Would you like to join me for a cup of coffee? We’ll probably be sitting on the floor of my living room, as we had to get rid of the coffee table after Hugo learned to climb onto it and then sit precariously on the edge almost giving me a heart attack. We’ll have to keep our coffee in hiding, because it seems like my child has radar for these things, he loves to rest his hand on the cup and say “hot!” sometimes sticking his fingers in too. He may come over to us and give us sloppy hugs and kisses which are always perk, and as of late, his favorite activity is to grab books from his little shelf and hand them to you- flapping his little arms until you make room on your lap and read to him. Ok, so maybe we will be doing a little less coffee drinking and a little more toddler entertaining but it will be fun I swear! I also promise to have this coffee cake in the kitchen, which is absolutely delicious and will make up for my coffee date shortcomings.
This recipe is very similar to one I posted a few years ago, and I thought of revamping that and replacing it, but I made enough changes that I thought this recipe needed a post of it’s own. It really is spectacular, and it my opinion the absolute best coffee cake ever. The cake itself is superb- moist, buttery, and tender. In the middle is a gooey, cinnamon filling- imagine the best part of a cinnamon roll in a thick ribbon throughout this cake. On top is a crispy crumble and a sweet cinnamon glaze. It’s really too good to be true.
I made this in a 10-inch ring pan, but you could make it in a 9×13 or two round cake pans. (One for you and one for a friend?) It is delicious warm but keeps well for a couple of days too. I had big plans to freeze slices of this to warm up for breakfast here and there, but I just couldn’t resist sending huge hunks of this with my friends and neighbors who stopped by the day I made it. (And I don’t think they had too much of a problem with it!) This would be the perfect addition to any brunch spread- I can’t wait to make it again for Easter this weekend!
When using the ring pan, the cake ends up being taller but more narrow. The filling proportion is thick, gooey, and perfect. If you are using a 9x13 pan, the filling won't be as thick but it will still be a delicious ribbon through the cake. Double it if desired.
*Baking time will vary based on pan size. My cake baked in about 55 minutes.