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Traditional Coffee Cake

Rated as 4.36 out of 5 Stars

"This is a family tradition. Every year my mom makes this cake for Christmas morning. It is great warmed!"
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4 h 50 m servings 418 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 10-inch Bundt pan)


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  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water.
  2. In a large bowl, slowly pour hot milk into the eggs, whisking constantly. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar and salt. Mix in 1/2 cup melted butter. When mixture is room temperature, pour in the dissolved yeast. 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 it in cinnamon sugar. Pile loosely into a 10-inch Bundt pan. Cover and let rise again until double in volume, about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  6. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking until golden brown, about 30 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 418 calories; 17.4 g fat; 59.5 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 89 mg cholesterol; 233 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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If you're ever up in the middle of the night and can't sleep, make this cake. It takes HOURS to make and to roll out the little balls, but it's completely beautiful and tastes great. I highly ...

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What a MESS. Taught me a few lessons though. Always read through a recipe before you start: I preheated my oven when it said to..not sure why considering it takes four hours to make. Which I als...

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If you're ever up in the middle of the night and can't sleep, make this cake. It takes HOURS to make and to roll out the little balls, but it's completely beautiful and tastes great. I highly ...

I would have given this a five for it's taste, appealing crunchiness and looks, but there has to be something wrong with the recipe instructions. How can you knead dough that's the consistency ...

This cake was somewhat difficult to make, however it has crunch and its fluffy. Very delicious flavor! I loved it.

This great cake is hard to beat for a good looking and great tasting coffee crowd pleaser. There is more than enough "stuff" to fill that Bundt pan, take some and place a single layer in a 8 or ...

I love this recipe! I love the crunch, the taste, how fluffy, and how crumbly it is! It just a great recipe. I would have given it 5 stars but I think the recipe is a touch off somewhere. I adde...

Made it last night on a whim. It took a total of four hours (without letting the individual walnut-sized balls double in size [was running out of time]). I had some cinnamon sugar and butter lef...

The only reason I gave this recipe 4 stars was because it is more like sticky buns than a coffee cake. I did increase the flour, adding an extra cup and instead of the warm water I used warm bla...

We have edited the steps in this recipe so that preheating the oven isn't the first step! We've also included the prep and baking times, as this is a yeast-raised dough. Our apologies for any co...

Excellent! I wasn't sure how dipping and rolling the balls in butter and cinnamon/sugar was going to work out, but it was great. It eliminated the dry, tasteless bottom half, which is a common...