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Easy Old Fashioned Coffee Cake With Caramel Sauce. Oh yeah!

This post was originally published August 23, 2015 and updated on June 10, 2018.  

My grandmother was a good cook, but she really excelled at baking.  One of the best memories I have is smelling her coffee cake baking in the oven.

The aromas of brown sugar, and cinnamon coming from the kitchen were almost too much to wait for sometimes!  This easy coffee cake recipe recreates that memory for me every time.  The original recipe actually comes from another family member, my Dad’s cousin Marie.  She was also a spectacular cook and a lovely woman.  I have fond memories.. 🙂

Our Apple Pie Coffee Cake is Love in a Pan!  A delicious apple pie topping, and lots and lots of icing. 🙂

I’ve wanted to bake this recipe for some time now, and I’ve added a few updates of my own- but only to make it easier and quicker to make!  This is not a yeast coffee cake – but has more of a pound cake texture – full of creamy goodness like cream cheese and butter.   Yummmmm…..

So here it is!  I use my food processor to blend the dry ingredients and the cream cheese and butter.  I love using my food processor and am learning to use it more and more in my baking.

We recently had our son Adam, and his girlfriend Adrienne over for brunch.  I had just purchased a new kitchen island for our tiny apartment — so that I would have a lovely new space to bake on and to make videos!  Of course it’s one of those “build it yourself’ project and was just to heavy for Mark and I to carry up the three flights of stairs.

So while everyone was busy with bringing all the pieces upstairs from the garage, I got busy baking this scrumptious coffee cake.  I love it because it’s so easy to bake, and so delicious, it’s a hit every time.  Adam says it’s his favorite kind of cake!

One of the great things about this recipe is that there are no fancy ingredients.  You will probably have all of this in your pantry – except maybe for the cream cheese.

Ingredients:

Topping:

  • 4 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Coffee cake:

Delicious easy to make old fashioned coffee cake includes brown sugar, cinnamon, fresh walnuts all swimming in creamy caramel sauce. It's the bomb!

Instructions:

  1. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter well
  2. Stir in chopped walnuts and set aside
  3. In food processor add dry ingredients, baking powder, flour, white sugar, salt, and pulse until blended
  4. Cut softened cream cheese and butter into chunks and add to food processor and pulse until blended. The mixture will stick together if pressed in your hand.
  5. Put the mixture from the food processor into a large bowl.  Make a well in the centre and add the cream, vanilla, and egg.  Break the egg yolk and blend slowly, just until everything is moistened.  Like when you are making muffins.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 and grease and line a 8 X 8 square pan.
  7. Press the cake mixture into the plan
  8. Add small chunks of cream cheese around the top – I push them in slightly with my finger!
  9. Spoon on the brown sugar topping (this will sink into the cake as it bakes)
  10. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Let cool and Enjoy with a smoky dark coffee.

Garnish:

I swirl caramel sauce* and a light icing sugar glaze over the cake once it’s cool.  It looks pretty and makes the cake taste even sweeter!

*I melt caramels in the microwave and stir in heavy cream – easy and delicious!

Related: I’ve written another blog about making pastry with a food processor – you can see it here!

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Cousin Marie's Old Fashioned Coffee Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A light, moist and richly delicious coffee cake that is perfect for Brunch, Breakfast or any ole time at all. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 9
Calories: 432 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Topping:
  • 4 tbsp. butter melted
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Coffee cake:
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 ¾ white flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. cream cheese plain
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter well
  2. Stir in chopped walnuts and set aside
  3. In food processor add dry ingredients, baking powder, flour, white sugar, salt, and pulse until blended
  4. Cut softened cream cheese and butter into chunks and add to food processor and pulse until blended. The mixture will stick together if pressed in your hand.
  5. Put the mixture from the food processor into a large bowl.  Make a well in the centre and add the cream, vanilla, and egg.  Break the egg yolk and blend slowly, just until everything is moistened.  Like when you are making muffins.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 and grease and 8 X 8 square pan.
  7. Press the cake mixture into the plan
  8. Add small chunks of cream cheese around the top – I push them in slightly with my finger!
  9. Spoon on the brown sugar topping (this will sink into the cake as it bakes)
  10. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  11. Let cool and Enjoy with a smoky dark coffee.
Nutrition Facts
Cousin Marie's Old Fashioned Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 221mg 9%
Potassium 319mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 39g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 13.3%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 16.2%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Oh and here is my new kitchen island!  What is your favourite place to bake?

Easy to make old fashioned coffee cake includes brown sugar, cinnamon, fresh walnuts all swimming in creamy caramel sauce. It's the bomb!
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