Simple Coffee Cake

This is a moist coffee cake with ribbons of buttery goodness throughout. It is easy enough to whip together before guests come over or as a warm delicious breakfast bread. Either way, this is a great recipe to have in your repertoire.


Simple Coffee Cake

Course Appetizers, Breakfast, Snacks
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 pieces


  • 3 c flour
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c shortening
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 2 eggs


  • Mix together all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add the shortening, milk, and eggs then mix thoroughly. There will still be lumps of shortening and that is OK.
  • Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 cake pan.
  • For the topping mix together the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon using a fork to break apart the larger clumps.
  • Evenly pour the topping over the cake batter in the pan.
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and place evenly over the top of the topping.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.


Topping Ingredients: 2/3c brown sugar, 1/3c flour, 2 1/2tsp cinnamon, 5Tbsp butter