Delicious Coffee Cake Recipe – Impress Every Guest!

Coffee cake lovers rejoice! I am thrilled to share with you my family’s highly coveted and timeless coffee cake recipe – Grandma B’s Coffee Cake Recipe. Passed down from generation to generation, this recipe stands the test of time and is a crowd-pleaser at every occasion.

As a barista, I have tried my fair share of coffees and pastries but nothing beats the irresistible aroma of cinnamon and sugar that fills a room when this coffee cake is baking in the oven. Even the most fervent coffee haters would be swayed by the warm, comforting scent of this classic dessert.

What sets Grandma B’s Coffee Cake apart from other coffee cakes is its tender crumb texture paired with a rich buttery flavor. It is simply divine and deserves its spot among traditional dessert classics like pound cake, bundt cake mix, and cinnamon walnut coffee.

So if you’re looking for a delectable dessert that’s perfect for breakfast, brunch or just about any occasion, give this recipe a try. You won’t regret it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Grandma B's Coffee Cake
Grandma B’s Coffee Cake

Let me sell you on my Grandma B’s Coffee Cake recipe. This is not just any coffee cake, it’s the stuff of legends. If you’re looking for a moist, decadent, and comforting cake, this recipe will knock your socks off.

Firstly, let’s talk about the cinnamon sugar crumb topping – it’s an essential element to this coffee cake. The generous layer of buttery crumbs that sit atop the cake gives it a perfect crunch and a hint of caramelized sweetness. Every bite is like nibbling into heaven.

Secondly, this recipe is versatile – You can add different variations to this coffee cake such as raisins, blueberries or rhubarb, each ingredient adds its own unique twist and enhances the taste bud experience.

Thirdly, the aroma of cinnamon wafting through your house as you bake this beauty will have everyone flocking to your kitchen. A slice and a good cup of coffee on a lazy weekend morning with friends or family will turn into an event for everyone to look forward too.

The ingredients are easy to find and you don’t need any fancy equipment or skills to make it. With basic pantry staples like flour, butter, milk and eggs combined with the other simple ingredients in this recipe you get an amazing coffee cake that hits all the right notes.

So if you’re looking for a timeless classic that’s sure to please everyone try out Grandma B’s Coffee Cake Recipe. This cake has been in our family cookbook for generations and become one of the most popular recipes for many families across parts of New England.

Join myself and many others by indulging in my Grandma B’s Coffee Cake Recipe today!

Ingredient List

 A slice of home in every bite
A slice of home in every bite

Here, I have listed out all the ingredients you will need to make my Grandma B’s Coffee Cake recipe.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coffee essence
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

It’s important to make sure you have all the ingredients before starting the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 A heavenly aroma to wake up to
A heavenly aroma to wake up to

Let’s get right to it – the step-by-step process of making this Grandma B’s coffee cake recipe!

Preheat Your Oven

First things first, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) or 350°F (177°C) if you have a convection oven. I recommend starting this before anything else so you don’t forget about it later on.

Prepare Your Pan

Next, grease and flour your baking pan of choice. For this recipe, a 9×13 inch baking pan works best, but feel free to use a Bundt pan or loaf pans for an alternate presentation.

Mix Dry and Wet Ingredients Separately

In separate bowls, mix together the dry and wet ingredients. In one mixing bowl, whisk together two cups of all-purpose flour along with one teaspoon of baking powder, one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of salt, and one tablespoon of cinnamon.

Another mixing bowl will house the wet ingredients that consist of one cup of milk, one egg, and one cup of granulated sugar. Mix these items together until completely blended.

Combine Dry and Wet Mixtures

Now that both mixtures are prepared, combine the dry ingredients mixture with the wet ingredients mixture until well combined.

Add Raisins and Butter Mixture

Next up, fold in 1/4 cup of melted butter and 100g (3.5 oz) of raisins. Make sure they’re distributed evenly throughout for consistent flavor in each slice.

Bake It Till It’s Perfect!

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan evenly. Then place it into your preheated oven and bake for approximately 35 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test. This coffee cake is best when baked golden brown on top yet still moist in the middle.

