Buttermilk Coffee Cake

Buttermilk Coffee Cake with Crumb Streusel is an easy cake recipe that will quickly become a favorite! Add a sprinkling cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or nuts to fit whatever flavor you’re in the mood for.

A close up of a piece of cake on a plate, with Buttermilk and Coffee cake

Buttermilk Coffee Cake Recipe

Fancy cakes are all the rage right now. Just this week on Facebook I saw a cake that was a horse’s head and looked so strangely real. I saw a Mickey Mouse head cake and a train cake. I’m always so impressed with the artists who can create amazing cakes. All the while, I’m over here saying, “Look…I made coffee cake!”. This easy coffee cake recipe doesn’t have fancy colors or crazy ingredients, but it is simply delicious.

Buttermilk Cake Recipe

Cakes are almost always better with buttermilk. Buttermilk tenderizes the cake giving it a moist, soft crumb. And the flavor too…buttermilk adds a tang that pairs beautifully with the sweet cake.

Crumb Topping

This cake is unique because it takes the sugars, flour, salt and cinnamon and mixes them together with vegetable to create a dry “crumb”. This is the base of the cake, but you’ll remove 1 ½ cups of the crumbs from the bowl to also be used as a topping. (We have a gingerbread cake that is made in a similar way). The sweet crumbs get baked in the top. Who can resist crumb topping?

Substitute for Buttermilk in Cake

Do you really need buttermilk for this cake? I say yes. Since the flavor and texture of the cake center around buttermilk, you should really head to the store and buy some just for this. However, if you don’t have buttermilk, simply add ½ tablespoon of white vinegar to the ½ cup measuring cup, then fill the rest of the measuring cup with milk. After a few minutes, the milk will start to curdle slightly. This will work as a substitute for buttermilk.

s piece of buttermilk coffee cake on a spatula

Optional Cake Toppings

If you’re looking to switch up this cake, you can add ingredients to the reserved topping before sprinkling it on the cake. You can try chopped nuts, shredded coconut, extra cinnamon or even chopped dates.

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Tools To Make This Cake

  • 9”x13” Baking Pan: One of my most used kitchen pans.
  • Hand mixer: I don’t pull out my stand mixer for this recipe. It makes a small amount so a hand mixer works perfectly.
Buttermilk Coffee Cake on a plate with a bite out
Buttermilk Coffee Cake on a plate with a bite out

Buttermilk Coffee Cake

3.89 from 18 votes
Buttermilk Coffee Cake with Crumb Streusel is an easy cake recipe that will quickly become a favorite! Add a sprinkling cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or nuts to fit whatever flavor you're in the mood for.
Servings 15
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Mix together the flour, salt, cinnamon, sugars and vegetable oil. Mix until crumbly. Scoop out 1 ½ cups of the crumbs and set them aside.
  • To the remaining crumbs, add beaten egg, ½ cup buttermilk, baking powder and baking soda. Mix for 2 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ½ cup buttermilk and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Pour into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs over the top. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if you'd like.
  • Bake for 38-40 minutes or until the center of the cake bounces back when you touch it.
  • Serve the cake warm.

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 94mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 279

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Is it possible to substitute melted butter for the vegetable oil in this recipe?

5 stars
I have made this twice. The first time I followed the recipe exactly. Everyone loved it. Today I made it again. I used the same recipe but topped it with diced apples that I cooked slightly with cinnamon and sugar. For the crumb topping I added some melted butter to make the crumbs stick together better. My family raved about it.

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Made this for Sunday brunch. Delicious!!