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Cinnamon Coffee Cake


For variety, add chopped walnuts or pecans, fresh blueberries, or finely chopped dried fruits (such as cranberries or raisins) to the topping.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2003


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Put 1/2 cup of the mixture in a small bowl, stir in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon, and set aside. Stir egg and milk into remaining flour mixture.

  2. Spoon batter into the prepared pan, and smooth the surface. Pour melted butter over the top. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture evenly over the butter. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Cook's Notes

This cake will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen for 3 months.

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  • ivaperan
    22 SEP, 2016
    I made this recipe twice now, once following it word for word, and once adding fresh raspberries in the batter and substituting vegetable shortening for butter as I didn't have any shortening. It's exactly what it says in the tin, a lovely, easy to make coffee cake. It's on the dry side, but that's pretty much what coffee cake is supposed to be.
  • Lan
    23 JUN, 2014
    One word: DRY. I was kinda epecting one of those light and fluffy coffee pastries you buy from the store where they might have custard or cream in the middle. Not this. It was heavy and dry, I know I almost suffocated on the first bite. It tasted fine, and I added coffee powder to the mixture since I made it for my mom who works nights (and works all day caring for her kids). I'm making another with more milk and an extra egg. Hopefully that'll be more moist.
  • Marry Liu
    28 MAR, 2014
    I really liked this coffee cake. It was really easy to make. I added 1 tsp. of vanilla extract to it though. The coffee cake tasted better with that vanilla extract.
  • JammJax
    19 JAN, 2014
    @AsianFace: that's baking POWDER not SODA
  • AsianFace
    28 AUG, 2013
    The texture of the cake was nice but did anyone find ip that it tasted bitter? I think 1T of baking soda is a bit much.
  • MS12036195
    9 AUG, 2013
    There is no coffee in the cake. You have coffee with the cake.
  • saranikoo
    8 AUG, 2013
    This is a nice and easy cake, but I am wondering where is the coffee? the name is Cinnamon Coffee Cake but there is no coffee in it.
  • scruptiouspastrychef
    11 FEB, 2013
    love this
  • ashleyann1
    13 JAN, 2013
    Very simple recipe. I, too, used butter instead of vegetable shortening and the cake came out fine. I love brown sugar and incorporated that into the "crumble" bit of the cake. Tastes great. Also added pecans and raisins to the topping for some extra flavor.
  • kitty62862
    9 MAR, 2011
    Make it with butter, and use ocean spray craisins, in the topping, and stir a little into the cake itself.