Perfect Coffeecake

Coffeecake may be a bit of a misnomer, but I’m not complaining.  Coffeecake is one of the ultimate comfort desserts or snacks, a perfect combination of cinnamon and moist cake to accompany a hot coffee or chai tea latte (in my case) , on a cold wintry morning.  Indeed, this coffeecake comes together so quickly and effortlessly, it might be ready in the time it takes to brew a full pot of morning joe.

Perfect Coffee Cake

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.

PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 40 minutes
YIELD: Serves 12

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream or low-fat yogurt

3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla


1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2.  In medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and eggs. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the sour cream or yogurt.  Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

3.  In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar until fully mixed.  Add the vanilla, and mix until the vanilla is fully incorporated.

4.  Grease a tube pan, 9×9-inch pan, or a fluted tart pan.  Spread half the batter evenly in the pan.  Sprinkle half of the topping over the batter.  Pour the remaining batter into the pan, and sprinkle with the remaining topping.

5.  Bake the coffeecake for about 30 to 40 minutes (mine was closer to 40 minutes), or until  a tester comes out clean.  Cool the coffeecake on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then remove it from the  fluted pan and allow it to cool completely.  (If you’ve baked it in a 9 x 9-inch pan, just serve it right from the pan.)  Serve with your morning tea or coffee!


3 responses to “Perfect Coffeecake

  1. this looks delicious. the thought of a piece of this with a mug of chai tea is wonderful…perfect for a winter evening (or morning…or mid-afternoon)

  2. Very cool photo — I like in-focus coffee cake in the foreground, with the out-of-focus one in the background. Neat!

    I look forward to trying this . . .

  3. I can now say that this is the best coffee cake I’ve ever tasted! 😀

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