Cinnamon coffee cake is an all time favorite dessert and this exclusive recipe makes it easy.  The sweet light cake topped with crunchy nuts and sugar. Delicious!  This would be a great treat to serve your guests after a dinner get together.  It pairs well with not just coffee but tea and even chocolate milk!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake (source)


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup and 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 and 1/4 stick unsalted butter, lightly softened 

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup buttermilk (room temperature)

1 large egg (room temperature)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2/3 cup brown sugar

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/3 crushed pecans


Preheat oven to 350F.  spray a 8 inch cake pan with cooking spray.  Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with  about a tbsp of flour and tap out the excess.

Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a large mixing bowl until combined. Cut in the butter in very small pieces. Whisk around with a whisk or mix with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 1 cup of the flour mixture.

butter and flour

butter and flour whisked into crumbles

Mix the baking powder and baking soda into the remaining flour mixture. Add the room temperature buttermilk, egg, and vanilla.  Add 1 TSP of cinnamon.  Beat on med speed with hand mixer. Mix everything together until the batter is smooth and fluffy.  

Cake batter

Cake batter

Spoon the batter into the the greased cake pan and be sure to smooth out the top.

Add the brown sugar, remaining 2 tsp cinnamon and crushed pecans to the reserved flour mixture. Toss with a fork until well blended. Sprinkle the crumbs over the batter, pressingly lightly so they stick. Bake the cake until the center is firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 50 minutes).

bake the cake mixture

bake the cake mixture

Enjoy your delicious, yet slightly messy, treat.

cinnamon, coffee cake

Coffee Cake

Tips and Tricks:

Try using fresh ground cinnamon it gives great flavor.  You can cut it into small pieces and then grind it down into a powder using a coffee grinder.

If you forget to take out your egg to let it reach room temperature there is a faster way to do it.  Place the egg is a bowl of hot water for 5- 10 minutes.


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