Serve and Enjoy

Once baked to perfection, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool before serving. Dust the top with powdered sugar or drizzle with a simple glaze to complete the backing experience. This recipe is damn good, so don’t be afraid to go for seconds!

Substitutions and Variations

 Sink your teeth into this crumbly goodness
Sink your teeth into this crumbly goodness

The beauty of baking is that with just a few tweaks, you can create an entirely new dessert. Here are some suggestions to personalize Grandma B’s Coffee Cake recipe:

– Blueberry Coffee Cake: swap out the raisins with fresh or frozen blueberries for a fruity twist.

– Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake: skip the raisins and sprinkle a generous amount of chopped walnuts in between the cake layers. Mix some brown sugar with cinnamon, and sprinkle it over the walnuts to give your cake a crunchy topping.

– Rhubarb Coffee Cake: substitute the raisins with finely chopped rhubarb for a tangy kick.

– Cream Cheese Coffee Cake: add a creamy element by incorporating 8 oz of softened cream cheese into the batter.

– Gluten-free Coffee Cake: use gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour. Make sure to use gluten-free baking powder and check your other ingredient labels too.

– Vegan Coffee Cake: replace the milk and egg with non-dairy alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk or flax eggs.

Remember that you may need to adjust cooking time or temperature a bit, especially if your substitutions yield more moisture or volume in the batter than the original recipe calls for. Also, feel free to put your own spin on these variations to truly make them your own.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for sharing with loved ones
Perfect for sharing with loved ones

Now that you have baked the delicious and aromatic Grandma B’s coffee cake, it’s time to present it in the most exquisite and appetizing way. For serving, cut out generous slices of your freshly baked cake and place them on a beautiful cake stand or platter. Dust some powdered sugar over the top or add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This coffee cake is a versatile dessert, so you can choose various beverages to serve with it. Coffee is always an excellent choice since it’s a coffee cake, but you can also try pairing it with tea, especially fruit-flavored ones such as blueberry or rhubarb tea.

If you want to take the sweet and savory experience one step further, I recommend pairing this cake with some fruity marmalade or jam that perfectly complements its flavors. For example, strawberry jam or raspberry jam would be a delightful addition to your Grandma B’s coffee cake.

Moreover, if you are feeling adventurous, you can try layering your favorite fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries or sliced bananas in between each slice of cake for an extra burst of fruity flavor. The combination of sweet fruit with the crumbly texture of the cake is sure to impress any guests with its delectable taste.

So, whether you’re planning on serving this delightful dessert at a brunch gathering or enjoying an afternoon treat, don’t hesitate to experiment with different pairing options that can enhance your Grandma B’s coffee cake experience even more.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Treat yourself to a sweet start to your day
Treat yourself to a sweet start to your day

Ah, the joys of coffee cake! Not only is it delicious but also versatile. You can make this recipe ahead of time and store it for later. It’s perfect for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.

To make-ahead, prepare the cake according to the recipe instructions, but don’t bake it. Cover the unbaked cake with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge or freezer. If you store it in the fridge, you can keep it there for up to 24 hours before baking. If you plan to freeze it, you can keep it for up to 2 months.

When ready to bake, remove the cake from the fridge or freezer and let it come to room temperature before baking. Preheat your oven according to the original recipe and bake as instructed.

Storing a baked coffee cake is easy! Once cooled, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

If you have leftovers or want to reheat a slice, wrap it loosely with a damp paper towel and microwave for 10-15 seconds on high power.

This recipe also makes delicious variations such as Blueberry Chill Bars Recipe or Grandma B’s Rhubarb Cake. To store these variations, follow the same directions as storing baked coffee cake.

With this make-ahead option, you can wake up in the morning to freshly baked coffee cake without having to wake up earlier than normal. How lovely is that?

Tips for Perfect Results

 A time-honored recipe passed down for generations
A time-honored recipe passed down for generations

In order to achieve the perfect Grandma B’s Coffee Cake with a tender crumb and a rich cinnamon flavor, there are some tips and tricks that any aspiring barista can implement. Here are some of my recommendations to get the best results every time you bake this classic coffee cake.

