Monday, January 11, 2010

Old Fashioned Coffee Cake

A very simple, but classic & tender old fashioned coffee cake comes together quick and easy. Serve with a drizzle of cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream & a piping hot cup of coffee.

Old Fashioned Coffee Cake

To me, this is what represents a true, old fashioned coffee cake.

Nothing fancy, very basic, just a perfectly simple sweet batter that produces a light cake, topped with a crunchy trio crumble of brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans that pleasantly invades your senses. Perfect served at the kitchen table still warm from the oven, piping hot coffee in hand, over gossip with your best friend.

Looking for a bundt style cake instead? Check out this Sour Cream Coffee Cake. You probably know it as Sock it to Me Cake.

Recipe: Old Fashioned Coffee Cake

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 25 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings


For the Streusel Topping:
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
For the Cake:
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of flour and pecans for the topping. Stir in 2 tablespoons of melted butter until well mixed and set aside.

Butter a glass 8 x 8 inch baking pan. For the cake, mix together the other 2 tablespoons of melted butter with the granulated sugar, and add the milk and egg; blend. Sift in the 1 cup of flour, salt and baking powder; beat until smooth. Pour into the prepared baking pan.

Sprinkle the brown sugar topping evenly across the top and bake at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes or until set. Remove and set aside to cool just enough to handle. Cut into squares or scoop out with a spoon. Serve with piping hot coffee, a drizzle of cream, or especially good with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Apple Coffee Cake: Mix 1 cup of peeled and chopped apples, with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir together and let rest for 10 minutes, stirring several times. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan, top with the apples and pour remaining batter on top; add topping and bake as above until apples are tender.

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake: Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the cake batter, increase cinnamon in topping to 1/2 tablespoon, and prepare a glaze using 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and about 2-1/2 tablespoons of milk, adding milk a teaspoon at a time until it reaches desired consistency. Bake cake as above, when done, let cool slightly, then drizzle the glaze evenly all over the top of the warm cake.


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  1. passed by from SITS your coffee cake sounds delicious :) will have to give it a try!

  2. My family loves coffee cake. Your cake looks delicious but I don't see any coffee in the ingredients.

  3. Oh, I am definitely making this for breakfast sometime this week!

  4. Haven't had breakfast yet, think I'm going to make it with some hot chocolate. Sorry I'm just not a coffee drinker.

  5. I responded to everybody over email except Mary - Hi MaryMoh! Our coffee cake doesn’t typically have coffee “in” it - it got its name because it’s a cake we often serve “with” coffee. I know, kinda silly isn’t it? Again, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment at my blog. I will have to read through your lovely blog too!

  6. this is always a treat... such a great presentation too... excellent post!

  7. Mary, this looks delicious. My kids love coffee cake but they usually like it when I make it in a bundt pan.
    Do you think I could double the recipe and make it in a bundt pan and if so then how long would you suggest I cook it?

    If not, then I'll try this one and see if they will notice a difference.

    I've had a hard time finding a good coffee cake that I like!

  8. It looks wonderful, I must try this. Thank you.

  9. Mary, this looks so good and buttery! I am going to bookmark this recipe.

  10. Coffee cake always makes me think of my mom. She often made it for any-ol'-day breakfasts, but we almost always had it for special breakfasts, like birthdays and Christmas.

    There is something so yummy about cake and cinnamon sugary stuff on top! ;-)

  11. Mouth-watering! I'm going to have to try and make this!

  12. I have been craving coffee cake lately. I need to just stop reading about them and get up and bake one.

  13. I always wondered why there is no coffee in coffee cake ;)

  14. Yum! I love simple old fashion recipes. I will definately be making this one this weekend!

  15. I haven't made an old fashioned coffee cake in years! Don't think I even have a recipe for one! I can just imagine yours hot out of the oven- I bet it smelled divine and tasted even better.

  16. MMM.. sinfully simply delicious. Perfect for a quick breakfast treat.

  17. I made this tonight and it is SO good and easy! :)

    Thanks Mary!!

  18. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Just made for the first time, and my youngest wants another piece. Great recipe.

  19. Second recipe I've used on the site today! I didn't even go to my usual recipe site for a coffee cake recipe this time - I KNEW you would have a recipe and that it would taste KILLER! Thank Mary!

  20. Thank you so much - it's a very simple recipe but it's a pretty good one. Glad you enjoyed it!

  21. Another home run, Mary. Easy and tasty. It has only been on the counter for a couple of hours and I can already see that 1 recipe is too small for us! Thank you very much.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it Eldee & thanks so much for taking the time to come by and let me know!

  22. Mary,
    This is a true coffee cake. As my mother did, I also add fruit, such as halved figs, prunes or sliced peaches.

    1. Oh yes! I'm loving the figs!! I miss my old fig tree - she was about 8 feet tall when we moved last year. I planted her in Mama's memory after Katrina. I did plant one here last fall, but she's still pretty tiny. I did pick exactly one fig off of her today - and I ate it!!


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