Delicious Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe for Breakfast

Greetings, lovely readers. I hope this day finds you well! Are you in search of an indulgent, comforting treat to share with loved ones or to savor by yourself with a cup of tea or coffee? Look no further. For this recipe will satisfy all your cravings for something sweet and hearty.

Introducing my delectable Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe! With its fluffy, buttery base and layers of crunchy cinnamon streusel topping, this cake is the epitome of a cozy morning or afternoon snack. And if like me, you’re an avid coffee drinker, this cake will forever change the way you enjoy your morning brew.

This recipe is straightforward and perfect for bakers of all levels- especially those who want to get creative with their ingredients. So why not spice things up (literally) and give it a go? Trust me, the heavenly aroma alone is worth the effort!

And if not for yourself, consider making it for a friend’s birthday or special occasion- I guarantee they’ll be asking for seconds! So gather your apron, preheat your oven, and let’s start baking.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Delicious Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Delicious Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Greetings, dear readers! Allow me to delight your senses with an irresistible recipe that is sure to awaken your innermost cravings. Today, I present to you the beloved Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe.

Are you seeking a recipe that combines the sweetness of sugar and vanilla extract with the delightful spice of cinnamon? Look no further than this masterpiece of a cake! Not only is it delicious, but it is also packed with a medley of tantalizing ingredients such as pecans and raisins. Each bite will leave you craving more.

One of the reasons why this recipe is so beloved is its versatility. It can be served as breakfast, dessert, or even a midday snack. The goodness of coffee and cake combined makes it perfect for any occasion.

In addition to its heavenly taste, this recipe is also incredibly easy to make. With clear instructions provided below, even amateur bakers can create a masterpiece without breaking a sweat. Do not hesitate to make this cake – it’s foolproof!

Trust me when I say that this mouth-watering recipe will instantly become one of your all-time favorites. Indulge in every bite with a hot cup of coffee or tea for added pleasure. You deserve a break from the mundane; treat yourself and your loved ones by making this incredible dish today!

Ingredient List

 First slice of cinnamon coffee cake, waiting for you to enjoy!
First slice of cinnamon coffee cake, waiting for you to enjoy!

Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make this delicious cinnamon coffee cake recipe.

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream

Cinnamon Streusel:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

You may substitute some of these ingredients with variations, as we will see in section (5) Substitutions and Variations.

The Recipe How-To

 Sweet and spicy, this cake will surprise you!
Sweet and spicy, this cake will surprise you!

Now, let’s delve into the details of making this delectable Cinnamon Coffee Cake!

Preheat the Oven and Prep your Pan

Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Then, prepare your baking pan by greasing and flouring it to prevent sticking. You may use a 9-inch tube pan or springform pan or a regular 9×13-inch baking pan.

Make the Streusel Topping

In a small bowl, mix together 3/4 cup (94g) all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon until well combined. Next, stir in the melted 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter until you achieve a crumbly mixture. Reserve this streusel topping for later.

Prepare the Cake Batter

In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup (113g) softened unsalted butter, 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract on medium speed until fluffy. Add in 3 large eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In another bowl, combine 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Gradually add this to the butter-egg mixture in three parts alternating with 1 cup (245g) sour cream. Be sure to begin and end with the dry ingredients.

Assemble the Cake Layers

Spoon half of the cake batter into your prepared pan and spread it evenly using a spatula. Sprinkle half of the reserved streusel topping over the batter. You may also add some chopped pecans or raisins at this point, if you wish.

Gently spoon in the remaining batter on top of the streusel layer and spread it evenly again. Then pour the rest of the streusel topping mixture over the cake.

Bake the Cake

Place the pan in your preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Once done, let the cake cool to room temperature before slicing it.

Enjoy Your Delicious Coffee Cake

Serve your warm Cinnamon Coffee Cake by itself or with a dollop of whipped cream on top. This cake is so delicious that you may want to save some for later! To store, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to five days or freeze it for up to two months.

Now that you know how simple it is to make this delightful coffee cake, try this recipe at home today!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect for a cosy Sunday morning, the cinnamon coffee cake is a treat for the senses!
Perfect for a cosy Sunday morning, the cinnamon coffee cake is a treat for the senses!

Oh, the many ways one can tweak a recipe. The options are endless, and it is a great opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. For all my fellow culinary adventurers out there, let me present you with some substitutions and variations for this delicious cinnamon coffee cake recipe.

