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Naomi’s Blue Ribbon Coffee Cake…

This month’s recipe comes from one of our readers. Lethea Dotson Lollar submitted her mother’s recipe, which her family still loves to this day.  Lethea’s mother called it “Oil Coffee Cake,” but she calls it Naomi’s Blue Ribbon Coffee Cake. Her mother, Naomi, entered this recipe in the Shasta District Fair many times. She would enter two versions of it, one with nuts, one without, and would always win blue ribbons on both. 

What a great way to celebrate deserving mothers this month. Bake up this delicious coffee cake for your mom and serve with a cup of coffee or tea, or as Lethea recommends, with a big glass of milk. Thank you, Lethea, for submitting this wonderful treat. Enjoy!


2 cups brown sugar

2 cups sifted flour

½ tsp. grated nutmeg

¾ cup oil

2 tsp. baking powder

2 whole eggs

1 cup milk

1 tsp. cinnamon 

  nutmeats (if desired)


STEP 1: Mix together by hand 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups sifted flour, ½ tsp. grated nutmeg and ¾ cup oil.

STEP 2: Take out a handful and set aside for topping mixture.  

STEP 3: To the above mixture add 2 tsp. baking powder, 2 whole eggs and 1 cup milk.

STEP 4: Mix well, then pour into 9×13-inch pan, ungreased.

STEP 5: To topping mixture, add 1 tsp. cinnamon and nutmeats, if desired. Sprinkle over above mixture and bake approximately 20 minutes in 400 degree oven. Serve warm with butter.

Serves: 4-6 

Bake time: 20 minutes 


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