Start Your Day With This Coffee Cake Recipe

If you’re hankering for a tender, buttery cake that compliments your morning joe, then we recommend that you dig into a heaping of classic coffee cake. This delicious cake is topped with crunchy crumbles and features a cinnamon sugar ribbon running through the center.

If a coffee cake sounds like something you would like, you have come to the right place. Our coffee cake recipe features tons of crumbs, rich cake batter, and a delicious cinnamon layer. The best part is, is that it’s easy to make. All it takes is about 25 minutes of prep time and 55 minutes of cooking. This recipe serves between 15 and 18 people.

A random little tidbit of information for you: the coffee cake does not contain any coffee; however, it is meant to be served with a cup of coffee or espresso.  Coffee cakes also come in a variety of variations, but the common theme that runs through all coffee cakes is the inclusion of streusel.


For the streusel topping

  • 1 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

For the cake batter

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of milk (whole)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

For the cinnamon layer

  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter or spray a 9-by-13-inch pan.
  3. (Streusel Layer) In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Smash the butter into the mixture until combined and crumbly.
  4. (Cinnamon Layer) In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
  5. (Batter) In your mixer bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir on low to combine. Add the softened butter and beat on medium-low for two to three minutes. The mixture should resemble mixed sand.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sour cream, and vanilla until combined. Once done, add the mixture to the dry ingredients in the mixer bowl. Beat the combination on medium speed until you get a smooth batter.
  7. Spread half of the batter in the prepared 9-by-13-inch pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar layer over the top of the batter in an even layer. Spread the remaining batter over the cinnamon-sugar layer. Top the batter with the streusel layer.
  8. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and removed with nothing clinging to it.
  9. Cool on a rack for one hour before serving.

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