Monday, August 26, 2013

Morning Glory Breakfast Cake

It has been quite a while that i'm on time and early to make it for THB ( The Home Bakers). Simply because i am the host for this 23rd bake, if i dont post it today, i'm dead! The group is currently baking from the same book, Coffee Cakes by Lou Seibert Pappas  and our objective is to bake each and every single recipes in the book till complete and we are now done with more than 1/3 of the book! Hurray!

This is a cake that comes with a bit of everything..a bit of oats, wholewheat flour, carrots, apples, berries, nuts, wheatbran, flaked coconut, dried fruits. See how this cake is packed with wholesome goodness and to some of you maybe this is the best oil or butter and yet extremely moist. The original recipe asks for low fat yogurt or buttermilk and i have used a fat free yogurt, it works just as well. The cake doesnt even get harder if keep in the fridge. Just one thing..dont know why there is a slight bitter aftertaste..i have replaced the wheatbran with wheatgerm.. i'm not sure if that comes from the wheatgerm or molasses..
so i'm thinking my replacement with half a cup of wheatgerm could be a mistake. I actually find eating this cake quite like eating the christmas fruitcake. Click on the link here to view the group baking, members will be posting their morning glory cake starting today up till Sept 25, 2013.

Full recipe from the book ( what i made for 1/2 recipe in blue )
1/2 cup quick cooking oats/ old fashioned oats  1/4 cup quick cooking oats
2 large eggs          1 large egg
2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar    60gm sugar
1.5cups low fat plain yogurt or buttermilk   185gm low fat free yogurt
3 tbsp dark molasses                                 1 tbsp dark molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract                                    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached ap flour                          1/2 cup cake flour
1 cup whole wheat flour                             1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2tsp baking soda                                        1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt                                                 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup wheat bran                                       1/2 cup wheatgerm
2 large carrots( 2.5cups ) , peeled and shredded          1 cup
1 large tart apple( 1 1/4 cups ) peeled, cored and shredded   1/2 cup
1 cup fresh/frozen blueberries                      1/2 cup
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted, skinned and chopped, or chopped walnuts/pecans 1/4 cup pecans
1/2 sweetened flaked coconut         omitted
1/2 cup dried cherries, cranberries or golden raisins          1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tbsp granulated sugar mixed with 1 tsp ground cinnamon        omitted

Method :
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Butter and flour a 9 by 13 inch pan. ( mine was 8 by 8 inch square pan )

Spread the rolled oats on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 mins, or until lightly toasted, remove from oven and let cool.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and brown sugar with a whisk or an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the yogurt or buttermilk, molasses and vanilla. In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt , wheat bran and toasted oats. Stir to blend. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix just until blended. Stir in the carrots, apples, blueberries, nuts, coconut and dried fruit. Spread evenly in the prepared pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar evenly over the batter.

Bake for 25 to 30 mins or until the cake is golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cook in the pan on a wire rack. Serve warm, cut into squares or strips.

Muffin Variation:
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out mounds of batterand drop into a paper lined large ( 2 3/4 inches in diameter ) muffin cups. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 mins or until a cake tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Makes 12 large muffins.


  1. Nice cake, saw this cake in cup cake version bake by Zoe this morning! Your's using a pan! Like the blueberries!

  2. I LOVE your ingredients here - really delicious
    Mary x

  3. Hi Lena , What a lucky gal I am , saw the Morning Glory cupcskes on Zoe and the Cake here . I am making the cupcakes for breakfast and the Cake for dinner ... smart , 1 bird with two bowls {giggling} thanks for sharing :).

  4. Hi Lena,
    Nice to see your "on-time" post! Kakakakaka!
    Your cake bakes up nice and golden. Mine was a bit on the dark side! I guess the bitterness is from the molasses, though mine was OK. This is one healthy cake, but my family is not used to cakes like this, they prefer simple cakes with less ingredients. But then it has a surprisingly moist and soft texture. The health conscious would love this cake! :)

  5. Hi Lena, this is a great choice of a recipe. I made this cake and my whole family loved it. My photos didn't turn out too good though, so I may not be able to post them.

  6. Hi Lena, I just pop over from Joyce's place. I love the blueberry that is happily "hiding" in your slice of "morning glory cake," oh, forget to mention "breakfast," hehe!

  7. Hi Lena
    Yes, indeed, I loves all the ingredients that makes for this cakes. Really makes this cake sounds so yummy.

  8. Lena, I usually find that healthy cakes are not to my liking. But your slice of this healthy cake looks very attractive, colourful even!

  9. well done Lena! i never made this because of the number of ingredients required!! salute!

  10. I have tried making morning glories (not exactly this recipe but similar, with some oil though) and to my surprise it actually turned out very tasty. This is now one of my favorite recipes for breakfast muffins. I must try this recipe the next time since it's even healthier without oil. Yours look really pretty with the addition of blueberries :)

  11. Hi Lena, your photos look superb! I'm very surprised by how well these cakes turn out, thank you for choosing them! Now I regret reducing the recipe... haha! Will be blogging about them soon ;)

  12. This cake looks really nice and moist, not to mention healthy too! looks like fruit cake:)

  13. Hi Lena,

    My cakes didn't have any bitter aftertaste. To be fair to this recipe, I reckon that they are nice for healthy eating but sad that they stick on the cupcake liners and I have to chew the paper liners too :p

    As usual, my husband and boy didn't like these fat free cakes as much as I do :D


  14. Awesome cake Lena...and yes, it is perfect for breakfast...looks delicious!
    Have a lovely week ahead :D

  15. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comAugust 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Lena, yummy cake and nice name too :)

  16. Lena,
    Love how colourful this cake looks!
    It looks like a breakfast bar to me..:) and i bet it is very delicious!

  17. what a beautiful cake for breakfast,will make mornings so much special,lovely treat :-)

  18. We use to make Morning Glory Muffins all the time. The recipe was quite popular back in the day:) Your Breakfast Cake looks mighty good, Lena. I'd love some with my morning coffee.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  19. This cake looks good with lovely berries & healthy too. I'm so behind for THB baking this month! Wiil bake this cake next week once my boys pergi sekolah! School starts next week! hehehehe

  20. Lena , so much goodness in every bite of this cake :D A healthy treat to start your day !

  21. In writing down this recipe, there's no amount for the baking powder. Being a lover of baking I can figure out the amount but this should be corrected for others who don't notice the mistake. Can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you

    1. hi, there's no baking powder in the recipe. Only baking soda.