Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cooking for a crowd; coffee cake mixes

Nearly every Sunday we have coffee cake for breakfast.  Mmmm....fresh, hot, right out of the oven.  Sound like a bit too much to do on Sunday morning or even Saturday evening?  Not if you make up mixes ahead of time!

I found a coffee cake recipe we all liked and then split the recipe up in ways that could be pre-mixed and packaged to make our own mixes!  I mix up 5 or more at a time and keep them in the freezer until I need them.

Here is how I do it.

First is the sugar mix (I cut the sugar in half from what the original recipe called for), label a small zip lock plastic bag "sugar mix" and put
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar.

Next the Flour mix (I use either all whole wheat pastry flour or 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white flour) label a small zip lock plastic bag "Flour mix" and put in
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

Then the Topping, label a small zip lock plastic bag "topping" and put in
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Put all three bags in one large (gallon size) zip lock bag and write these instructions on it-

Mix 2/3 cup Oil with sugar mix in a mixing bowl.  Then add 2 eggs and 1 cup buttermilk (or you can use 2 Tbsp vinegar and milk to equal one cup) and mix in the flour mix.  Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.  Top with topping.  Cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator over night.  In the morning bake this at 350 for about 35-40 minutes.


*You can play with this by adding frozen or fresh fruit or berries.  I've also added spoonfuls of apple butter to the top of this before adding the topping.  Jams or pie fillings would work for this too.  Play with it, do what works for your family.  This is a very versatile recipe!  Just set up an assembly line and grab some little helpers, you'll have a bunch of these mixes made up in no time!

We serve this with sausage or bacon and eggs (we need the protein to keep us going through the long Sunday morning) and, when I remember, fresh fruit.

I'm linking to Raising Homemakers and Make your home sing Monday.


  1. Nice post thanks for sharing..blessings for you...loves soraya

  2. sounds awesome. I am always buying "healthy" mixes but as our family grows we need something bigger than the 8 x 8 pan. Do you have a finished product picture?