Cake made with coffee

Prepared in just 5 minutes, this homemade coffee cake is a party favorite and perfect for any occasion. This Coffee Cake is a holiday staple in our house, right alongside our One Hour Cinnamon Rolls and Cinnamon Roll Cake. Our Coffee Cake Muffins are not to be missed. Do you get the impression

Prepared in just 5 minutes, this homemade coffee cake is a party favorite and perfect for any occasion.

This Coffee Cake is a holiday staple in our house, right alongside our One Hour Cinnamon Rolls and Cinnamon Roll Cake. Try one of our Coffee Cake Muffins, too! Do you get the impression that we enjoy cinnamon cakes?

A slice of easy homemade coffee cake served on a white plate with a fork.

Simple recipe for coffee cake

Coffee cake is one of my all-time favorite dishes to prepare for a brunch party. Our next dish only takes a few minutes to prepare, and its buttery, cinnamony flavor is sure to win over any eater.

When I was a teenager, my mother made it for me before I went to summer camp, and I remember thinking, "I need to have this recipe in my life." It has a lot of flavor.

This is the best coffee cake recipe I've tried, and I've tried a lot.

It's basic, but it's become a tradition at many Christmas and Thanksgiving breakfast tables. You'll love the cinnamon and sugar flavor in this simple coffee cake.

Coffee cake recipe baked in baking dish.

Where does the name "coffee cake" come from?

There are countless regional variations on this type of cake that have been popular for centuries.

Most sources trace their origin in the United States to Germany, where they gained their delicious streusel topping. Everything was served with a hot cup of coffee, and that was the one constant among the various recipes. That's why it's called Coffee Cake.

Coffee Cake and Crumb Cake are two variants on the same theme, both of which are commonly enjoyed as morning or afternoon snacks with a hot or cold cup of java. Both cakes' bases are the same; the cinnamon sugar streusel is what sets them apart. A light streusel topping distinguishes coffee cake. Crumb cake's topping of buttery crumbs is much more substantial and coarse.  

Wet ingredients for coffee cake mixed in bowl Coffee cake batter in mixing bowl.

Recipe for Coffee Cake

This coffee cake is easy to make, as we've already established. We prepare it and pop it in the oven in about 10 minutes. In about 30 minutes, you'll have the best coffee cake you've ever tasted. 😉

MOIST CONSTITUENTS Mix oil, large eggs, vanilla, and milk in a large bowl.

INGREDIENTS THAT ARE ALREADY DRY Mix sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

Add the flour and baking powder to the eggs. Put half the batter in a 9x13-inch pan that has been greased lightly.

HEADING THE CRUMB Blend brown sugar and cinnamon together in a medium bowl to make streusel.

Top the batter with half the streusel. Spread the remaining batter and streusel on top.

Brush on some melted butter (you can use as little as a quarter cup or as much as a third cup).

BAKE AND DISH UP To bake, set oven temperature to 350 degrees and leave the oven door uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes.

Brown sugar and cinnamon mixture in bowl.

Techniques for cooking

Heavy dough: Don't freak out if your batter ends up thicker than you anticipated. Density can be improved by combining the dry and wet ingredients using a spoon or spatula. If you're really nervous about it, you can thin it out by adding an extra egg or a little bit of milk.  

The cake was baked in a muffin tin. What this means is that you should combine the liquids in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another, using a whisk for the latter.

So that the baking soda and salt are evenly distributed throughout the flour and you don't overmix the batter, it's important to do this step before adding the dry ingredients to the wet ones.  

Batter poured into baking dish. Coffee Cake process picture.


  • You can make a tasty variation by including fruit. Toss in some blueberries, peaches, or apples for variety. Depending on the amount of liquid in the fruit, additional baking time may be required.
  • Alternatives to vegetable oil include applesauce and coconut oil.
  • Sprinkle some sliced almonds, chopped pecans, or chopped walnuts on top of the cake for a satisfying crunch.
  • Make a glaze by combining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon milk, and drizzle it on top. Pour over the cake after it has cooled.
  • Using parchment paper to line the pan will make it easier to remove the cake from the pan.
Melted butter drizzled over coffee cake batter.

Advice on Putting Away

Keeping coffee cake fresh is easy if you follow these guidelines.

  • Keep at room temperature, airtight, for up to 2 days.
  • COVER and refrigerate for up to a week.
  • FREEZE Seal tightly in plastic wrap, then place in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

Hot coffee cake is a must. The microwave is the best option for reheating. , in 10-second intervals until lukewarm Remove any plastic wrap before placing in aluminum foil for oven heating. Heat for 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees F, until warm.

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Menu Suggestions

This cake pairs well with coffee, tea, or any other warm beverage:

It pairs well with savory breakfast casseroles like biscuit egg casserole, potato egg casserole, and sausage breakfast casserole.

This cake is perfect if you need a quick and easy treat for a breakfast party, shower, or meeting. No one who has ever tried it has ever given it anything less than an enthusiastic endorsement. 😀

Coffee cake recipe slice on white plate with red dish towel.

If you're looking for more coffee cake recipes, try these:

  • Turn the oven temperature up to 350 degrees F. Get out a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and grease it lightly.
  • Combine eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  • Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and mix well.
  • Mix dry ingredients into wet ones. Then, in the prepared baking dish, pour in half the batter.
  • Brown sugar and cinnamon should be thoroughly combined in a medium bowl.
  • Cover the batter with half of the cinnamon sugar. To finish, carefully pour the remaining batter over the cinnamon sugar topping. You can use the rest of the cinnamon sugar blend as a topping.
  • The melted butter can be drizzled on top, with more or less depending on personal preference.
  • In 35-40 minutes, your dinner will be ready to serve warm.
Make Ahead: This cake keeps well for up to a week when refrigerated in an airtight container, so feel free to make it ahead of time. Alternately, reheat for 2 minutes at a time in a microwave or 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees F in an oven.
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