Delicious Cinnamon Twist Coffee Cake Recipe

Picture this: it’s a lazy Sunday morning and you wake up to the warm and inviting aroma of freshly baked cinnamon twist coffee cake. Delicious, right? Well, look no further because I have the perfect recipe for you.

Cinnamon is one of my absolute favorite spices to use in baking. Its warm and comforting flavor pairs perfectly with sugar and butter to create a decadent treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth. And what better way to enjoy cinnamon than in a coffee cake?

In this recipe, I am going to show you how to make a cinnamon twist coffee cake that is sure to impress. This cake has all the elements of a classic coffee cake recipe- soft and fluffy dough, a sweet cinnamon swirl, and a crumbly streusel topping- but with an elegant twist.

Don’t be intimidated by the thought of making homemade dough. It’s actually quite simple! With just a few ingredients and some patience for the dough to rise, you’ll have a tender and delicious coffee cake in no time.

So heat up that oven, grab your apron and get ready to create a show-stopping breakfast or brunch item that will make your taste buds dance with delight. Trust me, once you try this cinnamon twist coffee cake recipe, it will quickly become a staple in your baking repertoire.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon Twist Coffee Cake
Cinnamon Twist Coffee Cake

There are few things as comforting and satisfying as the smell of a warm cinnamon coffee cake fresh out of the oven. And this cinnamon twist coffee cake recipe is no exception, with its deliciously buttery, cinnamon-laced layers that are sure to make any morning feel extra special.

What’s best about this recipe is that it combines the classic flavors of a cinnamon roll with the richness of a coffee cake, resulting in an elegant twist on two beloved desserts. The light and flaky layers of pastry, combined with a sweet cinnamon swirl and crunchy pecan topping, create a tantalizing texture that will leave you wanting more.

Not only is this recipe easy to follow, with simple ingredients that can easily be found at any grocery store, but it can also be customized to cater to almost any taste. For those with a sweet tooth, adding raisins or figs to the dough or sprinkling some brown sugar on top can elevate the flavor even further. Want to try something on the savory side? Switch out the margarine for cream cheese or sour cream, or add a savory twist like apple pie filling or bacon bits.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how versatile it is. Whether you’re looking for a special breakfast treat for the family or want to impress guests at your next brunch party, this cinnamon twist coffee cake is sure to deliver. You can even pair it with your favorite coffee or tea for an extra cozy experience.

Trust me when I say that once you try this deliciously rich and flavorful cinnamon twist coffee cake, you’ll never go back to plain old coffee cake again. So what are you waiting for? Try out this recipe today and see what all the buzz is about!

Ingredient List

 Take a moment to indulge in a slice of cinnamon goodness.
Take a moment to indulge in a slice of cinnamon goodness.

Let’s dive into the ingredient list that you will need to prepare this delightful cinnamon twist coffee cake recipe. Don’t worry if you don’t have everything on hand, there are some substitutions and variations that we will cover later that can be used in case of missing ingredients.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect coffee cake to pair with your favorite cup of joe.
The perfect coffee cake to pair with your favorite cup of joe.

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, it’s time for the fun part – bringing them all together to make this mouth-watering Cinnamon Twist Coffee Cake! Here is what you need to do:

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of flour and 1/4 cup of sugar.

  2. Add one package of dry yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt and mix well.

  3. In a separate microwavable bowl, melt 1/2 cup of butter in 1/2 cup of milk (room temperature).

  4. Gradually stir the butter and milk mixture into the flour mixture.

  5. Add 3 beaten eggs and stir well until a soft dough forms.

  6. Slowly add more flour (up to 2 cups) to form a smooth, elastic dough.

  7. Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes.

  8. Place dough ball in a greased bowl and turn over once to grease the top.

  9. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size for about 45 minutes-1 hour.

Step 2: Preheat Oven and Melt Butter

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

  2. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with some butter or margarine.

  3. Melt another 1/2 cup of butter in a small microwavable bowl, set aside for later use as topping

Step 3: Make the Cinnamon Filling

  1. In another mixing bowl, mix together one cup of brown sugar, two teaspoons of cinnamon, and one cup of raisins (optional).

Step 4: Assemble and Bake

  1. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into about a 14 x16 inch rectangle.

  2. Spread melted butter onto the rolled-out dough and sprinkle cinnamon filling onto the melted butter until everything is covered.

