How to Make the Famous LAUSD Coffee Cake
Grow up in Southern California’s Los Angeles School District? Then you have most likely enjoy L.A. Unified School District Famous Coffee Cake. If this is one of your best childhood memories, you can not recreate this delicious treat at home.
People have taken to twitter to express their love for this coffee cake.
missing the LAUSD coffee cake & hot wings, forever in my heart— GG (@stunnagiss) February 11, 2020
I would do unholy things for some 2010 LAUSD coffee cake rn— firulais (@foolosophy__) January 28, 2019
@KohnensBakery …..it's the LA unified school district coffee cake; ate this for breakfast every chance I had!— Rene (@ReneZepp661) December 20, 2015
The original 1954 L.A. Unified School District official recipe for LAUSD coffee cake
Image: Courtesy of L.A. Unified School District
A few ingredients on the original recipe card might seem a bit dated. According to cook Barbara Grinage, host of the YouTube series The Bare Pantry Show, who whipped up the coffee cake herself for an episode back in 2018, “baker’s flour” is what we now call “bread flour,” the unspecified brown sugar is probably dark brown sugar, and the “salad oil” is canola.
LAUSD Coffee Cake Recipe
2 1/2 cups baker’s flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup salad oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
Combine first six ingredients. Mix until crumbly.
Reserve 1/2 cup of the above for topping. To this, add the cinnamon. Combine last four ingredients and add to first mixture. Blend together but do not overmix.
Put in a greased nine-by-13-inch cake pan.
Sprinkle the cinnamon crumb topping over the batter.
Bake at 350 to 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Serve and Enjoy
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