Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is my Nana's recipe, which I'm sure came from her Nana. My Mom added the cinnamon topping, and I like it that way. It is simple and good.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour an 8" or 9" cake pan.
  2. Combine the topping ingredients (1-1/2 Tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon) in a small bowl. Set aside and reserve for sprinkling on top of batter.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients for the cake in a bowl.
  4. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat together egg, shortening and vanilla. Gradually beat in dry ingredients; then beat in sour cream or sour milk.
  5. Pour into prepared cake pan. Sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture evenly over top of batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 to 45 minutes.
Most Helpful

5 5

I made this over the weekend and just loved how simple it was! I cooked it in a bundt pan for 45 minutes. I will reduce the cooking time next time because it was a little too done, but we still ate all of it, it was so good! :) Thanks for sharing!

5 5

Unbelievably perfect coffee cake. Baked for me in 35 minutes. I used a non-stick spray instead of greasing and flouring and had no problems at all with sticking in the pan. Even doubled the recipe and made a 9x13" pan of the cake. I did add about a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the batter as we love that spice but outside of that followed the directions exclusively. My DD came home from school and dove right in! 5***** all the way for sure! Tagged in Chef Alphabet Soup game today. Keeper for my files.

5 5

Simplicity at it's best -- phenomenal taste for such minimal effort! My cake baked up in about 30 minutes with no problems. Although I greased and floured the pan, I had a little trouble with the cake sticking, so next time I will probably line the bottom with parchment/wax paper (who wants to waste a crumb of this divine cake?! ;)). Thank you so much for sharing your Nana's recipe; I will be making this again and again!