Great Grandmas Coffee Cake

The smell of this coffee cake is enough to transport me back in time to the carefree days of childhood, when perms were a thing and I couldn't live without my scrunchie and my New Kids on the Block cassette tape. Show me a kid who doesn't like coffee cake and I'll show you a werido because this stuff is heavenly. I mean cake? For breakfast? Yes please! 

This recipe is my great grandmas, made by my mother frequently while growing up. I still request it to this day and have decided to *attempt* to do her justice by trying out my hand at this family classic. 


  • 1 c sugar
  • dash salt
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 c milk
  • sugar
  • cinnamon


1) In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, salt, butter, and shortening. Cream well.

2) Mix in eggs one at a time.

3) Slowly mix in flour, baking powder and milk alternately

4) Grease 2 cake pans

5) Pour mixture into pans

6) Sprinkle top with sugar and cinnamon

7) Bake 350 for 20 minutes


Voila- couldn't you just bottle that sweet smell up and bathe in it?!

What are some of your favorite family recipes? Anything near and dear to your heart?