Treat Yourself with a Delicious Piece of Coffee Cake

Here are some coffee cake recipes that I have extracted from old books. If you have more coffee-cake recipes to share, please do in the form below.

This is how they made and ate coffee cake back then. They are certainly interesting from a nostalgic point of view. Are they still relevant? Do we still appreciate these recipes? You judge.

Coffee Cake



  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pound raisins
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream tartar
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 nutmeg


  • Cream 1/4 cup of butter with 1 cup of sugar.
  • Add 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 & 1/2 cupfuls of sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoonful of baking powder.
  • Spread in pan and sprinkle with seeded and cleaned raisins or currants
  • A little shredded citron
  • Dot with butter and sift over sugar and cinnamon.
  • Bake 1/2 hour and serve hot.

From: Rural Cook Book, "Some Old Recipes and Many New Ones—Being the Collected Wisdom of a Legion of Home Cooks", Published by THE RURAL NEW-YORKER, NEW YORK, 1907


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Orleans molasses
  • 1 cup cold coffee,
  • 1 teaspoonful soda in the molasses, 1/2 teaspoonful in the coffee
  • 1 nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoonfuls ground cinnamon
  • 1 of cloves
  • 1 cup seeded raisins
  • 1 of English currants
  • 1/4 pound citron
  • Flour to make a stiff batter

From: Mrs. B. B. Barney, The Home Cook Book, 1976


This requires neither eggs nor milk.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 &1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 cups cold strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoonful soda
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoonful cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoonful cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoonful nutmeg
  • Flour for thick batter, adding 1 level teaspoonful baking powder
  • For frosting without eggs, use 1 cupful of granulated sugar, 5 tablespoonfuls of milk; boil 4 or 5 minutes till it threads from the spoon
  • Flavor as desired
  • Add chocolate or not
  • Stir till right thickness for spreading

This is fine-grained, white (if chocolate is not used) and delicious.

From: Rural Cook Book, "Some Old Recipes and Many New Ones—Being the Collected Wisdom of a Legion of Home Cooks", Published by THE RURAL NEW-YORKER, NEW YORK, 1907

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