Our Favorite Coffee Cake

(Note from Granny: This was Sunday morning breakfast when my kids were growing up.)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/8 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2-1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Optional: Nuts or raisins


  1. Mix granulated sugar, vegetable shortening, and egg in a large bowl.
    1. Optional. Add nuts and/or raisins.
  2. Stir in milk.
  3. Stir in self-rising flour.
  4. Pour roughly 2/3rds of batter into a greased or oiled 9×13 inch pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and butter.
  6. Sprinkle half of this topping over the batter in the pan.
  7. Put the remaining batter in the pan on top of the topping.
  8. Sprinkle remaining topping over the second layer of batter.
  9. Bake at 375F until light brown (roughly 30-40 minutes).

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