Coffee Cake Recipe

Coffee Cake Recipe makes an easy, no bake party coffee cake, made yummy with graham crackers, coconut and pecans and topped with a creamy evaporated milk icing.

Serve at parties, special events, holidays or for any day dessert. 

To serve, cut into square, rectangular, or diagonal shaped bars.

To make a nice presentation, place cake squares or other shapes on a paper doily onto a serving tray or plate.

Coffee Cake Recipe

  • 1 box graham crackers, divided

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup canned evaporated milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (from above box)

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

  • 1 cup coconut

Line the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan with whole graham crackers.

Melt butter in a saucepan or skillet on low heat.

Best melted in small dish in microwave about 30 seconds.

In a mixing bowl, beat egg, evaporated milk, and sugar together.

Stir in melted butter and bring all to a boil in the saucepan.

Remove from heat and stir in the one cup of cracker crumbs, pecans and coconut.

Spread on top of whole crackers already in pan.

Cover top with whole graham crackers.

It is like you are making a graham cracker sandwich.

Prepare your Icing For Coffee Cake Recipe.

Pour icing over mixture in the cake pan immediately so the icing will get warm enough to thin out and penetrate the graham crackers a little.

The hot icing softens up the graham crackers.

Icing For Coffee Cake Recipe

  • 1 1/2 stick butter  (3/4 cup}

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon canned evaporated milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

Cream all together until smooth.

Spread on top of cake in pan.

Cool cake.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate coffee cake overnight.

That helps it all blend together.

Serve cold or at room temperature.

Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

  • 2/3 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

Mix together brown sugar, flour, ground cinnamon in a bowl and blend well.

Using a fork, work in the butter until it is well blended and coarsely distributed. 

Add chopped walnuts and toss to mix and set aside.

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened

  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 3 firm, ripe apples (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch pieces

In another bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.

Set it aside.

In a stand mixer on low speed, cream together the butter and sugar until well mixed.

Turn to high speed and cream until light and fluffy.

Return to low speed and add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Scrape the bottom and sides and fold in the vanilla extract.

Fold in the apple pieces.

Butter and sprinkle with flour a 13" x 9" baking pan.

Spoon mixture in baking pan, evenly.

Spread the Streusel Topping evenly on top.

Bake in 350F. oven for 40-45 minutes or until  tests done.

Remove from oven and let it cool in pan on a cooling rack if you are planning to serve the Streusel Coffee Cake cold. 

If you are planning to serve the dish hot, serve it immediately.

A Bit Of History

Interesting, in early days Coffee Cake Recipes actually contained brewed coffee as an ingredient in the cake formula.

Some of those old recipes called for coffee extract, instead.

Most of those old coffee cakes called for molasses, fruits (the types you would put in a fruitcake today) and spices.

One recipe calling for a cup of strong coffee was in an old cookbook, "Breakfast, Luncheon and Tea", Marion Harland [Scribner, Armstrong & Co.: New York] 1875 (p. 332)

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