My mom, Irene, was(she no longer is able to cook)one of those wonderful cooks who could make pies, cakes etc without a recipe. Every Easter and Christmas she made an out of this world coffee cake. When I was first married she wrote down a recipe for me and finally I have attempted to make it. I say attempted because this is the 2nd effort. The first one fell a little flat. I have a good feeling about this one though! Now if I can replicate the frosting she puts on it!! Mom---you are the best!!