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Fluffy Sunday Coffee Cake

Miriam is an enthusiastic cook. At 13 years old she would bake cakes for her young siblings and parents and they loved them.


  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 6 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 11/2 cups fresh blackberries, raspberries, red currants, blueberries

Streusel Topping

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 11/2 cups fresh blackberries, raspberries, red currants, blueberries

Directions - Step 1

In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar with electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Mix for around two minutes. You can use a wooden spoon and mix with your hand or use an electric mixer, both will work well. If using a wooden spoon take around five minutes to mix. Add in the egg, vanilla, and orange zest and beat well. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients along with the buttermilk, mixing just until the batter is smooth and thick. Mix in the fruits and mix well. If you do not have the berries use any type of fruits that is available to you such as grapes. Keep it aside.

Step 2

In a bowl, mix the flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon. Mix until it is crumbly. Put the walnuts. Take the mixture and sprinkle it on top of the mixture in step 1. If you do not have walnuts, use any other type of nuts to you preference.

Step 3

Take round baking tin and apply small amount of oil at the bottom and on the sides. Loaf baking tin can also work well with this recipe. Dust some flour on the baking tin. Dusting is important; it helps the margarine not to melt on the cake. An alternative is paper lining. This process ensures that the cake does not stick on the baking tin. Pour the mixture in to the baking tin. You can also use the load baking tin. It will work well and you can cut it in small slices.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 180o Celsius (356F) for 5 minutes. Set the upper and lower heat so that the heat is well distributed. Put the cakes in the oven and bake for approximately one hour. Do not open the door of the oven when you put the cake in the oven for the first 15 minutes. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

To identify if the cake is ready, take a toothpick or a knife and insert at the centre of the cake. If the knife or tooth pick has some dough on its sides, the cake is not ready, otherwise the cake is ready.

Once the cake is well cooked, remove from oven and put it on a rack to cool. Wait until it has cooled completely.

This cake is now ready to serve. It is great even without any frosting. But if you would like to frost it, the following frosting will work well.

Step 5

Use butter/whipping cream at room temperature. This helps during mixing because it is soft enough.

Alternative 1

In a bowl, whisk/beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar. Add vanilla and whip until creamy. If the mixture is too thick add several teaspoons of cold milk and mix well. If you want to enhance the taste of butter cream, add 1 tablespoon powder milk.

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Alternative 2

In a bowl, put whipping cream around 1 cup. You can use sweetened whipping cream if you do not want to use confectioner’s sugar to sweeten it. You can also use plain whipping cream if you do not like sugar. Use your mixer to beat whipping cream until it produces sharp peaks when you lift the mixing spoon of mixer. Do not mix for long if using electric mixer. Keep checking for the peaks so that you do not over mix it.

Once you have prepared the desired frosting, apply it on your cake when the cake has cooled down.

The cake can also be consumed without any frosting.


This cake can be served with fresh fruit juice, hot or cold tea, alone without any other accompaniment, or any other drink to according to preference.


Coffee cake is great for outdoor parties such as birthday parties, baby shower, wedding, graduation, anniversaries or any other important occasion. This recipe is specifically great for adults and kids. You can also add walnuts, dried fruits, crushed pineapple and any other nuts to your preference.

Play around with the recipe, with practice it is possible to bake delicious coffee cake which you can sell and make money. Understand your market niche and tailor it to suit their needs. You can make small samples of different tastes and share with your clients to select what suits them best.

Point to note

Small amount of salt enhances the taste. Make sure you do not put much; otherwise it will spoil the recipe.

Please feel free to contact me for any clarification or guidance.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Miriam Syombua Mutisya


Miriam Syombua Mutisya (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 14, 2021:

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