Cinnamon Coffee Cake

The Germans first introduced coffee cakes with their characteristic streusel topping long ago, however it was 1950’s American wives and mothers that transformed it into a sweet cake with a hole in the middle. Regardless of how you prepare it today, this crumbly breakfast treat still pairs perfectly with coffee!

STEP ONE – Preparations

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

STEP TWO – Make the Batter


1 cup milk
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. In the glass measuring cup, combine the milk and vinegar and let sour for 5 minutes.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and cream in the stand mixer with the butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. In the medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Slowly add the dry to the wet ingredients, alternating with the soured milk, and mix on low until completely combined.

STEP THREE – Make the Topping


¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons ground nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.)


  1. In the small mixing bowl, combine the sugars, cinnamon, and nuts.

STEP FOUR – Assemble and Bake

  1. Pour half the batter into the pan and sprinkle with half the topping.
  2. Pour the remaining batter into the pan and sprinkle with the remaining topping.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool the cake on the cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove from the pan and cool for another 5-10 minutes. You may need to run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake.
  6. Cut into slices and serve with a warm beverage.

Recommended Serving Size: 1 slice (⅛ of cake)

Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat

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34 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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