The very famous Starbucks Cinnamon Coffee Cake is a best seller. It’s easy to see why this moist, fluffy cake with a crunchy streusel topping is a crowd-pleaser; it has it all! The looks, the flavor, the right texture and the warmest comforting aroma.
Although this one is not the most complicated baking treat in the world, it does have its challenges. You might have noticed the fluffy bread has a thin layer of sweet cinnamon running right between the cake.
Well, if you want to bake yours just like the original, you’ll have to add it.
The other challenge is the buttery and crumbly cinnamon, brown sugar and butter topping. Although not difficult to put together, if you over-combine the ingredients, you end up with a paste and not the lovely crumbles everyone loves.
Other than that, this project is super fun. You’ll only need four, butter, brown sugar, some eggs, a little Greek yogurt, and the flavoring: vanilla extract and plenty of cinnamon.
Let’s get on it and craft an authentic cinnamon coffee cake.
For the cake
For the cinnamon sugar layer
For the streusel topping
For the cake, in a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, Greek yogurt and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the eggs one by one while mixing. Reserve.
In a second bowl, mix the dry ingredients: the flour, baking powder and salt.
Add the dry ingredient mix to the wet ingredient bowl while folding until well incorporated, thick and fluffy. Reserve.
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Make the cinnamon-sugar layer combine the cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl.
Make the topping, combine the flour, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and salt. Combine with your hands until you get a granular, lumpy texture. Don’t turn it into a paste.
Add half of the batter and spread evenly in a standard Rectangular Cake Pan (13 x 9 x 2.25 inches). Over with the cinnamon-sugar mixture and add the rest of the batter. Cover with the streusel topping.
Bake for about an hour, or until golden and cooked through.
Remove from the oven, let it cool, slice and serve!