  3. Starting at one of the short ends, roll up the dough tightly into a log.

  4. Slice the log in half lengthwise to make two long pieces.

  5. Press the two pieces together at one end and twist them together all the way down to the opposite end to form a braided loaf.

  6. Carefully transfer the twist coffee cake to prepared pan, tucking the ends under to fit.

  7. Brush top of Coffee Cake with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or pecans (optional).

  8. Bake 35-40 minutes, just until lightly browned and firm to touch.

  9. Let stand for few minutes before slicing and serving.

May this recipe elicit joyful memories of warm cinnamon rolls on holiday mornings or of simply indulging in sweet breakfast treats on lazy Sundays. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 A twist on a classic coffee cake recipe with a cinnamon kick.
A twist on a classic coffee cake recipe with a cinnamon kick.

A recipe can sometimes be restrictive, but let me tell you, this Cinnamon Twist Coffee Cake Recipe is very adaptable. If you do not have certain ingredients, or just simply want to change it up, these variations and substitutions may help:

– Butter or Margarine: The recipe calls for butter, but margarine can also be used as a substitute. Just make sure to use the same amount.

– Raisins: Not a fan of raisins? No problem. Swap them out for chopped figs or try adding in some cranberries instead.

– Dry Yeast: If you don’t have dry yeast on hand, instant yeast can be used instead. The ratio is 1:1.

– Milk: You can substitute milk with alternatives like almond or soy milk.

– Flour: All purpose flour works best for this recipe, but if you want to go for a gluten-free option, try using almond flour or coconut flour.

– Cinnamon Sugar Sprinkle: Instead of a cinnamon sugar sprinkle you could try brown sugar and cinnamon streusel or even chopped pecans mixed in with the dough.

There are many ways in which you can play around with the flavors and textures of this coffee cake twist! But remember – while substitutions allow for creativity and personal touches, enough alteration to the recipe may affect the taste and outcome of your baking – so tread lightly when making changes.

Serving and Pairing

 One slice and you'll be hooked on this cinnamon twist.
One slice and you’ll be hooked on this cinnamon twist.

Now that you’ve made this delectable cinnamon twist coffee cake, it’s time to serve and enjoy! The cake is perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack when paired with a hot cup of coffee or tea. The warm and comforting flavors of cinnamon will make you feel right at home.

For a classic experience, I suggest serving the cinnamon twist coffee cake with a hot cup of cinnamon chai or a smooth and creamy swirl coffee. If you want to add some crunch and texture to your coffee cake, serve it with a side of pecan babka or drizzle it with maple pecan syrup.

If you’re feeling adventurous, maple butter or apple pie-flavored cream cheese are also excellent toppings to bring out the sweet and spicy flavors in your coffee cake. And for an extra treat, try pairing your cake with Pillsbury cinnamon rolls or a slice of sour cream bread.

For those who enjoy fine dining, this elegant twist on classic coffee cake pairs beautifully with Southern Living-style pecan streusel coffee. This pairing adds depth and complexity to both the coffee and the cake.

In conclusion, there’s no wrong way to serve this delicious cinnamon twist coffee cake recipe. Pair it with any hot beverage or treat of your choice for an unbeatable taste experience!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Enjoy a slice of this coffee cake for the ultimate breakfast experience.
Enjoy a slice of this coffee cake for the ultimate breakfast experience.

As a barista and a lover of coffee cake, I know that sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day to bake fresh. That’s why I want to share with you some tips for making, storing, and reheating this Cinnamon Twist Coffee Cake recipe.

If you’d like to make this cake ahead of time, you can prepare the dough up to the point it goes into the pan. Instead of covering it with plastic wrap and letting it rise at room temperature, just cover it tightly and let it rise in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, let it come to room temperature before baking according to the recipe instructions.

After baking, let the cake cool completely before storing. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you don’t plan on eating it all within that time, it’s best to store it in the fridge or freezer. Wrap individual slices tightly in plastic wrap and then store them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. The cake will stay fresh for up to 1 month in the freezer.

When you’re ready to eat your stored or frozen cake, there are a few ways you can reheat it. If you’re reheating just one slice, pop it in the microwave. Start with 15-20 seconds on high power and then check on it frequently until it’s warm throughout. If you’re reheating more than one slice, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C), place slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.

