Monthly Archives: May 2014

grandma’s coffee cake


There must be thousands of coffee cake recipes out there, but this is my absolute favourite.


I think this is the first cake I ever made from scratch some 20 odd years ago. My host mother taught me how to make it when I was an exchange student in Ohio. She used to make it sometimes as a Sunday treat and my sister and I would wake up to the smell of coffee and cinammon wafting through the house. I make this coffee cake quite often, it’s very easy and many of my friends and colleagues love it.


grandma's coffee cake (Rührkuchen mit Zimt und Nüssen)
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Yields: 20
  • 1 cup (230g) butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups (385g) sugar
  • 4 eggs (L) (room temperature)
  • 3 cups (300g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (237ml) milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup (190g) sugar
  • 1 cup (120g) chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 3 teaspoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinammon
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175° C.
  2. Grease a baking pan (approx. 9 x 13- inch / 23 x 33 cm) or line with parchment paper.
  3. Just throw together all the ingredients for the batter in a bowl and beat until creamy.
  4. In a second bowl combine the ingredients for the filling and lightly stir with a spoon.
  5. Pour half of the batter into the pan, sprinkle half the filling, carefully add the other half of the batter and spinkle the rest of the topping on the cake.
  6. Bake for 40 to 45min.