Brown Sugar Coffee Cake

Brown Sugar Coffee Cake

(10 servings)    Printable Version
  • 4 all-purpose cups flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar - packed
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • For The Topping:
  • 8 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts - optional
The top inch of this coffee cake was fantastic. The crumble topping and optional glaze (see below) are delightful, but the cake turned out a little too dry and the ratio of cake to topping was too high. At the end of the day, everyone had eaten the top off, leaving a sheet of 2 inches of cake in the pan. I tried the recipe again using some yogurt in place of the milk to add moistness, but that didn't help a whole lot. I saved that one by slitting the slices and adding a layer of jam. I'd recommend bypassing this recipe and instead trying our Starbucks-Style Cinnamon Coffeecake. It's similar to this recipe except that it works and it's reliable. (The recipe on this page was submitted in 2003. It was tested and photographed in March 2015.)

Brown Sugar Coffee Cake

How To Make A Brown Sugar Coffee Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, make the topping by combining all ingredients until it forms a crumbly, coarse-sandy texture.

In a large bowl, mix together all the cake ingredients. Place dough in one well-greased long oblong pan or two smaller ones.

Brush the top of each pan of dough with melted butter. Sprinkle the crumb topping over each loaf.

Bake for about 30 minutes* or until it passes the toothpick test.

Brown Sugar Coffee Cake In The Pan

Optional Maple Glaze:

- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 1 and 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
- 2 Tablespoon milk (or water)

Melt butter in small sauce pan. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients until fluid glaze forms. Drizzle over warm coffee cake.

Brown Sugar Coffee Cake

Cooking Note From Mr Breakfast:

As people have said in the comments, the cooking time is longer than the recipe submitter indicates. My cooking times were 40 minutes for a 7 x 4 1/2 pan and 50 minutes for an 8 x 8 pan.

When this is served warm, it's served with love. This coffee cake is great because most of the ingredients are things we always have on hand.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank susan for this recipe.

Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Brown Sugar Coffee Cake?
Overall Average Rating = 3 (out of 5)
Based on 11 votes.

From amber g.
Rating (out of 5):  

Great coffee cake. I increased the cinnamon in the topping to 2 Tablespoons. My cooking time was 35 minutes.

Comment submitted: 11/17/2011 (#13198)

From Rumpleforeskin
Rating (out of 5):  

I took my reading glasses off and followed the recipe exactly and it turned out GREAT! I think the elevation has something to do with it.

Comment submitted: 10/2/2011 (#12967)

Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom hnvoss (Team Breakfast Member)
Rating (out of 5):  

Not great! As others have said, not enough baking time, I had to add 10 min. Rather bland and the topping was too floury, I would not bother with it again!

Comment submitted: 12/9/2009 (#9204)

Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom kerrin (Team Breakfast Member)
Rating (out of 5):  

Turned out okay for us. I read all comments so I reduced the flour by nearly 1/2 a cup. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla and teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter. Also did 2 less tablespoons flour in the topping.

Comment submitted: 11/14/2009 (#9041)

From tinogrrl
Rating (out of 5):  

I followed the recipe exactly, and it turned out a bit flour-y tasting... If were to use this recipe again, I would maybe use less flour (especially in the topping) and put cinnamon in the actual batter. Otherwise, it turned out nice and moist (I had to use 2 pans: 1 8x8 and 1 9x13).

Comment submitted: 5/10/2009 (#8098)

From Tumbler

Ya, I agree it was kind of soupy.

Comment submitted: 4/25/2009 (#8019)

From luvtobake
Rating (out of 5):  

I agree, something is wrong with the recipe - The cook time is off, and the taste is a little bland.

Comment submitted: 10/5/2008 (#6537)

From Angie14322
Rating (out of 5):  

Nice recipe but the cook time is way off. It needs up to an hour. Besides that its a beautiful scent and everyone went in it lol

Comment submitted: 6/3/2008 (#5453)

From bakermn
Rating (out of 5):  

This must be wrong, I baked it for more than an hour and its soupy still... I'm lost. I am an excellent baker and something is off with this recipe.

Comment submitted: 9/9/2007 (#3530)

From Awesome-O
Rating (out of 5):  

Yumm! It was awesome.

Comment submitted: 8/18/2007 (#3399)

From zoey101
Rating (out of 5):  

This recipe was great. When I made it my family just loved it.

Comment submitted: 3/20/2007 (#1896)

From Good Stuff
Rating (out of 5):  

I've been looking for a good brown sugar coffee cake recipe ever since I've tasted awesome coffee cake at coffee shop some time ago. Of course, that cake was too sweet and too fatty, so I wanted to try out lower calorie recipe. This recipe was OK, I love the crust on top a lot too, but you need to put more milk (a cup more) to the batter as it'll be almost like a cookie dough. It is warm, very moist and light. Yum!

Comment submitted: 10/31/2006 (#617)

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