Grandma’s Coffee Cake

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This weekend we’ve been enjoying my Grandma’s Coffee Cake. My oldest daughter and I made one on Friday afternoon so we could nibble on it all weekend long. This easy coffee cake has nutmeg as it’s predominate flavor, which I think pairs perfectly with any hot drink. It has a great taste and this recipe can easily be customized with flavors you prefer.

Grandma's Coffee Cake


  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • all purpose flour
  • nutmeg
  • oil
  • salt
  • buttermilk
  • egg
  • baking powder
  • baking soda

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I love making my grandma’s recipe and I love getting to get my girls involved in making them.  I love being able to pass along these treasured recipes to them.

I love this recipe because you can customize it too. If you don’t love nutmeg you could switch it out for cinnamon. You could easily add walnut or pecans to the streusel topping.

Nutmeg Coffee Cake

This breakfast recipe is super easy to put together too – I’m betting you have all the ingredients on hand right now.

Making the Coffee Cake

Start with your dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix them together until combined.

dry ingredients whisked together

Then you’ll add the oil or melted butter to this mixture.

adding canola oil

Mix it together, then you’ll pull out 1 cup of this mixture and set it aside. If you wanted to add nuts, then you’ll want to add it to this 1 cup that you’ve set aside.

buttermilk, egg, baking soda, and baking powder

In a measuring cup I like to mix together the buttermilk, egg, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk it together before you add it to the dry ingredients. Mix them together until it is combined.

Pour the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Then you will take that remaining batter (the streusel topping you reserved) and sprinkle it on top. Then bake!

This makes a tender cake with superior flavor.

Slice of Grandma's Coffee Cake
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So here’s the recipe:

5 from 1 vote

Grandma’s Coffee Cake

My Grandma’s Coffee Cake recipe that has some great nutmeg flavor.
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Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Cooling Time:20 mins
Total Time:40 mins


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg fresh is best
  • 3/4 cup oil I use canola you could also use melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together the sugars, flour, nutmeg, oil and salt.
  • Once combined remove 1 cup of this mixture and set aside (topping).
  • In a separate container mix together the buttermilk, egg, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour/sugar mixture and mix until combined.
  • Pour this mixture into a baking dish. I used an 8″x 10″.
  • Sprinkle the 1 cup mixture you had set aside on top for the crumble.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

I love how the crumb, streusel topping is part of the recipe base. Just one more thing that makes this recipe SO EASY.

Delicious Coffee Cake

I hope you get a chance to try this delicious recipe.

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