Saturday was National Coffee Day.

Did anyone celebrate?


Last year I wrote a whole post on coffee for National Coffee Day, but this year I decided I would try to do something even better to celebrate it.

I mean, don’t get me wrong.  I love regular coffee.  I have a cup almost every morning at work during the week.  Gets me through my morning.  Especially when it’s Pumpkin Spice, Blueberry, or French Vanilla flavored.  YUM.  Last week I discovered Green Mountain coffee on the cheap at Ohlin’s Bakery in Cushing Square and drinking it out of my mug with breakfast while working from home was so satisfying.

The cup I got (well, let’s be honest, the cup that Ashley spotted me $2 for) at Ohlin’s Bakery again on Saturday morning after we took the barre class at Boston Body Pilates was also so satisfying.  I mean, I had to go in.  It was National Coffee Day!

But this year… I decided to try to make coffee CAKE.  Individual coffee cakes I should say.

It’s the little things, people, little things.

Like coffee cake… supposedly.

Single Serving Coffee Cake

Recipe inspired by  Chocolate Covered Katie

Note the recipe below is for one serving, so I did this twice to make Tim one too.

For the batter:

  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp water
  • 2 tsp applesauce
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the streusel: 

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2.5 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp applesauce
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • Pecan halves


  1. Combine batter dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add wet and mix until just mixed.
  3. In a tiny bowl, combine all streusel ingredients.
  4. Fill a ramekin (or a coffee mug!) halfway with the batter.  Sprinkle on two-thirds of the streusel, then spoon the remaining batter on top.  Finally, sprinkle on the rest of the streusel and top with extra pecan halves.
  5. Cook around 1-2 minutes in the microwave.


Did you guys pick up on the “try to do something,” the “try to make,” and the “supposedly?”  I really wanted this to be SO delicious, and while it was good and hit the spot for my sweet craving that day, something about it was off.  I don’t know if it’s because I played with the flours instead of just using wheat flour like I normally would have?  Or maybe because I substituted applesauce in place of oil or butter to cut the fat content?  I think that was it, but the coffee cake was missing something… not enough to RUIN the dessert so I’m not saying DON’T make it, but something caused the ingredients to not “mesh” together like I would have envisioned.  Or maybe it’s because I didn’t cook these in the oven and opted for the easy microwave out?  Maybe next time I should go for the muffin tin at 350 for 12 minutes instead.

Meh.  I still enjoyed them, and Tim swore he liked them, but now I want to try again and make them better.  Thoughts?!

Did you celebrate National Coffee Day?  How? 

Now I’m off to Two A Day Tuesday.  Have a great night, all!