Cornbread Coffee Cake with Fresh Figs and Walnut Streusel

cornbread coffee cake
Cornbread Coffee Cake with Fresh Figs and Walnut StreuselTim Robison

Southern chef Vivian Howard developed this cake with breakfast in mind, maybe something to share with family over coffee. But when she first made it, her kids named it corn-candy cake and called for it after supper. She obliged and put some whipped cream on top. Whenever you choose to eat it, feel good about baking it a day ahead. It keeps beautifully and is as satisfying at room temperature as it is warm.