Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cathy Muir
8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Lightly spoon the flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl, and cut in margarine with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Reserve 1/2 cup flour mixture for topping, and set aside.

Step 3

Combine remaining flour mixture, baking powder, and baking soda, and add the buttermilk, vanilla, and egg. Beat at medium speed of a mixer until blended. Spoon batter into an 8-inch round cake pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle reserved 1/2 cup flour mixture over batter. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool on a wire rack.

Ratings & Reviews

Vicuska's Review

March 19, 2014
Taste was nice, and it was easy to assemble, but somehow it turned out a bit dry. The cake was falling apart as I was slicing it. As if there were not enough fat in the dough. Perhaps I baked it a bit too long? I will try this recipe again, hope it will be better for the second try.

peaches09's Review

July 11, 2013
A very good, lighter coffee cake. It's also a one bowl cake that goes together quickly. Use light or dark brown sugar - either works well. Add chopped nuts to the topping if you wish.

dkates's Review

May 27, 2012

staceejo's Review

December 01, 2010
This cake is excellent - especially with coffee. I love cinnamon and sugar and this cake epitomizes that. Super easy - don't expect the crumb mixture to ball up like traditional toppings. Will definitely make again!

carolfitz's Review

June 06, 2010
Wanted a quick and simple coffee cake without a trip-to-the-store, and this was it. Very easy to put together; made to recipe using butter. Added a scant handful of finely chopped walnuts to the crumb topping. Nothing special, but pleasant and just what we needed.

PatriciaH6911's Review

April 24, 2009
Excellent recipe, especially if you are a coffee cake lover. Wonderful cinnamon flavor, and it doesn't taste like a "low fat" recipel