Cinnamon-Swirl Coffee Cake: Just the Recipe

Recipe from my Grandma. Makes one standard-sized bunt cake.


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
Cinnamon Swirl:
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 Tbsps sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Grease bunt pan well.
  3. Cream sugar and shortening together.
  4. Add eggs one at a time. Mix well after each egg.
  5. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl.
  6. Mix milk and vanilla together in another bowl.
  7. Alternate adding milk and flour mixtures into the shortening mixture. Do this in about 4 rounds of each, mixing well after each addition.
  8. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl.
  9. Add about 1/3 of the batter to the bunt pan.
  10. Add about 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture to the bunt pan.
  11. Add about 1/3 of the batter.
  12. Add about 1/3 of the cinnamon.
  13. Add the last third of the batter.
  14. Add the last third of the cinnamon on top of the last layer of batter.
  15. Use a butter knife, through all layer of batter, to make swirl pattern. Do this by cutting knife through the whole cake in a swirling or zig-zag motion.
  16. Bake for 1 hour.
  17. Let cool completely before turning from pan.
  18. Enjoy!
  • Note: Butter can be used in place of shortening. Substitute one cup of softened butter for one cup of shortening.

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