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.
- Sift flour and salt together
- Mix in sugars
- Cut in butter until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup for topping
- Add eggs, buttermilk, baking soda. Blend with mixer.
- Pour into 2 greased and floured 9″ pans
- Add 1 tsp. cinnamon to the 1 cup reserved crumbs. Sprinkle over cakes.
- 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!