Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake Recipe

Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake Recipe | DIY Joy Projects and Crafts Ideas

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Do you remember this old-fashioned coffee cake that used to be famous decades ago in school cafeterias? It was often served along with the LA’s peanut butter cake. Both are incredibly delicious and are sure to bring back a lot of memories from the past. If you used to love this dessert recipe, make sure you give CookingWithCarolyn‘s recipe a try. It’s a heavenly breakfast treat and pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee.


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Most of the ingredients for this recipe are basic and you probably already have them in your pantry. Once you bake this cake, your whole house will smell fantastic. The cake turns out so fluffy and delicious, just as you remember it. It has a soft texture and is topped with a crunchy cinnamon streusel topping that makes it a classic favorite for all LAUSD school graduates. Don’t miss out on this recipe, if you haven’t tried it before. It’s definitely a must-try for anyone who loves a good coffee cake.

Back-to-School Coffee Cake Ingredients


  • 1 cup of chopped roasted pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons of light brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter (cold and cut into small cubes)

Cake batter

  • 3 cups of cake flour
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk (room temperature)
  • 3 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 1/4 cups of vegetable oil


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How to Make LAUSD Coffee Cake

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Step 2:

Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped nuts and roast for 3 to 4 minutes. Shake them often to avoid burning.

Step 3:

Get a medium-sized bowl and all the ingredients for the topping except the nuts. Combine them well, then work the butter into the dry ingredients until it becomes crumbly using your hands. You can also use a food processor.

Step 4:

Make the batter. Sift the flour, sugar, light brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl.

In a different bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, and vegetables. Whisk until well combined.

Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.

Back to School Coffee Cake Ingredients
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Step 5:

Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish, then pour the batter into an even layer. Sprinkle the topping, making sure everything is covered.

How to Make LAUSD Coffee Cake
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Step 6:

Place on the middle rack and bake at 350F for 45 to 50 minutes. Once done baking, let it cool in the dish for about 5 to 10 minutes. Flip over a cooling rack and continue to cool for another 30 minutes.



Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake Recipe

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