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This Coffee Cake is a sweet accompaniment to a bold cup of coffee or cappuccino. Fluffy center with a crunchy top, this coffee cake will be a hit for any coffee, breakfast, or brunch date!

a slice of coffee cake on a plate with a fork and a cup of coffee on the side

How to make The Best Coffee Cake Recipe

I call this recipe the best coffee cake recipe because my cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe is a perfect balance of moist cake and that signature cinnamon sugar streusel topping that is layered throughout the coffee cake.

I hope you love this absolutely delicious recipe as much as I do!

Let me know where you decided to serve this in the comments. I added this to my list of brunch recipes, and family gathering desserts.

My favorite time to serve this is at a Mothers Day or Fathers Day get-together. Have a slice of Coffee Cake and a cup of coffee after dinner. I love it. HUGE fan of the after-dinner coffee!

coffee cake plated and served with coffee

Coffee Cake Ingredients

Oil – Preferably Canola Oil, it’s colorless and a bit healthier compared to Vegetable Oil. Avocado oil or light pressed olive oil will also work well.

Large Eggs – Room temperature is best, pull eggs out of the fridge about 30 minutes before prepping the coffee cake.

Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract will bring the best flavor. Using imitation vanilla will also work just fine.

Milk – Use your preferred milk option here. Whole milk will deliver the best results

Sugar – White granulated sugar

All-purpose flour – As with most recipes that require all-purpose flour, the best practice is to weigh it, as measuring with a cup/scoop doesn’t always result in the proper amount. If you do not have a kitchen scale, fluff up your flour, with a spoon, scoop the flour into the measuring cup then level off with a butter knife.

Baking powder

Salt – A bit of salt in a sweet dessert is perfect for balancing out flavors, and even enhancing flavors as well.

Brown sugar – Light brown sugar or dark brown sugar, whichever you have available to you will do. I enjoy dark brown sugar, the added molasses creates more depth of flavor. Personally, I mix light brown sugar and dark brown sugar.

Cinnamon – ground cinnamon

Unsalted Butter -Unsalted melted butter


*see recipe card for detailed measurements

Coffee cake ingredients laid out on a table

Kitchen supplies you’ll need

Mix it, Bake it, & Eat it!

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a large mixing bowl add oil, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Whisk or blend on medium speed to combine then set aside.

eggs, vanilla, milk, and oil in a bowl
Wet ingredients whisked together

In a medium bowl sift to combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.

Combine the flour mixture and egg mixture together in the large bowl. This will almost come together with a pancake batter consistency.

bowl of flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder
Dry ingredients poured into the wet ingredients
all ingredients mixed into a pancake batter consistency

Pour half the batter into your prepared cake pan or baking dish.

In a small bowl combine brown sugar and cinnamon sugar filling, whisk together and sprinkle half of this mixture on top of your cake batter. We’re not quite making a streusel topping, as we haven’t included butter or flour. Creating the brown sugar and cinnamon layer in the middle of the cake is going to, even more so, ensure a tender crumb to the cake.

coffee cake batter in the baking dish
brown sugar topping sprinkled over first layer of batter

Pour the remaining half the batter into your baking dish, then top with the last half of the brown sugar and cinnamon streusel mixture.

Drizzle the melted butter over the top layer before baking.

second layer of batter over top cinnamon sugar mixture
last layer of cinnamon sugar topping on top
melted butter drizzled on top

Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil then bake again for another 15 minutes. To check for doneness a toothpick inserted should come out clean.

Remove from the oven, set aside and allow to cool completely before serving.

coffee cake with a fork on a plate

Can you make Coffee Cake in muffin tins?

Yes! How fun!

Make the coffee cake recipe and the cinnamon brown sugar filling the same way. Then layer your muffin pans appropriately with each layer.

Will make around 18 muffins, or mini coffee cakes if you will.

Why is it called Coffee Cake?

Surely you were expecting this recipe to have actual coffee in it right?! Nope!

Coffee cake, like a tea cake, is meant to eat alongside a strong cup of coffee or a cuppa tea. The coffee cake can have many variations but typically consist of a streusel topping with a spiced cake. Added fruit, nuts, or custard are among a few additions to a coffee cake.

Truly, if you eat a cake alongside a coffee, does that make it a coffee cake as well? Looks like all of my cakes are coffee cakes then! Ha!

close up of coffee cake slices

Tips for Baking, Eating, & Storing

Baking

-Optional – Bake in a greased or lined muffin tin for individual potions

-Change up the spices! Swap cinnamon for ground nutmeg and allspice.

-Add diced apples and replace the cinnamon with apple pie spice. Baking time may be longer due to the added moisture of the apples.

-For a bit of crunch add chopped pecans. You can add toasted pecans or raw pecans.

Eating

-Serve with a vanilla glaze or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

-Best served warm but is just as delicious at room temperature or cold. Re-heat in 10-second increments in the microwave.

Storing

-Store in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap either at room temperature for 2-3 days or refrigerated for a week.

-You can freeze coffee cake. Wrap in either aluminum foil or plastic wrap and place in a freezer Ziploc bag. This will store for 2 – 3 months.

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A sweet cakey treat that pairs perfectly with a bold cup of coffee.

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Ingredients

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1 cup canola oil

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup milk

1 cup white granulated sugar

3 cups all purpose flour

3 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F, prepare your baking dish by spraying a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl add oil, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  4. Combine mixtures together in the large bowl.
  5. Pour 1/2 of the mixture into your prepared baking dish.
  6. In a small bowl combine brown sugar and cinnamon, whisk together and sprinkle half of this mixture on top of your cake batter.
  7. Pour the rest of the batter into your baking dish and gently spread evenly, then top with the last half of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  8. Drizzle the melted butter over the top of your coffee cake batter before baking.
  9. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil then bake again for another 15 minutes.
  10. Serve warm with a nice cup of coffee!

Notes

For fun individual servings, use a 12 serving muffin tin. Line or grease the muffin tin before filling.

Change up the spices! Swap cinnamon for ground nutmeg and allspice.

Add diced apples and replace the cinnamon with apple pie spice. Baking time may be longer due to the added moisture of the apples

Serve with a vanilla glaze or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Best served warm but is just as delicious at room temperature or cold. Re-heat in 10-second increments in the microwave.

Store in an airtight container either at room temperature for 2-3 days or refrigerated for a week.

  • Author: April Brown
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: European

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 497
  • Sugar: 41.8 g
  • Sodium: 121.1 mg
  • Fat: 24.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 67.2 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 45 mg

Keywords: coffee cake, recipe for coffee cake, cinnamon coffee cake, coffee cake muffin

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By on March 28th, 2022

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6 thoughts on “The Best Cinnamon Coffee Cake”

  1. I love a good recipe that I can use for making a great cake with all the ingredients I already have at home! I found myself in desperate need of something sweet with my coffee so started searching for something to make with very basic ingredients that I had left at home. And I am so glad to have found your recipe! Great cake, perfect texture, and so easy!

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  2. Cinnamon and coffee are such a great flavour combination! This cake looks delicious and perfect with a cup of coffee!

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