Simple Coffee Cake

by Merissa on November 30, 2016

in Recipes

Deliciously easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake recipe, perfect for breakfast or brunch!

Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Here's a great easy coffee cake recipe that I used to send with my husband a few years ago to work to feed his co-workers. It's simple and easy to make with ingredients you already have in your pantry. For the buttermilk, I used the homemade stuff I had from when I made Homemade Butter.(It freezes well.)

This easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake can be made very quickly which makes it perfect for a "fancy" breakfast when you need something in a pinch. You can add various toppings to make it different every time.Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe

Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil (coconut or olive oil will work, or use butter for an extra rich flavor!)

Coffee Cake Dry Ingredients

Mix all together in a bowl. Reserve 1 1/2 cup of the crumbles for the topping.


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Coffee Cake Wet Ingredients

Beat well until no longer lumpy then add another 1/2 cup buttermilk. Beat for about another 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.

Easy Coffee Cake

Sprinkle reserved crumbs over the top. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

This easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake will taste extra special and extra cinnamony with a simple sweet glaze drizzle on top.

Simple Cinnamon Drizzle


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl and drizzle it over the top of the coffee cake before serving. Add a little more milk if you'd prefer a thinner drizzle.

For extra toppings, you could also add nuts, coconut, cinnamon, dates, or drizzled chocolate. Make it special and make it your own!

For a "coffee filled" coffee cake you have to give this Secret Ingredient Coffee Cake recipe from scratch  a try!

Do you have any upcoming breakfast that you can make this easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake recipe for?


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1 Marlika July 17, 2012 at 11:38 am

I want to try this but I’m a little confused about the directions. In the ingredients you list 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Then you say add another 1/2 cup of butter milk. So is it a total of 1 cup of buttermilk?


2 Merissa July 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Yes, it’s a total of 1 cup of buttermilk.


3 Alexandria July 29, 2014 at 4:53 am

Does this freeze well?


4 Merissa July 29, 2014 at 6:57 am

Yes it does!


5 Carrie November 30, 2016 at 10:55 pm

I teach Seminary to High School student at 6am ND this coffee cake will make an extra special yummy treat! Thanks for sharing ?


6 2pots2cook December 2, 2016 at 5:41 am

Dear Merrisa, thank you fore sharing this simple but excellent recipe with us. Simple thing are always the best. God bless,


7 Kim December 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

These pics are amazing! Wish I could print it out and eat it! 🙂 Making this soon because I know my family will love it! Thanks for sharing!!


8 Lorien December 6, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Just made the cinnamon coffee cake, it was really easy to make, and it was really yummy!! All three of my kids declared it very good!! Will put it in my recipe drawer.


9 Lorien December 6, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Just made the cinnamon coffee cake!! Super yummy, and easy to make!! My three kids love it!! Thank you for the recipe, it will go in my recipe drawer!!


10 angie December 18, 2016 at 12:48 pm

My mother was the queen at making coffee cakes when I was growing up. The delicious flavors and I know that this one would offer yumminess as well. I plan to create this on a lazy morning and share it with my own family.


11 Miz Helen December 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Your Simple Coffee Cake looks great! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you are having a wonderful week and hope to see you soon!
Miz Helen


12 Mother of 3 January 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm

That sounds so good! I love cinnamon. Pinned.


13 AnnMarie January 14, 2017 at 1:16 pm

This is the perfect recipe for me to make for my husband and son. It is exactly what they love to eat for breakfast. They are getting tired of my same old recipes so it will great to have a new one to try. Thanks for sharing it!


14 Amy January 15, 2017 at 7:44 pm

I love coffee cake, and I love that this one is made entirely from ingredients I have on hand! Thanks so much for sharing!


15 GiGi Eats January 19, 2017 at 9:05 am

The drool running down my face right now. Not so attractive. LOL!


16 Joyce @ My Stay At Home Adventures January 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm

This recipe looks amazing and will give it a try. Not only does it look good, it looks simple enough for me to make.


17 Keri January 19, 2017 at 9:59 pm

Merissa, this coffee cake looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


18 Marie Parish January 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Do you have to use buttermilk? I don’t really like it.


19 Amy January 29, 2017 at 12:16 am

This coffee cake looks so good. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing at Funtastic Friday blog.


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