This was my dad's favorite coffe cake, and it became our family tradition to serve this on Christmas morning. To this day whenever I make this cake it's like celebrating Christmas with my dad all over again! My dad died in 1976 when I was just a teen, so this is a sweet memory for me. The "cake part" of this cake is similar to a cream puff, so it's quite airy and light. I've even omitted the crust and used this recipe as an eclaire cake, putting French vanilla pudding on the bottom cake, stacking the 2nd cake on top of that, and using a chocolate glaze over all.