[YUM] Christmas Morning Coffee Cake

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Christmas tree is decorated, the fire is going, carols are playing on repeat….and the Kitchen is bursting with the smells of all our favorite treats! If you’ve been following this blog for a bit, then you know I’m more of a ‘preparer’ than a ‘cooker.’ Basically, I’m always looking for shortcuts in the Kitchen!

Sweet treats are my favorite…remember these ridiculously-good yummies? And of course the Christmas Crack that made so many worship, and yet curse, me!? 😉 (Seriously, it comes with a disclaimer!)

Another treat that’s been in our family for years is a ridiculously delicious, and super simple to prepare, coffee cake! In fact, it’s our Christmas morning tradition, and so yummy that the kids actually put down their gifts to gobble it up!

{What You Need}

1 box Yellow Cake Mix
3 oz. Vanilla Instant Pudding
1/2 c. Vegetable Oil
4 Eggs
1 c. Sour Cream
1 c. Chopped Pecans
3/4 c. Sugar
3 tbs. Cinnamon
{What You Do}
* Preheat oven to 350-degrees & spray a bundt pan with oil
* Mix cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs & sour cream in large bowl on low for 8 minutes. 
It will be the consistency of frosting, but don’t panic. Or eat it all.
* In a small bowl, stir together remaining ingredients
* Pour half the batter in the pan (it’s really more of a dollop since the batter is so thick)
& sprinkle half the sugar mixture on top.
Draw a knife through the layers to create marbled effect.
* Pour remaining batter, then sugar mixture, and marble again.
* Bake 45 minutes – 1 hour, then cool in pan for 10 minutes before flipping on serving platter
(I accidentally set my oven to confection & overcooked this one)
* Stand back & bask in the love of your adoring family

Git in mah belly, you sweet thang!

Not only is it simple, but you can assemble it the day before, and just pop it in the oven Christmas morning. Your house will smell like heaven, and you won’t miss any of the morning fun slaving away in the Kitchen! Does your family insist on being fed Christmas morning, too? What are you serving? Find more easy treats here.

*I emailed my mom this recipe in 2001, and have no idea where I found it. If you know the source, please let me know!

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  1. Cassie, this looks DELICIOUS!!!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  2. Christina wrote:

    These are my kind of recipes! With all of the goodness you share that my family loves I think I need to add a "sugarplum" tab to my recipe binder!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  3. This does sound yum! Christmas morning breakfast is one of my favorite meals. How dare you bring up that Christmas Crack again. 😉

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  4. This is similar to a Sock-it-to-Me cake from the 70's, the era of "Laughin" variety show where Goldie Hawn got her break. We would have Sock-it-to-Me birthday parties and everyone would wear their favorite socks and even throw balled up socks at the birthday person, yelling…(you got it)…sock-it-to-me! Cheesy, I know but that was the 70's!! Still one of my family's favorite cake.

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    • That sounds like my kind of party!!! xoxo

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  5. Oh my- I WAS NOT prepared for today's post, but boy do I love it! Gonna be making the crack, cake and yummies asap! Thank you Mrs SP! 🙂

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  6. I'm definitely making this for Christmas morning. And I may even drizzle on a glaze frosting. Just because. 🙂

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  7. joen wrote:

    I have a great French Toast bake that is super easy. It's prepped the night before then I just pop it in the oven in the morning.

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  8. sarah wrote:

    I think it is my rum cake sans the rum!!

    Posted 12.9.16 Reply
  9. I'm so excited to make this!!! I love to pre-make breakfast on Christmas so I can just enjoy the morning. This looks amazing! Merry Christmas from Oklahoma!

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
  10. Ivory wrote:

    This looks yummy. Will be making it for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend!

    Posted 2.24.18 Reply