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Vintage Recipe for an Excellent Coffee Cake; a Wonderful Treat for Any Morning

Updated on January 8, 2014

The coffee cake, ready to eat

Recipe for a Truly Delicious Coffee Cake

Cream together: 1-1/2 cups sugar; 1/2 cup butter; 2 eggs

Stir in: 1 cup heavy cream

Sift together and add: 3 cups flour; 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt

Stir in: 2 tablespoons milk

Mix until blended. Pour into a parchment lined 9x13 baking dish. (We oiled the parchment paper.)
  • Topping: Mix one cup brown sugar with 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Baking instructions:
375 degrees for 25-30 minutes (do not over bake)

Topping has been added to the batter.
Topping has been added to the batter.

Additional instructions

This coffee cake is best served warm but it is also easy to reheat by putting a piece in the microwave for 10-20 seconds (depending on your unit). We used the medium brown sugar but light or dark brown might be more to your taste.

Take care not to scorch the topping. The interior of ovens (elements and racks) are different so we usually need watch the progress a few minutes before the cooking time is up.

Using molasses

We adapted the recipe a bit as the original topping contained some molasses rather than the brown sugar we used. The original was: Mix 1/2 cup molasses with 1/2 cream and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Because molasses has more nutrients than sugar, it is preferable to use it whenever possible. This is also true of honey. Most of us keep a canister of sugar on the counter top; it seems just easier to reach for that. I keep a small jar of honey and molasses there also so that I am reminded to choose one of those instead. Granted the syrupy sweeteners can be messier but 'lick' the spoon and drop in the sink or dishwasher when finished using it. I know you are wondering about brushing your teeth afterwards but my father died in his eighties without ever having a cavity and he ate honey and molasses daily.

Final word ... enjoy the cake

  • Not a coffee drinker? ... this coffee cake is also excellent paired with other hot beverages. If you are a milk drinker, that is also a good combination.


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    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for yr advice. Thanks again for reading my hub!

    • wabash annie profile imageAUTHOR

      wabash annie 

      6 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Heavy cream can be purchased from a supermarket but undiluted canned milk (NOT fat-free) should work just as well ... also less calories but you could reduce the canned milk by 3 or 4 tablespoons and add that much butter. Either way should work just fine. Thanks for reading my hub and I will be sure to look for yours!

    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I don't have heavy cream. What can I substitute it with?


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