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.