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In the Second Chance Cat mysteries Sarah Grayson runs a repurpose shop, Second Chance. Her store is also home to Charlotte’s Angels Detective Agency, aka the Angels, which means Sarah gets pulled into whatever case the senior sleuths are working on.  No matter what the Angels are investigating, they always seems to run on tea, lots and lots of tea, made in a proper teapot, not with a bag in a cup.

Even though the Angels drink a lot of tea, they eat a lot of coffeecake. This is one of their favorites.



½ cup dark brown sugar

1 Tablespoon cinnamon


1 cup plain yogurt (not fat-free)

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ cup margarine or butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 egg

1 ½ cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder


Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix cinnamon and brown sugar for topping.

Mix the yogurt and baking soda together and set aside. Cream the margarine, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Whisk the flour and baking powder together and add to the creamed ingredients alternately with yogurt.

Spread half the batter in pan. Sprinkle on half the topping. Cover with the rest of the batter and add the remaining topping.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until top is brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool. Cut into 16 pieces.