Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Breakfast with the Butler

Living in a house with 7 other people rarely leaves time for one to spend alone. Sometimes I yearn for a little aloneness, time to myself, peace and quiet. This morning my house just happens to be empty, but instead of planning my peace filled day, I’m finding that I really don’t want to be alone at all, and I’m feeling a little blue, sooooo…….I’ve decided to ask my butler to spend some time with me.

Isn’t he the cutest little guy?

I call him Bumbles. He always has a grin on his face and serves up the most scrumptious treats. This morning was no exception. Knowing I was feeling a bit down, he made me the most delicious Sour Cream Coffee Cake for breakfast.

 Oh, it was heavenly alright…just the aroma this cake permeates throughout the house is as wonderful to the nose as is a bite of this to your tongue! Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm.  It’s one of those cakes whose scent lingers on for hours and you think to yourself, “Grandma must be baking”. Bumbles doesn’t always like to share his recipes but I’ve convinced him to allow me to pass this one along to my blogging buddies. 

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Bumbles had set a table just for me with some of my favorite Spode Copeland two-color transferware pieces…

...and he used my gorgeous kettle to serve the coffee in. It’s really an old tea kettle, but Bumbles knows how much I love playing with my dishes and that I've been dying to use this piece.  Now, he's not only the cutest little fella, but he's awfully thoughtful too!

And oh my, isn’t he the clever little fellow? He opted to use a gigantic platter in place of a placemat for the place setting and, underneath, he loosely scrunched up one of my scarves as a tablecloth. Isn’t the scarf lovely, with its embroidered roses and beaded trim?

 Knowing that I just love things to coordinate and didn’t have quite the right napkins for the Spode pieces, Bumbles used this pretty fingertip towel with golden lace and a black gingham bow tied about it, in place of a napkin. I just love this little color scheme of subdued rusty-reds and black with the greenery.

I was already beginning to cheer up when Bumbles served the cake…..layers of moist pound–like cake with a crumbly cinnamon, brown sugar & pecan mixture in between. It looked delicious and it was.
 Every bite.

Thank you Bumbles for brightening up my day with your delicious coffee cake. I hope all of you in Bloggerville will give this recipe a try…it won’t disappoint….Bumbles guarantees it!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

2 sticks margarine or butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 t. baking powder
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
3/4 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt

Nut mixture:
3/4 c. chopped nuts (I usually use pecans, sometimes walnuts)
3/4 c brown sugar
2 t. cinnamon

Cream margarine, eggs & sugar.  Fold in dry ingredients.  Spoon 1/3 of batter into well greased & floured 10" tube pan.  Sprinkle with 1/2 topping.  Repeat process.  Use remainder on top.  Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.  Cool completely.  Sprinkle w/ powdered sugar if desired.  The is best the day after baking...but still scrumptious, according to Bumbles (and me), right after its cooled.  I have made this in small loaf pans as well, and given as gifts at Christmas time.  Ashton even asked for this one year for her birthday cake!

You can PURCHASE this vintage, two color transferware plate by Spode HERE!

A Poem for your thoughts:

Creative ideas reside in people's minds but are trapped by fear or rejection. - Alex Osborne

Be sure to click on over to Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on The Porch for lots of lovely tablescapes!

And be sure to go to Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum for wonderful recipes and ideas.

Friday Food @ Momtrends

Friday Favorites at Whistle Stop Cooking


  1. Your butler has served you a delish looking cake on a beautiful tray! How sweet he is...and a bit of a looker too!


  2. Beautiful dishes...cute butler!

  3. Wow, please send your butler to my home on his day off! The coffee cake looks so yummy! I'll have to try that soon!
    Dee Dee

  4. Oh, so pretty. I love Bumbles. He's such a doll! Rosie

  5. I love your setting. As I read & almost drooled, I kept thinking, "I sure hope she has given the recipe!". So happy to get to the end & find the recipe. It will be just perfect for my weekend company. Thanks a lot!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  6. I don't know where to begin...I love it all. Bumbles is very handsome and how nice of him to not only bake you such a delicious coffee cake but to also serve it on such pretty dishes. I'd never seen the two-color transferware. It's gorgeous!

  7. Oh Nancy, your Bumbles is so cute and he makes the best looking moist coffee cake. Your dishes are gorgeous!...Christine

  8. What a nice blog you have! Bumbles is too cute! I wish I had a slice of that coffee cake for breakfast tomorrow!


  9. Just stumbled upon your blog...I have a love for transferware too. I have plates hanging in every room of our home. :) I become a follower. Thanks for sharing your beautiful TT.


