WASTE NOTes ... Simple Coffee Cake Recipe

Want something homemade for the family that's quick and easy, and delicious too? Try this coffee cake recipe next weekend and see if your family doesn't give you the rest of the day off! Well, ok, THAT probably won't happen. But, it IS good, and it IS quick.

This recipe is from my 8th grade Home Economics class.... yep, I'm THAT old. My guess -- it's been a long time since schools have taught Home Economics.

I consider this a WASTE NOTes recipe because the ingredients are simple enough that everyone should have them in the pantry. I doubt you will need to make any special grocery purchases for this recipe.

Simple Coffee Cake

Makes one 9" pan
Set oven to 375
Grease cake pan lightly with shortening

In medium bowl, mix together 1/4 cup salad oil, 1 egg (beaten), and 1/2 cup milk. Set aside. In separate bowl, mix together 3/4 cup sugar, 1-1/2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture.

Topping: Mix together 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tbls flour, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbls melted butter. Put on batter in cake pan.

Bake in 375 oven for 25 minutes.

There! Now can a weekend breakfast recipe get any easier than this??! If you decide to give it a try, let me know what you think - if you make any alterations to the recipe, I'd love to know. Right off the bat, I would say you could add chopped walnuts to the topping mix... if you like nuts.

Me, I prefer my coffee cake nutless. :-)

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  1. Who knew a coffee cake could be so simple!?! I want to try this one. And the table and house look GREAT!!

  2. This is look oh so good Susan...Thanks for your sweet comments and I'm sorry with the late answer but I was travelling...Thanks for coming and I hope you have a wonderful week, much love: Evi

  3. This looks like a simple and good recipe. I'll have to try it. :-)

  4. Looks yummy and I'm hungry! Guess I'll wait for the weekend to try this, thanks for the recipe!

  5. I am always attracted recipes labeled "simple." I would have to add the nuts though.

  6. Mmm, mmm good! I've linked you to the MITB post on my sidebar! Great post!

  7. As nutty as I am I prefer mine nutless too. Sounds like a simple but yummy recipe! Thanks :-)

  8. Yummy!!! I took Home Economics too and it was a very useful class. Today I think they call it Life Skills or Family Science or something like that. They include a lot of males in the class now too.
    I love this recipe!

  9. Do they still make shortning? I think all those non-essential, non academic classes are now defuct due to budget cuts. Home Ec never did make me a good baker. Somehow, my dry and wet ingredients turn into rock hard concrete bricks after applying heat. Yours looks really yummy!