Cafe Beaujolais' Buttermilk Cinnamon Coffee Cake

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Searching thru the best of the LA Times recipes, I came across this 1985 favorite recipe for a cinnamon coffee cake from Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino, California.

I wanted to see if anyone actually made this cake before I tried it.

When I googled the recipe, I found that many bloggers had made this cake with much success, so it was ok to proceed.

This is an easy does it cake.

Easy ingredients and simple to put together.

I didn't have buttermilk, so I used 1 cup of lowfat milk and added a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to make my own buttermilk.

Cafe Beaujolais Buttermilk Cinnamon Coffee Cake: (adapted from the LA Times)

2 1/4 cups of flour
1 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 + 1 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
3/4 cup of canola oil
1 cup of sliced almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk

Mix flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, salt and ginger. Blend in oil until smooth.

Remove 3/4 cup mixture and combine with almonds and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon into a seperate bowl.
Mix and set aside. This will be your topping.

To remaining flour mixture, add baking powder, baking soda, egg and buttermilk. Blend until smooth. Pour into buttered 13x9 inch baking pan.

Add almond topping and distribute evenly.

Bake in a 350F oven for 30-35 minutes.
Cool on a rack.

This smelled incredible and had a wonderful moist crumb and crunchy topping.
We loved this simple cake.

Delicious with a cup of coffee, an after school snack, morning breakfast, late night snack with I really need a reason to eat this cake?


Ciao Chow Linda said…
Boy I wish you lived next door - I'd be knocking at your door right now for a slice of that for breakfast.
mil said…
I wished I lived next door, too.
And I'm not kidding.
Looks great..
Penny said…
No reason required. It would be perfect anytime. Beautiful pics.
Dana said…
I love a good coffeecake recipe. Not always that easy to find! I just ordered a cookbook (another one!) devoted to that kind of thing. This looks great!
Dewi said…
Crunchy topping sounds good to me. Wonderful cake to have for afternoon snack with a cup of tea to enjoy in the garden.
The JR said…
I bet the smell was amazing.
Maria said…
I am always looking for new buttermilk recipes. Love this one!
kat said…
I'm imagining it as a weekend breakfast treat with a big cup of coffee & the crossword in PJS
Yup - looks great...and I bet it had the house smelling FANTASTIC!
lisa is cooking said…
I'm a complete sucker for coffee cakes, and this look great! With ginger and cinnamon and those almonds on top, this must have been a winner.
rcoda said…
Best coffee cake in the world is from B&W Bakery in Hackensack, NJ. Imagine that? It's really a "crumb cake"... maybe an inch and a quarter of crumbs and a half inch of cake crushed underneath it (at least in the old days). Even the NY Times agrees...
I'd come knocking for a late night snack, cuz I know you're up baking at 10:00PM!
Jen_from_NJ said…
I could go for this right now but I am too tired to bake! Perfect!
Kathleen said…
Oh my this looks and sounds off the charts amazing!!!
Linda said…
I love a good 'coffee cake', but then again, you know me, I like ANY good cake.
love you
hannah said…
A variation of this is in my oven right now. I hope it turns out as good as yours!