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Overnight Coffee Cake

It's so convenient to mix up this old-fashioned breakfast treat the night before and bake it fresh the morning you serve it. We like the cake's light texture and nutty brown sugar topping spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. -Patricia Throlson, Clear Lake, Minnesota.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. beating well after each addition.
  • Spread into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 266 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • shannondobos
    Jan 14, 2019

    This was delicious, and I will definitely make it again. The only thing I would change would be to sprinkle the top with half the sugar stated in the recipe next time. It was just too much for my tastes. Otherwise, perfect!

  • lvarner
    Apr 1, 2016

    This coffee cake is easy to make, and it's so great to mix it all up the night before and then just forget about it in the fridge until morning time. And it smells so good when it's baking!

  • lolohiser
    Nov 3, 2014

    Great in a pinch - with visitors coming at 7 the next morning?!

  • Mimicoffman
    Dec 22, 2013

    This has become a Christmas tradition for my family!!! My daughter now makes it for her family.

  • Cheryl Clawson
    Mar 3, 2013

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  • bereitbach
    Nov 3, 2011

    This was such an easy way to make coffee cake. It worked great to put it in the oven in the morning after preparing it the night before. I did make some changes to the recipe. I used the brown sugar, but substituted the white for honey to cut down on the amount of processed sugar. I didn't have buttermilk so I added 1/2 T lemon juice to 1/2 cup of the rice milk I did have on hand. It worked fine. For the topping the only thing I did was sprinkle cinnamon on it. I took it to a ladies meeting at church this morning and I didn't bring any of it home.

  • cklayum
    Dec 30, 2010

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  • cyndi9781x
    Jun 9, 2009

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