Posted by: Judy | February 21, 2022

Cowboy Coffee Cake

First, no coffee is used in this cake.

Second, I grew up with this delectable cake. It was often a Sunday morning treat.

Third, as far as I can find, it’s public domain. I found it on numerous sites, and “Baking with Julia” featured this recipe with guest baker Marion Cunningham.


2-1/2 cups sifted flour (wheat or white)

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups brown sugar (the recipe calls for light but I prefer dark)

2/3 cup shortening (I’ve used vegetable oil but this last time I used half butter and half coconut oil, melting them together in the micro for 30 seconds and then 15 seconds. I’ll use butter and coconut oil from now on.)

Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture.

To remaining mixture, add:

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix and add:

2 well beaten eggs

1 cup sour milk (buttermilk is the easy way, if you have it, but I often don’t, so I use 1 tablespoon of lemon – vinegar is also an option – and add milk to make 1 cup. Let it sit for a bit to curdle. I start with making this before I prepare the rest of the recipe.)

I’ve tried mixing by hand but a beater is easier.

Pour into greased and floured pan, either two 8x8x2 pans or a 9×13 pan.

Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes


  1. I have heard of coffee cake, but not cowboy coffee cake. Sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing 🤗

    • If I remember right, it was in “The Wheat For Man” cookbook. My mother made this for Sunday morning breakfast sometimes. She used whole wheat. I use white flour as I can’t tolerate bran. In Julia Child’s cookbook “Baking With Julia,” it’s labeled “Buttermilk Crumb Muffin.” I’ve made them in muffin pans, too.

  2. I almost went into a huff when you said there was no coffee in the cake, but the recipe sounds delicious even without it.

    • LOL!

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