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Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe

I love the excellent texture of this old-fashioned streusel-topped coffee cake. Always a crowd-pleaser, its pleasing vanilla flavor enriched by sour cream may remind you of breakfast at Grandma's! —Eleanor Harris, Cape Coral, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:20 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 2 cups sugar until light fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with sour cream, beating just enough after each addition to keep batter smooth.
  • 2. Spoon a third of batter into a greased 10-in. tube pan. Combine cinnamon, nuts and remaining sugar; sprinkle a third over batter in pan. Repeat layers two more times. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 340 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 299mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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MichB User ID: 3493959 268936
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2017

"Fabulous, used the exact recipe. I have to agree with others,

I think it's even better the next day. The cake is so moist, it keeps for several days in the fridge."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 265945
Reviewed May. 14, 2017 Edited May. 25, 2017

"Awesome. I took it to work and everyone raved about it! Going to try to use this recipe to make mini ones in mini muffin cups. Added review May 25, 2017 so today I made the mini cakes. The recipe makes about 6 to 6 1/2 dozen. You only need about 1/2 of the sugar/nut mix. I put a tbsp or so of batter in the muffin cup sprinkled the mix and then filled with more batter, ending with another sprinkle of mix. Baked about 18 minutes in a 350 F oven."

Kim0827 User ID: 8763291 264752
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2017

"Moist and delicious. Took the advice to line the pan with cinnamon sugar."

Lori User ID: 8985053 258084
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2016

"Delicious! This coffee cake was served at a luncheon I attended, and I had to have the recipe! It is so moist and flavorful. I'm not usually a fan of sweets that don't involve chocolate, but this is definitely and exception. I've made it twice since, once in a bundt pan and again in an angel food pan. I prefer using a tube pan so the topping is on top when it is served, but it tastes great either way. You will not be disappointed if you try this recipe."

SimplyJoan User ID: 7556471 248515
Reviewed May. 23, 2016

"Large and lucious-Use a bundt pan. My tube pan was smaller and the batter ran over in the oven."

chris1988 User ID: 8318257 246066
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2016

"Wow! This cake is delicious and a crowd pleaser whenever I make it!"

brian36989 User ID: 8602857 236317
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I've made this cake for years and it is always one of my most requested recipes. I've made it into an apple cinnamon coffee cake and it couldn't be more delicious! I peel, core, and thinly slice into bite size pieces, two Granny Smith apples that I put in some acidulated water (water with a little lemon juice) so they don't brown while I prepare the batter. I drain them on paper towels thoroughly, coat them in 1/4 cup flour, and fold them into the batter. I also use a bundt pan. For the filling, I use toasted pecans, 1/4 cup brown sugar and the remaining white sugar. I glaze with 1 cup confectioners sugar mixed with 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon. This cake is beautiful and is the first thing eaten anywhere I take it. Enjoy!"

EricW_1969 User ID: 8458262 230048
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

"Cinnamon coffee cakes are probably my favorite type of cake but I never though of making one myself. This was a simple recipe and it came out really good. I'll be making this one again!"

StoneyLake User ID: 4983010 226735
Reviewed May. 22, 2015

"good flavor"

stacymcd11 User ID: 7093158 226441
Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"Left out the walnuts - delicious and easy coffee cake!"

samoura User ID: 8321031 224192
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"Made it and love it, the only thing I changed is cooking time to 55 mint!"

kmpatch User ID: 149103 221037
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"I've made this twice (half recipe) in an 8x8 pan with pecans instead of walnuts. easy to mix together with a hand mixer. It took 40 minutes to bake in my oven using the toothpick test. This is a moist and delicious cake-hasn't made it past the second day in my house. This is now my go-to recipe for coffee cake."

Sis943 User ID: 8155934 214765
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014

"The best coffee cake-have made this twice-love it!"

HousesGalore User ID: 8029848 1590
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"I love an old fashioned coffee cake and this one is perfect. The cake is better the second day and makes a great brunch item. I used light sour cream and reduced the sugar used in the batter to 1 and 3/4 cup to cut calories a bit and also make it less sweet but it did not make a difference. Taste and texture was exactly what I expected. In my oven it baked at 55 minutes so you may want to check it based on how your oven bakes. Overall, it is a great recipe and one that I will make again."

