Easy Coffee Cake

Learn how to bake a simple, single-serve coffee cake using a few simple baking ingredients.

About the Activity

Treat yourself to a perfectly portioned serving of coffee cake, and pair it with your breakfast or enjoy it as a sweet treat after dinner. This sensational cinnamon dessert is baked in a microwave and designed to be single-serve, but that doesn’t mean you can’t double the recipe and bake a second for someone else in your family. Enjoy the simplicity of small-scale baking with this tutorial that uses basic baking ingredients you likely already have in the kitchen.

This allergy-free recipe delivers a homemade single-serve coffee cake that caters to your taste buds.

Grades: 6-12
Topic: Food Science, Cooking

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Minute
Servings: 1

Created by Kristin Osika, 4-H Youth-in-Action Winner

Coffee cake dessert recipe ingredients

Supplies and Ingredients
Gather the following ingredients and supplies for this activity.

  • Microwave-safe ramekin
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Stirring spoon
  • Microwave (900 watts)
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon for the cake, and an additional ¼ teaspoon for the topping
  • 2-½ tablespoons nondairy milk
  • 1-½ tablespoons of packed brown sugar for the cake plus two additional teaspoons for the topping
  • ½ teaspoon oil
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Activity Steps

Baking a single-serving coffee cake doesn’t have to be complicated! Using a microwave makes it easier for anyone looking to learn the basics of baking.

  1. First, measure and mix the gluten-free flour, baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon in your ramekin.
  2. Next, add the wet ingredients to the ramekin including the nondairy milk (like coconut milk), oil, and 1½ tablespoons of packed brown sugar. Stir the ingredients together thoroughly to create a smooth batter.
  3. Separately in a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of packed brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle this topping over the batter in the ramekin.
  4. Microwave the ramekin for 1 minute, and then allow it to cool for two minutes before diving in!

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