Skinny Coffee Cake – Half the Fat & Calories

Low-Fat Coffee Cake 3

Hi Everyone! My name is Stephanie and I blog over at Eat. Drink. Love. I’m so excited to be a contributor to My Cooking Spot!

One of my favorite parts about blogging is that I love the challenge of taking a recipe that would normally be considered to be unhealthy and lightening it up! Today I am sharing my low-fat coffee cake recipe with you. The typical slice of coffee cake can run anywhere between 400-500 calories and can have over 20 grams of fat! My version contains just 225 calories and 7.9 grams of fat for a generous slice!

One of my favorite parts of coffee cake is the crumb topping, but that crumb topping will cost you a lot of calories. I wanted to try to create a version that still gave me that cinnamon sugar flavor without having to do a crumb topping, so instead I did a swirl of cinnamon sugar inside the cake, and really, I didn’t even miss the crumb topping! I baked mine up in a bundt pan and then dusted the top with some additional cinnamon and sugar. This cake is perfect to serve for guests, or in my case, co-workers!

Low-Fat Coffee Cake

serves 10


For the cake:

  • 4 tbs. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup non-fat buttermilk

For the filling:

  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbs.melted butter


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a bundt pan or spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the eggs, yogurt, and the sour cream until well-combined.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the cake flour, salt, and baking powder. Adding a little bit at a time, mix in the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients until just combined. Stir in the buttermilk. Be careful not to overmix.

4. To prepare the filling, stir in the dark brown sugar and granulated sugar in with the melted butter. Stir in the cinnamon.

5. Pour about half of the cake batter into the bundt pan. Take the filling and spread it evenly around the bundt pan and in the middle of the batter. Take the remaining batter and spread over the filling. Using a knife, swirl the filling in with the cake, going around the pan about three times.

6. Bake the cake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow for the cake to cool completely before removing the cake from the pan. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and sugar or top with a glaze (it’s your choice!)

Low-Fat Coffee Cake 2


aging-ungracefullyStephanie Day is the author of the food blog, Eat. Drink. Love. By day, Stephanie is a developmental psychologist who specializes in educational research. However, Stephanie has always had a passion for cooking ever since she was a little girl and started her blog as a way to expand her cooking skills and to share simple and healthy recipes with her readers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, drinking wine, and photography.


Twitter: @eatdrinkluv


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  1. Christina says

    Sounds yummilious! Can’t wait to have a reason to make it. Maybe in September for a staff breakfast!

  2. This is amazing!I love it:)

  3. This cake looks amazing!!! Hard to believe it is low on fat 🙂 Love it!!
    xox Amy

  4. Wow, this looks awesome! I love that it’s lower calorie than normal, too! Beautiful pictures, too. 🙂

  5. I must try this one! I love coffee cake!
    Thank you for sharing.


  6. I saw this yummy looking coffee cake on lil luna and have bookmarked it! I’m all about finding ways to make my favorite foods lighter and healthier. Thanks!!

  7. Kayleigh Orloff says

    This looks so tasty! I’m a sucker for trying skinny puds and will have to give it a go 🙂 Can I ask why this is called a coffee cake? I came across a coffee cake recipe before, and was confused why it contains no actual coffee…

  8. Desiree Dow says

    I made this tonight for dessert and we loved it! I It’s so moist and rich, – I know that I will be making this again!

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