As they say, the streusel makes the coffee cake, really. That buttery, spicy and crumbly topping in all proper coffee cakes is the best part of these cake specialties. Without streusel, you’re just looking at a sponge cake.
It’s the streusel that makes coffee cakes so wonderfully attractive and compatible with all types of caffeinated drinks, from lattes and cappuccinos to flat whites and macchiato.
Well, let’s learn how to make a traditional streusel coffee cake. This one is not only easy but also reliable. Have this recipe close to your heart and make a coffee cake every time you have friends coming over for coffee!
Coffee cakes start like many other sponge cakes. The recipe calls for butter, sugar, baking powder, salt and a little oil to keep the cake moist. Eggs, vanilla and milk will be today’s wet ingredients, and it all comes together beautifully to form a batter.|
The streusel, today’s main character, is made with brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. You combine them and form crumbles. We’re not adding these to the cake just yet, but for the last ten minutes of baking time.
Serve streusel coffee cake with a creamy coffee drink. It can be hot, iced or blended — any rich and creamy coffee drink is a great partner for a traditional coffee cake. You know what? You’ll love a slice of this cake on its own as well.
For the streusel:
Preheat the oven at 350°F and grease an 8-inch square pan.
In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.
Combine the oil, eggs, vanilla and milk in a second mixing bowl.
In a stand mixer, combine the dry and wet mixtures. Pour the batter into the cake pan.
For the streusel, combine the sugar and the cinnamon in a food processor to form crumbs.
Cover the cake pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes, uncover, carefully top with the streusel mixture and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes.