An easy-to-make cake for when life isn't quite so easy

  • Sometimes simple is just what the doctor ordered. And sometimes cake is just what the doctor ordered. Try this sour cream cinnamon coffee cake from Katie Workman to fill the prescription.

    Sometimes simple is just what the doctor ordered. And sometimes cake is just what the doctor ordered. Try this sour cream cinnamon coffee cake from Katie Workman to fill the prescription. Associated Press/Matthew Mead

  • Sometimes simple is just what the doctor ordered. And sometimes cake is just what the doctor ordered. Try this sour cream cinnamon coffee cake from Katie Workman to fill the prescription.

    Sometimes simple is just what the doctor ordered. And sometimes cake is just what the doctor ordered. Try this sour cream cinnamon coffee cake from Katie Workman to fill the prescription. Associated Press/Matthew Mead

  • Sometimes simple is just what the doctor ordered. And sometimes cake is just what the doctor ordered. Try this sour cream cinnamon coffee cake from Katie Workman to fill the prescription.

    Sometimes simple is just what the doctor ordered. And sometimes cake is just what the doctor ordered. Try this sour cream cinnamon coffee cake from Katie Workman to fill the prescription. Associated Press/Matthew Mead

 
Updated 3/16/2016 4:40 PM

Sometimes simple is just what the doctor ordered. And sometimes cake is just what the doctor ordered.

And because we all know that we should be careful about mixing prescriptions, you should keep this simple cake recipe on hand for just those occasions. Believe me, I love a good thick streusel topping and I love cakes that say "Look at me!" But sometimes I just need to mindlessly throw together a cake that will get itself into the oven, and fast.

 

Also, sometimes we need a cake that can function as a breakfast or brunch offering without too much explanation (chocolate cake requires a lot of justification before noon), or a midday snack, but also can hold up as a dessert offering.

You may also have some holiday houseguests, and you may need a few make ahead things to have on hand when people would like "just a little something sweet." This is that something, homemade and lovely perched on your counter for guests to help themselves to a sliver of. Or two.

• Katie Workman has written two cookbooks focused on easy, family-friendly cooking, "Dinner Solved!" and "The Mom 100 Cookbook." She blogs at themom100.com/about-katie-workman/

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