Bite This: It's National Coffee Cake Day

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Coffee Cake from Tart; read the story here (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
You were probably just thinking: "Man, Coffee Cake gets no respect!" And you're almost right. In a city that worships the cupcake, the red velvet pancake, and those steel cut oats your trainer insists you start the day with, there's little room for mention all the other 364 days of the year for the good old fashioned coffee cake. Since we're suckers for oddball food celebrations, it just so happens that April 7th is National Coffee Cake Day.

The groovy thing about coffee cake is that it's pretty versatile when it comes to what goes in it, and when you can eat it. There's probably always some slices staring up at you from the pastry case at your morning coffee stop spot, and it's fun to get a piece on the side to share when you're out for breakfast or brunch. (That's how we wound up trying the Warm Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake at Tart, above.) Plus it's got a long history; we can thank the Danish for popularizing the pastry, since the custom of having a sweet bread with coffee originated with them and spread through Europe in the 17th century. It's old school!

Since we don't give love to coffee cake in L.A. often, we're at a loss as to where to go (besides our kitchen to bake some up). Any suggestions?