Great Grandma’s Coffee Cake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | August 13th, 2009 | Breakfast Dishes, Recipes

Great Grandma's Coffee CakeOn Saturday morning our two daughters weren’t home as they were having a special girls only sleepover at their aunt and uncle’s house.  My husband decided to take our two sons fishing at a local pond, and I chose to stay home and make a special breakfast for the four of us.

With only boys and me at home, I decided to make coffee cake.  Neither of the girls really like coffee cake, but the boys enjoy it, so it was the perfect morning to make this dish.  Flipping through my personal collection of recipes, I found the recipe my mom always used when making coffee cake for us.

It is a simple recipe that produces a wonderful treat.  The cake is tender and slightly moist, unlike so many coffee cakes that are dry or overly dense.  Taking my first bite, I was transported back to my own childhood eating coffee cake with my brothers.

When I spoke with my mom later in the day, I told her that I had made coffee cake using her recipe, and at that point I learned a new fact.  This recipe is multi-generational, as it was my grandma’s recipe for coffee cake.  It was interesting to learn this, as I remember her as a grandma that liked to sleep late. So, the idea of her being up early to make coffee cake was surprising.  Of course, when she was raising her five children I’m sure she didn’t sleep late often.  Maybe when I knew her she was catching up on all of the sleep she missed during those years.

Regardless, I am grateful to my grandma for passing this recipe along.  Maybe someday her great grandchildren will make it for their kids.


Great Grandma’s Coffee Cake


  1. 3/4 cup sugar
  2. 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/2 cup milk
  5. 1-1/2 cups flour
  6. 2 tsp. baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. salt
  1. 4 Tb. unsalted butter, melted
  2. 1 cup light brown sugar
  3. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 2 tsp. nutmeg
  5. 1/4 cup flour
  6. 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Spray 9×9 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix sugar and butter.
  4. Add egg, and mix well. Stir in milk.
  5. Blend in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Pour into prepared pan.
  7. In a small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour, and mix well.
  8. Add walnuts, and stir.
  9. Sprinkle topping on cake batter.
  10. Place in oven, and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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  1. Doris says:

    Michele, maybe you should make your Grandma’s cake and bring it over for breakfas so I can also be a taste tester! ha ha!

  2. Mom says:

    Yes, this was always a favorite of mine to eat and make. Grandma would be very proud of the grandaughter who has become a gourmet cook!

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