Quick and Easy Coffee Cake

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Quick And Easy Coffee Cake

How many of you still have guests in the house over the holidays? Show of hands, people!

After a while, it gets rough to keep feeding everybody. Sure, it’s nice the first day, but as house guests linger on, keeping up the hosting duties can be a real drag. That’s when it’s nice to make a really quick coffee cake for breakfast. Not for them, you understand. They can have Cheerios. This cake is for you!

I like having a warm, fresh cinnamon-laden treat first thing in the morning. I mean, who doesn’t? That’s why cinnamon rolls are popular. But this is a much simpler option, and all those flavors are still there.

Quick and Easy Coffee Cake

This winter break, we’re having a staycation. Luckily, the D.C. area is full of activities, but these days are pretty exhausting. We wake up, chase the kids, drive them around, chase them some more, and eat at irregular intervals. It’s lots of fun.

I’d be lying if I said I weren’t more than a little jealous of anyone who went anywhere this week. People jet to Florida, or ski resorts, or indoor water parks. We considered all three options before we realized that, once again, our kids are a little too young this year to justify all the expense. If we’re going to shell out thousands of dollars for a few days, shouldn’t they not just be able to remember it, but also be able to do whatever activities are available?

Quick and Easy Coffee Cake

Let’s just say that I can’t picture my youngest, who is a tiny person, being happy at a ski resort. She’d probably just cry a lot, and then I’d start crying too. Nope, a staycation is a much better idea. Plus, that means I can bake a lot and send you even more recipes!

For example, I’ve got fondue coming your way this week along with another video about the perfect fondue dipping plate, which includes these champagne brownies for New Year’s. Stay tuned! But first things first. Coffee cake.

This gets mixed up in about two minutes flat and baked in less than half an hour. The cake itself isn’t very sweet, which is perfect for coffee cake. The cinnamon in the middle and on top gives you all the sweetness you need, and I like to use brown sugar instead of regular in my cinnamon-sugar topping. It’s just a better flavor, and it caramelizes a bit more in the oven.

Quick and Easy Coffee Cake

If you’re dealing with company this week, eat cake. If you’re having a busy staycation, eat cake. If you’re at work, eat lots and lots of cake. That’s about all the advice I have for you. Next time I see you, there will be fondue!


Quick and Easy Coffee Cake


1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Topping and Filling
1 and 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat the oil, applesauce, eggs, vanilla and milk until combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
  4. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and brown sugar and sprinkle half the mixture over the batter in the pan. Layer the remaining batter over the first layer and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar over the top. Drizzle the butter evenly over the surface.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until set and done. Cut into squares and serve!




I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    We had no visitors, thank the lord! My mother came after thanksgiving and even entertaining one person can be draining… fun but draining. πŸ˜‰ sounds like you and the kiddos are having a busy. But fun filled stay-cation – yay to that! And yay for coffee cake!! I looooove me some coffee cake, and yours looks absolutely delish, Mir! The cinnamon and brown sugar looks like perfection. I could get down with this cake- breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! Cheers, girlfriend! P.s can’t wait for that fondue!
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    1. Mir

      No visitors is pretty awesome. I love company to a point, and then I just stand around cleaning up after everyone. Coffee cake helps!

  2. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    *Raises hand!* But even if I didn’t, this coffee cake looks like it would be just perfect for me alone – especially after all the cooking I’ve done over the past week! (Not that I don’t love it!) Happy New Year!!
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    1. Mir

      It’s a lot of cooking, but it’s fun! Happy new year to you too, Kate!

  3. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    This coffee cake looks delicious- totally want to try! And anything that involves BOTH champagne brownies and fondue is RIGHT up my alley πŸ™‚ Pinning!
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    1. Mir

      Stay tuned for the fondue, Medha! I had waaaay too much fun with that!

  4. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    My sister and her husband came to visit, but they stayed with my parents, so that was a win! We’re on staycation this week too. We don’t have any little people, but we have 4 huge dogs that are complete misfits and require the expense of a dog sitter if we go away. I would rather stay home and make this coffee cake to keep all to myself! I can’t wait for the fondue!
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    1. Mir

      That’s a real win, since you see everyone without the mess and extra work! 4 hugs dogs require a lot of care. I’m sure you rock at it!

  5. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, hey, as long as you are with family, it doesn’t matter where you are. . I’m still in Dallas. . and the crazy hurricane weather has passed through. . it’s snowing now in Wisconsin so hoping it stays for a while πŸ™‚ I LOVE this coffee cake!!!! Looks perfect!!!!! that cinnamon topping is perfection!!!!
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    1. Mir

      That’s true. Home is where family is! And I’m glad there’s no more imminent hurricane threat. I’ll take snow over hurricanes any day!

  6. Adri

    This sounds wonderful, and how nice that it is so simple to mkae! Best wishes to you for a terrific 2016!
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    1. Mir

      You too, Adri! It’s the simplest recipe!

  7. Manali @ CookWithManali

    Love this cake Mir! the cinnamon topping sounds just perfect! Hope you are having a good time with family. πŸ™‚

    1. Mir

      We’re definitely bonding, Manali! Thanks!

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Sounds like you’re having a nice staycation! This cake looks amazing, Mir! I love easy desserts like this. Even though I don’t have family staying over, I would gladly make and eat this ALL myself! πŸ™‚

    1. Mir

      Me, too. I’d eat it pretty fast!

  9. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    Mir, this cake looks heavenly! I don’t have company at all, but I probably should make this cake anyway. ;D I’m all about the staycations. For one, I never have money to travel. Two, I hate long car trips and flying in airplanes. And three, I live in Florida, so Disney and Universal Studios are HERE! I hope you are having a sweet time with your little ones.
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    1. Mir

      I don’t like long trips either, and planes smell gross. And why would you have to travel? We have to do Disney at some point, but I’m putting it off!

  10. Amy

    Love it, perfect for unplanned guests.
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    1. Mir

      Those are the kind of guests I always get too, Amy!

  11. Aria

    This looks delicious! Coffee cake is such an easy thing to make!
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    1. Mir

      It depends on the coffee cake, but this one is a cinch! Thanks, Aria!

  12. Amanda

    There is definitely nothing wrong with a staycation. Sometimes they end up being infinitely more relaxing! This coffeecake sounds so good and simple too. And there’s nothing like a slice of coffeecake in the morning with a big mug of tea.

    1. Mir

      You’re right about that. And I need my chill time with cake, Amanda!

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