Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Kiddo wanted to make another chocolate cake, and I wanted to have something a little lighter. I wouldn’t actually call this cake light (look at the ingredients!), but it is not as rich. It turned out pretty well, but we deviated a bit from the original recipe, and I have some tips to make it even better.

But the point is, this is a yummy cake and it was fun to make- there are plenty of fun, kid-friendly jobs for all skill levels. Please let me know if you make this coffee cake (I’m looking at you KJN).

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter*
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup (unsweetened almond) milk

*the recipe calls for shortening, but I would use salted butter and decrease the salt to 1/4 tsp before I’d use shortening

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 6 TBS butter (salted)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Directions:

Prep: 30ish min (this depends on how much you let your child do)
Bake: 45 min
Total: 1hr 15 min

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and lightly flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. We used WAAAY too much flour. A light coating is all that is needed.
  2. Stir together the flour, baking powder, 2 tsp cinnamon and the salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter, 1 1/3 cups white sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for at least 1 minute after each egg.
  5. Beat in the flour mixture alternating it with the milk.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake cake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack.
  8. To Make Cinnamon Glaze: In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup white sugar, butter, water, 1 tsp vanilla and 3/4 tsp cinnamon. Heat and stir until butter melts
  9. While still warm, poke holes around the top of the cake with a fork (Kiddo used a toothpick and the cake did not absorb enough glaze; plenty of large holes are the way to go).
  10. Pour the warm cinnamon syrup into the holes and onto the top and sides of the cake (we poured the glaze into the bund pan and put the cake in on top of it. This is a bit more neat, but won’t end up as pretty as it would if you follow the directions as stated).
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