Crumbly, buttery, sweet, and rich are just a few ways to describe a classic coffee cake. Their versatility makes this treasured treat a must-have in every cook's armory. Coffee cake works for breakfast, dessert, an afternoon snack, or a late evening treat. With or without coffee, the ever-popular Cowboy Coffee Cake is a classic.

Coffee cakes have evolved over the centuries. The most simple include honey and fruit. Some recipes call for yeast, but baking powder or baking soda recipes are more common.


1. Sour Milk or Buttermilk

This coffee cake recipe calls for sour milk or buttermilk. You can even use powdered buttermilk, but if you don't have any on hand, don't despair. Simply add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk, stir, and let sit a few minutes before use. Don't substitute regular milk without souring it first.

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