Easy crumb coffee cake

Hi guys!! I’ve missed my time sharing with you all. But don’t let my silence here fool you….I’ve been baking and cooking up a storm in my kitchen! October turned out to be a month of travel, unlike any I’ve ever really experienced. So to say I was super anxious to get back in my kitchen and start whipping up meals and treats is the understatement of the year. The good news is I have quite a back log of recipes for you guys. 😉

So a theory has finally been tested, and I’m happy to say confirmed. I may have mentioned to you before that I hold back most of my treat and goodie baking for the holidays….and that the time between Thanksgiving and New Years I go crazy wild. I’m always “trying” to be good, and I’m thrilled this year that I’m about 20 pounds less than I was this time last year. I’ve hit my goal weight, and one of the successful parts of that was counting calories. The other part was running.

Well, my theory has always been something along the lines of….

“if I’m baking all the time, and treats are readily available then maybe I won’t be tempted by them.” But who wants to try that? I know I have will power, but come on…..that would be extremely hard.

Guess what…..

It’s TRUE!!! I’ve always wanted to have homemade healthier treats available for my girls. And even with sugar, let’s face it….cookies, muffins, granola bars whatever….it’s all healthier if it’s made from scratch. You control the ingredients. You don’t have all the added chemicals and dyes. You can lower the amount of sugar if you so desire. Endless possibilities, right?

I have to say the more I work with food whether cooking or baking….the more I get that outlet…the more I know it’s ALWAYS available, the less pull I have to “eat one more.” I know I can always whip up another batch. I’m SO THRILLED to pass this hurdle. I’ve told you before I’ve always envied friends and other food bloggers that had the ability to bake to their hearts content without gaining weight or having that temptation. Yay!! Now we’ll see if this holds true for the rest of the members in my family. Maybe they will learn self-control and moderation too. 😉

Okay….so coffee cake has always been a craving in need of making, but another thing I’ve held out on. Who needs the temptation? I have to say, it’s buttery goodness is hard to resist. But you’ll have your family to share it with, and remember you don’t have to go crazy on it because you can always make another one. I couldn’t believe how easy it was.

Wow…..and it’s definitely going on my regular holiday season list. And I won’t be waiting for the holiday season to come around before making it again.

*** I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on the whole baking and having it around all the time versus only making treats sparingly. Please share…. ***

Easy crumb coffee cake
Recipe type: breakfast, snack, easy
Prep time: 
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Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ sugar
  • 2½ tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp firm butter, in small pieces
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Butter a square brownie pan (8x8). I used glass pyrex.
  3. Blend all ingredients except topping.
  4. Beat well for ½ minute.
  5. Spread into pan.
  6. Mix up topping. I like to use my hands to crumble the butter in and keep mixing by hand until mixture becomes coarse and crumbly.
  7. ** I may have doubled up the topping to have enough to spread over entire pan, or to add extra. I really can't remember. If topping doesn't seem enough. Double up.
  8. Crumble topping over batter.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes.
  10. Serve warm.
  11. servings

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8 Responses to Easy crumb coffee cake

  1. Congratulations on losing 20lbs! That’s hard to do for food bloggers especially bakers – who can resist?! But obviously you’ve built some strong will power. This cake looks superb!
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  2. JulieD says:

    Looks great, Denise!! Hoep you and yours have a nice holiday!!
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  3. Aggie says:

    Crumb cake reminds me of my mom 🙂
    That’s fantastic you are 20lbs less this year than last – congrats! I don’t normally have a sweet tooth but if it’s in the house then I have trouble with self control – big time – so kudos on overcoming that hurdle! I do want to get in control of it for the reason that I would prefer my kids to eat the homemade stuff too.

    Hope you had a nice Christmas and happy new year to you! Hope to see each other again this next year!
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  5. Michelle says:

    Hi – congrats on your weight loss! Thanks for this recipe. I made it tonight for dinner. Yes, dinner. Neither my husband nor I were “hungry” for a classic dinner so we ate this instead. Holy moly – buttery & moist!

  6. Krystle says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this! It is a breeze to prepare and bakes wonderfully. I’ve made two this week already. This will be my new go-to dessert to take to dinner parties. Well done, m’am.

  7. Linda says:

    Thanks for a great coffee cake that is not laden with sugar and butter. I have made this twice in a week! The only things I added were some vanilla and a touch of almond extract to the batter and some oatmeal to the topping. Going to be one of my keeper recipes.


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