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Classic Coffee Cake Recipe

It's National Coffee Cake Day (and yes that's a thing because like...why not) and we can't name a better duo than our bold, smooth, full-bodied coffee and this rich, buttery, sweet treat! Here's a great recipe if you want to try it yourself at home.

PREP TIME 25 mins COOK TIME 55 mins TOTAL TIME 80 mins SERVINGS 15 to 18 servings

(You can halve this recipe and bake it in an 8 x 8-inch pan. Start checking it for doneness after 40 minutes, but it will likely take closer to 50 minutes to bake.)


For the streusel topping:

  • 1 cup (180g) brown sugar, packed

  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pinch kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened

For the cinnamon layer:

  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the cake batter:

  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour

  • 2 1/4 cups (450g) sugar

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup (230g) sour cream

  • 1/4 cup whole milk

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven and prep the pan: Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter or spray a 9 x 13-inch pan.

  2. Make the streusel layer: In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Use a fork to mash the butter into the mixture until completely combined and crumbly. Set aside.

  3. Make the cinnamon layer: In another small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Set side, as well.

  4. Begin making the batter: In the bowl of your mixer, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. Using the paddle attachment for your stand mixer, stir on low to combine. Add the softened butter and beat on medium-low speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until all of the butter is mixed in, and the mixture resembles moist sand.

  5. Combine the wet ingredients and finish the batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients. Beat the batter on medium speed until you get a smooth batter. A few small lumps are totally fine.

  6. Prepare the cake: Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar layer over the top of the batter in an even layer. Spread the remaining batter over the top (this does require some patience since the batter likes to lift off the cinnamon-sugar layer). Top with the crumble mixture.

  7. Bake the cake: Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 1 hour (or until the cake comes to room temperature) before serving.

  8. Eat the cake: Cut a nice slice and sit down with a cup of your favorite Saints and Sippers blend. I recommend our Dark Roast, 4Horsemen (thank me later). Enjoy.

Store the cake: You can make this cake a day or two in advance. Some even say it's better after a couple days on the counter (improved texture with NO moisture loss if stored properly). To do this, remove the cake from the pan and cover with plastic wrap. Keep it on the counter at room temperature. To freeze the cake, wrap it in plastic, followed by foil.



19g FAT



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