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Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake

"I have many buttermilk recipes, and this one brings back the flavor of old fashioned homemade doughnuts," says Rita Reifenstein of Evans City, Pennsylvania. Spiced with nutmeg, slices of the tasty cake are even more tempting served with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, divided
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan (batter will be thick).
  • Combine the remaining sugar and nutmeg; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 319 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 324mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Tash82
    Dec 22, 2020

    Great recipe...perfect crumb and good for using up buttermilk. Hard not to eat the whole pan though :)

  • Magpie1955
    May 21, 2016

    delicious! my go to recipe for a quick breakfast treat!

  • kpkaren
    Aug 19, 2014

    Very quick and delicious recipe. This is one of my go-to recipes whenever I buy buttermilk and want to use up that quart before it expires. I also like that it only makes 9 servings since it is only my husband and I.

  • Sylvester90
    Sep 28, 2013

    Love this recipe! It was one of the first cakes I ever made. I added cinnamon to the batter and make it in a bundt pan and drizzle it with a thin icing made from water, icing sugar, vanilla, sugar, and nutmeg! I've tried it with buttermilk and 1% milk, but the buttermilk is definitely much better!

  • TJTrails
    Apr 16, 2013

    Really liked this. Easy to make with ingredients on hand. I ate 1/3 of it and would eat more but I keep thinking about the calories. Next time I might incorporate cinnamon or a different topping but the cake was great.

  • germanycook
    Feb 8, 2012

    Awesome! A perfect size for 2 people, smelled divine when it was baking, and it tastes INCREDIBLE! Light, but a rich taste from the buttermilk. So easy to mix up too.can't wait to make it again!

  • Trisho1
    Dec 17, 2011

    My family LOVES this. I put the "topping" in the batter, and then we ice it with cream cheese icing for Jesus' birthday cake on Christmas morning.

  • s_pants
    Jul 23, 2011

    Quick and simple and tastes good, too. I doubled the recipe and it appeared that they both cooked fine, but once they were out of the oven, one of them fell in the center. When cutting it once cooled, that one was not completely cooked in center. My pans were 8 in. instead of 9 in., but the other one was fine. ??

  • nikko1
    Feb 12, 2008

    OMG! This is out of this world. I have already eaten half the cake myself in less than two hours.Jean