Best Coffee Cake Ever

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This coffee cake is guaranteed to get rave reviews.

Not only that, but is easy to make in a jiffy and if you do any baking, odds are you will have all the ingredients on hand. You'll find that it is a great "company's coming" recipe.

It is a modified version of the "Prize Coffee Cake" found in the 1956 version of the Betty Crocker Cookbook.
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Step 1: Gather equipment

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The need equipment includes:

-8x8 baking pan (preferably Pyrex)
-large mixing bowl
-small mixing bowl
-wooden spoon (for mixing the batter)
-small mixing spoon (for struesel mix)
-assorted measuring cups and spoons
-rubber spatula
-toothpick (to test if done)

(Yes, you do need an oven also!!!)

Step 2: Gather ingredients

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Assemble the following ingredients:

-Sugar (granulated)
-Milk (Whole is best)
-Brown Sugar
-Shortening (if desired)
-Baking powder

That's all you'll need, It's that easy.

At this point, preheat your oven to 375degrees Farhenheit.

Step 3: The Recipe

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3/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Butter (or shortening)
1 Egg
1/2 cup Milk
1 1/2 cup Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Streusel Mixture:
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons melted Butter

If you live at High Altitudes:
-increase Flour to 1 5/8 cup
-decrease baking powder to 1 teaspoon

Step 4: Prepare the batter

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To prepare the batter:

-Cream together the sugar and butter (You may substitute shortening for butter at this point.)

-Add egg. Blend well.

-Mix dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder) together in small bowl.

-Add 1/2 of milk to the batter in the large bowl. Stir until blended.

-Blend 1/2 of flour mixture into the batter.

-Next add in the remaining milk. Mix until blended.

-Add remaining flour mixture until combined.

Step 5: Prepare the struesel

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The streusel is what really sells this cake. Be generous with your ingredients, NO SKIMPING.

-Melt butter in microwave. (Around 30 seconds)
-Mix in brown sugar and cinnamon.

Delicious! Don't let your family steal to much!

Step 6: Assemble the cake

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Pour 1/2 of the batter into your prepared greased and floured pan.

Sprinkle 1/2 of streusel mix over the batter. (The streusel should be moist , rubbing it between your fingers should help to spread it evenly.)

Spread remaining bater over top of the struesel.

Top with remaining streusel.

Step 7: Bake the cake

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Place pan in preheated oven .

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375 degrees.

To check if cake is done, insert a clean toothpick into center of cake. If toothpick comes out clean, your cake is done. If batter clings to toothpick, bake cake for additional 5minutes, and recheck.

Allow cake to cool for 10-15 minutes.

Step 8: Enjoy your cake

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Your cake can be eaten either warm or at room-temperate.

BON APPETIT !!!!!!!!

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Thanks to LinuxH4x0r for taking the photos.
that looks gross
I mean for how long
I mean for how long
How do you cook this coffe cake

My Mom also made this delicious tender cake for years, every time the family would get together. She failed to make it one time, and everyone sat around the table that morning chanting "what do we want? Coffeecake ! When do we want it? Now!" So she had to go make one!

hey is there anything you can substitute the baking powder for? cause i really want to make this but i have no baking powder!
I would borrow from a neighbor. Most anyone has it. Or the corner store would also.
A simple recipe for baking powder is 1 part baking soda, one part cream of tarter and one part corn starch. you could try that.
linuxmom (author)  golden snake7 years ago
Google "substitute for baking powder". If you don't have baking powder, I'm not sure what you have................sigh.
Enchantrix4 years ago
Did this coffee cake get its name from being a cake to eat while drinking coffee. I didn't see any coffee listed in the ingredients, does it actually taste like coffee?
very easy in everyone's pantry
the toping is so good i tryed a littel then relized i hade ate the hole bach of toping hade to make another
linuxmom (author)  brandon borick6 years ago
The trick is to make a double batch of the topping ;)
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Turned out great, hope we win!
Looks really good :-) (nothing like a warm coffee cake and a little vanilla ice cream)
linuxmom (author)  Goodhart7 years ago
We've always ate in plain. Now, LinuxH4x0r is going to ask for ice crean!!
Oops, sorry *blush*
linuxmom (author)  Goodhart7 years ago
Oh well, besides loving butter, us Midwestern girls always enjoy ice cream......
same in ther serra mountens ca ruls
linuxmom (author)  LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Thanks for all your help.
UltraMagnus7 years ago
I don't know if i am being a little slow.... but...... there is no coffee in it? how is this coffee cake?
linuxmom (author)  UltraMagnus7 years ago
Coffee cake........cakes Americans eat with their coffee.............
I see, I guess we would call that a "tea cake" in England.... go figure.
people pour coffee on it
theRIAA7 years ago
i... love... coffee cake how did you modify it? they really knew how to make food back in 1956.
linuxmom (author)  theRIAA7 years ago
No kidding, I love the old cookbooks! My mom (bless her soul) used shortening instead of butter in the batter. I also modified the streusel by increasing the amounts of cinnamon and brown sugar and adding butter to the streusel. (Midwestern girls love their butter!) Thanks for your comment.
My Chocolate raspberry Dobosh is from an 1989 gourmet mag.

Although, the Cake Bible I currently own dates back to 1981, I have recipes from my Mom dating back to the early 1900's
butter is always good
Browncoat7 years ago
With the texture of the batter, do you think one could make more struessel mix & put more in the cake? Maybe "stir" it around in the mix with a toothpick...?
linuxmom (author)  Browncoat7 years ago
I have made more streusel! It really just depends on the ratio of streusel to cake one prefers. As to mixing in the streusel, I never thought about it--next time I'll give it a try. Thanks for the comment and ideas.