Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake

Hello from Las Vegas!image

Apparently it’s supposed to snow here today? Weird.

How was your Christmas? We were pretty quiet over here yesterday, since my dad is still recouping and not feeling so festive. Nevertheless, I took it upon myself to force some joy upon my family, in the form of two of my favorite things – baking and tradition. Holler.


Every Christmas like clockwork, my grandma makes her famous coffee cake. Since we weren’t really celebrating this year for obvious reasons, no cake was going to be made…….. My dad LOVES this cake, so I figured it might speed up his recovery process to bite in a crumbley, sweet piece of cake. Makes sense, right?

My mom keeps all of her old recipes (including family favorites) in an old composition notebook (which I also use for my own recipes too). Right on the first page is grandma’s coffee cake recipe! Well, as it turns out, grandma didn’t include a couple key details in her faded, old recipe. Guess who didn’t realize that and followed the recipe to the T?

Real sneaky, grandma. 😉

See, grandma’s cake usually has a boatload of cinnamon crumb topping on top, whereas mine………image


MY crumb topping became a sort of crumb filling/swirl thing. Whoops? It still tasted amazing though, and the cake part was pretty identical in flavor to grandma’s version! I call that an accidental win.

This cake has a lovely, moist texture, with some crunch from the cinnamon “crumbs” mixed in.


Because I hate to make mistakes (even delicious ones- hello, type A personality — maybe I should work on that in 2013…), I’m obviously going to re-try grandma’s recipe with the formerly missing directions to make the traditional version my family adores. But in the meantime, THIS coffee cake is getting dunked and eaten, thank you very much.

Perfect for a weekend brunch or holiday breakfast.image

New family fav, and yet another reminder to embrace and forgive serendipity {fortunate accident}, which I was sort of hating on for a while this year. And ps. if you make this…….. you must dunk your piece into a steaming mug of coffee or tea. MUST.

Did you bake anything for the holidays?

Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tbsp cinnamon (can add more or less depending on personal preference, but this is what gives the cake its signature flavor)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8×8 inch square pan with nonstick spray. In a large bowl (bowl #1), mix together flour, sugar, butter, salt, and baking powder using a wooden spoon.

2. Once well incorporated (there may still be lumps), reserve 1/2 cup to 1 cup of the mixture in a separate, smaller bowl (bowl #2). Whisk in cinnamon to bowl #2 and set aside.

3. To bowl #1, add eggs milk, and vanilla. Mix with an electric mixer til fluffy (batter will be sticky), and then gradually stir in contents of bowl #2. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick emerge dry from the center. Top of cake should be a golden brown color.

Makes 16 servings

4 Comments on Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake

  1. Bethany
    December 27, 2012 at 8:59 AM (5 years ago)

    Oh yum! Both versions of this cake look good! 😉 And it looks easy enough to make… I might have to try it even though I’m a disaster with baking!

  2. Rebecca @ cakeinacrockpot
    December 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM (5 years ago)

    I loved your remark about the crumble topping not coming out as you expected but that it’s still tasty. The best cooking & baking doesn’t always look pretty or go according to plan but if it tastes good, who cares?? 🙂

    • joelle
      December 28, 2012 at 1:47 PM (5 years ago)

      Amen! Long as it tastes good. 🙂

  3. Erica
    December 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM (5 years ago)

    I still think it sounds just perfect! What a great treat. Happy almost New Years!


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