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Amish Coffee Cake

Some coffee cakes are served with coffee. This coffee cake has coffee in the batter.


  • 2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup shortening or lard
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 tsp baking soda


1. In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, and shortening with a pastry blender until lumpy. Reserve 1 cup of this lumpy mixture and set aside.

2. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot coffee. Make sure it completely dissolves.

3. Add the baking soda/coffee to the large bowl of the brown sugar/shortening/flour mixture.

4. Add the egg and vanilla; stir. Pour this batter into a greased pan. (Batter will be lumpy.)

NOTE: A 9 x 13 pan will make a thinner cake, a 10 x 7 pan will make a thicker cake.

5. Sprinkle the reserved 1 cup of brown sugar/flours/shortening on top of the batter in the pan.

6. Bake at 325 degrees: 30-35 minutes for a 9×13 pan, or 45-50 minutes for the 10×7 pan.