This old family favorite will never be replaced as far as I’m concerned…and, if you have surprise visitors, you don’t have to worry about what to make for a snack or breakfast because chances are you’ll have all of these ingredients on hand! We’ve even called it “Poor Man’s Coffee Cake” because the ingredients are simple and should be easy to find in your kitchen pantry.


1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. ground ginger

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

1 stick margarine or butter

½ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 egg, beaten

½ cup milk (I use 2%)


½ cup chopped nuts (I like to use pecans)

½ cup raisins



Beat together sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and margarine until you have fine “crumbs” – reserve 1 cup of mixture. Into the remaining mixture, stir beaten egg, milk, baking soda and baking powder. Add nuts and raisins (optional, but make the cake so much better!).

Sprinkle half of the reserved dry mixture in bottom of lightly greased 8”x8” baking dish. Spread the batter and then sprinkle the remaining reserved dry mixture over the top.

Bake 30-40 minutes at 350°, or until pick comes out clean.


Shared by Debbie Douma