Cowboy Coffee Cake

Cowboy Coffee Cake

Cowboy Coffee Cake 18

I’m not sure why this recipe is called Cowboy Coffee Cake. My Grandma wasn’t married to a cowboy and she most likely didn’t even know any cowboys. But as far back as I can remember, she always made this delicious old fashioned coffee cake every Christmas morning. We always called it baby Jesus’s birthday cake. She sometimes made it on other days of the year too, as it always goes well with a cup of coffee or tea.

This classic coffee cake is delicious enough for special occasions, but easy enough to make any day of the week. So let’s get to it.

Jump to Recipe

Here’s the ingredients. Nothing special here, but what a special coffee cake they will make.   

Step one is to put the flour, brown sugar and sugar in a large mixing bowl.  

Use a whisk to combine thoroughly.

Cut the butter (that hopefully you took out of the fridge the night before) into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients. Use your fingers to incorporate the butter until it resembles fine crumbs. No worries if it’s not perfectly uniform.

Remove 1 cup of the mixture and set aside. We’ll use it later for the crumb topping.

Next add the eggs, buttermilk and soda. Mix with a spatula until everything is incorporated. Don’t overmix.

A little butter on the pan will make it easier to remove later.

Pour the batter in the buttered pan and smooth with it out with a spatula.

Sprinkle the reserved crumb topping evenly over the top and in the oven it goes.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes at 350°. When a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, it’s done. Let the coffee cake cool for at least 30 minutes on a wire rack.

Serve with coffee or tea. Enjoy! If you’re looking for a great gluten free option, check out our Gluten Free Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe here.

Cowboy Coffee Cake

Print Recipe
5 from 3 votes

Cowboy Coffee Cake

This classic coffee cake is delicious enough for special occasions, but easy enough to make any day of the week.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee cake, cowboy coffee cake, crumb coffee cake, old fashioned coffee cake
Servings: 9


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar and sugar.
  • Cut the softened butter into small pieces and use your fingers to mix until it resembles fine crumbs.
  • Remove 1 cup of the mixture and set aside.
  • Stir in buttermilk, eggs, soda and salt.
  • Pour batter into pre buttered 9 x 9 pan.
  • Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture evenly over the top.
  • Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool on wire rack for at least 30minutes.

3 thoughts on “Cowboy Coffee Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    Hello there! I simply wish to give you a big thumbs up for your great recipe you
    have got right here on this post. It looks delicious. I will be returning to your site for more soon.

  2. 5 stars
    Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article and a great looking recipe.
    I’ll be sure to bookmark it and come back to read
    more of your recipes. Thanks.

    I’ll certainly return.

  3. 5 stars
    Howdy! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so
    I came to take a look. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m
    bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Wonderful blog and fantastic design.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating