and I can’t wait to get baking now. And a lovely story too. Well done Mercedes.


    • Mercedes
      Jun 24, 2012 @ 8:21 am

      Thank you Patricia! I am glad that we agree on this very important matter! Thank you for your kind words and please stop by again!


  6. Shannon McCarthy
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    These pictures are making my mouth water, Mercedes. Nice job capturing each step. My aunt is part of a bridge club and absolutely loves it. I’m going to pass this recipe on to her and also mention your blog. Have enjoyed your blog posts. Best of luck – Shannon, Crumb Cake Creations, LLC


    • Mercedes
      Jun 26, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Shannon and for sharing the recipe with your aunt! Please stop by again!


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