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World’s Best Coffee Cake and Buttermilk Sauce

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Entemenn’s doesn’t have anything on this coffee cake! I wouldn’t say it the World’s Best Coffee Cake if it wasn’t true. The best part is, is that it makes TWO cakes! So make one now and freeze one for later! And did I mention the buttermilk sauce? Because there is that, too.

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It was a marathon baking session this weekend. During the week, I work full time. And recently I got a promotion that has had me working long hours and raking in some overtime. I work in construction and project management, something I fell into completely by accident after I graduated from college. With a degree in Political Science, the closest I came to construction management was dating a guy with that major in college. But working on some of the big and high profile projects that I have had the chance to work on – is really something pretty cool. My latest project has me working up at Boeing Everett – and being the third generation of my family to work at Boeing makes the whole experience feel pretty special.

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One thing I love about working in construction management is the guys that I work with. It’s a pretty men-focused work zone, but I have found some really wonderful girlfriends on my latest project – we have to stick together! – but the guys, well I love them because they love my baking.

Every day, at least two ask what I have baked the day before. But by the time I get home I’m so beat that I can barely put a dinner together for Ben and myself let alone baking for the guys! The weekend is when all my baking takes place, so after this marathon session of six different baked goods – well, I’ve got the guys stocked up for the whole week! And then some!

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This coffee cake that they are getting in the office today – it’s hands down the best I’ve EVER had! EVER! And I made it all at home. It’s true. Though the guys will get this one, I froze and saved the other coffee cake that this recipe made for Ben and me. I love baking for all the guys at work – but I have to look out for my main man first!

Come back tomorrow for the latest How-To Tuesday, where you will see how to freeze quick breads and cakes to bake for later! This is one trick that will come in handy again and again!

World's Best Coffee Cake with Buttermilk Sauce

Yield: 2, 9" inch Cakes

Prep Time: 25 Minutes

Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Total Time: 55 Minutes

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Coffee Cake Crumble:

1/3 cup Brown Sugar

1/3 cup Sugar

1/3 cup Flour

1/4 cup Butter

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 cup Pecans, chopped

Coffee Cake:

3 cups Flour

1 Tbsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

16 ounces container Sour Cream

1 cup Brown Sugar

1 cup Sugar

3 Eggs

1/2 cup Butter, melted and cooled

Buttermilk Syrup:

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Buttermilk

1/2 cup Butter

2 Tbsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Vanilla


Coffee Cake Crumble:

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients. Using your fingers mash the ingredients together until the butter is nearly completely incorporated and the sugars look like wet sand. Set aside.

Coffee Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, brown and white sugar, eggs and melted and cooled butter. Using a spatula, fold the flour mixture into the sour cream mixture until the mixture is nearly combined. There should be a couple of small streaks of flour left - that way you know you haven't over mixed it.

Pour into two lightly greased or sprayed 9 inch cake pans. Spread out the cake out and smooth the tops. Sprinkle the pecan crumble over the top of each cake. Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the center comes out nearly clean, with a couple of crumbs on it. Place on a wire rack to cool. Serve just warm.

For the Buttermilk Syrup:

In a large saucepan, at least 3quarts, whisk together all the ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Stir gently until the mixture turns golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour over warm coffee cake or pancakes and waffles.

Adapted from America's Test Kitchen Coffee Cake and Darigold Orange Syrup Recipes

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46 Responses to “World’s Best Coffee Cake and Buttermilk Sauce”

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    Maureen — April 21, 2014 @ 5:58 am

    I’m going to make it just to be sure but lordy these photos pay homage to the best coffee cake in the world. After I pin it, I’m going to print it so I can make this tomorrow. Maybe we won’t be able to freeze one. 🙂

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    Erika — April 21, 2014 @ 6:20 am

    All you had to say was Buttermilk Sauce and I was sold.. and I’m pretty sure I would eat both cakes.. no freezing needed. 🙂

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    Tieghan — April 21, 2014 @ 6:33 am

    Um.. yeah this is being made as soon as I go to the store and restore my buttermilk stock. Looks so good!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 21, 2014 @ 6:38 am

    I’m totally making this Megan! I love everything about it especially the coffee flavor.

