MidKnight Snacks: Cinnamon Coffee Cake

An amazing combination of classic, cozy flavors.


Photo Keirra McGoldrick

Layered cinnamon coffee cake.

Keirra McGoldrick, Opinion Editor

Who doesn’t love a good coffee cake? Especially when it’s the classic flavor of cinnamon and brown sugar.

This delicious classic coffee cake has been a recipe I’ve been making for some years now and it’s always been good. This is the perfect cake to bring to any breakfast or brunch for the perfect little sweet treat.


For the Batter:

  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 2/3 cup flour

For the filling:

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour

For the topping:

  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup flour


  1. For the batter, you’re going to want to start by first mixing in the sugars with the butter until smooth. After evenly incorporated, add in your eggs, vanilla extract and sour cream.
  2. While this is mixing, in a separate bowl add the flour, baking powder and salt together. After the egg and butter mixture is fully combined, slowly add in the flour mixture until half of it is left. Add in half the amount of milk, then the rest of the flour. Once all the flour is added in, pour in the rest of the milk.
  3. To create the layering effect, we must make the filling. In a small bowl, mix in your flour, brown sugar and a generous amount of cinnamon until there are barely any clumps from the brown sugar.
  4. The crumble layer is what comes next. In another bowl, add the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. With a fork begin mixing until it starts to get thick. Then you’re going to want to start mashing until you get to a nice crumbled consistency. 
  5. To your pan, pour half of the batter and spread evenly. Next, evenly pour all the filling over top of the first layer of batter. After, pour the remaining batter over the top and distribute evenly.
  6. It might be a bit difficult to spread out the batter over the filling. When it’s all set, sprinkle all the crumbly topping all over to top layer of batter.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350° and pop it in the oven for 45-55 minutes.

Once it’s ready, enjoy the delicious flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar with your morning coffee. It’s the perfect recipe for a family reunion or just to have at home.