The Best Coffee Cake Recipe Ever

The VERY Best Coffee Cake Recipe ever is moist and buttery, with a cinnamon sugar layer in the middle topped with crumb topping and a sweet glaze icing. Perfect for breakfast or brunch with a hot cup of coffee!
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Is there anything better than cake for breakfast? Of course it’s not an indulgence I afford myself on the regular, but the day after my birthday is the best because I know there is leftover cake waiting for me to have with my cup of coffee…which leads me to today’s long overdue post…

The VERY Best Coffee Cake Recipe Ever EVER!

I’m not sure of the genius who coined the term coffee cake, but I would like to extend a firm handshake. Well done, sir or ma’am. Well. done.

I feel like I have crammed all the things that you would ever want in a coffee cake into my recipe. What you have is a dense, but moist, buttery cake with a layer of sweet cinnamon filling baked in the middle. The whole cake is topped with a buttery, cinnamon crumb topping and then drizzled with a sweet icing glaze. No cake mix is involved in this recipe, it is a from-scratch-baked-with-love kinda vibe, and you are going to LOVE it.

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The Best Coffee Cake Recipe has a cinnamon sugar layer baked inside and crumb topping

What Makes This Coffee Cake The BEST?

Well, I am sure this could be up for debate. I know after almost 11 years here on the internet that it’s impossible to make all y’all happy. I’ve tried. But I will say, that I have eaten my fair share of cake since the inception of this website (and for years before that), so I think I can call myself an expert in cake eating.

And this coffee cake is the best I’ve ever had. Hands down.

The cake itself is a dense, yet still fluffy texture with a buttery, vanilla flavor. The whole cake has a thick layer of cinnamon sugar filling baked in the middle, which, with the addition of flour, stays thick and doesn’t melt into the cake, which is amazing.

And of course I ALWAYS prefer a crumb topping on my coffee cake, and this one has the perfect amount, without being too much!

How To Make Coffee Cake

How Do You Make Coffee Cake?

There are a few defining characteristics of a coffee cake:

  • No Frosting – OR a light drizzle of an icing glaze. A lot of the time coffee cake is just dusted with powdered sugar, which you could absolutely do on this recipe!
  • Cinnamon. Coffee Cakes are generally spiced with cinnamon. I don’t make the rules.
  • Crumb Topping – This is not a must, but it’s very common. A lot of coffee cakes include nuts in the crumb topping as well, which you could do here if you like that! I’ll hit on that in a minute.
  • Vanilla Cake – It’s very typical for a coffee cake base to be a vanilla cake as opposed to chocolate.
  • A Single Layer Cake – Whether it be a 9×13, or a round cake, coffee cake is generally a single layer cake!

Are the Steps Easy?

Yes! You most likely have all the ingredients to make this cake in your kitchen now! There are a few steps, but they all come together with minimal effort.

  1. The cake is a butter/sour cream cake. The addition of sour cream makes it extra moist and the batter comes together very quickly and easily.
  2. The filling is simply a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and flour that you spread over half of the batter. Spread the remaining cake batter carefully overtop!
  3. The crumb topping is quick to prepare, using melted butter, which makes it very easy to mix!

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe

I LOVE to enjoy this cake while its still warm, but it’s also delicious at room temperature!

PRO TIP: Make sure that once this cake is cut you cover it AIRTIGHT immediately, as it can dry out quickly. I like to use Press and Seal plastic wrap, and press it down directly over the cake, and then covering the entire pan again with foil!

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The Best Coffee Cake Recipe Ever

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Description:

Grab a cup of coffee and get ready for the best coffee cake ever! Soft vanilla cake with a sweet cinnamon layer inside, topped with buttery crumb topping!


Ingredients:

Cinnamon Filling

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Crumb Topping

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

Cake

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 2/3 cup all purpose flour

Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 23 tablespoons milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl prepare the cinnamon filling by whisking together the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon until combined. Set aside.
  3. To prepare the crumb topping, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour in a medium bowl until it resembles coarse crumbs. Use your hands to mix to form larger crumb pieces. Set aside.
  4. For the cake, mix the butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Add in the eggs, vanilla, sour cream, salt, and baking powder and mix for 1 minute until combined and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  6. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour and milk in alternating portions, beginning and ending with flour. Mix until just combined and smooth, again, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  7. Spread half of the cake batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon filling evenly on top of the batter. Carefully spread the remaining cake batter on top of the cinnamon layer.
  8. Evenly sprinkle the crumb topping on top.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the cake is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove cake from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth and drizzle on top of the cooled cake. Or alternately sprinkle with powdered sugar instead of making the icing.

Notes:

Store airtight for up to 3 days

Keywords:: cookies and cups, coffee cake, crumb cake, cake recipe

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Amy
Amy

Such a great recipe. So easy to make even for beginners.

