Coffee Cake

I couldn’t find this at the store, so I made it myself!

Yield: 1 cake, about 9 square pieces

You will need:

For the cake:

  • 1 & 1/3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×9 pan with butter or non-stick spray.
  • Let’s start with the cake batter. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together.
  • Add in eggs and vanilla extract, mix to combine.
  • Add in the water and yogurt, mix to combine.
  • Add in the remaining dry ingredients and mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate any dry flour clumps.
  • Set the batter to the side. Now for the filling. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside.
  • For the topping, in a small bowl melt the butter. Add in the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Set aside.
  • Pour 1/2 of the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the filling evenly across the batter. You can swirl the filling with the batter using a toothpick, but try to avoid fully mixing it into the batter.
  • Pour the remaining batter on top. Sprinkle the topping evenly across the batter.
  • Bake in the oven for 50 to 60 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 to 30 minutes, enjoy!

Optional mix-ins:

  • chopped walnuts
  • chocolate chips
  • instant coffee or espresso powder
  • finely chopped apples and a tablespoon of apple pie spice

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