Easy Coffee Cake Recipe: Armenian Nutmeg Cake (DELICIOUS!)

The best coffee cake I've ever tried, and, frankly, one of the easiest to make (especially if you have a food processor), is this Armenian Nutmeg Cake. Everything from the moist, fragrant, springy top, decorated with walnuts, down to the richly-flavored, buttery crust, will make you swoon. In fact, a friend of mine tried a slice that I made this past weekend, and she promptly slumped in her chair, rolled her eyes back, and sighed. "Wow, that's good."

First, if you missed the video above, here's a picture of what a slice of this cake looks like:

Are you convinced? Let's get started.

First, here's what you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk (I use whole, but nonfat or lowfat should be fine; non-dairy might work just fine, as well)
  • 2 cups flour (I use all-purpose, but I suspect pastry flour or another low-gluten flour might even work better to achieve a light, fluffy crumb)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (or more) walnut pieces
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder (I used single-acting, because it's aluminum-free, and it turned out fantastic)
  • 1 egg
  • 6 oz (170 g) butter, preferably unsalted
  • 1 to 1-1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (try to grate it fresh yourself; the aroma is enchanting)
  • a springform pan (9"/23 cm should be perfect)

What you'll want it to look like at the end of step #6.
What you'll want it to look like at the end of step #6.
The pressed-out crust (step #7)
The pressed-out crust (step #7)

Directions - the Traditional Way (The Fast, Easy Way further down)

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C).
  2. Mix the 1 tsp of baking soda (not baking powder; that's for the next step) into the milk. Set it aside.
  3. Sift the 2 cups of flour and 2 tsp of baking powder into a large bowl. One sift is fine
  4. Add the 2 cups of brown sugar. Go ahead and mix the flour and brown sugar together. Or not.
  5. Toss in the 6 oz (170 g) of butter in cubes.
  6. Mash the butter with a fork into the dry ingredients (you can also use your fingers if you want). You'll want to achieve a more-or-less uniform, tan-colored crumbly mixture.
  7. Take HALF of this resulting crumbly mixture into your springform pan. Press a crust out of it using your fingers and knuckles. It will be easy.
  8. Crack an egg into a mixer or bowl.
  9. Grate 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg. Toss that in with the egg.
  10. Start mixing with a whisk attachment, or a whisk if you're doing it manually. Once it's mixed well and frothy, pour in the milk and baking soda mixture. Continue to mix until uniform.
  11. Pour in the rest of the crumbly mixture. Mix that well, with either a paddle attachment, or a spatula. Or continue to use the whisk; it won't make much of a difference, since the resulting batter is very liquidy.
  12. Pour the batter over the crust in the springform pan.
  13. Gently sprinkle the walnut pieces over the batter.
  14. Bake for about 30-40 minutes at 350F (175C). You'll know it's done when the top is a golden brown, and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  15. Allow to cool in the pan, and then release. Enjoy!

An Even Easier Way...if you have a Food Processor

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C).
  2. Mix the 1 tsp of baking soda (not baking powder) into the milk. Set aside.
  3. Put 2 cups of flour, 2 tsp of baking powder, and 2 cups of brown sugar into your food processor. Pulse until uniformly mixed.
  4. Toss in the 6 oz (170 g) of butter in cubes. Pulse until uniformly mixed into tan-colored crumbs.
  5. Pour HALF of the crumbs into your springform pan. Press out a crust using your fingers and knuckles.
  6. Crack an egg into the food processor with the rest of the crumbs still in it.
  7. Grate 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg. Toss that into the food processor, too. Pulse until well-incorporated.
  8. Pour in the milk and baking soda mixture. Continue to mix until a slightly lumpy tan batter.
  9. Pour the batter over the crust in the springform pan.
  10. Gently sprinkle the walnut pieces over the batter.
  11. Bake for approx. 30-40 minutes at 350F (175C). It's ready when the top is golden brown, and when it passes the toothpick test (comes out clean).
  12. Cool the cake in the pan, and then dig in. Yum yum!

