My Grandmothers Coffee Cake

When I remember the sweetness of my grandmother, one of the fondest memories that come to me is how she loved her coffee cake with her coffee in the morning. Thank goodness she wouldn’t let me have any coshy (As she would affectionately call it, just a sip) but I truly got hooked on that coffee cake. She would just crack up if she knew they finally made a coffee cake day… and that’s TODAY! Hey, who thinks there’s actually coffee in the recipe? It was said that coffee cake was the perfect accompaniment to a cup of hot coffee. Do you know they actually have a coffee cake cupcake? Pretty smart-

Coffee cake was always offered to our guests whether it was a salesman, friend, farmer, milkman… just about anyone who would pop in. And we always had a box of Entenmann’s just in case we didn’t have any left over from scratch.
This looks just like my grandmother’s cake and from all the reviews… everyone says it’s a REAL winner.

16-20 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and 2 cups sugar until light fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in
  • vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with
  • sour cream, beating just enough after each addition to keep batter
  • smooth.
  • Spoon a third of batter into a greased 10-in. tube pan. Combine
  • cinnamon, nuts and remaining sugar; sprinkle a third over batter in
  • pan. Repeat layers two more times. Bake at 350° for 60-65
  • minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out
  • clean. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack
  • to cool completely. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 340 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 83 mg cholesterol, 299 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

I also found this fruit filled coffee cake with a crunchy cinnamon filling made in a convenient Bundt pan that really looks great!

12-16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs; mix well. combine
  • the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture
  • alternately with sour cream. Beat in vanilla. Fold in the
  • strawberries. Spoon half into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted
  • tube pan.
  • Combine the filling ingredients; sprinkle half over batter. Top with
  • remaining batter and filling. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or
  • until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for
  • 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool

7 thoughts on “My Grandmothers Coffee Cake

  1. Thanks for the memories. I actually have that recipe for your grandmother’s coffeecake. I have been baking that cake since I was a teen in upstate New York. Love it! Sadly our lifestyles have changed and I rarely have anyone that would just “drop in” for a cup of coffee or anything.

    I live in the Birmingham, AL area now…so if anyone would like to share some coffee and “cake” let me know!

  2. This sounds fab. As a replacement for egg, once can you condensed milk and some extra butter. I make egg-less cakes all the time. I love coffee but never thought of a coffee cake!

  3. Hi Jennifer,
    Isn’t that the truth, I think if someone wanted to ring the bell just for a popover, I might faint? We used to have lots of people over when I was a kid, we have to at least bring a hunk of coffeecake over to a not well known neighbor and just say “HI”!
    I’m working on a great morning muffin recipe so… let’s send a piece to each other!

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