Cinnamon Coffee Cake

The Germans are believed to have introduced coffee cake long ago with its characteristic streusel topping. However, it was 1950’s American wives and mothers that transformed it into a sweet cake with many different variations and the classic hole in the middle. Regardless of how you prepare it today, it still pairs perfectly with coffee!

STEP ONE – Preparations

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F with an oven rack in the middle.
  2. Generously spray a tube pan or Bundt pan with canola spray.
  3. Get out a stand mixer, a large glass measuring cup, a small bowl, and a medium bowl.
  4. Set up a cooling rack.

STEP TWO – Make the Batter


1 ½ cups soured milk (milk plus white vinegar)
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. In the glass measuring cup, add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and milk to equal 1 ½ cups. Let the milk sour while you’re creaming the butter mixture.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and add it to the mixer with the sugar. Beat for 3 minutes until light and creamy.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  4. In the medium mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
  5. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add in the flour mixture, alternating with the sour milk until everything is combined.

STEP THREE – Prepare the Topping and Bake


1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
⅛ cup ground nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, or similar)


  1. In the small bowl, mix together the sugars, cinnamon, and nuts.
  2. Spoon half of the cake batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Spoon half of the topping evenly over the top.
  4. Spoon the other half of the batter into the pan and finish with the rest of the topping.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes until a knife inserted through the cake comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake cool on the rack for a few minutes. When the pan is cool enough to handle, gently remove the cake. You may need to run a knife along the edges of the pan and use your hands to guide the cake out.
  7. Slice the cake and enjoy!

Recommended serving size: 1 slice (⅛ of cake)

Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat

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29 thoughts on “Cinnamon Coffee Cake

    1. Haha, I can definitely see where you’re coming from with the fall vibes. We actually made this dish in the fall, when cinnamon and spices are everywhere, but it tastes great year ’round. We hope you enjoy!


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