Coffee and cake are like a wink and a smile - you'll take one without the other but given the choice, you want the pair. Raspberries and almonds lift this coffee cake to a tart and nutty place. The recipe doubles easily in a 9x13 pan to accommodate all those wanting a little bit more. —Debbie Johnson, Centertown, Missouri
This coffee cake is a sure hit. I used to prepare it for special occasions only. But now I try to bake it whenever I know overnight company is coming. It's always appreciated at breakfast the following morning.
I make my festive-looking coffee cakes at Christmas and for breakfast company. My husband doesn't usually care for apricots, but he loves these. The holidays are a busy time on our small New England acreage. In addition to a few cattle and some chickens, we raise 50 turkeys every year! —Kelley Winship, West Rutland, Vermont
These impressive loaves really sparkle on the buffet. You can't just eat one slice of this treat with its rich filling peeking out of sweet yeast bread. Once you drizzled on the glaze and savor that first piece, you'll know the extra work is worth it.
-Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas
People are delighted to find the ruby cranberry sauce swirled inside this tempting coffee cake. With the crumble topping, moist cake and tangy filling, it won't last long!
-Jeani Robinson, Weirton, West Virginia
Meet the Cook: When I was a girl, my mother served this only once a year - for Christmas-morning brunch. But it could easily be served as dessert besides or as a snack packed in a lunch. It travels very well.
Sometimes when I bake this just for my husband and me, I'll prepare two bread pans' worth and freeze one.
-Laura Hertel, Columbia, Missouri
Since this recipe calls for raspberry jam and not fresh raspberries, you can make this coffee cake anytime of year and bring a touch of spring to your table. It's perfect for a brunch or makes a light dessert.
My family and I look forward to warm slices of this citrus-flavored coffee cake every Christmas and Easter morning. It's a tasty traditional we've been doing for a number of years.—Barbara Daniel, Ducor, California
Dotted with dried apricots and maraschino cherries, this tender coffee cake has a festive flavor and look. I love to serve it at Christmastime for my family, fellow teachers and students. It makes a welcome holiday gift, too.
-Linda Hollingsworth, Quitman, Mississippi
An ideal treat any time of the day, this moist yellow cake offers a delightful surprise of cinnamon, nuts and brown sugar in every slice. Nanetta Larson relies on a boxed mix to help her bake it in her Canton, South Dakota kitchen.
Crunchy walnuts and yummy cinnamon lend old-fashioned flavor to this comforting coffee cake. Serve a generous slice with coffee for breakfast or with a glass of iced tea for dessert.
-Merrill Powers, Spearville, Kansas