A delicious coffee cake recipe that is easy to mix in 5 minutes with just a few staple ingredients. This family recipe has been passed down for 3 generations and is perfect for breakfast, snack time or even dinner!
Coffee cake is one of our very favorites around here! We find ourselves making it more often in the fall along with pumpkin pecan coffee cake and walnut and apple coffee cake. When the weather becomes a little more crisp, we also tend to make more breakfast foods (and baked goods in general) and love our cinnamon rolls and apple pie cinnamon rolls too!
We have been making this coffee cake in my family for as long as I can remember. Back to my childhood, this is the recipe that my mom would always make for us, and now I make it for my family. We love to make it for breakfast and also "breakfast for dinner" which is our favorite! This recipe is easy to double and make for a crowd as well. It is also delicious as leftovers.
What is Coffee Cake?
American coffee cake is traditionally a mildly sweet cake with a cinnamon streusel crumb layer. It is given that name because it pairs well with a cup of coffee and not because it has coffee in it. Coffee Cake has a different texture than other cakes. The crumb is more moist and dense like a light pound cake.
How to Make Coffee Cake
The great thing about coffee cake is that it is SO easy to make! You can whip up the batter in just a couple minutes with a few staple ingredients. You don't need any special equipment or mixers. Just use a mixing bowl and spoon.
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Beat egg in mixing bowl. Add sugar, milk, oil, salt and vanilla. Spoon flour into measuring cups and then dump on top of the batter. Sprinkle baking powder over flour and mix into the top half of the flour. Mix flour into batter until combined, but not over-mixed.
- Pour into a 9x9 baking dish.
Cinnamon Streusel Topping
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in microwave. Remove and mix in brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour and stir until combined. Add nuts if desired.
- Sprinkle streusel onto the cake.
- Use a finger or the small end of a wooden spoon to poke the streusel halfway down into the cake batter, randomly in 12-18 different spots.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs (not runny batter).
- Lightly drizzle with icing if desired.
Walnuts and Icing
The walnuts and icing in this recipe are totally optional. You can use (or not) based on preference.
We love walnut coffee cake, so I always include the nuts. Pecans are also a great option.
If I am being honest, I rarely make the icing drizzle. It is yummy (and pretty), but the cake is so good by itself that it doesn't necessarily need it.
The BEST moist coffee cake recipe that is easy to make 5 minutes prep time with just a few staple ingredients.
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup oil vegetable or canola
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 T butter melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 T Flour
- 1/2 cup walnuts chopped, optional
- 1 T butter room temperature
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 T milk extra, if needed
Preheat oven to 375°.
Beat egg in mixing bowl. Mix in sugar, milk, salt, oil, and vanilla.
Spoon flour into measuring cup. Dump flour on top of the batter. Sprinkle baking pwder over flour and gently mix into the top half of the flour. Stir flour mixture into batter until combined. Pour into greased, or parchment lined, 9x9 baking dish.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in microwave. Remove and mix in brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour and stir until well combined. Add nuts if desired.
Sprinkle streusel onto the cake.Use a finger or the small end of a wooden spoon to poke the streusel halfway down into the cake batter, randomly 12-18 times.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs (not runny batter). Do not overbake or it will be more dry!
(optional step) Mix butter and powdered sugar. Thin with milk until desired consistency. Lightly drizzle cake with icing.
Note: Spoon flour into the measuring cup for the cake batter. For the flour in the topping, I just scoop it straight with the measuring spoon.
Tip: Do not over-bake or it will dry out the cake.
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This cake is very delicious! It’s the simplest recipe and shortest cooking time I could find. I whipped it up just this morning. I accidentally used baking soda instead of baking powder so I added some lemon juice to activate it. I couldn’t taste it at all in the end. I also added more cinnamon cause that’s my favorite part. Thanks for sharing!
I doubled this recipe for my large family and it was delicious. Took about 40 minutes total.
This was easy to make and best tasting coffee cake ever. The icing is a must for me. It made it look so much more decadent and pretty when cut it into squares and put on a cake stand. I made this for guests to have in am with coffee and everyone raved about it. Saying it reminded them of cinnamon rolls. It’s a keeper!
Love the streusel topping! I poked fresh blueberries into half and it turned out great. Agree, do not over mix or over bake and it will turn out perfect. My oven runs hot so I watch it carefully. Thanks for a great recipe. Just the right size and easy for making in the morning.
OK, that was by far the best coffee cake I have ever eaten. I included the walnuts and the glaze. Thank you, I'll be making it in the future for my overnight guests. I'm a cake for breakfast kind of person.
I made this for Thanksgiving at my boyfriend’s parents house. It was an instant hit! The recipe is simple to follow and delicious.
Michael Wurm Jr.
I can almost taste this through the screen. Wow! It looks SO delicious! (Beautiful photography too!)