Cinnamon and Walnut Coffee Cake

By DK on May 22, 2009
Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake

I met a friend recently and she asked me for Cake baking tips - When I gave her (what I thought was most important one!) she laughed at me. What did I say? I said you have to cool the cake completely! Awe comeon - don't smirk! Most of my disasters in cake making has been lack of this process. I have this Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake which was the last cake I made during my Basic-Cake-Baking-Tips illiterate days.

After that, every cake I have made has been worth all the effort and I still am not what you could call as an expert Cake baker.I forgot to cool the cake completely and in a hurry removed - the bottom got stuck and also the crumb which supposedly is the most tenderest of all, came out heavy. The next time I made the cake keeping my mistakes in mind, it was heavenly. Hope you don't make the mistakes I did in order to enjoy this cake in its full favor. This recipe is verbatim from Taste of Home booklet.

Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min to 1 hour
Yield: Makes one 9 inch square cake
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • For the Topping
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp cold butter
  • 1-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Ina mixing bowl,cream shortening and sugar.
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Add eggs , one at a time,beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
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Combine the flour,baking powder and salt,
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add to the creamed mixture alternately
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with the milk.
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Transfer to a greased 9 in square baking pan.
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In a bowl,combine the flour,sugar and cinnamon;
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cut in butter until mixture resembled coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts.
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Sprinkle over the top.Bake at 350F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
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Cool on a wire rack Cinnamon walnut Coffee Cake See the dense mixture  inside? The cake still tastes good but only until you taste the original :) Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake
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38 Responses to “Cinnamon and Walnut Coffee Cake”
  1. Susabelle

    Is there an adjustment for high altitude? I can probably figure it out but thought I’d ask anyway. This is exactly the kind of coffee cake I’ve been looking for – lots of cake, light on topping. I’m allergic to Walnuts so would leave those out but it would still be good without them!

  2. Glory Raj

    Tried this recipe and loved the cake.But the crumb topping on top was not brown like yours. Did you use light brown sugar or regular sugar ?Pls reply.Thanks.

  3. :wink: Love this cake! I did not use the nuts and used half and half instead of milk but I enjoyed it and so did my family! Thank you!!!!

  4. jal

    is there a substitute i can use for egg… My husband is a veggie! but he loves yummy cakes!!

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