Sugar & Spice Coffee Cake

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When I first tasted this Sugar & Spice Coffee Cake, it reminded me of one of the first baked items I learned to bake myself — a breakfast treat called Cowboy Coffee Cake (I still don’t understand how it got its name). It had cinnamon and nutmeg and was great to eat with a glass of milk. When I turned vegan, I stopped making it, but always thought of veganifying it.

One day at a coffee hour at church, Angela, one of our members who is also vegan (and a source of support in my beginning days of veganism), offered me some vegan Sugar & Spice Coffee Cake. It tasted just like the non-vegan coffee cake of my childhood! The only difference with Angela’s version is it uses soy milk instead of dairy and egg replacer instead of eggs. My childhood version calls for sifted sugar, so I added that to Angela’s version.

This is a great dish to bring to a brunch and it tastes great with coffee, tea, or non-dairy milk.  

Sugar & Spice Coffee Cake
Serves 8
This coffee cake has a perfect blend of cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg and tastes great with coffee, tea, or a cup of non-dairy milk.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
526 calories
87 g
10 g
18 g
6 g
5 g
154 g
279 g
55 g
2 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 526
Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 279mg
Total Carbohydrates 87g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 55g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 1/2 cups sifted flour*
  2. 2 cups brown sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 2/3 cup shortening
  5. 2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1 tsp nutmeg
  7. 2 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1 cup sour milk**
  10. 3 tsp egg replace powder and 4 TB warm water
  1. With a pastry blender, mix flour, brown sugar, salt and shortening until crumbly.
  2. Set aside 1/2 cup.
  3. To remaining crumbs add cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Add sour milk.
  5. In a small bowl, mix egg replacer powder with warm water.
  6. Add to mixture and mix well.
  7. Pour into 2 greased and floured 8 x 1 1/2 inch round pans.
  8. Top with reserve 1/2 cup crumbs.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  1. *For sifted flour, sift the flour first, then measure our 2 1/2 cuds
  2. **For sour milk, combine 1 cup soy milk with 1 TB vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes or until it has a texture similar to buttermilk.
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Lori Hill

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Lori Hill founded Sister Eden in order to inspire people to make sustainable choices in their everyday lives. Before that, she produced special events for 16 years and educated her colleagues about how to make their events more sustainable. In addition to being an online media personality and producer of videos, Lori is a speaker, writer, activist, wife, mom, and plant eater just trying to do the right thing and make a difference in the world. You can often find her walking her rescue dog Dolly while picking up trash in her Takoma Park neighborhood where Sister Eden has adopted a spot.
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  1. I will try this. I grew up with cowboy cookies. Chocolate chip & oatmeal cookies. I think the light use of chips was made it different from regular chocolate chip.

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