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Bars of Cinnamon Coffee Cake on a plate for brunch
Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Cooling Time
10 mins
Total Time
55 mins

This Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe is moist with a tender crumb topped with a sugar nut topping that gets crunchy like a streusel topping.  Perfect for brunch or as a potluck dish your friends will love.

Course: Breakfast, brunch, potluck
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon coffee cake recipe
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 399 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (scoop/knife measure)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil (mild, not first pressed)
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°

  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, both sugars and oil.  Mix well.

  3. Remove 3/4 cup of mixture to another bowl add nuts and balance of cinnamon to this bowl.  Mix gently, try to keep balls of sugar mix so you have more crumbly pieces for the topping. (This is the topping mixture.). Set aside until later.

  4. To the larger bowl of sugar mix add the baking soda, baking powder, egg and buttermilk.  Mix to combine. Batter will be easily pourable.

  5. Prepare a 9X 13 pan by greasing the bottom, then lining with parchment paper with side overhangs for easy removal.  See photo in post.  Then grease with butter and add a small amount of flour (1 tablespoon) .... tap sides to have flour cover all greased areas.

  6. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  7. Take the topping mixture and sprinkle over the entire top evenly.

  8. bake for 40-45 minutes turning at halfway mark for even baking.

  9. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

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Recipe Notes

You can make this ahead and warm at 300° for 15 minutes before serving.