Oct 09 2007

Why yes, I’d like a slice of coffee cake


I’d like to share a recipe for delicious, low-cost buttermilk coffee cake. If you have a stocked pantry, you already have these ingredients on hand.

Think about how much a slice of coffee cake costs at a coffee shop. Typically, it’s $2.50 – $3 per piece, right? Well, for the price of one slice of convenience cake, you could have made four whole coffee cakes!

  • 3 c. sifted flour $0.15
  • 1 c. sugar $0.168
  • 1 tsp. salt $0.0026
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar $0.395
  • 1 c buttermilk* $0.162 (if you use reconstituted powdered milk)
  • 1 c butter $0.25
  • 2 eggs $0.21
  • 1 tsp. baking soda (less than a penny)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (?)
  • TOTAL COST: $1.34 for two coffee cakes, or $0.67 each. If you make 8 slices per cake, that’s about 8 cents each.
  1. Sift flour and salt together
  2. Mix in sugars
  3. Cut in butter until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup for topping
  4. Add eggs, buttermilk, baking soda. Blend with mixer.
  5. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9″ pans
  6. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon to the 1 cup reserved crumbs. Sprinkle over cakes.
  7. Bake at 350 for 35 mins. Cool on cooling rack in pan.

*A substitute for buttermilk: You don’t have to go out and buy buttermilk separately. Add one tablespoon of white vinegar to a measuring cup. Add milk so that it equals 1 cup of liquid. Let this stand for five minutes before using.

These coffee cakes can be frozen. Thaw and reheat for 15 minutes at 200 degrees for a nice, warm slice.

Whoops! I forgot to add the cinnamon to the crumb topping. I pulled out the coffee cakes about 15 minutes into the baking and sprinkled some on top. That’s why the cakes look a little dark. They’re delicious, though!

Want to know how I did the math? Visit my post on cost calculations.

Be sure to visit my friend’s variation on the recipe. She says it turned out great!

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6 Responses to “Why yes, I’d like a slice of coffee cake”

  1. These cakes look delish! I really like the buttermilk substitute tip. I hate buying buttermilk separately. thanks!

  2. Hello! Just wanted to say that I love your blog! Tons of inspirational stuff! Although, I can’t get great deals here in Canada to the degree you can, I’m still going to seek out those ‘deals’! By the way, that coffee cake looks fabulous!

  3. The coffee cake recipe is awesome! I saw your post this morning before I made breakfast and I had to incorporate it. The worst part was smelling the cake in the oven before it was ready to be taken out. That tested my patience. I made it with a few alterations (because of what I had on hand), and K and I both loved it. It’s going on my list of things to make again!

  4. Hilda-Yeah, I found that substitution and was so glad! I’ll never buy buttermilk again. I’m glad I could pass that on to you.

    Pure Joy-Thank you so much for the encouragement! It’s fun to know I have readers in Canada.

    Bee-I’m glad you liked the recipe! I know what you mean–it really makes the place smell good.

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