Yes, the cinnamon sugar should be sprinkled over the top layer of cake batter, giving it a nice crispy layer. Some have said that the cake didn't have much flavor and it is why I added lemon zest and vanilla to the cake batter. In hindsight, the lemon pie filling is what gives the cake a nice balance of flavors. It is important to use the size pan specified in the recipe since the cake should be bar size in depth, otherwise the flavor of the coffee cake will not be what it should be. There is one photo that is far from this and I am guessing it was baked in a smaller pan. This particular reviewer did not like the cake. In other words, the cake alone is not all that fantastic, but with the addition of the lemon pie filling it balances the flavor of the cake and together they are heavenly. There needs to be a balance of the amount of cake to filling, or the result will not be what it should be. I added some lemon juice to the lemon pie filling to make it easier to spread over batter. Drop spoonfuls of filling over batter and then gently spread with back of spoon. I love that the lemon filling is baked with the cake and produces a layer all its' own. I made a glaze from lemon pie filling, powder sugar, and water. It gives the cake a nice balance of sweetness and tartness. It is best served warm. Great the next day as well. I highly recommend this recipe. Delicious!
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Yes, the cinnamon sugar should be sprinkled over the top layer of cake batter, giving it a...