  10. Damn, If I only had a butler that could cook... Come to think of it... If I only had a butler! Oh well, great recipe. Can't wait to try it. Thanks, I absolutely love your blog!

  11. That is beautiful, and the coffee cake delicious!

  12. wow you have the most beautiful transferware, it is so beautiful, I love the way you display it, I will sure try the sour cream coffeecake gosh it looks the blog, I am a new follower of yours and I will come back and visit, come on over to my house...Phyllis

  13. OH MY! I love this set! It's gorgeous! Would like to try the coffee cake recipe this very minute!

  14. These plates are so pretty! love your whole setting for one!

  15. I love Bumbles......and I adore Coffee Cake.
    I'm for sure going to try and make your coffee cake, it looks great!

    Thanks for sharing.

  16. Thanks for your visit! I'm so glad I came over, I absolutely lovely transferware and the butler is just tooo cute!
    I am now a follower!

  17. Your coffee cake looks scrumptious! If ever you tire of Mr. Bumbles I'll make a home for him :-). Your transfer ware is gorgeous. Have a lovely day.

  18. thanks for the recipe, I'm sure going to try it, I love your dishes, they are so pretty!

  19. I just found you via BNOTP! I love transferware, and you do have a fabulous collection. I am saving the recipe for he weekend -- I think it's going to be a big hit!


  20. That cofee cake looks yummy! Your table is adorable too.

  21. Hiya Nancy! Ooooh! What a beautiful blog you have!! I am coming back to take in all the pretties you show!
    And WHAT a lovely tablescape!! Sooo very English..I LOVE it!!

  22. Can Bumbles come to my house and serve that same coffee cake? Loved the ieas of the platter for the charger and love the transferware and loved the napkin. I guess I loved everything about your table! Have a great day and keep Bumbles busy!

  23. Please send Bumbles over tomorrow around 6am with that yummy coffee cake, I'll make a pot of coffee!! Looks so good.
    thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Yours is wonderful

  24. How true your poem for thought is and I wish I had read this when my day started today:) I think your header with the hands is gorgeous. Wish I had one too. Now the coffee cake looks warm and inviting. I baked all day but gave it away to my neighbors and am now craving a sweet and the cookie bin is bare:( Your post is making me hungry. Your table is so lovely. Thanks for peaking in at my blog and I will be back again.

  25. OH my word you have gorgeous things! I also loved the header. I had to put my eyes right up to the screen to get every single detail. I loved your clever presentation as well. Kuddos to you!

  26. Great post. Hopefully that picked up your spirits! My house isn't filled with quite as many people as yours, but I too crave the quite. I must admit, I'm glad to have my two dogs, so it isn't too quiet...

    The recipe sounds great. Maybe I'll convince my daughter to make it.

    Love the tablescape. Using the large platter is a great look. That Brambles guy has a neat touch about him. LOL.

    - The Tablescaper

  27. I think I need a Bumbles. Great post and beautiful dishes - coffee cake looks pretty good.


  28. That coffee cake looks wonderful. I wish I had a butler to make it for me! :) Have a wonderful day. Denise@cottagesisters

  29. I love all the pictures and the dishes are very pretty

  30. I love all your transferware, they are just beautiful. I have just started to collect it myself. I just wish I could decide on one color, I love it all!
    Your butler is charming and I make sourcream cake all the time. I love it.
    I added you to my favorite's list. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! Mary

  31. Everything looks so beautiful. you have the most wonderful collection of transferware!
    Yum, your cake looks delicious! Isn't it funny how we long for alone time and then when we are alone, we just want everyone back home :)

  32. That cake looks good enough to eat ;) yum, yum!

  33. I have never seen so many beautiful transferware dishes.I enjoyed the visit and I will be back!
    Thank you for visiting me.


  34. Love the beautiful dishes and the coffee cake looks wonderful.

  35. Love your cute post with Bumbles. That coffee cake sounds divine. I wish I had all the ingredients I would make it in the morning. I will have to come back and look at your transferware. I have a few pieces. Thanks for stopping by....Kim

  36. Oh divine!!! The transfer ware is beautiful and I adore those delicate colors!!! And I want a piece of that cake so bad!!! Bravo all the way!

  37. Mmmm, sour cream coffee cake is one of my favorites.

  38. Your transferware is fabulous! Mr Bubbles cake looks yummy too.
    Thanks for linking to Friday's Favorites!


I love hearing from my readers. I appreciate the time you take to post a comment and I read them all.