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Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This cinnamon streusel coffee cake is soft and buttery with the perfect bit of crunch on top! It is a classic treat to serve with coffee, for breakfast, or after dinner!

cinnamon streusel coffee cake on fork

Cinnamon Sugar Coffee Cake

When I was growing up, there was this wonderful thing called Coffee Cake. It was a cake, that the moms would serve to their friends when they came by for a visit or to have coffee.

Back in the day, friends didn’t meet up at coffee shops; they went to each other’s houses.

Coffee cake was the perfect treat to make and serve because:

  • It can be made quickly. Your friend rang the door, and you could have something baked and served in 30 minutes.
  • It smells so yummy, filling your house with fresh-baked goodness.
  • Delicious delicate flavor that compliments coffee without overpowering it.
  • The children will love it too!

Coffee cake is still amazing, and you can make it for breakfast, brunch, or for an anytime treat. I made it twice to test this recipe and I can assure you that it is great with coffee too.

This coffee cake recipe came to me from a friend, who has been making it since she was young. She found it in a children’s cookbook and has been making it for over forty years.

My friend Julie, made this when she was a teenager and still gets requests for it now! It is a recipe that has stood the test of time.

coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping

What is Streusel?

Streusel is a dessert topping that is usually made with flour, butter, and sugar. Cinnamon is also a common ingredient.

For this recipe, instead of making the streusel separately and sprinkling on top, it is essentially baked right into the cake!

So while this might not be a traditional streusel recipe in the preparation, the flavor is spot-on!

Why This is the Best Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe

This coffee cake is easy to make. You only use one bowl and one pan. You don’t even have to get the mixer out. You. barely measure anything.

It’s a super moist coffee cake. Some kind of magic happens while cooking, the ingredients on top, move to the bottom and create a sweet gooey layer.

This easy coffee cake is so delicious. All of my testers thought it was yummy!

cutting a bite of cinnamon coffee cake

What You Need to Make Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • White Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon

How to Make Cinnamon Coffee Cake from Scratch

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease your pie pan generously with butter.

Sift the flour, white sugar, and salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl.

little girls making coffee cake with grandma
Making coffee cake with two of my granddaughters

Crack the egg into a clear measuring cup. Add milk so that it comes to the ¾ cup line. Whisk together egg and milk.

Pour liquid ingredients into bowl of dry ingredients and whisk until just smooth. Pour into your prepped pie pan.

Cut butter into thin squares and place over top of batter. Put them about one-inch from sides and one-inch apart all over. I used about 2 Tablespoons total.

coffee cake batter with butter squares

Cover the butter and batter with about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of brown sugar.

Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon .

Bake for 20 minutes.

coffee cake with brown sugar topping

How to Store Coffee Cake

Your homemade coffee cake can stay fresh for 2-3 days at room temperature, in an airtight food storage container. Do not keep it in the fridge, as this can affect the consistency and texture of the cake.

coffee cake with cinnamon sugar

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe (Printable Copy)

coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Sara Garska
This cinnamon streusel coffee cake is soft and buttery with the perfect bit of crunch on top! It is a classic treat to serve with coffee, for breakfast, or after dinner!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • Pie Pan
  • Measuring cup/spoons
  • whisk

Ingredients
  

Coffee Cake Batter

  • 1 egg
  • milk Add to egg to equal 3/4 cup
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Coffee Cake Topping

  • 2-3 tablespoons butter cut in think slices
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar cover top of cake, use more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease pie pan with butter.
  • Sift the flour, white sugar, and salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Crack the egg into a clear measuring cup. Add milk so that it comes to the ¾ cup line. Mix egg and milk with a whisk.
  • Add liquids to the dry ingredients. Whisk just until smooth.
  • Pour into a greased pie pan. I used butter and liberally greased the pan.
  • Cut butter into thin squares and place over top of batter. Put them about one-inch from sides and one-inch apart all over. I used about 2 Tablespoons.
  • Cover the butter and batter with brown sugar. About ½ cup to ¾ cup.
    coffee cake with brown sugar topping
  • Sprinkle cinnamon all over the brown sugar.
  • Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
    coffee cake with cinnamon sugar
Keyword cake, cinnamon
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moist cinnamon sugar coffee cake

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4 Comments

  1. This looks delicious but where is the coffee?

  2. I can’t wait to make this coffee cake! It looks amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  3. What did you do with the cinnamon?

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