This is the coffee cake recipe I grew up with. It's so simple to make and so delicious. It's not too dry and not too "cakey." I brought it to MOPS this week and every last bite was eaten up. It really doesn't take that long to make but if I know I'm going to be in a rush for time, I will make the batter part up the night before and pour it into a greased 9x13 pan and put the pan in the fridge. I then mix up the brown sugar mixture and just leave it in a Tupperware on the counter. In the morning, I pre-heat the oven and sprinkle the topping over the batter. Once the oven is pre-heated, all I have to do is bake it for 25 minutes and I'm ready to go.
When you add the topping, just sprinkle it fairly evenly across the top of the batter. As it bakes, some of it will stay near the top and much of it will sink into the cake. It ends up looking very pretty and marbled when it's done baking.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
From the kitchen of: Martha Rowlands
Preparation time (start to finish): 30 minutes. Serves 6-8.
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons melted shortening/butter
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
Pour into greased 9x13 pan.
Top with mixture: (Mix in separate bowl with a fork)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1 Tbsp cinnamon
Bake 25 minutes at 375 degrees.
This is definitely best when eaten warm although it can also be eaten room temperature or re-heated.