Spanish Coffee Cake on a wood cake stand with slices on the side.

Spanish Coffee Cake

This Spanish Coffee Cake is the best streusel coffee cake recipe, moist from buttermilk with a nutty crumb topping. Perfect for brunch and gift-giving!

Spanish Coffee Cake on a wood cake stand with slices on the side.
Spanish Coffee Cake

This Spanish Coffee Cake is the best streusel coffee cake recipe, moist from buttermilk with a nutty crumb topping. Perfect for brunch and gift-giving!

Note: This post first appeared on December 24, 2010. The recipe has been updated from the archives with updated content and photographs, as well as improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen.

Spanish Coffee Cake on a wood cake stand with slices on the side.

At the crack of dawn (or at least what feels like daybreak) on Christmas morning, the excited footsteps of children running into our bedroom are our wake up call. Our mobile alarm clocks do not have snooze buttons. It is the one day in the year when we reverse roles, where waking up is easy for them, and when we would much rather pull the covers back over our heads and sleep 15 minutes more.

Minutes later, we find ourselves downstairs, by the tree, holiday music playing, and wading through a sea of wrapping paper.

For the kids, clearly, they have their priorities – opening presents. But for the grown-ups, we need sustenance. We need coffee. And because I don’t want to miss a single gift opening, I make it a point to avoid cooking breakfast during the madness.

Luckily for us, we are blessed with a dear friend and neighbor who loves to bake. During the holidays, we get especially excited when she delivers her Spanish Coffee Cake. We save it, hard as it may be, for Christmas morning. As the children are opening up presents from Santa, I unwrap Cheryl’s cake, a beloved family recipe. It is the perfect breakfast treat to start our Christmas morning.

Cheryl’s Spanish Coffee Cake is simply phenomenal, and I was so excited when this year, she delivered her cake along with the recipe. So, we unwrapped it, even before Christmas morning, and dug in.

What will we eat on Christmas morning, you ask? Well, I have the recipe! Now I can bake another, and so can you.

HOW TO MAKE SPANISH COFFEE CAKE

Since I first shared this recipe, I’ve been asked, “what makes this Spanish?” Good question.  A common belief is that back in the day, it was the use of Spanish/Moorish spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, etc., that made this Spanish. Whatever its origins, the cinnamon flavor, along with the chopped walnuts make this a family favorite.

  1. Combine the flour, brown sugar, granulated white sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl.How to make Spanish Coffee Cake
  2. Add the oil into the flour mixture.
  3. Blend the oil into the flour mixture until moistened.How to make Spanish Coffee Cake
  4. Take 3/4 cup of the mixture and set aside with the nuts; this is your streusel.
  5. Add buttermilk, egg, baking powder and baking soda to the remaining flour mixture and blend.How to make Spanish Coffee Cake
  6. Pour the batter into a baking pan and sprinkle streusel on top.
  7. Bake for about 35 minutes (depending on the size of your pan, see recipe). Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!How to make Spanish Coffee Cake

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Note: This post first appeared on December 24, 2010. The recipe has been updated from the archives with updated content and photographs, as well as improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen.

A slice of Spanish Coffee Cake on a cream plate with a cup of coffee.

Spanish Coffee Cake

This easy Spanish Coffee Cake is the best streusel coffee cake recipe, moist from buttermilk with a nutty crumb topping. Perfect for brunch and gift-giving!
Spanish Coffee Cake on a wood cake stand with slices on the side.
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5 from 3 votes
Course Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 420kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 cup buttermilk or substitute 1 cup milk + 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F and place a rack in the center of the oven. Lightly grease a 9"x13" baking pan (or your desired baking pan, see notes below) and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, granulated white sugar, and cinnamon. Add oil.
  • Take 3/4 cup of the flour mixture and add chopped nuts; this is the streusel topping. Set aside.
  • Stir in baking powder and baking soda to the flour mixture without nuts. Mix in buttermilk and egg until just well incorporated. Pour batter into baking pan and sprinkle with streusel topping.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Notes

Recipe courtesy my dear friend, Cheryl Donatell.

Baking Pan Options:

The coffee cake may be baked in different baking pans, just adjust your baking time. In general, begin to check your cake at the following times:
  • 9"x13" baking pan: bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • 9" springform pan: bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • 2 6" springform or cheesecake pans (for two cakes): bake at 325°F for about 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Jumbo muffin pan: bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
As with all baking recipes, baking time can vary depending on the individual temperature of  your oven, as well as the volume and material of your baking dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Sabrina

    5 stars
    wonderful cake, or streusel coffee cake, haven’t had one like it in so long, you’ve awakened my taste buds, now I only need to make it, thank you

    Reply
  2. Sue

    5 stars
    I’m loving how big and tall this coffee cake is, and the texture looks perfect…so glad you brought it back from the archives!

    Reply
  3. Hadia

    5 stars
    Cheryl’s Spanish Coffee Cake looks so decadent! The is the sort of cake I like to indulge in as a treat with a cup of tea!

    Reply
  4. Melani

    This is  my families favorite coffee cake. My grandmother made it forever and for every occasion :)  I always thought it was a secret family recipe :)  I’m making it for my husband to take to school tomorrow! There is no doubt it is good anything of day or night, hot or cool  although I don’t think it lasts long enough in our family to cool off!  Great pictures and I think it was awesome finding your site. 

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      So glad you found my site, Melani! This cake doesn’t last long at my house, either, and I have also been sharing this cake with neighbors during the holidays – they disappear quickly!

      Reply
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