Delicious Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe

Welcome to my coffee shop! As a barista, I love sharing my passion for coffee with others. Today, I have something special for you – a tantalizing recipe for cinnamon swirl coffee cake that will make your taste buds sing!

This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves a rich and buttery coffee cake with a delicious cinnamon swirl. It’s the perfect treat to enjoy while sipping on a warm cup of coffee or tea. Trust me; this cake is incredibly satisfying and packed with all the flavors of fall.

At first glance, this recipe may seem intimidating, but don’t let that stop you from trying it out! I have included easy-to-follow instructions and tips for perfect results every time. And if you get stuck or have any questions, I have included an FAQ section to clear up any confusion.

So, whether you’re baking for your family, friends, or just craving something sweet and decadent, this cinnamon swirl coffee cake recipe has got you covered. Join me in the kitchen as we jump into the recipe together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

Coffee cakes are the unsung heroes of brunch. They may not be as flashy as pancakes, or as iconic as eggs Benedict, but let’s face it, no brunch spread is truly complete without a delicious coffee cake. That is why I am going to share with you my favorite recipe – Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake.

One of the best things about this recipe is how easy it is to make. It only requires simple ingredients and just one bowl. In fact, you may already have all the ingredients in your pantry. The recipe has a perfect blend of cinnamon sugar and buttery layers that melt in your mouth with every bite. The combination is so comforting and homey that no matter how much you resist, you will find yourself reaching for seconds.

If you are a fan of bundt cakes, this recipe will be your new best friend. One of the great advantages of using a bundt pan is the distribution of heat throughout the batter, which allows for an evenly baked cake. Additionally, the cake’s shape looks like it’s straight out of a gourmet bakery.

Finally, what’s not to love about a treat that tastes even better when reheated? This coffee cake is one that gets better with time. You can store it for up to four days in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze for longer shelf life. Whether enjoying it in the morning with hot coffee or as an afternoon snack, this cinnamon swirl coffee cake will brighten up any day.

Don’t take my word for it though; try this recipe yourself and find out why it’s one of my all-time favorites. You’ll soon be convinced that there is nothing quite like the taste of homemade baked goods on your breakfast table.

Ingredient List

 Get ready to indulge in a slice of heaven!
Get ready to indulge in a slice of heaven!

Just like a superhero needs a sidekick, every recipe needs its ingredients. And for this cinnamon swirl coffee cake recipe, you will need some pantry staples and a few special additions to make the magic happen in your kitchen. Here is the complete list of ingredients you will need:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon Streusel Mixture:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

Note: Don’t worry if some of the ingredients are not in your pantry. In section 5, I’ll give you some ideas for substitutions and variations.

The Recipe How-To

 This irresistible aroma will get you out of bed.
This irresistible aroma will get you out of bed.

Now that we’ve gotten all your ingredients gathered together, let’s dive into making the perfect Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of a “swirl” – it’s much easier than it sounds!

Mixing the Batter

First things first: let’s preheat our oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). While that’s warming up, let’s mix together our dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl:

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt

In a separate, larger bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar

Beat until the mixture is pale and fluffy, then add in the wet ingredients one at a time. Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl as you mix! Add in:

  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (200g) sour cream

Once these ingredients are fully incorporated, slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined – do not over-mix or your cake will turn out tough.

Making the Cinnamon Swirl Filling

Next up comes the fun part: creating your cinnamon streusel filling! In a small bowl, mix together:

  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup (120g) chopped walnuts

Set this bowl aside for now.

Assembling Your Cake

Let’s grease up that bundt pan with some cooking spray so our cake doesn’t stick! Once that’s done, it’s time to assemble your swirl coffee cake:

  1. Pour about 1/3 of your batter into the bottom of the pan.
  2. Sprinkle half of your cinnamon streusel mixture on top.
  3. Add another 1/3 of batter on top of the cinnamon layer.
  4. Add the other half of your cinnamon mixture on top of the new batter layer.
  5. Finally, pour in the last of your batter.

Finishing Touches

To finish off our cake, we’ll create one final layer: the crumb topping! In a small bowl or food processor, mix together:

  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour

Dollop or sprinkle this mixture on top of the entire surface area of your cake batter.

Baking Your Cake

Pop that bundt pan into the preheated oven and

Substitutions and Variations

 The taste of this coffee cake is worth the effort of making it.
The taste of this coffee cake is worth the effort of making it.

Don’t have all the ingredients on hand? No problem! There are several substitutions and variations that you can make to customize this cinnamon swirl coffee cake recipe to your liking.

– Gluten-Free: For a gluten-free variation, swap out the all-purpose flour for a 1-to-1 gluten-free flour blend. King Arthur and Bob’s Red Mill both make great options.

– Nut-Free: If you’re allergic to walnuts or simply don’t like them, try replacing them with pecans or hazelnuts in the cinnamon streusel mixture.

– Cheesecake-Filled: Craving something even more decadent? You can add a cream cheese filling by using half of the batter and layering on top of the cinnamon sugar mixture before adding the rest of the batter.

– Apple Cinnamon Swirl: Take advantage of seasonal produce by incorporating diced apples into the cinnamon swirl mixture. Toss sliced apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar before layering it into the cake.

– Yellow Cake Mix: For an easy shortcut, swap out the dry ingredients for a yellow cake mix instead.

No matter which variation you choose, this cinnamon swirl coffee cake recipe is sure to please. Experiment with different substitutions to create your own unique flavor profile that suits your taste buds perfectly.

