I didn’t attend the L.A. Unified School District when I was little. I went to Catholic School for elementary, middle school and high school. So I didn’t have a chance to grow up eating an LAUSD coffee cake. I actually didn’t even get to try one until I was an adult, 2016 to be exact.
I heard all about this coffee cake from my friends that attended LAUSD. They said it was the best coffee cake ever. When they were little, they always looked forward to the days that they got to eat one at school. They even ask their kids who go to LAUSD now to bring one home for them (but that usually doesn’t happen).
One of my co-workers duplicated the recipe and brought some LAUSD coffee cake to work. That was the first time that I tried it (back in 2016) and I can see why it’s addicting.
I did a google search for the LAUSD coffee cake recipe and there are so many different ones out there. None of them being the same. The one I chose involved buttermilk or dry milk. I used buttermilk. It also involved a water and vinegar mixture and alternating mixing that with the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients. I’m assuming this is to create bubbles in batter. I researched and discovered that vinegar in the batter helps the cake rise. There is a scientific reaction between the vinegar and baking soda and when they combine together, they release carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide gas helps the cake to rise.
The end result was a very delicious coffee cake. I personally don’t think it tastes like an LAUSD coffee cake but it tastes almost like an LAUSD coffee cake. Either way, my son and I enjoyed it.
Here is a link to the recipe that I used:
There are lots of recipes out there for LAUSD coffee cake. I might try other ones until I find my go-to coffee cake recipe.