For those of you that may be lactose intolerant or vegan, sour cream can easily be substituted by either vegan sour cream alternatives or even applesauce or mashed banana for a fruitier twist on this recipe.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, using almond flour instead of regular purpose flour could do the trick. If nut allergies are a concern, use gluten-free all-purpose flour instead.

To switch things up, instead of pecans or raisins try adding in walnuts or brown sugar crumble filling. These delightful additions will introduce different textures and flavors to the coffee cake recipe.

If you have a sweet tooth, top the cake with a cream cheese frosting or vanilla glaze made with confectioners’ sugar and water. And for my fellow coffee lovers out there who can’t get enough caffeine, try adding a little bit of espresso powder to the cake batter for an extra jolt of flavor.

Whatever your preference may be, make sure to experiment with various ingredients to discover your own personal rich blend of flavors. Happy baking!

Serving and Pairing

 A slice of golden brown happiness!
A slice of golden brown happiness!

– Serving –

This cinnamon coffee cake recipe is perfect for brunch or afternoon tea. The sweet and spicy scent of it will tantalize your senses, and the crumbly topping will make you want more. Serve this cake on a beautiful porcelain plate with some fresh fruit and a dollop of whipped cream.

– Pairing –

The best beverage to pair with this delicious cinnamon coffee cake is a hot mug of coffee. I like to have it with a full-bodied, rich roast – such as Colombian or Guatemalan blend – but feel free to experiment with different flavors! You can also try pairing the cake with some cold milk, almond milk, or even chai tea latte.

If you want something a bit stronger, try serving this cake with Irish coffee or Baileys. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, switch things up with a glass of Prosecco or Champagne for a delightful brunch experience!

For an extra touch of decadence, you can serve the cake alongside some vanilla ice cream or cinnamon whipped cream. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top for a perfect finishing touch.

Enjoy this heavenly cinnamon coffee cake recipe with your favorite beverage and watch this crowd-pleaser dessert disappear in seconds!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A masterpiece of cinnamon swirls and coffee flavors!
A masterpiece of cinnamon swirls and coffee flavors!

Once you have prepared this divine Cinnamon Coffee Cake, you might be wondering what the best way to store and reheat it is. The good news is that this cake keeps very well, which makes it an excellent make-ahead option for all my dear coffee cake enthusiasts!

You can keep this heavenly cake covered at room temperature for up to three days. Alternatively, if you want your Cinnamon Coffee Cake to keep fresh for even longer, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to one week. Simply wrap it in plastic wrap or an airtight container to protect it from moisture.

To reheat the cake, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the uncovered cake on a baking sheet. Warm it up in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can microwave individual slices of cake for about fifteen seconds at a time until they are warmed through.

If you follow these simple steps, your Cinnamon Coffee Cake will taste as fabulous as ever even when reheated. So go ahead and prepare your coffee cake in advance, stock up on slices of pure bliss and relish them whenever your heart desires!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Need a coffee break? Try our Cinnamon Coffee Cake!
Need a coffee break? Try our Cinnamon Coffee Cake!

As a barista who has experimented with various coffee recipes, I have gathered some tips and tricks for making the perfect cinnamon coffee cake. Here are my top tips for achieving a moist and flavorful cake that will impress your taste buds:

1. Use Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure to bring all of your ingredients to room temperature before preparing your batter. This will help them blend evenly and create a smoother texture.

2. Use Cake Flour: For the best results, use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour. Cake flour is finely milled and has less protein, which results in a softer texture.

3. Don’t Overmix Your Batter: Mixing your batter too much can overwork the gluten in the flour and cause your cake to be dense and tough. Mix just until everything is well combined.

4. Add the Streusel Topping at the Right Time: It’s important to add your streusel topping when the cake is partially baked, usually around the 20-25 minute mark. This ensures that it remains on top rather than sinking into the batter.

5. Use Dark Brown Sugar: Dark brown sugar has more molasses than light brown sugar, which adds flavor and moisture to your cake.

6. Let Your Cake Cool Completely Before Slicing: While it can be tempting to dive right into a freshly baked cinnamon coffee cake, it’s important to let it cool completely before cutting into it. This will allow time for the flavors to meld together and prevent the slices from falling apart.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make a delicious cinnamon coffee cake that will impress any coffee lover. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations until you find the one that best suits your taste buds!


