With only eight ingredients and requiring less than a half hour of total prep time, this easy cinnamon coffee cake from Cooks.com is ready fast and gets great reviews. A streusel topping can be added if desired.
To begin, gather 1 cup all-purpose flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and cinnamon, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1 egg and 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Additionally, the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon for the top of the cake.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8-inch by 8-inch pan and set aside. Mix all ingredients together, reserving the sugar and cinnamon for the top of the cake. Pour into the prepared pan. Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle on top of the batter. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
For an easy streusal topping that can be prepared in advance and stored in the freezer, use this version Martha Stewart recommends. Combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. With a fork or pastry cutter, blend in 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter at room temperature. Mix until crumbly, then sprinkle over the coffee cake before baking. If desired, leave off the sugar and cinnamon called for in the cake's recipe. If using frozen topping to save time, allow it to thaw while preparing the cake batter.