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Sticky-Bun Coffee Cake

Sticky-Bun Coffee Cake

Sticky-Bun Coffee Cake
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Sticky-Bun Coffee Cake is a moist and delicious breakfast cake that doesn’t have a drop of butter in it!  Really.  My family was shocked about that… it tastes amazing and it uses a low-fat cream cheese and greek yogurt in place of any butter so it’s healthier too!

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  • Topping:
  • 3/4 C + 1 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2/3 C chopped pecans, optional
  • Cake:
  • 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 C lowfat milk
  • 1/3 C plain nonfat greek style yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 ounces 6Tbsp reduced-fat cream cheese (kraft)
  • 2/3 C granulated sugar
  • 4 egg whites or 1/2 C liquid egg substitute


  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Topping:
  4. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  5. Stir in corn syrup and 1 Tbsp water, stir for 1 minutes to moisten sugar. Add in pecans if desired.
  6. Pour topping onto baking pan, spread evenly in the bottom of pan.
  7. Cake:
  8. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  9. In another small bowl combine milk, yogurt, and vanilla.
  10. Set both bowls aside.
  11. In a medium bowl, using and electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes; until well blended and free of lumps.
  12. Add the egg whites, mix 1 minute more.
  13. Using a rubber spatula, fold in half the flour, when it becomes a little streaky, fold in the yogurt mixture, just until incorporated.
  14. Add remaining flour mixture, fold in just until incorporated; leaving a few bumps is better than over mixing.
  15. Scoop cake batter in 5 large dollops over topping in pan.
  16. Gently spread batter to evenly cover topping, disturbing as little as possible.
  17. Bake 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean (not the topping).
  18. Let the cake cool on wire rack for 5 minutes, then turn out onto serving platter.
  19. (You may need to giggle it a little for it to release)
  20. Serve warm!

*I scooped out the rest of the topping from the pan and spread it on top of the cake 🙂

** This recipe was adapted from Marissa Churchhill’s Sweet and Skinny cookbook Pecan Sticky-Bun Coffee Cake recipe.


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Sticky-Bun Coffee Cake… hot out of the oven! YUM!!


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 Sticky-Bun Coffee Cakeis delicious paired with a nice fruit salad!  We enjoyed this last Sunday for a late brunch and it was wonderful!!  I wish I had some more to eat right now…Enjoy 🙂

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