Grandma Ritter’s Coffee Cake

gr_coffeecake_05Welcome to Dorothy’s House! Have a cup of coffee and stay a while. For this first post I thought I would get things started by sharing the coffee cake recipe from the namesake of this here blog – my Great Grandma Ritter. It’s a recipe that we make for each other when we visit, on Sundays, or when we want to say “I love you.”. It’s the best coffee cake I have ever had the pleasure of trying, though I didn’t always eat it. When I was a wee child I thought it had coffee, and therefore caffeine, so I stayed far away from it. What a mistake that was! This cake goes with coffee, rather than having any in the actual cake. It’s a slice of cinnamon-y goodness and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and friends have!

grandma ritter's coffee cake

  • Servings: 15-24
  • Difficulty: easy
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From the Kitchen of Grandma Ritter


for the cake
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 c. buttermilk

for the topping
4 heaping TBSP flour
1 c. brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
4 TBSP butter


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter and sugar. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and stir into the mixture. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir into the batter and slowly stir in the buttermilk.

For the topping, mix the ingredients in a bowl with your hands until combined and you have small butter crumbs.

In a greased cake pan, spread an even layer of cake batter on the bottom – about half of the batter. Sprinkle over half of the topping mixture, making sure to use the butter crumbs for a gooier filling. Lightly spread the rest of the batter over top, making sure to fill the edges first. Sprinkle the rest of the topping over top. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

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