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Economical Coffee Cake

In the summer of 1994 we took our kids, aged 11- 16, on a missions trip to Lithuania. I think it was the best summer we had as a family! An older couple, in charge of the project were Mennonites from Lancaster, PA and I quickly grew to love and admire Marion L. who taught me how to smile and be flexible in a kitchen that was not stocked the way we were used to. This is one of the recipes she shared with me and I still like it because sometimes simple is the best!


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temp.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

  1. Beat soft butter and sugar with wooden spoon or hand mixer until well mixed.
  2. Add egg and milk.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and stir in with wooden spoon.
  4. Spread into greased and floured 9x9 inch pan.
  5. Choose your topping and spread over top.
  6. Bake at 350° F for 25 - 35 minutes – longer if using fruit topping.
Topping Variations:
* Plain - 1/3 cup brown sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
* Apple - arrange thinly sliced apples on top before sprinkling on ¼ - 1/3 c white or brown sugar mixed with cinnamon. Bake at 350° F, 40 - 45 minutes.
* Cinnamon/oat - combine 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over top of batter. Bake at 350° F, 30 minutes.


  1. I love a great coffee cake. Thanks for the recipes and the topping options.

  2. Always find a wonderful recipe here. Thanks for sharing this wonderful simple coffee cake recipe.

  3. This sounds like one of my favorites from childhood. I'll try it. I like the apple variation!

  4. Oh looks like you raided my mom's recipe file,lol! I love this kind of cake and grew up with it all my life. Does it mean anything that I'm Lithuanian/Canadian as well??? Thanks for sharing the recipe...I just LOVE your blog!

  5. All weekend I surveyed cookbooks for just the right apple cake, rejecting one after another for being too sweet, too rich, too fiddley...only to log in here and ... there it is!

    Thank you for this recipe.


  6. Very nice. I like the variations could be different each time you make it! Thanks! Happy Monday to you! ♥

  7. mmm... That looks really good but simple! I will have to try that, my hubby loves to have something to snack on, I think he will like this one! Thanks for sharing.

    until next time... nel

  8. Looks like a good recipe to have close at hand. i always like your photo layouts. You make food look so good. Kathy (MGCC)

  9. I love coffee cake! Thanks for sharing :).

  10. This is a perfect recipe - simple, elegant, and versatile. Thanks for sharing this!

  11. A great breakfast plan for tomorrow! Thank you :)

  12. What a perfect little coffee cake. I will sure be making this next time I have salesmen stopping in for coffee.

  13. Yes, sometimes simple is best. I have been looking for a simple, delicious coffeecake for a while, and I believe I have found the "one."

    Thank you for this lovely post.

  14. Good Evening Anneliese

    I made this little cake today. Don't know what I was thinking but I put the apples/sugar/cinnamon on the bottom then the cake batter on top.

    It turned out great!

    This will be my go-to cake when I want something quick for unexpected company, or to take to hospital or visiting.

    Thanks for this. More like it? Economical, simple, few on-hand ingredients but delicious.

    Oh. I did also add vanilla to the batter. I love vanilla.


  15. I also added vanilla, chopped pecans and cinnamon to the batter as well as flour to the streusel topping. It came out delicious. Just right to make before breakfast and to enjoy right from the oven!


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