    • Megan replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

      Thanks girl!! I will get the Ziplist set back up ASAP for ya.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 21, 2014 @ 6:40 am

    The only thing better than 1 coffee cake… is two. And if you say they are the world’s best, then they have to be! That buttermilk syrup puts them over the top, Megan!!

    • Megan replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

      I totally agree!! Two cakes is ALWAYS Better than 1!! Thanks Sally!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 21, 2014 @ 6:48 am

    All that crumbly topping goodness, yessss! I love being able to share baked goods with people who appreciate them — sounds like you’ve got a great crew to receive your yummy creations.

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 21, 2014 @ 6:50 am

    So, I expect you to have this when I see your grill on Friday!! LOVE!!

    • Megan replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

      I’ll see what I can smuggle on the plane haha

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    Gaby — April 21, 2014 @ 6:50 am

    The sauce sounds over the top amazing and I wish I had a big slice of it this morning.

    • Megan replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

      I would happily share with you dear heart!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — April 21, 2014 @ 8:16 am

    Congrats on the promotion!!!!!!!!!!!! If this is a sign of the goodies to come, your blog is going to be the sweetest spot on the internet.

    • Megan replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

      Thanks sweets!! I’m keeping fingers crossed for good years for us both!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 21, 2014 @ 8:19 am

    Oh my goodness, that sauce! I want to pour it all over the cake and stick a straw in it. Is it just me, or did your site get a mini face lift? Either way, it looks amazing! The project you’re working on sounds pretty cool.

    • Megan replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

      I did get a little face lift!! About a week ago 🙂 Thanks girl!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 21, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    World’s best?! GIMME! This looks so yummy!

    • Megan replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

      I would happily teleport a big slice your way pretty lady!!

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — April 21, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

    Oh my this looks killer good. And that sauce, I want. I’m going to make this. Pinning.

    • Megan replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

      Thanks so much Norma!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — April 21, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    Sour cream coffee cakes are the best coffee cakes, Megan! Yours, with the crumbs and buttermilk syrup, rocks! Buttermilk syrup makes everything better, doesn’t it? P.S. Hubby works in construction project management, too, with high-profile clients. The guys on his teams are always the best! So are the girls…whenever they are assigned. There’s always pranks and shenanigans goin’ on! 🙂 I love baking for them and they’re always appreciative.

    • Megan replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

      High give to your PMCM Hubster!! I love baking for the team – everyone is always so grateful. 🙂 Bake one pretty lady!

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    billy patscher jr. — April 21, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

    all these ingredients are u kidding this reicpe is a mile long i’m only a beginner & even if i was experince your crazy billy

    • Megan replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

      Don’t be afraid to try new things, Billy! If you’re intimidated, just give one part of the recipe a try! Try the crumble and the coffee cake. Don’t do the syrup – it’s just an over the top addition. Don’t be afraid, it’s fail proof! Cheers, Megan

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 21, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

    NEED THIS!!!

    • Megan replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

      Yes, yes you do girl!! You will love it!

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    Mary Callan — April 22, 2014 @ 4:50 am

    Yes it certainly looks like the world’s best – SO totally scrumptious and that sauce!! gorgeous!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 22, 2014 @ 5:33 am

    Whoa!! I’ve got to try this…. let’s get together.

    You bring the cake, I’ll bring the coffee.

  18. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — April 22, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

    I make a lot of coffee cakes. So when I saw ‘world best’ I had to take a look. You know it might be. BUT with the sauce it definitely is. Geez how perfect. I tagged that recipe. I work full time too in a career I never expected either.
    Plus I live in your area, but over in Port Townsend. So at least I have zip commute time to my job. Anyway you make one ‘mean’ coffee cake, Girl.

