Looking for something to brighten up your weekday breakfasts or Sunday brunch? For the most post we are not big breakfast eaters. Once in a while we will do a big breakfast on the weekend but during the week my son is really the only person that eats breakfast. Usually it is cereal or oatmeal. He love breakfast sandwiches too.
But, we LOVE a good coffee cake. I love a soft buttery cake with lots of crumbly topping. This past weekend we set out to make a coffee cake that would fulfill those requirements.
This was a hit! I just ate the last, tiniest bite for breakfast this morning. The family had most of it gone in one day. Usually they pick the topping off the cake because that is where all the good flavors are but this one they ate the cake too because it was so delicious!
I wish I had a better picture that could show you how tender the cake was and how light and fluffy it was. It is really a very simple cake to make too. Don’t have buttermilk on hand? Use one tablespoon vinegar with a scant cup of whole milk or half and half.
Buttery Coffee Cake
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, cold and firm
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with non stick spray.
- Combine flour, sugar and salt together in a large bowl. Mix until well combined.
- Cut in the butter until it resembles sand. Remove 1 cup and 1 Tablespoon and set aside for the topping.
- Mix in buttermilk, egg, vanilla, baking soda and baking powder with a mixer. Batter will be very thick. Beat for 2-3 minutes until it resembles very smooth frosting.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Add brown sugar and cinnamon to the reserve mixture. Mix well. Sprinkle crumbs over the batter pressing down lightly.
- Bake cake 50-55 minutes until center is set. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool before serving.