Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Now that my husband is back home safe and sound, we've actually been spending a lot of time in the kitchen baking and making things I've had on my "to-make" list for months. Things like homemade salsa, green chile stew, hummus, collard greens, eggnog, and coffee cake, to be more precise. Posting may be heavy for the next week or so, but it's only because I'm really enjoying all the things I'm making and need to share them.

I'm starting off with this coffee cake, because it's the kind of recipe that's perfect to make and then keep around the house all week long—if you can keep your temptation to eat the entire thing at bay, of course. I've had it for breakfast, for snacks, and for dessert, and it tastes better with each bite. The ingredient list and directions may seem a little long, but it was really easy to make —I don't make things unless they're easy. Plus, check out the ingredients, because I bet you already have everything on hand!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake 
(6 WW points+ for 1/12 slice)

  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 4.5  ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1  ounce whole-wheat flour (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1  teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2  cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/3  cup butter/margarine, softened (used Brummel and Brown)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1  (8-ounce) carton light sour cream
For Filling:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1 tablespoons ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (optional, used strictly for color, not flavor; leave it out if you like)
For topping:
  • 2  tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1  tablespoon chilled butter, cut into small pieces (used Brummel and Brown)

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Spread oats in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 6 minutes or until oats are barely fragrant and light brown.

3. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray; set aside.

4. Reserve 1/4 cup oats; set aside. Place remaining oats in food processor or blender; process 4 seconds or until finely ground. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine processed oats, flourr, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir with a whisk.

5. Make filling by mixing together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa powder (if used). Set aside.

6. Place granulated sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1/3 cup butter in a large bowl. Beat with hand mixer at medium speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. (Batter will be slightly lumpy because of oats.)

7. Spoon half the batter into prepared pan; spread evenly. Sprinkle filling evenly atop the batter. Spread remaining batter atop filling. Use a table knife to gently swirl the filling into the batter, as though you were making a marble cake. Don't combine filling and batter thoroughly; just swirl.

8. Combine remaining 1/4 cup oats, remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, nuts, and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter/margarine with a pastry blender or 2 knives until well blended. Sprinkle over batter evenly with nut mixture.

9. Bake at 350° for 38 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, top is golden, and cake begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes; remove from pan.


  1. looks really really good.. i love cinnamon desserts. i'll probably make this later today. lol

  2. Ah! I have everything I need to make this right now except for the cocoa powder! Wondering if I can get to the store...

  3. Yum Yum Yum! Awesome and a gorgeous picture by the way :)

  4. This looks light and delicious. But this is the 3rd dang recipe today that needs sour cream that I don't have! Grrrr!


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