Does God care about something as insignificant as a… Chocolate Swirl coffee cake?
Mmm… maybe so. At least, when He knows we want to bake a little something special to warm someone’s day – yes, I think He does. This is a recipe I’ve barely thought about for several years, though it used to be an old reliable, a go-to when I needed something whip-up-able in a dash for office celebrations — one I could always count on to be a rave.
In a slew of more extravagant fancies I usually turn to, I’d forgotten this gem. Until the other night when I was mentally perusing those well-thumbed pages of cookie and cake possibilities. I wanted to bake something small but enticing for friends going through a storm of all storms right now. A treat that might hit the spot and even – just for a tea or coffee moment – break a light of simple joy through their clouds.
One by one I tossed ideas into a pile of… just…not… the… right… thing.
Father, do you have an idea? I wondered silently.
An image of coconut topping flitted into my thoughts. Memories of something scrumptilious… but, where had I put that recipe? Flipping through my recipes from mom, I found it. A Bisquick cake.
Hmmm…. Was it really as good as I remembered? Scratch…but not really all the way. What if it were just one of those ho hummers that our once less-gourmet palates had mistaken for extraordinary?
The thought persisted… and suddenly, I could almost taste it.
When the first aromas wafted from my oven, and I peeked in at it’s lusciously rising beauty, all doubts flew out the window. And when my friends pronounced it A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I knew this inspiration had truly been a nudge from Heaven.
Because He alone is the One who has a million and one ways to send us to each other with a reminder – He has us on His mind and heart.
And He delights in our delights… especially when lifting each other up, even with a little splurge as light and fluffy and chocolate chip good as this one.
And with relatively little butter and sugar (compared to so many other tempting scratch favorites), it even seems a little more on the healthy side!
So… if you are in the mood for surprising a loved one or two with a bit of EASY PEASY, warm from the oven smiles… I highly recommend this one!
Chocolate Swirl Coffee Cake
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