Serving and Pairing

 A warm cup of coffee and a slice of cinnamon swirl coffee cake is the perfect combo.
A warm cup of coffee and a slice of cinnamon swirl coffee cake is the perfect combo.

Hey there, coffee cake lover! Now that you’ve baked this tantalizing cinnamon swirl coffee cake, it’s time to serve it up and enjoy it to the max! Here are some tips on how you can elevate your enjoyment of this cake!

This is a hearty coffee cake, so it pairs best with a hearty beverage that has a bold flavor. A hot cup of coffee or an espresso shot would be perfect for pairing with this delicious cinnamon swirl creation. You can choose from a range of sweet or bitter coffees depending on your taste preference.

The richness of this coffee cake also makes for the perfect dessert, so why not indulge in some ice cream, whipped cream or even drizzle some chocolate syrup on top? For an extra zing, try adding some fresh fruit like raspberries or blueberries. The combination of tangy and sweet will surely take your taste buds by surprise!

If you’re feeling more adventurous, try serving this cinnamon swirl coffee cake as part of a brunch meal. You can pair it with eggs and bacon for a delectable savory-sweet breakfast experience!

Alternatively, cut it into small squares and serve it as a snack at your next party! It’s bound to win over anyone’s heart (or stomach!)

However you decide to enjoy this rich buttery goodness, remember that this creation deserves to be savored with each bite. So take your time and enjoy every single crumb of this cinnamon streusel coffee cake!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You're just a slice away from a delicious breakfast or dessert.
You’re just a slice away from a delicious breakfast or dessert.

As a busy barista, I understand the importance of convenience when it comes to food. That’s why I love this cinnamon swirl coffee cake recipe – it’s incredibly easy to make ahead of time and store for future use.

To make ahead, simply follow the instructions to bake the cake and let it cool completely. Then, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

When you’re ready to serve, simply slice the cake and warm it up in the microwave or oven. To reheat in the microwave, place a slice on a microwavable plate and heat for 10-15 seconds. To reheat in the oven, preheat to 350°F, place the sliced cake on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes or until warm.

You can also freeze this cake if you have leftovers that you won’t consume within five days. To freeze, wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container or freezer bag. It can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.

When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen cinnamon swirl coffee cake slice, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator or on the counter for a few hours. Once thawed, warm up and serve as desired.

These make-ahead and storing tips make this recipe perfect for breakfast or brunch gatherings or as a sweet treat with your afternoon coffee or tea. So go ahead and make an extra batch (or two!) – with this cinnamon swirl coffee cake recipe, you’ll never run out of delicious treats on hand!

Tips for Perfect Results

 One bite and you'll be in cinnamon paradise.
One bite and you’ll be in cinnamon paradise.

Now that we’ve got the recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake down pat, let’s jump into the tips for perfect results. As someone who has been in the coffee industry for years, I have learned a thing or two about making the perfect coffee cake. Here are my top tips for ensuring that your Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake turns out amazing every time.

Firstly, it’s important to use room temperature eggs and butter when making this recipe. This helps to ensure that all of your ingredients can mix together evenly and your batter becomes nice and smooth. Speaking of mixing, don’t overmix your batter! Mixing too much can result in a tough cake with air pockets. So, if you want a moist and tender cake with a delicate crumb, mix until just incorporated.

Additionally, using quality ingredients will make a significant difference in how your cake tastes. Don’t skimp on the good stuff – use high-quality sour cream, walnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla extract for maximum flavor.

Another key tip is that it’s crucial to spoon the cinnamon sugar mixture gently over the crumb topping to create those swirled layers that make this coffee cake so delicious. Use a butter knife to gently swirl everything together by dragging the knife through the batter.

Lastly, when baking the Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake, make sure you do not overbake it. The trick to perfectly baked cakes is to remove them from the oven right as soon as the toothpick comes out clean. Over-baking results in a dry cake with burned edges that ruins all of your hard work.

If you follow these tips, then you’ll have an incredibly delicious Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake that’ll impress everyone who tries it. Remember to take your time while making this recipe and enjoy every step of the process – trust me, it’ll be worth it!

Bottom Line

This Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake recipe is truly one of a kind. With its rich, buttery flavor and the perfect balance of cinnamon and sugar, this cake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s easy to make and can be whipped up in no time, making it perfect for any occasion.

Whether you are making this cake for a family gathering, brunch with friends or just as a treat for yourself, this recipe is sure to delight. You can also experiment with different variations and substitutions to put your own spin on it.

In conclusion, this coffee cake is the ultimate indulgence for any coffee lover out there. With its warm and inviting aroma, and tender crumb topped off with irresistible cinnamon swirls, this cake is guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. Give it a try and let me know what you think – I’m confident that you’ll love it as much as I do!

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe

My favorite coffee cake. Moist, delicious and easy to make.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cake
Calories 3745.9 kcal



  • 1/4 lb melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 pint sour cream


  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  • Mix melted butter, 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, eggs and vanilla well.
  • Add sour cream, mix again.
  • In a small separate bowl, combine cinnamon, walnuts and 1/3 cup sugar.
  • Pour half of batter into greased and floured tube pan.
  • Sprinkle half of the topping mixture over it.
  • Add rest of batter.
  • Top with remaining topping mixture.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1037gCalories: 3745.9kcalCarbohydrates: 476.5gProtein: 53.1gFat: 187.6gSaturated Fat: 91.9gCholesterol: 735.6mgSodium: 3348.9mgFiber: 12.1gSugar: 277.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Brunch
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