Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  • Serves

    serves 8


Ground cinnamon gives the topping for this coffee cake its signature zing; the cake itself gets an extra boost of flavor from cinnamon extract.


  • 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
  • 3 34 cups flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 14 cups plus 2 tsp. sugar
  • 6 tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 14 tsp. kosher salt
  • 13 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 12 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 14 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 12 tsp. cinnamon extract
  • 2 eggs


Step 1

Heat oven to 325°. Grease an 8" x 8" baking pan with a little butter and sprinkle with a little flour; set aside. Make topping: In a bowl, mix 8 tbsp. melted butter, 1⁄4 cup sugar, 6 tbsp. brown sugar, 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon, and 1⁄2 tsp. salt until smooth. Add 1 1⁄2 cups flour; mix with a fork until crumbly; chill. Make filling: In a bowl, mix remaining brown sugar, 2 tsp. sugar, 1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon, and pecans; set filling aside.

Step 2

Make cake batter: In another bowl, whisk together remaining flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder; set aside. In a large measuring cup, whisk together remaining butter, milk, sour cream, vanilla, cinnamon extract, and eggs until smooth. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients; whisk to combine. Pour half the batter into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle filling over top; pour remaining batter over it. Break up reserved topping with fingers; sprinkle over top; bake until a toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Let cool before serving.

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