Sometimes the simple things in life are the best, like this Cinnamon Coffee Cake.
A classic recipe perfect for breakfast or dessert. Tender crumb texture with a cinnamon ribbon and sugary topping. Better than Starbucks!
According to my husband, this is the best coffee cake recipe! Bonus, since it happens to be a super easy recipe too.
I happen to think it makes a great breakfast cake. Do you eat cake for breakfast? I sure do. I also eat pumpkin donuts for breakfast, which just happen to be topped with cinnamon sugar.
RECIPE and INSTRUCTIONS for this old-fashioned coffee cake can be found at the bottom of this post.
Speaking of donuts, these breakfast donuts are super healthy. Baked with oatmeal. A delicious way to start your day.
I still have my mom’s handwritten recipe for this sour cream coffee cake. It does bring back wonderful memories and reminds me of how much I miss her cooking.
I have also taken this recipe into my own hands. I switched up a few things, and baked it on the bbq!! YES, you can bake a cake on the bbq!! Chocolate Chip Cast Iron Coffee Cake is so delicious. Give it a try!
What’s In Coffee Cake?
Did you know there is a National Coffee Cake Day!
All you need for this quick cake recipe from scratch is:
- sour cream
- baking soda
- baking powder
- and of course the magic brown sugar-cinnamon topping (a simple mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon)
How To Make Homemade Coffee Cake From Scratch
Most pantries will have these baking staples. The part I LOVE about coffee cake recipes is that they are RUSTIC and don’t require hours of decorating.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl (except the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture). Pour half the batter into a prepared baking dish.
Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the batter.
Add the rest of the batter, and top with the remaining topping.
Bake for approximately 40 minutes. The aroma is so deliciously enticing. The best way to make a house a home is with the smell of baking, just ask my husband.
My mom ALWAYS baked this classic coffee cake in a round, clear glass Pyrex baking dish. Do you remember those? I still have some of her glass dishes.
I prefer to bake this in my stoneware dishes, and most often my cake is square. However you bake it, it always tastes DELICIOUS!
Why Is It Called Coffee Cake?
You would think because it contains coffee right? Wrong. It is because it perfectly compliments a cup of coffee or latte.
If you are a coffee lover, try this paired with French Press Cold Brew!
I bet you have never tried coffee yogurt? Perfect for breakfast or lunch.
How long does coffee cake last?
At room temperature, it will stay fresh for 1-2 days. Be sure to cover it with foil or plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. You can also keep it wrapped in the fridge for up to a week.
Can you freeze it?
Absolutely. It will keep store nicely for several months. Be sure to tightly wrap it in plastic, or foil and place it in a freezer bag.
If you are a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, this old-school coffee cake recipe is a must-bake. It has been a family favourite for years. ENJOY!
Looking for more easy baking recipes?
- Give this polenta cake a try. The classic Italian cornmeal cake is sure to please. It is gluten-free too.
- This banana bread recipe only needs five ingredients. It freezes well too.
- Make the BEST banana cake you have ever eaten. A secret family recipe.
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Best Cinnamon Coffee Cake
For the Cake:
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ cup butter (room temperature)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 ¾ cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
For the Topping:
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Grease an 8-9 inch cake pan.
- Prepare topping in a bowl and set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugar.
- Add the eggs.
- Mix in the sour cream.
- Add the vanilla.
- Add the baking powder and baking soda to the flour. Mix.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.
- Scoop ½ of the batter into the pan.
- Sprinkle ½ of the topping mixture over the batter.
- Scoop remaining batter into pan.
- Sprinkle the rest of the topping.
- Bake for approximately 40 minutes depending size of pan.