Jess
Jess

I am planning on making this in the am but I was wondering what would happen if I added a teaspoon of baking powder to the recipe? I am trying to make it a bit less dense?

Andrea King
Andrea King

This was a delicious, moist cake. The recipe is definitely a keeper!

Katie
Katie

Not bad, but the bake time was way off for me. Toothpick didn’t come out clean until 60 minutes. This is a very full 9×13 so 60 minutes makes sense to me. I was thinking 40-45 wouldn’t be enough. I think it also will depend on the thickness of the bottom layer.

Teresa Riggs
Teresa Riggs

I just tried it and you are right. This is the best coffee cake I have ever had.

Rebecca
Rebecca

This is sooo good! Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

margaret acker
margaret acker

right now i have this coffee cake in the oven baking cant wait to see how it comes out but i did add a twist added chocolate chips to the batter giggle

Hannah
Hannah

Is there a way I can replace the sour cream with an alternative to make this non dairy. I can easily use almond or soya milk and non dairy spread, but not sure about the sour cream…

Frank Ison
Frank Ison

I made this wonderful cake. I would have to say. That it’s the best coffee cake I ever had.

Leah
Leah

Hey i’m in 9th grade and i’m going to school for culinary and this was really fun to make my family loved it and so did i which is amazing because i don’t even eat cinnamon that much and i thought it was a incredible recipe so thank you!

Wanda
Wanda

Just made this cake is great but topping came out hard any suggestions please.

Sarah
Sarah

Delicious, moist, and fluffy! We added some salt to the crumb topping to balance the sweetness but followed the rest of the recipe to a T, it turned out perfect!

Mell
Mell

I made this cake and it came out amazing minus the icing.

Chris

I followed the recipe but the batter turned out much too heavy. All ingredients except sour cream were room temp. The cinnamon filling stayed right on top of the batter never melting into it. No idea what I did wrong.

Kimberlee Hill
Kimberlee Hill

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I’ve made this twice now and thank you for allowing enough batter to split it. This time I put a can of cherry pie filling in it and WOW delicious! Totally over the top spectacular!!! This is the best recipe ever, you weren’t kidding! Thank you!

Carolyn
Carolyn

This truly tastes like an Entenmanns cake. I think that is a compliment!

I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. I started checking for doneness at 40 minutes and it was 45 minutes bake time.

Hint. Use a long spaghetti noodle to check the middle of the cake. It is a very heavy cake so I can see why people are saying it takes longer to cook.

Peggy
Peggy

If using a springform pan, what size would you recommend?

Pearl
Pearl

Can you leave out the salt?

Tamie
Tamie

I made this New Year’s Day 2020. Only change, I used King Arthur Gluten-Free Measure for Measure® Flour. I have a gluten allergy. I half-ed the recipe and baked in a 8×8 pan. Only thing I noticed– crumb topping was dry. In hindsight I could have made the crumb topping at the end and used cold butter (versus melting) and worked flour, sugar, cinnamon, and butter together with my fingers making it crumbly. Coffee cake was even “more” moist this morning (second day). Yum Yum.

Stacy
Stacy

What if i dont have a stand mixer would a hand mixer work

RB
RB

I want to halve the recipe a well- how long did you bake it and was your 8×8 pan metal, ceramic or glass? Thanks!

Amelia

I was looking for a crumb cake recipe and this recipe looks like it would be delicious I haven’t tried it yet but I’m going to

Ali Dylan Koen
Ali Dylan Koen

Overall not too complicated. You will need 3 or 4 medium-large mixing bowls.
Minimal number of ingredients makes it easy. The result is a rich and creamy vanilla cake with layers of crunchy buttery cinnamon sugar.
I skipped the icing, might add nuts next time.

Alonna Neyhart
Alonna Neyhart

Every year, my mom buys a coffee cake from Costco for our annual Christmas brunch, but this year, I told her I would make one for everyone instead. She was very skeptical, but when she and the rest of my family tried this today, everyone loved it! I consider myself to be a very mediocre baker, but I was able to make this, and it was by far the best coffee cake that I’ve ever had! Thank you Shelly!

Rani Quirk
Rani Quirk

Very delicious! Took closer to 65 mins to cook. Also the crumb topping was way too much and was more like a loose flour/sugar topping that just falls off, like a beignet! I scraped most of it off. Cake was really moist too. Used a little less sugar which was plenty. Next time I’ll use less of the filling inside and put the rest on top instead of this topping. Prob use a bit less sugar too. Very sweet! Family loves it.

Aisha
Aisha

Can I omit the flour in the filling?

nevin colak
nevin colak

Hi ! 🙂
How long in he oven if I wanted to make this a bunt style cake?

Carrie
Carrie

Anyone ever try this in a bundt pan?

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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