Scrumptious Snickerdoodle Cake – A Surefire Crowd-Pleaser

Welcome to the world of Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake, where you can taste the perfect blend of cinnamon, sugar, and buttery goodness in every bite. This recipe is not only easy to follow but also yields a cake that is sweet, moist, and deliciously fragrant.

I guarantee that once you make this Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake, it will be on high rotation in your household. The aroma that fills your home as it bakes is simply divine. You’ll be reminded of the happiness and cozy warmth of your grandmother’s kitchen.

This cake recipe incorporates everything that’s wonderful about snickerdoodle cookies into an incredible coffee cake. It has all the toppings – cinnamon-sugar crumb topping, a layer of cinnamon-sugar swirls running throughout, crunchy-crumbs coated with cinnamon melted butter, and a soft fluffy texture that just melts in your mouth.

If you love snip-doodles, this coffee cake is precisely what you need to add to your dessert repertoire. Its qualities are infinite: great as breakfast with coffee or tea or for an after-dinner dessert at any time. Try out our Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake recipe today!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Snickerdoodle (Coffee) Cake
Snickerdoodle (Coffee) Cake

Friends, let me tell you something – this snickerdoodle coffee cake is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s a desirable dessert that will make your taste buds dance with joy. From the moment you take the first bite down to the last crumb on your plate, you’ll be absolutely mesmerized by this sweet and moist snickerdoodle coffee cake.

I know what you’re thinking – why would I choose a “cake” over a piping hot cup of snickerdoodle coffee? Well, take a step back and trust me on this one. With this recipe, you’ll get the best of both worlds! It doesn’t just taste like your average coffee cake; it tastes like a warm mug filled with snip doodles, all buttery, cinnamony goodness. Buttery moist cake that will melt in your mouth with every bite, making you wonder how could anything taste so heavenly.

What sets this snickerdoodle coffee cake apart is its secret ingredient: sour cream. The sour cream provides an extra boost of moisture to the cake while also adding some slight tanginess. Additionally, the cinnamon sugar and crumb topping adds just enough texture to make each bite an experience worth remembering.

It’s perfect for breakfast or dessert, paired with your favorite hot beverage or devoured as-is. Trust me, once you try this recipe, it’ll quickly become one of your favorites too – and once you serve it to your friends and family, they too will fall in love with it!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven with your morning coffee
A slice of heaven with your morning coffee

Get the ingredients right

Before you make Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake, it’s important to have all the ingredients ready. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour: You’ll need 2 cups of this for the cake, and another 1/4 cup for the crumb topping.

  • Baking powder: Use 1 tablespoon of baking powder to help your cake rise.

  • Salt: A fundamental ingredient that brings out flavors, 1/2 teaspoon is enough.

  • Cinnamon: This spice is essential in making snickerdoodles! You will need ground cinnamon for both the cake batter and crumb topping. Use 1 teaspoon for each.

  • Milk: Any type of milk should suffice. You’ll use 3/4 cup of it in the cake batter.

  • Unsalted butter: To give your cake richness and flavor, use 1/2 cup of unsalted butter that has been softened to room temperature.

  • Granulated sugar: This type of sugar is used for both the cake batter and crumb topping. You will need a total of 1 and 3/4 cups, divided accordingly.

  • Egg: One egg is used to bind the ingredients together.

  • Sour cream: This ingredient adds moisture and tanginess to your cake. Use 3/4 cup of sour cream at room temperature.

Now that you have all of these ingredients on hand, you can proceed with confidence in making a delicious Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake.

The Recipe How-To

 Caffeine just got a whole lot sweeter
Caffeine just got a whole lot sweeter

Now, buckle up and get ready to make the best Snickerdoodle (Coffee) Cake of your life. This is the main event and I don’t want you to miss a beat. In this section, I’ll guide you step-by-step through making this amazing cake, so keep your eyes glued to the page.


First things first, let’s make sure we have everything we need to get started. Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C. Then butter and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.

Making the Cake Batter

In a mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup of unsalted butter and 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add in 3 eggs one at a time until fully blended.

