Indulge in a Heavenly Slice of Our Scrumptious Coffee Cake

Welcome, all coffee and cake lovers! If you’re looking for a delicious recipe that brings back memories from simpler times, look no further than this old-fashioned coffee cake recipe. Passed down by my great grannie, this recipe dates back to 1954 and has stood the test of time as a classic treat.

As a barista and food enthusiast, I firmly believe in the power of comfort food to bring joy and happiness to our lives, especially during these uncertain times. And what’s better than starting your day with a warm slice of cake filled with cinnamon streusel and cherry pie filling?

Whether you’re a fan of coffee cakes or just looking for something new to add to your baking repertoire, this recipe will not disappoint. So grab your mixing bowl and let’s get started on this journey of baking nostalgia!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake
Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake

Dear coffee lovers,

If you’re here, I’m sure coffee is not just a drink for you, but a ritual. And as a fellow coffee enthusiast and barista, I would like to introduce you to an old-fashioned coffee cake that will elevate your coffee game.

This coffee cake recipe is not just any recipe; it’s a star recipe that dates back to 1954, passed down from generation to generation of great grannies who knew the definition of comfort food. This classic recipe combines buttery and tender cake with a cinnamon-sugar swirl and streusel crumb topping that makes your taste buds dance.

Now let me tell you why you’ll love this recipe. Imagine waking up on a weekend morning eager for your cup of joe, but not just any cup of joe – this time, with the smell of cinnamon and sugar emanating from your oven. This is the magic of the old-fashioned coffee cake. Whether you’re snacking on cake while sipping on an afternoon-iced latte or devouring it straight out of the oven first thing in the morning while brewing your first cup of the day, this coffee cake will make your coffee routine extraordinary.

And there’s no need to worry about complex instructions or difficult-to-find ingredients. All you need are basic pantry staples like all-purpose flour, granulated and brown sugar, eggs, butter, and baking powder. You can even adapt this recipe by replacing the cherry pie filling with other fruit fillings like blueberry or apple.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a dessert to serve at brunch, bake-sale, or enjoy anytime with some piping hot coffee, give this old-fashioned coffee cake recipe a try. Trust me; it will bring comfort and joy to your caffeine ritual.


A passionate barista

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your sweet cravings with a slice of this old-fashioned coffee cake
Satisfy your sweet cravings with a slice of this old-fashioned coffee cake

Ingredient List

Here’s what you’ll need to make this old-fashioned coffee cake recipe passed down from my great grannie:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

For the streusel topping:
– 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed

Note: You can use any fruit pie filling of your choice.

The Recipe How-To

 A delectable treat that pairs perfectly with your morning coffee or tea
A delectable treat that pairs perfectly with your morning coffee or tea

Let’s get started with making this delicious old-fashioned coffee cake recipe. As I mentioned before, this is a recipe that has been passed down for generations, and it’s a classic for a reason. So, put on your apron, and let’s make some nostalgic memories in the kitchen.

Ingredients You Will Need

Before we start mixing up the batter for this coffee cake, let’s gather all the ingredients together. Here is what you will need:

  • Butter: 1 cup (2 sticks), room temperature
  • Brown Sugar: 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • Egg: 1 large egg
  • All-Purpose Flour: 2 cups
  • Baking Powder: 2 teaspoons
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Milk: 3/4 cup of milk
  • Cherry Pie Filling: 1 can (21 oz)
  • Cinnamon Streusel Topping:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

Now that you have everything we’ll need to make this recipe. Let’s move on to mixing up our batter.

Mixing Up The Batter

To begin with, preheat your oven to 350°F. Next, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy using an electric mixer at medium speed. It should take about two minutes to reach a creamy texture.

Add the egg into the mixture along with vanilla extract and beat again on medium speed until well combined.

In another bowl, sift two cups of all-purpose flour along with baking powder and salt. Add this dry mixture alternately with milk to batter mixture in three parts each. Mix very well but do not overmix.

Take a 9-inch cake pan and pour half of the batter in. Layer half of the cherry pie filling on top of it, followed by the remaining batter. Next, add the remaining pie filling to the top of the cake batter.

Creating The Cinnamon Streusel Topping

No coffee cake is complete without its quintessential topping — Cinnamon Streusel.

In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, all-purpose flour, ground cinnamon, and salt. Add softened butter and work with your fingertips until you get pea-sized pieces. Sprinkle this topping over prepared cake mixture.

Baking and Cooling

Place the cake in preheated oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Once done, take it out of the oven and allow it to cool completely before slicing and serving it.

This recipe is a great option if you’re looking for something nostalgic yet new to try out in your kitchen. It’s got all of those classic flavors that everyone loves in old-fashioned desserts. So whip

Substitutions and Variations

 Dive into the delicious layers of cinnamon and brown sugar in every bite
Dive into the delicious layers of cinnamon and brown sugar in every bite

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are many ways to put your own spin on this classic old-fashioned coffee cake recipe. Here are some substitution and variation ideas to consider:

– Cherry pie filling: While the cherry pie filling pairs perfectly with the cinnamon-coffee flavors of this cake, you can substitute it with other fruit flavors such as blueberry or apple pie filling.

– Milk: You can use any type of milk in this recipe, including almond or soy milk for a dairy-free version

– Flour: For a gluten-free option, swap out the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

– Sour cream: Swap out sour cream for Greek yogurt or buttermilk for a tangier taste.

– Topping: If you’re not a fan of the crumb topping, you can leave it off entirely, or substitute it with chopped nuts for some added crunch.

By making your own substitutions and variations, you can create a personalized version of this old-fashioned coffee cake recipe that suits your personal preferences.

Serving and Pairing

 The aroma of this cake will have your mouth watering before the first slice is even cut
The aroma of this cake will have your mouth watering before the first slice is even cut

Coffee cake is the perfect treat any time of the day, and it can be served in many different ways. I recommend serving this old-fashioned coffee cake recipe warm with a side of fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to complement the rich cinnamon flavor. You could also try enjoying it with a hot cup of coffee, tea or cold glass of milk.

If you want to take your coffee cake experience even further, why not add some cherry pie filling on top of your slice for an extra fruity flavor? The combination of the sweet cherries and the spiced cake is an excellent match for your taste buds.

Alternatively, you can also make a cinnamon streusel topping to give your coffee cake an added crunch. This crumbly favor pairs perfectly with a steaming hot cup of joe.

When it comes to pairing, coffee cake can be the perfect side dish for any meal. Try serving it for breakfast alongside scrambled eggs and bacon to start your day on a sweet note. At lunchtime, enjoy it topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream for a light and delectable dessert. You could even serve it as an afternoon snack with some hot tea or as a dessert after dinner.

However you decide to serve and pair this delicious old-fashioned coffee cake recipe, it’s sure to become one of your new favorites!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Discover the perfect balance of moist cake and crumbly streusel topping
Discover the perfect balance of moist cake and crumbly streusel topping

I know you might want to savor every single bite of your coffee cake, but sometimes, it’s hard to finish everything at one go. But fear not! This old-fashioned coffee cake is just as delicious when reheated or eaten cold.

In fact, this recipe can actually be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days before baking. You can do this by preparing the batter and the cinnamon streusel at night, then storing them in separate containers in your fridge. The next morning, just combine the two and bake fresh! This way, you can have freshly baked coffee cake in a matter of minutes without having to wake up early or have any early-morning prep.

Once it’s baked, let your coffee cake cool completely before storing it. You can keep it at room temperature for up to three days or store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. To keep it from drying out, store it in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag or simply layer parchment paper over its surface then cover with aluminum foil tightly.

Reheating your cake may seem like a daunting task, but all you need is a few seconds in the microwave, and voila! Good as new. You could also reheat slices in your oven preheated to 300°F (150°C) for about 10 minutes until warmed through.

So whether fresh from baking or previously stored and reheated, this old fashioned coffee cake will taste amazing that you won’t even think twice about having another slice!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Make your breakfast spread more inviting with this classic coffee cake
Make your breakfast spread more inviting with this classic coffee cake

Old-fashioned coffee cake recipe is undoubtedly a comfort food that can bring you happiness and joy. Though this recipe is simple and straightforward, there are still some tips to follow that ensure perfect results. With years of experience, experimentation, trial and errors, I have gathered some tips that can help you bake a fantastic coffee cake every time.

Firstly, do not overmix the batter as it will result in a tough texture. It is important to mix the ingredients just enough to combine them properly. Overmixing will cause gluten to form in the flour which is the protein that builds structure and elasticity in your baked goods, but too much of it will make your cake tough.

Secondly, softened butter produces better results than melted butter as it traps air better into the batter creating a light and tender texture. Whenever a recipe calls for softened butter, using melted butter might compromise the texture of the coffee cake.

Thirdly, it is recommended to bring all ingredients to room temperature before mixing them together. This helps your ingredients blend better making your coffee cake uniform in texture and taste. When all ingredients are at room temperature, they emulsify together more easily creating a smooth batter.

Fourthly, use fresh baking powder as an old one won’t rise properly leading to dense coffee cake with a tight crumb. Similarly, if you use self-raising flour in place of all-purpose flour and baking powder, adjust the amount of baking powder accordingly.

Fifthly, always preheat your oven as baking cakes requires precise temperature control. An oven takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the desired temperature so make sure to set it beforehand.

Lastly, once out of the oven let your coffee cake rest on a wire rack for a few minutes before diving in so that it settles completely giving you tidier slices.

By following these tips, you can be confident that you’ll enjoy success every time you bake up this classic old-fashioned coffee cake recipe.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this old-fashioned coffee cake recipe is a must-try for all the coffee lovers and dessert enthusiasts out there. This recipe has been passed down through generations and has stood the test of time. The warmth and comfort of every bite will take you back to your childhood memories of grandma’s kitchen.

This recipe uses simple ingredients that you can find in your pantry, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always add your own twist to it by trying out different variations and substitutions. With its moist, fluffy texture and cinnamon streusel topping, this cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

So why not give this old-fashioned coffee cake recipe a try? You won’t regret it! Whether you’re hosting a family gathering, spending some quality time with your loved ones or simply indulging in a guilty pleasure that’s worth every calorie, this coffee cake will definitely impress.

Until next time, happy baking!

Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake

Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake Recipe

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5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 cuts
Calories 1353.8 kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (500ml)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (250ml)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (10ml)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (1ml)
  • 1/2 cup butter (125ml)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk (175ml)
  • 19 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup brown sugar (250ml)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (250ml)
  • 1/2 cup butter (125ml)


  • Measure first 4 ingredients into large bowl. Stir. Cut butter into mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the centre.
  • Add egg and milk to well. Stir until just moistened. Spread in greased 9 x 13 inch (22 x 33cm) baking pan.
  • Carefully spread pie filling on top.
  • TOPPING: Combine brown sugar and flour in small bowl. Cut butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over pie fliiling. Bake in 375F (190C) oven for about 40 minutes until top is golden and filling bubbles at edges. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 451gCalories: 1353.8kcalCarbohydrates: 216gProtein: 13.8gFat: 49.9gSaturated Fat: 30.8gCholesterol: 174.9mgSodium: 814.3mgFiber: 3.3gSugar: 103.6g
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