Christmas Coffee Cake

Christmas Coffee Cake

In my kids’ minds, you don’t get to claim a new age on your birthday until you blow out the candles on your cake. Apparently, it is the actual act of blowing out the candles that makes your birthday official. Bug would not let Fairy call herself six years old this year until the day after her birthday… the day we had her party because she didn’t have her cake yet. And she agreed with his assessment. No cake and candles… no birthday.

So where am I going with this? Besides getting to pull out an oh so sweet… were they really that small photo… I am going to share a recipe and a Christmas tradition in our family. Every year we have coffee cake for breakfast on Christmas morning. On one hand it is a simple breakfast I can make a day or two ahead of time and requires no work on my part Christmas morning. But mostly, it serves as a wonderful reminder to the whole family what Christmas is really about. After we check out our stockings, we stop and sing Happy Birthday to baby Jesus. And of course, it is not a birthday with out a cake and candles. It is such a simple way to keep the meaning of Christmas in our hearts on Christmas morning. BTW… Why three candles you might ask? There is one for each kiddo to blow out.

This is a not-too sweet coffee cake that my family enjoys. I started making this about three years ago to have on Christmas morning as a birthday cake for Baby Jesus. I make it 2 days ahead of time, refrigerate and it is still very moist. It’s not super sweet and very yummy with coffee.


1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

CRUMBLE (all ready doubled – because who doesn’t like some extra crumble):
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Mix in 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt.

Prepare the crumble.: In a medium bowl flour, brown sugar, tablespoons melted butter, and cinnamon.

Spread half the batter in the pan. Sprinkle cake batter with 1/2 the crumble. Spread second half of batter over the crumble, and top with remaining crumble. Or actually I just fold in the crumble throughout the batter rather than trying to divid it. The batter is very sticky and it’s hard to work this way.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art


  1. What a lovely tradition. About 3 years ago, when my youngest was early elementary school, we started wrapping gifts for Baby Jesus. We have 7 children. The gifts could be something you make to give away (this year my 2 oldest knit scarves to donate to the Salvation Army) or it can be something you will do (my son is taking the garbage down to the street for 2 months – a job normally divided up with 2 other sibs) Just like you, it is something we do to keep the meaning of Christmas apparent Christmas morning. I’m thinking of adding the cake this year too.

    Michell and Kimara – Merry Christmas to you and your families and blessings for a wonderful 2011. Thank you for all that you do.

  2. That’s a funny birthday tradition! Birthdays must be really fun at your place.
    I’m bookmarking the coffee cake recipe. Might make it in January. It looks really good!

  3. We always had cinnamon rolls for Christmas Breakfast, the kids loved them.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.


  4. This is very similar to my late grandmother’s recipe. I know it was a yummy and happy birthday!!!

    Merry Christmas!

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