Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

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I've been making Cinnamon Coffee Cake for many years. Usually during the holidays, but really, it's delicious any time of year. It's moist, packed with cinnamon and pecans. Click to Tweet

I’ve been making this Cinnamon Coffee Cake recipe for many years now. I usually make it during the Christmas holidays, but really, it’s delicious any time of year. It’s moist, packed with cinnamon and pecans.

(Recipe modified with new photos on 1/15/22.)

Serving Cinnamon Coffee Cake for Brunch

My husband loves this cake. All he needs to go with it is a big glass of milk or a cup of hot coffee. Perfect for a weekend brunch.

 

Ingredients to Make Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  • butter (I always use salted)
  • granulated sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • large eggs (4 of them)
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • sour cream
  • ground cinnamon
  • pecans

 

Instructions for Making this Cake

Ingredients for this Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare the Cinnamon Pecan Mixture

Using a knife and cutting board or a nut chopper, coarsely chop the pecans and place in a small bowl.

Add 1/2 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon to the pecans. Stir to combine. Set aside until ready to use.

 

Prepare the Cake

In a large mixing bowl, cream  the softened butter and 2 cups granulated sugar until fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Add in vanilla extract.

I like to buy real vanilla extract or make my own with vanilla beans and vodka. 

Mixing Eggs into the Batter

Add in your eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a small bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add in Flour Alternately with Sour Cream

Add the flour to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition.

 

Assemble the Coffee Cake

Add 1/3 Cake Batter to the Prepared Coffee Cake Pan

Spoon 1/3 cake batter into a greased 10″ tube pan–like an angel food cake pan or coffee cake pan. I’ve found that this type of pan works better than a Bundt pan.

Use Baker’s Joy to Prepare your Cake Pan – I’ve learned that using Baker’s Joy works really well for a good release on the cake, which is always important. In my early years of baking this cake, I don’t know how many times, I went through this long process, only to have the cake break when it was released from the pan. There are few things less discouraging for a baker! I now use Baker’s Joy for all of my Bundt cake-type recipes that use specialty pans.

Baker’s Joy is worth the extra expense. They don’t call it that for nothing!

Create Layers of Cake Batter and Cinnamon Mixture

Sprinkle 1/3 of cinnamon mixture over batter. Repeat layers two more times, ending with the cinnamon pecan mixture.

Baked Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Bake in a preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serving Cinnamon Coffee Cake for Brunch or Dessert

This Cinnamon Coffee Cake will serve 12-16 people, depending on how big a piece my husband takes!

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Recipe for Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Here's a delicious coffee cake for you to enjoy for a weekend brunch. This is my husband's favorite cake recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Print Rate
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ground Cinnamon, Pecans, Sour Cream
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 16

Equipment

KitchenAid Mixer
Nut Chopper
Glass Mixing Bowls
Coffee Cake Pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Cinnamon Pecan Mixture

  • Using a knife and cutting board or a nut chopper, coarsely chop the pecans and place in a small bowl.
  • Add 1/2 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon to the pecans. Stir to combine. Set aside until ready to use.

Prepare the Cake

  • In large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and 2 cups granulated sugar until fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  • Add large eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a small bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add in the flour mixture, alternately with the sour cream, beating after each addition.

Assemble the Coffee Cake

  • Spoon 1/3 batter into a greased 10" tube pan. Sprinkle 1/3 of cinnamon mixture over batter. Repeat layers two more times ending with the cinnamon and pecans.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until cake tests done, using a toothpick inserted into the center that comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Serves 16.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted. 

Nutrition

Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg
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