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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Does anyone else find it a whole lot easier to get out of bed in the morning if you know there's something good to eat for breakfast? Because personally, the thought of a hot fluffy waffle, a bowl of Greek yogurt with ripe berries, or even a nosh of last night's dinner is sometimes the the only thing that will get me to leave the land of the sleeping.

Given that I look at breakfast as a reward for regaining consciousness, it's no surprise that I'd eat cake for breakfast. But this particular recipe is cake in the coffee cake sense: a mildly sweet confection that has just enough sugar to propel you on your day. This cake stands out for its almond flavor and incredibly moist crumb. I added a sprinkling of pine nuts on the top in part because almonds and pine nuts are a natural pairing and in part to recognize my Italian grandmother, who has no problem eating cookies for breakfast.

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