DeboraLZ User ID: 7556927 1003
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"There were a few comments about the cake being a little dry, so I checked it at 57 minutes and it was done. This cake was really good for dessert and even better this morning! For dessert I served it with a little fresh whipped cream (no sugar or vanilla) on top."

Wildroseww User ID: 7453377 2197
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"This is a delicious Coffeecake ! It's even better the next day if it makes it that long. I didn't have any walnuts on hand so I substituted pecans and it tasted wonderful."

lily08 User ID: 7800425 1876
Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"This cake was fabulous and super moist. A a great recipe to make for coffee or tea!!"

caleahy User ID: 6330575 1875
Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"This is a good recipe; did not find it as exceptional as other reviews report. It stuck to the tube pan even though I greased it very we'll.; next time will use a 9x13 pan."

DebFr9999 User ID: 7612742 452
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"Made this for my husband's office-mates, and they raved about it! I only got a taste, there was none left over. The only variation to the recipe was that I added a cinnamon-sugar layer on the baking pan after the cooking oil was sprayed on, to give it a bit of crunch on the outside."

mirania User ID: 1081642 1874
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"Very tasty."

utkubmit User ID: 7690520 912
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"Excellent recipe. Cost effective and easy to execute. Phenomenal taste and texture."

bellagem User ID: 6437783 450
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"Taste great but my collapsed a little on top. Didn't do anything different than recipe."

lvarner User ID: 35803 911
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"This is my go-to coffee cake recipe. I had tried some other recipes but they did not turn out as well as this one. This recipe is nice to serve for company breakfasts and brunches, and it tastes and looks great! I sometimes drizzle a simple vanilla glaze on top of the cooled coffee cake, to make it even prettier."

chin-chilla User ID: 2872569 198365
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"This turned out great! I made this the night before because I had guests (and used bundt pan). It was extremely easy to put together and tasted delicious the day of and for many days after making it. I wasn't sure if company would like walnuts so I added those to half at the end vs. including in the layering. This is a total keeper!"

jackie.baker User ID: 3555282 2409
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Tasted great, brought it to work and everyone loved it."

Troi User ID: 63638 198364
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"I have made this since it was originally published in TofH. It is absolutely wonderful. It can be tricky to get out of the pan if you have a lot of streusal on top. I go around the edges with a knife then quickly turn it out onto a plate ... then onto another plate to serve it right side up"

Lindawoodson User ID: 6816610 449
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"Outstanding coffee cake. Keeps in the refrigerator for days...just cut slices and microwave for 10-15 seconds."

muffnette User ID: 1370261 448
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2013

"made this last month and its to die for! LOVED it! the flavors were wonderful and the smell was scrumptious! will make regularly! did it in the tube pan and came out perfect!"

K-Sal User ID: 6902223 1043
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"I baked this cake in a 13x9 pan for about 50mins. and it came out moist and delicous. However I did monitor this and made sure that the cake was evenly brown & toothpick in the center came out clean:-)"

annedesaix User ID: 2967856 1001
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"Excellent, moist cake. Sunday School class loved it!! easy to make."

MystAnne User ID: 761815 1512
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"Tastes GREAT! and moist too!

Made 1/2 the recipe in an 8 x 8 inch pan.
(cooked it for 35 min at 350F)
I will definitely make this again! :-)"

gfferb User ID: 6822317 1000
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012

"This is a wonderful recipe. Receives compliments every time I make it.

So glad to find this gem!"

LouannPearson User ID: 4534435 910
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"I loved this coffee cake and so did my friends. Thanks for another great recipe!!!"

Ibel User ID: 6113320 447
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011


How long do you bake this coffee cake using a 13x9 pan?

Ibel User ID: 6113320 1475
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011


How long do you bake this coffee cake when making it in a 9x13 pan. I am assuming it may take less time??

Ibel User ID: 6113320 1583
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011


When you make this coffee cake in a 9x13 pan, how long do you bake it for. I want to make it for a youth Sunday School class and it was requested to make 9x13 pans.
Thanks, Ibel"

martylb User ID: 1456305 738
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"This is the best coffee cake ever. Gets rave reviews every time."

twinsmom22 User ID: 193530 1571
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"moist and delicious. Good flavor."

