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Blue Ribbon Coffee Cake

blue ribbon coffee cake recipeI have made this coffee cake more than I have made anything else in the last few weeks. I think that I have made over 12 cakes already (I swear that I didn’t eat them all myself). This cake is exactly what you want in a coffee cake. Moist cake, sweet, crunchy, and cinnamon-y. Perfect to have with a steamy cup of coffee. A very nice way to start a day of you ask me.

I always give my children’s new teachers a first day of school present. I think that it is a nice way to say that we are looking forward to having them as our teacher. This year, I decided to make this coffee cake from Midwest Living. It is the best and easiest coffee cake ever. I love it, and can see myself making about a thousand different variations of this cake. I think that this cake would also make a really thoughtful hostess gift.

The recipe that I have included makes 1 cake for a 10-inch tube pan. I doubled it, and made them in disposable mini tube pans.

blue ribbon coffee cake recipe(pictured is for 4 mini-cakes, recipe is for one standard 10-inch tube pan)

Cake:

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream

Streusel:

1 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla

blue ribbon coffee cake recipeIn a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, add eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla.

blue ribbon coffee cake recipeBeat until it begins to come together. It is okay if it looks curdled, it comes together.

blue ribbon coffee cake recipeAdd the dry ingredients. Mix until just moist.

blue ribbon coffee cake recipeAdd sour cream.

blue ribbon coffee cake recipeMix until smooth.

blue ribbon coffee cake recipeIn a bowl, mix together walnuts, both sugars, cinnamon, and vanilla.

blue ribbon coffee cake recipeSpray the pan with baking spray. Spoon half of the batter into the bottom of the pan, spread around. Sprinkle with streusel. Add another layer of batter and another layer of streusel.

blue ribbon coffee cake recipeBake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes.

blue ribbon coffee cake recipeCool completely. I wrapped mine in a thick layer of plastic wrap, then another layer of tissue paper. Wrap with a bow and attach a card.

blue ribbon coffee cake recipeBrew a pot of coffee, slice, and enjoy!

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Blue Ribbon Coffee Cake


Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream

Streusel:

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • blue ribbon coffee cake recipe

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Beat until it begins to come together. It is okay if it looks curdled, it comes together. Add the dry ingredients. Mix until just moist. Add sour cream. Mix until smooth. In a bowl, mix together walnuts, both sugars, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  3. Spray the pan with baking spray. Spoon half of the batter into the bottom of the pan, spread around. Sprinkle with streusel. Add another layer of batter and another layer of streusel.
  4. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely.

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  1. Courtney

    September 12th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Wow, this looks good. Could I use a rectangular bread pan instead of the tube pan?

  2. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Yes, but you will most likely need to adjust the cooking time.

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    September 12th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Coffee cake is such a treat! I love this recipe, the crumble on top looks lovely!

  4. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    It really is, it seems like it is hard and needs to be saved for a special occasion, but it takes no time to get into the oven.

  5. Melissa Vanni

    September 12th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Yum! And such a great gift idea!

  6. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    thanks Melissa! I love this recipe.

  7. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}

    September 12th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I want this BAD! I like how you wrapped them up all cute! πŸ™‚

  8. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    thanks Rachael! This cake is so easy and so good. Love this recipe so much.

  9. Connie

    September 12th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Wow…. you are like the best mom ever. I’m sure all the teachers feel like they’ve hit the jackpot when they get their first day of school present πŸ™‚ The coffee cakes looks delicious–I’m definitely bookmarking it!

  10. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Hardly! But thank you for thinking so.

  11. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings

    September 12th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I want a first day of school present πŸ™‚ No one brought one into my office as classes started last week…lol

  12. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I try to start the year off on a good foot. πŸ™‚

  13. Colleen

    September 12th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Does the baking time change if you are using mini tube pans versus a 10-inch pan?

  14. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    A 10-inh cake pan or tube pan? Yes it will probably take a few minutes less.

  15. June g.

    September 12th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Looks super scrumptious!

  16. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    thank you June, they really are!

  17. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    September 12th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I love it in the bundt-type pans! Sounds so delicious.

  18. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Me too! I was so happy to find them in the store.

  19. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats

    September 12th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Oh I love coffee cake! I didn’t know they made mini disposable tube ans. I’ve got to find some of those πŸ™‚

  20. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I didn’t either, I was so happy to find them in the store.

  21. Yesenia

    September 12th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    This looks so good! can’t wait to try it and best of all, I already have all the ingredients for this recipe at home!

  22. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Your house will smell amazing!

  23. Carla's Confections

    September 13th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Coffee cake is one of my favorites!!! This one looks so pretty too πŸ™‚

  24. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Me too! I love anything with cinnamon. Thanks Carla!

  25. Melissa Leech

    September 18th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Bree,

    Thank you for this lovely recipe!! Popped it in last night so hubby would have some fresh for his lunch today (and I stole a slice for breakfast!). Super tasty and light!!

  26. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Isn’t it great? That was very nice of you! He must have been thrilled.

  27. Sheikha

    September 21st, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    OMG they look so so good, I’m gonna make them tomorrow. πŸ˜€

  28. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I hope that you do!

  29. Cool Cake

    November 16th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    This looks like the perfect cake to have with a cup of coffee on a quiet afternoon. Can’t wait to have some of those (piece of this cake, coffee and a quiet afternoon :))

  30. bakedbree

    November 18th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Yes, it would agree, it really is.

  31. Laura

    December 16th, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Dear Bree,

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe in Pinterest. I have baked it twice and I get raves of compliments. I pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Everybody that is lucky enough to get a piece of this cake loves it.

    Sincerely,

    Laura

  32. bakedbree

    December 16th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I love this recipe too! Your variations sound delicious.

  33. Debbie Meek

    April 11th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I LOVE YOU!!!!!! I got this recipe 20 years ago off the inside of an egg carton. I never saw it again and mine had burned up in a fire!! It has been a long dry spell for my kids – 10 years.
    Guess what I’m baking tonight and taking to all my kids at their jobs tomorrow?!?!?!?!

  34. bakedbree

    April 11th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I love this recipe and glad that you can reconnect to it.

  35. Holly Newell

    May 18th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Have to say this looks so yummy!! I love your coffee cup!! Where did you get that from?

  36. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Anthropologie. I have a anthro mug problem.

  37. Mama

    February 4th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I just discovered your blog and pinned a ton of your recipes…no seriously, like half of all of them.
    I just put this in the oven! Ahh! Can’t wait. It’s my favorite cake at Starbucks. This one will be so much better. Yum! Can’t wait for my coffee tomorrow morning! Bliss!

  38. bakedbree

    February 4th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks for the pins! Love this cake, it comes out every time and everyone loves it.

  39. PK

    December 20th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I have made the cake according to the directions and followed the instructions of batter/streuse/batter/streusel linto the 9″ tube pan. It filled maybe a third of the pan. Should I have doubled the recipe? I felt like I was being skimpy, but maybe it’s going to rise a LOT?
    Thanks
    P.S. The batter tasted AMAZING!….wait…..maybe that’s why it seemed like there wasn’t enough!

  40. bakedbree

    December 21st, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Did it turn out okay after you baked it?

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