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Cinnamon Nut Coffee Cake

On Sundays, friends and neighbors would stop at my Auntie Rae and Uncle Gene's house. Auntie Rae never cooked on Sundays, so she'd make this coffee cake on Sunday evening, from her own special "receipt", as she called it. The next day, she'd serve it from the warming closet of her cast-iron kitchen range.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12-15 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the butter, eggs, milk and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened; set aside. In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients.
  • Spread half of batter into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the topping. Carefully spread remaining batter over top; sprinkle with remaining topping.
  • Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 263 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • jmkasprak
    Aug 13, 2017

    For such simple ingredients, this recipe makes a great coffee cake.

  • luigimon
    Jan 12, 2014

    Excellent! A new favorite!!

  • sharonrose2
    Dec 17, 2012

    I have made this several times. It reminds me of one my mother made when I was a child. This is the closest I have ever found and just love it.

  • .......
    May 5, 2012

    Made this for brunch and served it right out of the oven. The whole family raved about how delicious this cake is and want it again. Excellent recipeLisa Hein

  • Mum In Bloom
    Jan 7, 2010

    Delicious and easy to make! Saved in my recipe box for future use. Will be great for potlucks! Read more of my review here

  • gretchenhertz
    Jul 28, 2006

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