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Buttermilk Coffee Cake Recipe

Of all the things I make for breakfast, this gets eaten the fastest. That's all right with me because it's also the easiest to prepare! Serve this tasty treat with fresh fruit, juice and coffee for a complete meal.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:20-24 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugars, oil and salt; mix well. Remove 1/2 cup and set aside. To remaining flour mixture, add egg, buttermilk and baking soda; mix well. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • 2. To reserved flour mixture add all topping ingredients; mix well. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until cake tests done. Yield: 20-24 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 226 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 169mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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Millscreations User ID: 8957156 255657
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

"This is a great recipe, very versatile. I use different crumb toppings, swirl in berries, add oats, cream cheese, pumpkin, chocolate and espresso at times and will drizzle a glaze too on it. It is also what I use for a muffin recipe."

Redder25 User ID: 8810978 245712
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"Just add some vanilla or your fav extract to the first step after reading comments. Do not over mix. It's awesome. Bakes fine in 9x13 glass pan. Topping affects level of caketop as its do not add to the mass wt. Eliminate using the wet mix? And use only dry ingredients possibly but it is really delicious as published. Great option to a Sour Cream coffee cake. Thanks for sharing!!"

Venicegirl User ID: 8422921 228285
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"Very good! I used a bundt pan, and added some of the crumb mixture on the bottom of the pan and then added half of the coffee cake mix. I then added the remainder of the topping mix to the actual batter and then added that to the remainder of the pan. It turned out very good! The bottom is heavy with (walnuts I used instead of pecans), and very tasty! I will add some butter to the topping next time to make a moister crumb mixture for the top. Very good! :)"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 218793
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"I baked this in a 9x13 pan and it fit very well. The cake was moist and had a nice cinnamon sugar flavor. I think it lacked a bit of flavor compared to other coffee cakes because it had no butter in the crumb topping."

1Heart4Jesus User ID: 2171354 45579
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"Looking at the ingredients, I thought this would be super awesome. As is, for me, it's "OK". I will make it again, I'm sure, but with some "tweaking". I baked mine in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish, so it took a little longer to bake. Seems like the larger pan (a jelly roll pan?) would make for a very thin coffee cake. With that being said, I would still use the 9 x 13, but I would put only 1/2 of the batter in the pan, then add half of the topping, then the remaining batter and topping. I also might add a little cinnamon to the batter. It's a keeper, but with a few changes."

Vegas-gal User ID: 7536615 43621
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

"I made this for the first time today .We live in a senior park . I and another lady prepare breakfast once a month for others. Today we had 18 people and this coffee cake was a big hit. Thanks Taste of Home."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 18219
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"My family loves this coffee cake! Now that our children are grown, I usually bake it in 2 pans: a 13x9-inch and an 8x8-inch pan. That way my husband and I can enjoy one now and freeze the other for later (or when company drops in unexpectedly)!"

revjoannrom828 User ID: 2607533 42598
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

"This cake had a very nice taste, but it just wasn't what I was looking for in a coffee cake. Just not for me."

siouxsieq12 User ID: 27798 40102
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2009

"This coffee cake turned out great! We really enjoyed the nutmeg in the topping. It makes a large cake, so it's a great recipe for a large family or for taking to a potluck."

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