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Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Buttermilk

Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Buttermilk is the perfect dessert year-round. This is an easy coffee cake recipe from scratch with a brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg topping. 

Coffee cake isn’t the same without the classic streusel topping. It’s a simple recipe with great results.

Coffee Cake Without Sour Cream

Cinnamon Coffee Cake is a delicious dessert. The cinnamon and nutmeg is the perfect way to start the fall season.

Coffee cake is often made with sour cream and there are a lot of people that just don’t like the flavor.

This recipe is made without the sour cream, and the cake comes out just as moist and delicious as ever.

Coffee cake is such a great dessert for parties. I’m guessing that you’ve probably got most, if not all, of the ingredients already in your cupboard.

And the buttermilk adds a rich flavor and keeps the cake moist.

Coffee Cake Crumble

Most cakes have a frosting or icing on top, such as pound cake or birthday cake. But, coffee cake usually has a streusel crumbled mixture on top.

Icing can also be drizzled across the streusel.

This cinnamon coffee cake recipe includes nutmeg which always reminds me of fall. It’s a delicious side treat to a pumpkin latte or a nice steaming cup of coffee.

And let me tell you, this is a super moist recipe. It wasn’t too heavy or too dense. It’s a lighter version of the typical crumb coffee cake recipe.

Cinnamon coffee cake with buttermilk is a delicious streusel coffee cake recipe. The recipe is easy and you most likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry!

What Ingredients Do I Need For The Coffee Cake Recipe?

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter (softened)
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Vanilla

Streusel topping

  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How To Make Coffee Cake With Buttermilk

  1. Grease an 8″ x 10″ baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the softened butter and mix until creamy.
  4. Next, add the brown and white sugar to the bowl with the butter and cream.
  5. Add the eggs, one-at-a-time, and mix well.
  6. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk and mix until it is all combined.
  7. Finally, add the vanilla extract, mix, and pour the cake into the baking pan.
  8. For the streusel, add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a bowl and whisk together.
  9. Sprinkle it over the cake mixture and spread it out evenly.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes at 350-degrees or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Coffee Cake

Cinnamon coffee cake with buttermilk is a delicious fall dessert.

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to a medium-sized bowl, mix together, and set aside. 

Butter adds a creaminess to any dessert.

In a separate large bowl, add the butter to the mixer and cream. 

If you’re like me and forget to set the butter on the counter for a while so it can soften, you can go on and place it in the mixer and cream it for a little longer. 

Sugar and butter add a creamy and rich flavor to a coffee cake.

Add the sugar to the butter mixture and mix again. 

There are a lot of basic ingredients that go into coffee cake. This is an easy cinnamon coffee cake to make.

Next, add the brown sugar to the butter mixture and mix until creamy. 

Eggs add moisture to coffee cake. This is a delicious crumb coffee cake recipe.

Then, add one egg at a time to the butter mixture and mix until they are well blended. 

You'll love this easy coffee cake recipe from scratch. It's a simple recipe with buttermilk, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Alternate adding the buttermilk and the flour mix to the butter mixture until everything is incorporated. 

Coffee cake with buttermilk is a creamy, moist, and amazingly delicious dessert recipe for the fall or any time of year.

TIP: I always stop and scrape down the sides so I get every bit of the ingredients mixed in. I can smell the cinnamon at this point and it’s such a wonderful smell. 

Vanilla adds flavor to any coffee cake.

Add the vanilla and give it one last mix before pouring it into the baking dish. 

This is a classic coffee cake recipe that is simple to make and delicious to eat!

Pour the coffee cake batter into a greased baking dish and set aside. 

Coffee Cake Streusel Crumb Topping

The streusel topping on a coffee cake adds texture and flavor. The moist coffee cake recipe, with buttermilk, is a delicious treat any time of year.

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Cinnamon coffee cake with buttermilk is an easy coffee cake recipe for parties, potlucks, and the fall season.

Sprinkle the crumbled streusel mixture over the top of the coffee cake. Spread it gently with your hands evenly across the top of the cake. 

A brown sugar streusel topping is delicious on a moist cinnamon flavored coffee cake.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Y’all are going to love this Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Buttermilk. 

Cinnamon coffee cake with nutmeg is the perfect fall treat. It's easy to make and turns out moist and delightful.

Additional Cake Recipes:

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  • Brown sugar pound cake has a butter pecan glaze that is out-of-this-world. Believe me, you will want this dessert at every gathering.
  • Brownie cake is a decadent, dense, and rich cake that is easy to throw together and bake. It’s topped with a rich chocolatey icing.
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  • And, if you love coconut, give this pina colada cake, from Jennifer over at Plowing Through Life, a try.
Cinnamon Coffee Cake is a delicious dessert. The cinnamon and nutmeg is the perfect way to start the fall season.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Buttermilk

Yield: 20 pieces
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Buttermilk is the perfect dessert to start off the fall season. This is an easy coffee cake recipe from scratch with a brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg topping. 

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Streusel topping

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

Grease a 8" x 10" baking dish.

Cake

  1. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to a medium-sized bowl. Mix and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the softened butter. Cream the butter.
  3. Add the sugar and brown sugar and cream together for about one minute.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix together.
  5. Alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk until well blended.
  6. Add the vanilla and mix again.
  7. Pour into a greased baking dish.

Streusel

  1. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a small bowl and mix together.
  2. Shake the streusel over the cake mixture and spread evenly.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

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Becky

Tuesday 14th of May 2024

I think it was kinda dry and plain ~ if I make it again I will add chopped apples and top with cool whip

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 15th of May 2024

Chopped apples are always a great addition!

Lynda

Monday 25th of September 2023

Easy to prepare, looks great, smells divine and tastes delicious, just what I hoped for. Mine baked in 35 min. Thank you!

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 27th of September 2023

You're welcome! So glad to hear you liked it.

Kate W

Saturday 1st of July 2023

The recipe mentions cream but it’s not in the ingredients list. How much are you supposed to use?

Jordan

Wednesday 5th of July 2023

@Julie Pollitt, I think she’s referring to step #2. “Add butter and cream.” It confused me as well. I thought it meant add the ingredients butter and cream, but it meant to cream the butter. I added the buttermilk & butter to cream before I realized my mistake

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 1st of July 2023

Hi Kate,

Where does it say that? I can't find where you're talking about. It does call for buttermilk.

Shelley

Saturday 25th of March 2023

Delicious coffee cake! The cook time is just WAY off. It took 55 minutes for it to be cooked through and the toothpick test is deceiving. Otherwise, delicious and simple recipe.

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 25th of March 2023

So glad you like it! Sometimes ovens will cook a little differently, as well.

Jean

Tuesday 14th of February 2023

This was an absolute disaster. I am so disappointed. What a waste.

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 14th of February 2023

Hi Jean,

I'm sorry to hear that. What happened that caused it to be a disaster?

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