First and foremost, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before getting started. This includes the butter, milk, and eggs. If these ingredients are too cold or too warm, they won’t mix together properly and could affect the texture of your coffee cake.

When measuring out your flour, it is important to fluff the flour first in its container or package before measuring it out with a spoon and leveling it off. This ensures that you’re not packing in too much flour which could lead to a dense coffee cake.

Another important tip is to alternate adding your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt) with your wet ingredients (sugar, butter, milk, egg) into the mixing bowl. This will prevent overmixing which could lead to a tough and rubbery texture.

To amp up the flavor of your Grandma B’s Coffee Cake recipe, consider adding in some substitutions or variations as mentioned in section (5). Whether you add in blueberries or sprinkle on some cinnamon-walnut streusel on top of the cake batter before baking, these variations will take this classic recipe to the next level.

Lastly, be sure to time your baking process carefully. Overbaking can result in a dry and crumbly coffee cake while underbaking can lead to a mushy mess. To find the right balance, bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake.

Following these tips will help you become an expert at making this timeless classic. So go ahead and bake this delicious Grandma B’s Coffee Cake recipe with confidence that you’ll produce delicious results every time.


As a barista, I know that many of us have our own techniques and preferences when it comes to brewing or making coffee. The same can be said for baking cakes, and it’s inevitable that questions may arise when following a recipe. To help you out, here are some frequently asked questions about my grandma B’s coffee cake recipe.

Where is my grandmas coffee cake made?

Since its establishment in 1990, My Grandma’s of New England ® became renowned for producing the most renowned Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake in the world. Situated in Boston’s Hyde Park Avenue, this company is famous worldwide.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

Distinct from other cakes, coffee cakes are known for their streusel topping and lack of frosting. The flavors range from a swirl of streusel to varieties filled with fruit, nuts or chocolate. Though sometimes glazed on top, the streusel remains the star of the show.

What can I use instead of coffee essence?

To replicate the taste of Irel or Camp coffee essence, mix 1 tablespoon of instant coffee with 2 teaspoons of boiling water for every 1 tablespoon of Irel required in the recipe. This will ensure that the flavor profile remains intact, without compromising on the taste of the coffee.

How do you make a Mary Berry coffee cake?

For this recipe, we’ll need unsalted butter, caster sugar, free-range eggs, self-raising flour, baking powder, chopped walnuts, and coffee essence. The butter must be softened, and we’ll need a little extra for greasing. The rest of the ingredients are in specific quantities – 100g or 3 ½ oz.

Bottom Line


As a barista, I may not be known for my baking skills, but I do know a thing or two about coffee. And let me tell you, Grandma B’s Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect companion to your morning cup of joe.

With its buttery crumb topping, sweet cinnamon swirls and tender cake texture, this baked treat is a surefire way to add some sweetness to your day. And what’s great about this recipe is how adaptable it is – from blueberry to rhubarb, the possibilities are endless.

But the real magic of Grandma B’s Coffee Cake Recipe lies in the name itself: it’s a recipe handed down from generation to generation, a recipe that speaks to the heart and soul of family cooking. It’s a tradition worth preserving, worth sharing with your loved ones for years to come.

So whether you’re an experienced baker or a novice cook, I urge you to try this delicious recipe for yourself. And when you take that first bite of warm, cinnamon-y cake and sip of freshly brewed coffee, know that you’re also celebrating a long-standing culinary legacy that has brought joy and comfort to countless families before yours.

In conclusion, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try – I promise you won’t regret it. As Grandma B herself would say, “Life is too short not to enjoy good company and good food.” And with her coffee cake recipe, you get both.

Grandma B's Coffee Cake

Grandma B’s Coffee Cake Recipe

mmm good! Grandma B's coffee cake is home cooking at it's best!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 238.5 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
  • In a medium bowl combine egg, milk, butter and raisins. Mix well and add to dry ingredients.
  • Pour into a 8x8 inch, greased baking pan.
  • Comibine topping ingredients and spread over cake.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 79gCalories: 238.5kcalCarbohydrates: 38.8gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4.7gCholesterol: 43.3mgSodium: 212.2mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18.8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Brunch, Dessert
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