Whole Wheat Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Whole Wheat Coffee Cake

StreuselThere is still no all-purpose flour at my grocery store!  I have whole wheat flour though so I went straight to King Arthur Flour for help.  A coffee cake recipe solely with whole wheat flour made me skeptical that would it would be dry but this recipe was tender, hearty, sweet and salty.  It was the perfect morning (and maybe late afternoon too) treat.

I had to do some substitutions of course with this coffee cake but even in the best of times, I like substitutions and experimenting.  If you’ve got it, the hazelnut flour is a good substitution.  It adds even more depth to this already flavorful breakfast!  Cardamom instead of nutmeg was a nice switch and I added double the salt to the streusel topping which paired nicely with the brown sugar sweetness.

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  • Author: Streusel
  • Prep Time: 15 min.
  • Cook Time: 30 min.
  • Total Time: 45 min.
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x



6 T. unsalted butter, room temperature

1 c. brown sugar

2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)

1 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1 1/2 t. cinammon

1/4 t. cardamom

1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour

1/2 c. milk


1/2 c. whole wheat flour

1/4 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. hazelnut flour

1/4 t. salt

1/4 t. cinnamon

4 T. unsalted butter, room temperature


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Butter an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  3. To make the cake, combine the butter and sugar and beat until fluffy.
  4. Beat in one egg at a time.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined and then slowly add in the milk.
  6. Beat until well combined and light in color (about a minute).
  7. Scrape the dough into the buttered pan, it will be thick, spread it evenly through the pan.
  8. To make the streusel, combine all of the ingredients and mix in the butter with your hands until a crumbly mixture forms.
  9. Spread the streusel evenly over the top of the cake batter.
  10. Bake for about 30 minutes or just until done, can evenly be slightly underdone and then let cool on the stovetop.
  11. Best served warm.


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