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A Delicious Coffee Cake Recipe to Try

Last week when I was looking for a good recipe for apple bread I came across some coffee cake recipes that I would love to share! There is something about a warm slice of coffee cake alongside a big mug of hot coffee! I’m sure many of you have your favorite recipes or favorite little shop that serves this treat! The recipe I will share is pretty basic so why not try to bake this up when you have a little time.

If your mornings are rushed you could easily mix the dry ingredients the night before and just add the liquid mixture & pop it in the oven.

Why is it Called Coffee Cake?

According to So American coffee cake is a traditional sweet pound cake layered with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecan-laced streusel. The reason this beauty is called coffee cake is that it’s the perfect complement to a cup of coffee or a foamy latte — not because it has coffee in it!

The first coffee cakes are thought to have originated in Germany which at that time were more like sweetbreads . It wasn’t until 1879 that the term “coffee cake” became a common term.

Coffee cake recipes made their way into American cookbooks by the late 1800s; some even listed coffee as an ingredient. Today, coffee cakes rarely contain coffee. Most are simple, one-flavored cakes that feature fruit, spices, or nuts, and feature a streusel or simple glaze topping if any.

How long Does Coffee Cake stay Fresh?

Here are some great tips on how long your coffee cake will last. But if your household loves coffee cake you may not have to worry about storing it too long!

  • How long does coffee cake last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions – keep the freshly baked coffee cake in a dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of coffee cake, cover with foil or plastic wrap to prevent drying out.
  • When properly stored, the freshly baked coffee cake will last for about 1 to 2 days at normal room temperature.
  • How long does coffee cake last in the fridge? The freshly baked coffee cake will keep well for about 1 week in the fridge when properly stored; when refrigerating, cover with foil or plastic wrap to prevent the cake from drying out.
  • Can you freeze the coffee cake? Yes, to freeze: wrap the coffee cake tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in a heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long does coffee cake last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain the best quality for about 2 to 3 months but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only – a coffee cake that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if the coffee cake is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the coffee cake: discard any that has an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the coffee cake.

What are the ingredients in a coffee cake?

Many coffee cake recipes have the basic ingredients of Flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar & baking spices. Along with shortening (Crisco) and milk. Most are baked in a 9×13 inch pan in a preheated oven for approx. 35-40 minutes.

Of course, like most recipes, you can find some that add sour cream to make it even moister. In addition, a few have buttermilk listed in the recipe! TIP: you can easily turn regular milk into buttermilk by just adding little lemon juice.

Like I mentioned above here is a recipe I came across in a one of my cook books. I hope you enjoy it and maybe look in some of your cook books and see if you can find a cofffe cake recipe. I don’t think you will be disappointed!

Some great variations on coffee cake recipes can be found HERE!

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Coffee Cake!

Coffee Cake

A delicious easy breakfast treat to have with your morning coffee or tea!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 squares


  • standard oven


  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 2 large beaten eggs


  • Mix flour, sugar, salt, and shortening until crumbly; reserve 1/2 cup. To remaining crumbs in bowl add baking powder, soda and spices; mix well. Add milk (TIP: no sour milk? Just add a little lemon juice!) and eggs; mix this well. Pour into 2 greased and floured 8 inch round pans; top with reserved crumbs. Makes 2 cakes this size.
    Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes. Best served warm!
    This can also be baked in a 9x 13 inch baking pan. Same temperature and 35~40 minutes
    To check for doneness just stick a toothpick in center or knife and if it comes out clkean your cake is finished!

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