Coffee cake is an American dessert that can come in many different flavors and is meant to be enjoyed with coffee. Unlike birthday cakes, coffee cake is not frosted. Instead it’s a light cake with a dense crumb. It’s the fillings and/or add-ins where the imagination runs wild. Some have a jammy compote filling; others have chocolate chips.
Whisk the dry ingredients
Preheat the oven and prep the pan. Combine all dry ingredients including vegetable oil.
Make the topping
Set aside 1 1/2 cups of the mixture in a small bowl along with the pecans and cinnamon. Stir until completely combined.
Finish the batter
To the stand-mixer bowl, add the milk, egg, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix until smooth and add to pan.
Assemble and Bake
Spread the reserved pecan topping over the batter. Pop it into the oven for 30 minutes
Remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool. Slice and serve. Enjoy!