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    JanetFCTC — April 22, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

    Oooo, this looks delicious! I am loving the buttermilk sauce.

  20. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 22, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

    I adore a good coffee cake. And I love that you have so many men to bake for. 😉

  21. #
    Amy (Super Healthy Kids) — April 23, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    I love coffee cake! Reminds me of my childhood. 🙂 My dad made it on some weekends, and ALWAYS on New Years Day!

  22. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — April 25, 2014 @ 10:06 am

    I love coffee cake and that buttermilk sauce sounds amazing!

  23. #
    Shaina — May 1, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    Buttermilk sauce. I’m all in for the buttermilk sauce.

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    Laura Dembowski — May 4, 2014 @ 5:44 am

    Your job sounds really interesting! I don’t know how you find time to have a blog too. This coffee cake looks awesome! I absolutely love freezing baked goods for another day.

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    Alexis @ Upside Down Pear — June 3, 2014 @ 11:47 am

    I grew up on sour cream coffee cakes, and I can’t wait to try this out. I’ll keep one for me and give the other to my parents….if it lasts that long. I’ve never thought to make a sauce out of buttermilk before, but I can’t wait to try it!

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    Karen — August 17, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    The amount of salt was left out of the recipe for the cake batter. Also, did you mean 1 Tbsp of cinnamon in the crumble? I used 1/2 Tbsp because it sounded like way too much and found it to be fine.

    • Megan replied: — August 17th, 2014 @ 10:20 pm

      It should be approximately 1/2 tsp for the salt and yes, it does call for 1 Tbsp of cinnamon. But if less works for your taste then that’s wonderful. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Mary Ann — November 17, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

    I made this Sunday. The sauce must have a misprint. It says
    2 TB baking soda. I only put one and it still tasted like metal and salt.
    It should be 1 teaspoon of baking soda….then add 1 tb of corn syrup for
    a smooth tasty sauce. I have made this sauce for carrot cake before….
    follow directions at your own risk.

    • Megan replied: — November 17th, 2014 @ 7:12 pm

      Thanks for your feed back, I will double check my notes and make the adjustments where necessary.

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    Bethany T — December 8, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

    Looks amazing. Can you halve the cake recipe I assume?

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    Lori — September 10, 2015 @ 6:05 pm

    Printed this recipe months ago and just got around to making it.  Cakes just came out of the oven and the topping sunk down into both.  They don’t look like the picture.    Haven’t cut them yet to see how they taste.  BUT the buttermilk sauce was a complete fail.  Way too much baking soda.  I thought 2 TABLEspoons sounded like too much, but since it was my first time making it I followed the directions.  It tasted horrible.  The whole batch went down the drain.  And I don’t have enough buttermilk left to make another batch.  If I every try the sauce again, I will follow Mary Ann’s ^^^ advice.  

    • Megan replied: — September 13th, 2015 @ 8:27 pm

      I’ll be happy to try this recipe again and see where I went wrong. Maybe I made a mistake and accidentally meant two teaspoons. I will double check. Sorry about the bad luck. But event if the cakes sunk some – they should still be good!! As long as they aren’t under-done and a toothpick comes out clean!

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    elizabeth — September 19, 2015 @ 10:46 am

    made this recipe right now as we speak,and is in the oven. the only thing that has me worried is I put both into one and into a springform pan because I love the look of it, do you think I made a mistake in doing so ??????otherwise your pics made me melt on sight , everything wlse in my life didn’t matter lol until I made this thanks for sharing!!

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    Michelle — April 30, 2016 @ 1:07 pm

    There is definitely an error in the sauce ingredient list. It should be about 1 tsp. The first time I made it according to the recipe and it just tasted like baking soda. I re-made it with 1 tsp and the corn syrup as Mary Ann suggested and it was perfect. The cake itself is delicious!

    • Megan replied: — May 1st, 2016 @ 8:22 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! I will double check my ingredients list!! But I’m glad it all came out well in the end!

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