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Vintage coffee cake aka Not a fancy coffee cake


What is it about vintage recipes that intrigues me so? I guess it’s about the history, a time when recipe sharing was done by passing written or typed recipes by hand, sometimes when folks gathered together for a morning coffee break at someone’s home.

I was gifted with such a wonderful lot of recipes from Donna Wright, a Clermont County reader who wanted me to have her Mom and Grandma’s recipes. Included with vintage cookbooks was a wooden box with the handwritten and typed recipes, often with notes on the recipes by the cook. When I looked through the box, I was surprised at the number of cakes, both for breakfast, brunch and dessert. We like a simple cinnamon coffee cake, one that can be made with the little ones and mixed by hand.

The recipe I’m sharing today from that wooden box is just such a recipe. It’s called quick coffee cake but I gave it an additional name. This coffee cake is really easy to make and not too sweet or gooey. Perfect with a morning cup of tea!

Quick coffee cake aka Not a fancy coffee cake

How much is a heaping tablespoon? The butter should mound up on the spoon. I adapted the recipe only slightly. I made this by hand with a whisk.

1 heaping tablespoon butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325.

Melt butter. Beat egg and sugar together. Beat in butter. Add milk and vanilla and beat hard. Add dry ingredients, which you have mixed together. (I just whisked them together). Blend but don’t overbeat. Pour into greased and floured pan. (I used spray).

Then mix together:

3 tablespoons sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

The recipe said to sprinkle this on top which I did. Next time I’ll swirl it into the batter so that if I would choose to glaze it, the glaze won’t pull the topping up.

Bake 30 minutes or so just until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Don’t overbake or cake will be dry.

Glaze (optional)

I just made a confectioners sugar glaze with a cup of confectioners sugar and enough water to make a glaze. Start with 3 tablespoons water.




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