Friday, 23 January 2015

Weekend Cake - Cinnamon Coffee Cake

I often make a cake on the weekend and somewhere in the past I had a recipe for a Cinnamon Coffee Cake.  My mother used to buy a Coffee Cake to have when her friends would drop in for coffee - hence the name and coffee is not an actual ingredient!

Coffee Cakes of my childhood often had a sort of crumbly cinnamon layer on top however this one is a pretty good example of a great cake to have a slice with a cup of coffee.

This recipe called for buttermilk and I didn't have any in the fridge.  I know you can add lemon juice to milk to sour it but I just had to have the leftover sourdough starter after I refreshed some for the forthcoming week.  I added this along with some milk to the recipe instead of the buttermilk as an experiment and it really worked out well.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cream 1 cup of soft butter and 2 cups sugar until fluffy. 
Add 2 eggs, one at a time.
Add 2 cups of either buttermilk OR 1 cup sourdough starter and 1 cup milk
Fold in 4 cups of flour which has been sifted with 2 tsp baking soda

Cinnamon sugar:-
In a small bowl mix
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Prepare two loaf pans.
Pour 1/4 of the batter into each loaf pan
Sprinkle 3/4 of the cinnamon-sugar mix
Pour the rest of the batter into the two loaf pans
Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon-sugar on top

With a knife or skewer swirl through the batter and sugar mix

Bake at 180o for 45-50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean
Cool for 20 minutes then turn out.

Can be frozen but lasts for 5-6 days in an air tight container.


  1. lovely idea to have the crunchy bit in the loaf and on top. Very inviting loaves.

    1. This recipe makes two loaves, one to keep and one to give away - or keep both!!

  2. I like the sound of cinnamon and coffee , I have never tried tis combination.

  3. Replies
    1. It was certainly popular in this house.

  4. Ooh this looks divine. What a bright idea to add the sourdough starter, I'm sure that wouldn't have occurred to me. GG

  5. I want to addmy sourdough starter to more cakes

  6. Corr, I bet that topping is crazy good!
    Janie x