One of my many weaknesses in life is baking sweet goodies for my family. I have been trying to limit making goodies this year, but I have to make something special on Christmas Eve morning. One of our favorites is this Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe. I found the original recipe in an old church cookbook that my Grandma gave to me when I first got married. The full recipe is at the bottom of this post.
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The topping is a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon. Usually we have this already mixed up in a little container for toast, but I think the kids have gotten over cinnamon sugar toast. They haven’t been eating it every morning, which I think is a good thing.
The batter is pretty thick. With this cinnamon coffee cake recipe I use a greased 8×8 pan. Half of the mixed is layered in the bottom. I remember trying to spread this out with my spatula and struggling so much. Thank the Lord for kitchen gadgets!
This offset spatula works great. I bought it for frosting cake, but when I discovered how easy it made spreading thick batter, that is when I really loved this tool.
Once the first layer is spread out, sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the top. This one little step makes the coffee cake just that much more appealing. I love it.
The second layer is really the challenge of the coffee cake assembly. How in the world do I get this thick batter to cover the first layer? Any ideas? Yep, you guessed it, the offset spatula. Works every time.
This looks so good, you might think it was frosting. My kids came down and saw what to them is the frosting spatula and thought I was making a cake with frosting.
I baked the cake in a 350 degree oven. I like to check it after 20 minutes and give it a turn. Then I baked for another 10 minutes, and found that it still had some wet batter. So another 3 minutes and it was perfect. I know that ovens vary so I would start with 30 and work from there.
This is the most perfect piece of cake from right smack in the middle of the cake. If I was eating sweet treats, this would have been mine.
The kids had this for breakfast and I am pretty sure it is all gone. This is a good way to start the Christmas festivities. I may be making cinnamon rolls tomorrow. Cinnamon, hmm, I see a pattern here.
What did you make for breakfast? What do you make your family on Christmas morning?
I hope you enjoy this Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe!
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 6 tbsp butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup 2 tbsp white flour
- pinch of salt
- Topping Ingredients
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease 8x8 pan and set aside
- Combine sour cream and baking soda in small bowl, set aside
- Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Pour in sour cream/baking soda mixture and mix.
- Add egg and vanilla, mix until combined.
- Add flour and pinch of salt. Mix until no streaks of flour remain.
- Divide batter in half, place one half in prepared pan, spread with offset spatula.
- Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture over first layer.
- Place remaining batter on top, spread with offset spatula and top with the remaining sugar.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, rotate and bake another 10 minutes.
- Check with a toothpick to see if the cake is fully cooked. If not, return to the oven another 3 minutes.
- Cut in three rows, three pieces per row. Serve warm.