As a knowledgeable barista, I anticipate that some of you might have questions or concerns regarding this delightful cinnamon coffee cake recipe. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers that will undoubtedly assist in making your baking experience fruitful and pleasant.

What is the difference between coffee cake and cinnamon cake?

When it comes to cake, there’s a noticeable difference between regular cake and coffee cake: the topping. Coffee cake boasts a scrumptious crumble or streusel topping, while regular cakes usually showcase frosting or glaze. This distinction also makes coffee cakes simpler to create, with the topping already baked into the cake itself.

How do you increase the flavor of coffee in a cake?

As a barista, let me share with you some tips and advice on how to make coffee-infused baked goodies. There are a couple of ways to incorporate coffee flavor into your baked goods, and I’m here to show you how. Firstly, let’s talk about infusing your batter with coffee in two different ways.

The usual method is to sprinkle instant espresso powder into the batter. However, if you want a more intense coffee flavor, you can brew a cup of coffee and add that into the batter instead. For best results, choose a strong and bold coffee blend. This will provide a richer and more robust flavor in your baked treat.

If you want to take it up a notch, adding a mocha swirl to your baked good is a great way to enrich its taste. Simply melt some high-quality dark chocolate and mix it with a small amount of brewed coffee. Then, swirl the mixture into the batter before baking. This creates an elegant pattern of chocolaty coffee goodness in your pastry.

Let’s not forget about the crumb topping, shall we? The key is to pack the crumb topping with coffee too. Simply combine some finely ground coffee with brown sugar, flour, and butter to create a mouth-watering topping that enhances your baked good’s coffee flavor.

Finally, finish your baked good with a boozy latte glaze. To make it, whisk together some powdered sugar, espresso or brewed coffee, milk, and a splash of Kahlua or Baileys until smooth and silky. Drizzle it on top of your pastry to give it a subtle yet delicious boozy kick.

With these tips, you can create scrumptious coffee-infused baked goods that would impress anyone. Keep experimenting and have fun!

What’s the difference between coffee cake and streusel?

The extent of the streusel topping is the primary disparity between crumb cake and coffee cake. Crumb cake is usually garnished with a thicker layer of streusel topping, while coffee cake can be made without it.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

The distinctiveness of coffee cakes lies in their streusel topping and the absence of frosting, which sets them apart from other cakes. These cakes may have a hint of glazed topping, but typically come with a swirl of streusel or are infused with various ingredients such as fruits, nuts, or chocolate.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Delicious Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves coffee cake or wants to impress their guests with a tasty treat. With its moist and fluffy texture, rich cinnamon flavor, and buttery crumb topping, it’s the perfect dessert to pair with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Whether you’re a cinnamon lover, coffee cake enthusiast or both, this recipe will not disappoint you. As someone who has tried numerous coffee cake recipes over the years, I can confidently say that this one stands out from the rest.

So why not give it a try and enjoy something special for breakfast, brunch or any time of the day? You won’t regret it!

Delicious Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Delicious Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe

I got this recipe from my Aunt Colleen and have modified it slightly throughout the years. The key to this recipe is the use of sour cream, which makes it incredibly moist. It’s delicious!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 10
Calories 565.4 kcal


Coffee Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup pecans


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Icing topping

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bread pan with a non-stick spray.
  • Mix the filling ingredients together and set aside in a small bowl.
  • For the coffee cake, start with mixing the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl until evenly combined.
  • In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Blend until creamy. Add one egg at a time, beating until well-integrated. Next, add the sour cream and vanilla and beat until blended. Once the wet ingredients are ready, slowly add the dry mix little by little, until completely blended. If desired, fold in the raisins and/or pecans.
  • Pour half the mixture into the pan and then pour about 3/4 of the filling into the middle. Scoop in the rest of the batter and cover it with the rest of the filling.
  • Bake for approximately 55 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean in the middle of the loaf. (I use shish kabob skewers!).
  • For the icing topping, combine the melted butter, water, powdered sugar and vanilla in a small bowl until creamy. Use a large fork to drip lines of the icing over the coffee cake.
  • Let cool, then serve. Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 145gCalories: 565.4kcalCarbohydrates: 75.3gProtein: 5gFat: 28.4gSaturated Fat: 16.3gCholesterol: 104.1mgSodium: 374.3mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 54.1g
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