Traditional Coffee Cake

This is a family tradition. Every year my mom makes this cake for Christmas morning. It is great warmed!

Traditional Coffee Cake


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 cup scalded milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water.

2 In a large bowl, mix milk, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar and salt. Mix in 1/2 cup melted butter. Add dissolved yeast mixture. Add the flour and mix well.

3 Turn dough out on floured board. Knead until smooth, about 10 to 15 minutes. Place in greased bowl, and cover. Let rise in warm place until double in volume, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch dough down. Turn over, and let rise again for 45 minutes.

4 In a small bowl, combine 1 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon. Form dough into walnut-sized balls. Dip each ball in melted butter, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Pile loosely into a 10 inch Bundt pan. Cover and let rise again until about double in volume.

5 Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking an additional 30 minutes, or until golden brown.


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