Grape Breakfast Cake and a Giveaway!

It was a gray and lazy weekend here in San Diego, which was totally fine by me since this was the only weekend of the month I don’t have something going on. It was nice to cozy up on the couch, and spend time getting to know my new puppy. I cooked, I baked, and did lots of relaxing. I’m feeling rested and rejuvenated heading into my birthday week! 

In honor of my birthday, I’ve got a great giveaway lined up for you. As you may know, I’m kind of a coffee-a-holic, and I’ve recently discovered a local coffee brand that changed my world. I met Paul from The West Bean  at an event not too long ago. He brewed me a cup of the most delicious coffee I’ve ever had, and answered my million questions about the roasting process. Believe me, the passion he has for coffee shows not only in how he talks about it, but in the beans as well. This week’s winner will get 3 bags of The West Bean’s unparalleled micro batch coffee. If you love coffee, you gotta check this stuff out!

Nothing says lazy Sunday like a great cup of coffee and a delectable breakfast pastry. Since grapes are in season, and the featured ingredient over at  I thought I’d use them to make this breakfast cake. For those who don’t know what Seasonal Potluck is, it’s an awesome site that features a different in-season ingredient each month. Bloggers can link up their recipes using those ingredients, and readers have a constantly evolving seasonal recipe guide. It’s a win win! Pumpkins are also featured for October so if you have, or are looking for, a grape or pumpkin recipe, head over and link up!

Grape Breakfast Cake recipe inspired by Pencil Kitchen 

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs sugar, divided

2 eggs

zest of one lemon

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2/3 cup buttermilk

2 1/4 cup grapes, halved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch pie pan.

Cream butter and 3/4 cup of sugar in a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon zest and vanilla extract. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk to the sugar mixture beginning and ending with flour mixture. Line the pie plate with 1/2 of the grapes. Pour batter over grapes and top the batter with remaining grapes. Sprinkle with 2 Tsp sugar. Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with a great cup of coffee! 

The Hubs loved this cake! It was not too sweet, and the grapes were the perfect little burst of flavor in every bite. It went great with our coffee, and made our little Sunday brunch complete. What are your weekend breakfast traditions? Let me know by leaving a comment below and you’ll be entered to win The West Bean giveaway. Be sure to click the green I ENTERED button or your entry won’t count!

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  1. Mim says

    I normally make breakfast while everyone sleeps-in. I love making a casserole that can be reheated if someone doesn’t get up until 10.

  2. Jennifer says

    I looooooove Eggs Benedict, and going out on Sunday brunch to try new places to taste test their Bennys, or to an old standby, is my favorite brunch tradition! I also MUST have coffee with my brunch, so this giveaway looks DIVINE.

  3. says

    Happy Birthday Betsy!!!!

    I’m not big on coffee, actually I just found a coffee that I enjoyed for the first time this summer…but Jeff grinds his own beans and would love to try a new brand, especially if you think it’s great. Always looking for suggestions! :)

    • says

      I guess I should have looked at the Rafflecopter comment BEFORE lol

      Weekends are no different around here than they are for weekdays. Since we pretty much live on vampire hours and tend to wake up in the early afternoon most days we’ll blend breakfast and lunch having a salad topped with eggs over easy. Like you, I change up with I make and rarely duplicate a meal so it’s always changing. :)

  4. says

    It starts with good coffee!! So excited to try this coffee you are raving about. We often have scratch buttermilk pancakes served with toasted nuts and berries and pure maple syrup. If we are being really crazy…some good smoked bacon. We love to put the griddle on the deck so we can make and serve the food outside. Perfect morning.

  5. Cate Gold says

    My husband works 6 days a week, and Sunday is his only day off. During the football season, I make a massive spread for he and his friends to mow on during their 700 hour football watching sessions.

  6. Alisa says

    Always a good cup of coffee first thing when I wake up. If it’s gray out, my favorite thing is to stay curled up in bed and read a good book until I feel like facing the world. If it’s a derby bout day, I ALWAYS go to a little restaurant in my neighborhood called Flying Saucer and get their La Bazza bowl, which is a bowl of brown rice, kale, beans, veggies, and tofu, topped with two poached eggs, sour cream and plenty of Cholula. Gives me the energy to SMASH! :)

    I tried to push the “I entered” button, but it seems to be broken?

  7. Renata says

    Weekends means I get to sleep later enjoy a big hot coffee mug at home and then make a big cheesy tomato omelet!


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