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Gramma’s Crumb Cake


I wanted to rename this recipe Renee’s Awesome Coffee Cake, because the recipe is from my sweet friend Renee.  She served it to me one day with a cup of coffee, and I was in coffee cake heaven.  I decided to keep the original name, despite what the cake means to me, which is memories of sitting with my dear friend in her dining room and getting loved on several times now with this same cake recipe. Renee was sweet enough to share her recipe with me, so of course I had to share it with all of you.

This cake is so very good.  It is dense but moist at the same time.  The crumbly top is a sweet cinnamon-sugar streusel type topping.  My favorite thing about this cake is that it uses ingredients already on hand and can be thrown together in a super fast and easy way.  It is a great recipe to bring out when you have unexpected guests and just need to whip something up that will make the whole house feel warm and inviting because it smells amazing! I love to make it on a Saturday morning, as it is a great way to get the family to roll out of bed and sit around the table eating slow, for some quality morning time together.


Gramma’s Crumb Cake

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

4 Tablespoons coconut oil (original recipe calls for shortening, could also use butter)

1 egg, lightly beaten


1 teaspoon vanilla





Combine flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder.  Cut in coconut oil (or shortening or butter).  Reserve 1/2 cup of dry, crumbly mixture and set aside.  Place beaten egg in a measuring cup and add enough milk to equal one cup. Add vanilla & combine with flour mixture, mixing well.  Pour into a greased 8×8 pan and sprinkle with reserved dry mixture.  Dot with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar (use your judgement, I used about 4-5 tablespoons of butter) Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.  Serves 8.


Brunch/ Healthy Eating/ RECIPES

Healthy Buttermilk Coffee Cake

We had company from out of town this weekend.  I love having company, especially when it is dear, dear friends who are coming to visit.  I have a post on “anti-procrastination” coming up, where I will talk more about our company, as I think everyone should meet them-yes, they are THAT great.

While they were here, I made coffee cake.

Our friends are coffee snobs, so I knew I would need coffee cake to go with our coffee snobbery.  I left it up to them to make the coffee, and boy was it GOOD, they know coffee!
I made the coffee cake, and was really happy with it! I had never made it before, and it was on the healthy side, so I was not sure how it would turn out.  I knew if it bombed, I would still be loved, because coffee is the only thing they are snobby about. 🙂

I found the recipe at Passionate Homemaking.  It uses many wholesome ingredients including buttermilk, and if you read this blog regularly, you know I have a thing for buttermilk.  It is part of my every week shopping trip, it is great for the gut and cheap!  You can read more about the benefits of buttermilk here. (scroll down when you get to the post)

Healthy Buttermilk Coffee Cake

2 1/4 cup flour (I used 11/4 cups whole wheat flour & 1 cup white flour)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup rapadura (or sucanant  (whole cane sugar))
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup walnuts, optional (I left these out)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
Combine flour, salt, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon into a large bowl. Add sweeteners and oils. Mix till well blended. Take out 3/4 cup for topping and add chopped nuts, and 1 tsp. cinnamon and mix. Set aside. To the original batter, add soda, baking powder, egg and buttermilk. DO NOT OVERMIX. If you do so, it will not rise well. Place in oiled 8×8 pan or pie pan. Sprinkle topping. Bake at 300 degrees for approx. 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. (I had to bake mine for about 55-60 minutes)

My friends liked it, my kids liked it, and it complimented our coffee just perfectly.  I will for sure be making this again!  Thanks for the recipe, Lindsey at Passionate Homemaking!

This post linked to:
Made By You Monday @ Skip To My Lou
Market Yourself Monday @ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Mouth Watering Monday @ A Southern Fairytale
Tasty Tuesdays @ Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Tuesdays At The Table @ All The Small Stuff
Foodie Friday @ Designs By Gollum
Real Food Wednesdays @ Kelly The Kitchen Kop