Buttermilk Coffee Cake

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Buttermilk Coffee Cake topped with a heaping layer of buttery cinnamon crumb topping is a cake that any cinnamon-lover is certain to love.

I recommend stirring this together today and enjoying a slice after dinner tonight and again tomorrow morning with a cup of coffee or tea.

Cinnamon streusel topped Buttermilk Coffee Cake

Buttermilk Coffee Cake

I absolutely love coffee cake. Given my choice between pretty much any other cake and coffee cake, you can bet that a coffee cake piled with an abundance of cinnamon streusel is likely to be my first choice.

And knowing just what buttermilk can do for a batch of pancakes, a homemade syrup, or biscuits, this coffee cake needed to happen.

While buttermilk can often add a slight tang (that I love) to baked goods, I don’t really taste that here. But, it absolutely contributes additional moisture and creates a lovely texture for this cake.

Easy Buttermilk Cake

This is a very simple cake to stir together. Stir together the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter. (This butter grating tip is an awesome one to use for this recipe.) Stir it all together with the buttermilk and spread the batter in the pan.

Stir together the topping ingredients and sprinkle it over the top. I can typically pull this cake together and get it in the oven in less time than it takes my oven to heat.

Buttermilk Coffee Cake
Cake Ingredients
  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • baking soda
  • butter
  • buttermilk
Topping Ingredients
  • butter
  • light brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • chopped pecans
Cinnamon Lover's Buttermilk Coffee Cake

Buttermilk Coffee Cake Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8″ round or square pan with butter. (A pie plate will also work nicely for this recipe.) Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and use a fork or pastry blender to mix until crumbly. (Little lumps are a good thing, don’t worry about making it perfect.) Add the buttermilk to the bowl and stir again to combine. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Combine the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl or large glass measuring cup. Microwave for 1 minute, or until the butter has melted. Stir to combine. Add the pecans and stir again. Sprinkle topping over the cake batter.
  4. Bake for 35-38 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

Favorite Coffee Cake Recipes

Coffee cakes are at the top of my cake-love-list and you can add pretty much any streusel or cinnamon topped recipe to that list of loves.

Cinnamon Toast Cake has been a favorite of mine since childhood. That simple, but oh so delicious, cake inspired these Cinnamon Toast Bars and these Cinnamon Toast Cake Bites too.

This Layered Pumpkin Coffee Cake is one that I’ll be making now through the end of the year, pretty much any time I have an excuse for cake.

Blueberry Coffee Cake is a reader favorite year-round and the Lemon Coffee Cake will brighten any morning.

Coffee Cake with Buttermilk

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Cinnamon Lover's Buttermilk Coffee Cake

Buttermilk Coffee Cake

4.34 from 3 votes
Buttermilk Coffee Cake topped with a heaping layer of buttery cinnamon crumb topping is a cake that any cinnamon-lover is certain to love.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

Cake Ingredients

  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, very soft, room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Topping Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8" round or square pan with butter. (A pie plate will also work nicely for this recipe.) Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add the butter to the dry ingredients and use a fork or pastry blender to mix until crumbly. (Little lumps are a good thing, don't worry about making it perfect.) Add the buttermilk to the bowl and stir again to combine. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Combine the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl or large glass measuring cup. Microwave for 1 minute, or until the butter has melted. Stir to combine. Add the pecans and stir again. Sprinkle topping over the cake batter.
  • Bake for 35-38 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal · Carbohydrates: 38g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 9g · Saturated Fat: 5g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 2g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 23mg · Sodium: 158mg · Potassium: 57mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 18g · Vitamin A: 269IU · Calcium: 29mg · Iron: 1mg
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    • Mary Younkin says

      I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the cake, Diana! I’m guessing that your pan was a little bit more shallow than mine. A drip pan underneath is never a bad idea though!

  1. Patricia says

    I just took this out of the oven. It smells great, but looks nothing like the pictures. The topping melted and pooled on top. Very flat. My husband is taking it to PA today for his dad’s 95 birthday. I hope it tastes good 🤞🏻3 stars