Cinnamon Coffee Cake: 8 Days to Christmas 2020

Hello my lovely bakers and tea drinkers! We are down to 8 more wonderful days to Christmas. And what’s Christmas without some yummy coffee cake for breakfast 😉 (Answer: Still Christmas, just less delicious)

I’ll be honest, I am embarrassed to post the above photo. Haha! This obviously was my first time making coffee cake. It’s scrumptious, just not pretty. I poured the batter in the pan and put the toppings on, only to find out the pan was on an uneven surface and I was out of toppings when I realized it. Just think of it this way, if I make the mistakes, you can learn from them 😁.

I enjoyed the coffee cake on my Vera Bradley tea set with The Republic of Tea’s Hi Caf Cinnamon Toast black tea. Not my favorite tea since I didn’t really taste the cinnamon. But overall this recipe is delicious even though I slightly failed. Have fun!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake:

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter cubed
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Glaze (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar

1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

2.) In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.

3.) Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mixture until a coarse crumb forms. Or use frozen butter and a grater to get the same effect.

4.) Add in the beaten egg, milk, and vanilla and mix with a rubber spatula just until combined. The batter will be lumpy. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan (that’s sitting on a flat surface).

5.) Mix together the cinnamon and brown sugar, then sprinkle it over the top of the batter in the pan. Sprinkle the top with the chopped walnuts.

6.) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, then allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes on a cooling rack.

7.) Whisk together the water and powdered sugar to make the glaze and drizzle over the top of the cake before slicing and serving.

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