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

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 55 mins
  • servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Step 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. Step 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.

Source
Everyday Food, January/February 2003

Reviews (15)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 19 Jan, 2014

    @AsianFace: that's baking POWDER not SODA

  • 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.

  • 9 Aug, 2013

    There is no coffee in the cake. You have coffee with the cake.

  • 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.

  • 11 Feb, 2013

    love this

  • 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.

  • 9 Mar, 2011

    Make it with butter, and use ocean spray craisins, in the topping, and stir a little into the cake itself.

  • 11 Mar, 2010

    i thought this cake was just okay, nothing special. it was definitely easy to make, but wasn't really anything special. maybe if it was made with butter instead of vegetable shortening, i would've liked it better. i like martha's recipe for blueberry crumb cake better than this, and it's a similar style of cake

  • 11 Mar, 2010

    i thought this cake was just okay, nothing special. it was definitely easy to make, but wasn't really anything special. maybe if it was made with butter instead of vegetable shortening, i would've liked it better. i like martha's recipe for blueberry crumb cake better than this, and it's a similar style of cake

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    This is an easy, simple, and tasty little cake. Good to serve to your family when you're craving a little something sweet. I have always used butter instead of shortening and have good results. Occasionally I put some raisins in the cake.

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    To 'cut in': use a pastry cutter to squish the shortening into the flour. Pick the cutter up and squish into another area of flour, repeat. With knives, cut crosswise into the shortening and flour, repeat. You will occasionally need to clean off the cutter or knives. It will look like peas or gravel when you are finished.

    You can use butter instead of shortening, but you usually increase the butter by two tablespoons/half cup of shortening. (Meaning you would need 10 tablespoons of butter)

  • 21 Apr, 2008

    Anyone know what can be substituted if you don't have the shortening?

  • 28 Mar, 2008

    what does she mean by "cut in shortening"?