Friday, February 3, 2012

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

I’m not a nutritionist (yet, anyways), but I’ve seen the Canada’s Food Guide enough times to know that cake is not one of the five food groups and that it definitely does not constitute as a meal. I know what cake is made of (refined white flour and sugar and eggs) and that whipped cream has an unfair amount of calories and fat and that these two heavenly components of a Swiss Roll contain absolutely no fibre or protein or other nutrients, and that as a growing teenager I should be eating nutritious foods but....

But I can’t help myself. On Fridays, I take baking lessons before which I barely have time to eat. As I rush from practice, exhausted, sweaty and starving, I grab a sandwich from Second Cup. But that’s only a snack. By the time I’ve lifted a couple heavy bowls or mixed something together, I’m hungry again. Really, it can’t be helped that the only thing to eat during baking lessons are cake scraps and chocolate coins.

My cakey laziness doesn’t stop there. Sometimes, when I’m feeling especially unmotivated to fix myself something nutritious to eat, I eat cake for dinner or pie for breakfast. Like I did on Saturday... and Sunday. You would think that since I’d eaten the whole thing, I’d resume eating normal meals, but then I made this Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake. It’s unbelievably moist, thanks to the yogurt and applesauce, and surprisingly light. The hint of cinnamon is intensified in the streusel topping which provides a subtle crunch. It's a good thing that this coffee cake is somewhat healthier than that Swiss Roll.

Click below for the recipe.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Yield: 1 9x13-inch pan or 1 10-inch Bundt pan

  • ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray a 10-inch (3 L) Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray and lightly flour. Alternatively, grease and flour a 9x13-inch cake pan. 

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, combine yogurt and baking soda (it will foam up). 

In a large bowl, mix the sugar and oil together. Add the applesauce and stir until well mixed. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture alternately with yogurt, making 3 additions of flour and 2 of yogurt mixture.

Spoon half of the batter into prepared Bundt pan. Sprinkle with three-quarters of the streusel. Cover with remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining streusel. With the back of a small spoon, pat streusel lightly into batter (to prevent streusel from falling off when cake is inverted and removed from pan). 

Bake for 40-50 minutes if using a Bundt pan (30 minutes if using a 9x13-inch pan) or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Turnout onto rack to cool completely (this is unnecessary if the cake is baked in a regular pan). Cut into 12 slices or squares. 

Nutrition Facts: Serving size 93 g; Calories 220; Fat 5 g; Cholesterol 30 mg; Sodium 260 mg; 
Carbohydrates 40 g; Fibre 2 g; Sugars 24 g; Protein 5 g. 


  1. I like the cake dinner and pie breakfast combo! My sisters often like to have "cookie breakfast" on occasion!

  2. I love coffe cake. Plus cakes with yogurt and naturalish sweeteners are always a winner in my book. Lovely!

  3. Looks delicious. And I can't believe they haven't added coffee to the food pyramid yet. I'm working on my nutrition degree right now, and the science classes are killer...and I haven't even started O-chem yet. I'm a little terrified of it.

  4. This cake sounds utterly delicious! By the way, I can't help myself but eat cakes all the time, too :) Let's pretend it's absolutely OK and super healthy :D

  5. oooh I wish I had this for breakfast today!

  6. I made coffee cake a while back and it was great, yours look really moist and very different to mine but still perfect

  7. Wow, this does look amazing! I bet I would eat the whole thing, too. My favorite types of cakes are the simple ones that blur the lines between dessert, breakfast, and snack. T

  8. Kyleen, if it makes you feel any better, I just ate a pear tart tatin for lunch:)

  9. I love cake :D Coffee cake especially is wonderful - I never tried cinnamon in it before though, and I love the addition of streusel on the top too... bet it's fantastic!

  10. Nutritious foods can be a bit overrated. This certainly gives off the nutritious vibe with low-fat yogurt and applesauce. It looks so tasty.

  11. Jolene ( 6, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    This coffee cake looks picture-perfect!!!!! Yummmmmm!


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