Old Fashion Coffee Cake

08 Sep

Old Fashion Coffee Cake

This recipe is an adaption of the “Quick Coffee Cake” recipe from The America’s Test Kitchen. I love this recipe, but not so sure about the quickness. If you’re looking for an old fashion flavored coffee cake this is the one for you. Delicious!

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 1/8 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/2 Tb unsalted butter, melted & cooled

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tb unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 Tb cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

Preheat your oven to 350 and butter a 9-inch cake pan, sides included.

Make the topping first. In a medium bowl combine all of the topping ingredients and using your fingers mix together until the mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside.

For the cake, use a large bowl and whisk all of the dry ingredients until combined, then set aside. The dry ingredients are the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a medium bowl whisked together the sour cream, brown sugar, sugar, eggs and cooled melted butter. Using a rubber spatula gently fold this mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined. (Don’t over mix the batter as the cakes will turn out tough and dense.) Scrap the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the  topping mixture evenly over the top. Place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out fairly clean, with only a few crumbs attached. Let the coffee cake cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

Suggestions: Try adding 1 teaspoon of grated fresh orange zest to the flour mixture and fold in 1 cup dried cranberries into the batter for a Cranberry-Orange Coffee Cake….Yum….Yum… and don’t forget a great cup of coffee to go along with this wonderfully delicious cake.


Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Breakfast


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9 responses to “Old Fashion Coffee Cake

  1. Mark

    September 8, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Delicious, great coffee cake

  2. Teresa

    September 8, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Looks wonderful! Thanks for liking my honey whole wheat bread. It’s certainly one of our favorites.

    • flyfishbrat

      September 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      Hi Teresa, I have never made homemade bread. Beer bread yes but never bread that I have to knead. Thinking I have to try your recipe now.

      • Teresa

        September 9, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        I have some good tips on my post about baking home made bread which have a couple of videos showing how to knead bread. It’s a texture thing. You get to the point where you know what it’s supposed to feel like. It’s also easier if you start with a single batch rather than a triple batch like I did!….Unless you have someone who has baked bread before helping and guiding you along in the process.

  3. trkingmomoe

    September 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    I just posted a coffee cake. I like your recipe too. I used a spring form pan for mine. i just booked marked this to copy later. Thanks for the recipe.

    • flyfishbrat

      September 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      I stop by your blog and read your recipe. A spring form pan? I’ve never used one of those before.

      • trkingmomoe

        September 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

        Alton Brown likes to make apple pie in one because you can slice a perfect piece with the pan sides removed. The French use them for delicate sponge cakes and torts. I like it because I am all thumbs when removing a cake. Thanks for reading my blog.


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