Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

I have always loved coffee cake. My favorite flavor is traditional cinnamon swirl. This recipe makes a fluffy yet slightly dense cake and the swirl adds a delicate cinnamon infused sweetness. The only downside to this recipe is that while it was very good right out of the oven, it is at least 10 times better the next day. I will be making this again and again, but will need to plan ahead and hide it from David and James while it settles over-night, otherwise, half of it will be gone before morning. 

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Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

inspired by and adapted from this recipe


  • For the batter:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

For the topping and swirl:

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350° F (175°C). Lightly grease and flour an 8x8 inch loaf pan. In a small bowl, mix together the sugars and 2 teaspoons cinnamon; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugars. Combine egg, milk, and oil; add to flour mixture. Mix well.

Pour half of the batter into pan. Sprinkle with half of the reserved cinnamon & sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter and cinnamon & sugar mixture. Gently draw a knife or toothpick through batter to marble.

Bake in pre-heated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Cover with foil and let sit overnight before slicing. 

Serve with love and hot coffee. Enjoy!


Jola said...

You blog is so cute! I will try out some of your recipes in the next few weeks. :o)
Have a nice day!

Nicky James said...

Just tried it today! It turned out great! Sooo going to do these again :D

Paris said...

I'm so glad you liked it Nicky! It will taste even better tomorrow! :)