Meghannm_24 User ID: 6107270 1886
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"One of my absolute favorites! A great trusted recipe that gets compliments every time. I make mine in a 9x13 and it comes out perfectly."

NEcookin User ID: 6037426 198363
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"I did make some modifications to this recipe, but it still turned out delicious. I did not have all of the ingredients, nor do I own a tube pan. So I halved the recipe and baked it in an 8" square baking dish, and baked it for 30 minutes. Perfect!

I also altered some of the ingredients just slightly... used 3/4 sour cream and 1/4 plain Greek yogurt (because I didn't have the full amount of sour cream); I made the cinnamon topping without the nuts, and also did a white/brown sugar combo with the cinnamon.
The end result was all thumbs up for our family! It was a very rich and flavorful coffee cake. We'll be making this one again."

sam2008 User ID: 5861569 3568
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"My husband LOVED this recipe. He said it was the best coffee cake he's ever had hands down. I will definitely be making this again."

babsie21 User ID: 1117329 445
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"no words to describe...the best coffee cake i've ever tasted!!!"

juli0509 User ID: 5002313 3567
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"AWESOME cake!!! My best friend requests this cake all the time,so I wouldn't think of using another recipe."

kbartels User ID: 1129416 2195
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"I have made this probably a dozen times and it is wonderful every time. I tried it in a bundt pan and it seems to be a little dry so I will stick to the tube pan. My son made this for the Nebraska State Fair 4-H division when he was 13 and won a purple ribbon. I took it to our church quilting group last week and had several requests for the recipe. I also use a stand mixer which makes it very easy."

HappyPappyCook User ID: 1101578 998
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"This is an awesome 'hits the spot' coffee cake. I had forgotten about this cake, I have the original mag and made it a few times back then. It is very delicious and easy to make. It is even easier if you have a stand mixer. I will make this again and again now that I found it again!"

swine User ID: 2483579 1842
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"Sent it to work with my husband, it was gone within a few minutes."

dinkum User ID: 616604 1216
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"This cake is full of flavour and is so moist, as well, easy to make.The electric mixture has help make this cake the best I have ever made. I will be making it again and again."

richtercory User ID: 3843046 2193
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"Delicious!! I made this with plain yogurt instead of sour cream. It was so moist. I did use the idea posted of using the stand up mixer and letting it whip the butter, sugar and eggs. Very good!"

lsanders31 User ID: 4454276 1473
Reviewed May. 31, 2010

"Delicious: gone in no time every time I bring it to the office"

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 1470
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"Expecting something spectacular after all the rave reviews. Not really worth all the extra fat/calories."

Sianmaire User ID: 4905213 992
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2010

"Incredible, absolutely outstanding recipe--my favourite coffee cake to date, and by a vast margin! It whips up both fast and easily if you have a stand mixer, bakes light and high, and has a delicate, moist crumb with a delightful cinnamon flavour that permeates the entire cake. This will definitely be my 'go-to' coffee cake from now on!"

ssjackso User ID: 4725875 1041
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"I have made this several times in the past, and had forgotten about it until my son asked if I was going to bake one for Christmas! It's the best coffee cake I've made!"

faye_100 User ID: 800026 1817
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"this is a great cake an I can freeze it also its great"

mcgee64 User ID: 582153 2188
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"This was delicious and so very easy to make. My family loved it!"

Stacey3978 User ID: 3389886 2186
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2009

"This recipe is delicious! I've gotten lots of compliments whenever I make it...yum!"

Mistra1980 User ID: 479561 909
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2008

"I have very fond memories of this recipe! I remember it being in one of the very first TOH issues. I tried it out at home first, which won rave reviews, and then I made it again and entered it at the 1993 Cowley County Fair in Kansas in the Intermediate Foods Division. It won me a grand champion ribbon!! Years later, I still enjoy making this coffee cake and especially enjoy having it around Christmas time. I would like to thank Eleanor Harris for submitting this recipe when she did!"

lori99 User ID: 3074023 2403
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2008

"This the best cake i had ever made."

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