Patty P’s French Coffee Cake Recipe

Patty P’s French Coffee Cake Recipe
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Coffee cake

Stephen Danelian

Coffee cake

When I was growing up in Connecticut, I knew it was Sunday or a holiday when this coffee cake was brought out. My husband and my friend Leslie love this cake today. It’s best to make one to eat and another to stick in your freezer…

Serve it on one of my favorite cake plates for an elegant brunch treat.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla pudding. Add the dry mixture, alternating with sour cream, to the wet mixture. Add vanilla and almond extracts.

In a small bowl, mix nuts or oatmeal, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Grease a tube pan or Bundt pan with Pam. Pour half the batter into a pan. Sprinkle half of the topping over the batter. Finish with the remaining batter and sprinkle with the rest of the cinnamon mixture. Bake for 50-60 minutes (depends if it is a heavy pan or if your oven temperature is about right). Stick a skewer in to test if it is done (it will come out clean) or push gently with your hand. If it springs back it is done. Let it cool in the pan for an hour or more. Take out and once it’s completely cool, wrap it in foil or place on serving piece.


Calories per serving:

869 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 40g 62%
  • Carbs 118g 39%
  • Saturated 20g 99%
  • Fiber 3g 14%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 76g
  • Monounsaturated 14g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 13g 25%
  • Cholesterol 164mg 55%
  • Sodium 656mg 27%
  • Calcium 208mg 21%
  • Magnesium 62mg 16%
  • Potassium 314mg 9%
  • Iron 2mg 13%
  • Zinc 1mg 10%
  • Phosphorus 345mg 49%
  • Vitamin A 285µg 32%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 1%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 8%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 14%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 8%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 37µg 9%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 6%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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