No matter how you choose to enjoy this Cinnamon Twist Coffee Cake recipe, whether fresh out of the oven or reheated from storage, its warm cinnamon aroma and tender crumb will always be an inviting treat for your taste buds.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Satisfy your cravings with a slice of warm and gooey cinnamon twist coffee cake.
Satisfy your cravings with a slice of warm and gooey cinnamon twist coffee cake.

When it comes to making the perfect cinnamon twist coffee cake, there are a few tricks of the trade that can take your recipe to the next level. As an experienced barista, I have put together some tips that will help you achieve the best results.

First and foremost, it’s essential to use high-quality ingredients. The quality of butter, sugar, flour and yeast can make a huge difference in the final outcome of your coffee cake. Choose high-quality butter made from pure cream and avoid margarine.

When working with yeast, make sure it is fresh and active. Test your yeast by dissolving it in warm water mixed with a pinch of sugar. The mixture should bubble up in 5-10 minutes; if not, your yeast may be expired. Always use warm water when making dough with yeast as it helps activate it.

When mixing the dough, always add the liquid ingredients slowly while stirring continuously until they are fully incorporated. This will ensure that you have a smooth and consistent texture throughout the batter.

When adding raisins or nuts to the dough, be sure to coat them in flour first. This will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the cake during baking.

To achieve a perfect cinnamon swirl, mix cinnamon and sugar together in a separate bowl before spreading it evenly across your dough. Make sure to sprinkle liberally but not excessively so as not to overpower the flavor balance.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and substitutions in your recipe. Add chopped apples or pears for sweetness or substitute sour cream for yogurt for a tangier twist on this classic recipe. Get creative!

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to impress all of your friends and family with a delicious cinnamon twist coffee cake that looks as good as it tastes!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this cinnamon twist coffee cake recipe is perfect for anyone who craves a sweet and comforting treat with their morning cup of coffee. This recipe is straightforward and easy to follow, but it produces an elegant twist that will make your guests think you spent hours baking.

I strongly encourage you to try out this recipe for yourself and experiment with the variations and substitutions that fit your liking. I also recommend pairing this delicious coffee cake with a hot cup of cinnamon chai or swirl coffee to kickstart your day in the perfect way.

So go ahead, gather your ingredients and start baking! I promise that this cinnamon twist coffee cake recipe will have you coming back for more, every single time.

Cinnamon Twist Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Twist Coffee Cake Recipe

I got this recipe over 40 yrs ago from a Fleischmann's Yeast Cookbook, The section is called "Rising on Ice" I love it because I do all the work the day or several hours before and just bake it when I want it really fresh & warm from the oven!
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 185.9 kcal


  • 5 -6 cups bread or 5 -6 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • melted butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • cinnamon or sugar, mixture


  • In large bowl mix together 1 3/4 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt & yeast.
  • Combine milk, water & 1/4 cup butter in small bowl. Heat til very warm (120 - 130). I do 90 seconds in micorwave. Butter does not need to melt. Gradually add to dry ingredients. Beat at medium 2 minutes, Add the egss & 1/2 cup flour and beat on high 2 minutes. Switch to dough hook or add by hand, enough flour to make a moderately stiff dough. If adding raisins, you may do so now. Knead until smooth & elastic in mixer on by hand on floured board.
  • Place in greased bowl, cover & let rise in warm place 20 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half. Roll each hald into a 9 x 12 inch rectangle.
  • Spread with melted butter.
  • Sprinkle with mixture of the remaining 3/4 cup sugar & cinnamon.
  • Fold from 9" side- 3" over the center of the sqaure. Then fold the other side over 3" so you will have it folded into thirds (3 layers)it will be 3" x 12".
  • Cut into 12 one inch slices. Take each slice and pinch end to seal. Tightly twist your slice and place into a greased 9 " square pan. (2 rows of 6). Repeat with other half.
  • Cover with sprayed or lightly oiled wax paper. Then top with plastic wrap.
  • Chill for 2 - 24 hours.
  • When ready to bake, remove from refrigerator. Uncover. Let stand at room temp for 10 minutes.
  • Bake at 375 for about 25 - 30 minutes. Serve drizzled with powdered sugar glaze. May be separated & served individually or cut as a coffee cake. Enjoy!

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Serving: 98gCalories: 185.9kcalCarbohydrates: 30.4gProtein: 3.6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 48.3mgSodium: 343.4mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 21.5g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, Easy, Healthy, Yeast
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