I was recently contacted by Naturally Nora All-Natural Baking Mixes about trying some of their baking products. I was happy to learn that Nora is a Jersey girl just like me and the company is located only 30 minutes from where I live. I was intrigued to hear that their cake, brownie, frosting and cookie mixes are all natural. I always keep some cake mixes in my pantry as I never know when my son or daughter might inform me at 10pm that they need cupcakes for their class the next morning. I usually add some buttermilk to boxed mixes as I like the convenience more than the boxed taste.
After baking with several Natually Nora mixes, I realized that there is no boxed taste here! I made some chocolate chunk cookies with my children and they were so good. Big chunks of chocolate were embedded in the cookies and the house smelled like a bakery. Now would you like to try some naturally Nora products? I am giving away one box of Naturally Nora sugar cookie mix along with one box of Alot A dots frosting. Wouldn’t it be fun to make the sugar cookies then decorate them with this frosting?
All you have to do is leave me a comment and let me know what type of baked good is your favorite. For an extra chance at winning, you can like Naturally Nora on Facebook by clicking HERE. Leave a comment saying you did so. Please leave an email address if you do not have a link to a blog. Sorry but this giveaway is only open to US residents. I will randomly pick a winner on Friday night.
Now for the coffee cake. To me, there is nothing better than a moist cake with large buttery, sugary crumbs on top. I decided to take the Naturally Nora yellow cake mix and turn it into a New York style crumb cake. I could eat this for breakfast everyday with a latte. I would need bigger clothes if I did but luckily I made one coffee cake which disappeared in a day. No need to have to worry about eating coffee cake tomorrow. This cake was so easy to make and you would never know it started from a box!
Naturally Nora yellow cake mix
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup canola oil
3 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat together cake mix, buttermilk, oil and eggs. Mix together for 2 minutes or until batter is fairly smooth. Pour the batter into a greased 9 by 13 glass pan. In another bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the melted butter and mix together. Use your hands to form a crumb like mixture. Break off crumbs and drop them on top of the batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until cake is golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.
***For full disclosure I was not compensated for this post but I did receive free product to try. All opinions expressed are my own.