How to Make Coffee Cake

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Homemade coffee cake is the perfect pair to your morning cup of joe. Rich and flavorful, this sweet treat can be made in just a few simple steps. While classic coffee cake is made with a basic buttermilk (or yogurt) cake and a cinnamon topping, coffee cake can also be made with fresh blueberries (or other fruit), lemon juice and zest for a citrusy treat, and can include streusel topping or glaze. Learn how to make traditional coffee cake using this simple tutorial.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • 9-by-13 baking dish
  • Butter for greasing
  • Spatula
Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the flour, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.

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Step 2

Add the brown sugar, cane sugar and oil to the mix. Stir together to combine. Set aside 1 cup of this mix for the topping, and transfer the rest of it to an electric mixer.

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Step 3

Add the baking soda, baking powder, egg and buttermilk to the mixer and blend until smooth.

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Step 4

Pour the cake batter into a buttered 9-by-13 baking dish. Smooth out the batter evenly using a spatula.

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Step 5

Sprinkle the reserved topping evenly over the cake batter. Gently press the topping with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the coffee cake tests clean when poked in the center.

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Step 6

Allow coffee cake to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting large slices and serving!

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Tips & Warnings

  • You can replace the buttermilk with whole milk plain yogurt or Greek yogurt.
  • Add fresh berries or chopped nuts to the cake by folding about 1 cup into the cake batter once it's finished mixing.

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