Bella was inspired today by a thrift store cookbook from the early 70's, in which all the baked goods looked like they had been sprayed with orange shellac. I think you know what I mean.
But this coffeecake was sort of wonderful in that you make a simple sweet yeasted dough, and after that it's all trompe l'oeil. Roll the dough out, cut it into twelve parts with a doughnut cutter, and place all the doughnut middles in the middle of the pan. Take each larger doughnut shape and pull on it gently so that it's an oval, and place around the center in a sunburst pattern. Let it rise, and bake it. After it's out of the oven, fill each doughnut well with raspberry jam, and then drizzle the whole with powdered sugar glaze.
Just the kind of low-investment, high-style baking a girl can get behind!