Nutrition Information

per cake
per slice (12 per cake)
Assumes: unsalted butter, large egg, whole milk.

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Robin 4 years ago from San Francisco

Loved your video, livelonger! We are going to have to try this for a breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

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everythingdazzles 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

Oh this looks delicious!

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

Even the name sounds good.

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Great sounding recipe! While there was some visual interference (at least on my end) in the video...loved the applause at the beginning and the nice music throughout the presentation. Nice touch! Thanks!

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azahorik 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA/Venice, Italy

Beautifully done hub, and that cake is making me want to whip out the mixing bowls myself. It does indeed look a lot like it would be a great breakfast cake - mild, not too sweet, and perfect with coffee.

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Still waiting for that 'delicious' button.. This looks amazing. Well done article and video. Voted up across the board.

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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia

Wow; this sounds so yummy! I loved your creative use of the video to help explain how to make it. I voted this up and useful! :)

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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

Oh, my goodness. That looks FABULOUS - and I will forever blame you for an expanding waistline. I'm wondering if I could substitute pecans for the walnuts...coffee cake heaven!

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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

I think you could and it would taste just as great! Yeah, the calorie calculations were totally disheartening...esp given how many slices of this I ate on Sunday. Totally worth it, though!

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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

Based on this sample, I would watch the "LiveLonger Cooking Show" any day! Next Food Network Star here we come!

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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

You are too kind. I've learned that when it comes to baking, I need to adhere to recipes to the letter. When I get too creative, that's when things go awry...

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Livelonger, this video is GORGEOUS! So pretty! And I'm so intrigued by the cake.

I'm with Maddie on this- I, too, could watch the "LiveLonger Cooking Show" all day! Keep 'em coming!

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

What a combination -- obviously delicious recipe, exceptional video and super Hub! I'll vote it up! Best, Sis

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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thank you, Simone, Angela, and Finance Hub!

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I want some, right now! Looks delicious - can't wait to try it. Voted up and awesome!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

This may be easy for you, but it's still looks daunting to non-cooks like myself. Fortunately, I can pass this goodie off to the family cook. Voting this Up and Useful.

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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks, Aurelio! Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can. :)

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Enzie Shahmiri 4 years ago from Laguna Hills, California

Wonderful instructions - can't wait to make this!

anonymous 4 years ago

Very Delicious! Presentation is great! Bookmarking and voting up!

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livingpah2004 4 years ago from USA

Look so delicious. I want one piece right now. I need to bookmark so that I can make it tomorrow. Thanks for posting it. Useful and voted up!

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Nare Anthony 4 years ago

You are Armenian Jason! Aren't you?

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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

Nare: yes, I am. :)

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Nare Anthony 4 years ago

I knew it :D

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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

I am drooling over the cake and the video.Bookmarking this and voting up and awesome

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itakins 4 years ago from Irl

Looks so delicious, and the video is wonderful-I really look forward to making, and tasting this cake.

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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This looks amazing I will share it!

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mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

Wow, this looks absolutely amazing! I've already printed off a copy and am planning to make it for guests.

Great video, clear concise instructions and a nice intro description. Just what I like in a recipe. Voting up and pinning.

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resmyrobin 4 years ago from KERALA, INDIA

Looks so delicious! I will try it.............

SusanKulungian 4 years ago

I wish I had seen this last week! I would have made it for the Fall Fair at the church. We had lots of delicious Armenian pastries including nazook but we could haved used a few of these cakes. definitely next year!!

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Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

These days I love all easy recipes, I do not want to spend a lot of time. unfortunately my son has my blender at this stage, but as soon as I get it back I am going to try mixing the cake with it

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Staceycakes 2 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Amazing recipe, I love to bake and this looks really nice! Voted up and definitely bookmarking so I can come back to it. :))

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MarcyL04 2 years ago from MIdwest smack dead in the middle of corn country LOL

I had to pin this on my Pinterest board

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rumanasaiyed 20 months ago from Sharjah, UAE

Wow, you have explained a recipe in such a nice way.

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