In another bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until all ingredients are well combined.

Then stir in 1 cup of milk followed by 1/4 cup of snickerdoodle crumb, which is a mix of 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup white sugar.

Baking the Cake

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it out evenly. Place in the oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.

Making the Cinnamon Sugar Topping

While waiting for the cake to bake, it’s time to make that delectable cinnamon sugar topping.

Mix together 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl.

In another bowl, melt together 1/2 cup unsalted butter and let it cool. Once cooled, add in 2 tablespoons of refined coconut oil and stir well. Combine the butter mixture with the sugar mixture until it creates a Cinnamon Sugar Crumb.

Adding the Topping

When the cake is done baking, pull it out from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before spreading the Cinnamon Sugar Crumb topping all over. Sprinkle 2 ounces of cinnamon chips over top for an extra burst of flavor.

Return the cake to the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the crumb has set.

Final Touches

Take the cake out from the oven once again and let it cool to room temperature for at least 20-25 minutes before serving.

Serve your delicious Snickerdoodle (Coffee) Cake with a piping hot cup of joe or tea, and enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 A coffee cake that'll make your taste buds dance
A coffee cake that’ll make your taste buds dance

Let’s take a walk on the wild side, shall we? The great thing about baking is that you can always switch things up, spice it up, or sweeten it up to your liking. Don’t be shy to experiment and embrace your creativity! Here are some ideas on how to make this snickerdoodle coffee cake recipe truly your own.

– Coffee Cake Variations:

If you’re feeling fancy and daring, why not try adding some additional flavors to your coffee cake? For a bit of crunch, top it off with cinnamon chips. For more sweetness, add some brown sugar and mix it thoroughly. To make it chocolatey delight, swap the ground cinnamon for cocoa powder and cut back on the sugar by a bit.

– Butter Substitutes:

Who says butter is the only MVP in this recipe? Try using refined coconut oil instead of butter for a healthier version. You can also try using margarine instead of shortening or even a combination of both.

– Flour Alternatives:

If you’re looking for gluten-free options, almond flour or rice flour would work too. Remember that when making substitutions in baking, ratios vary for each ingredient.

– Milk Swaps:

Feel free to mix things up with different types of milk. From almond milk to oat milk or even heavy cream, choose any non-dairy option you like.

– Egg Replacements:

For our vegan friends out there or if you’re simply out of eggs in your fridge, fret not! You can use flaxseed meal mixed with water as an egg replacement. Unsweetened applesauce also works well.

Make sure to consider these substitutions carefully because they might affect the texture and overall taste of the cake. Nonetheless, I guarantee that whatever twist you put into this recipe will still come out divine.

Remember that at the end of the day it’s all about experimenting with different ingredients while enjoying the process – trust me, I am a baker.

Serving and Pairing

 When coffee and cinnamon unite, magic happens
When coffee and cinnamon unite, magic happens

Listen, I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing quite like pairing a good ol’ slice of coffee cake with a steamy cup of snickerdoodle coffee. Trust me, it’s like a match made in heaven.

When it comes to serving this sweet and spicy treat, I recommend cutting the cake into generous pieces that will give your taste buds the indulgent experience they deserve. Keep in mind that snickerdoodle cake is sweet enough on its own, so you won’t need to add any extra sugar to your cup of snickerdoodle coffee.

I also suggest serving the cake slightly warm so that the buttery cinnamon crumb topping melts in your mouth and tickles your taste buds with every bite. Top off each slice with a dollop of whipped cream or generously sprinkle with some additional cinnamon to give it that extra “umph” of flavor.

Now, let’s talk pairings. Not everyone is a fan of pairing coffee with sweets, but let me tell you, once you try this pairing, there will be no going back. The rich flavors of snickerdoodle coffee complement the nutty and spicy flavors of the cake so perfectly that you’ll swear they were meant to be enjoyed together.

However, if you’re not feeling like sipping on something sweet with your slice of snickerdoodle cake, I recommend trying it with a nice glass of milk or hot tea. The milk will help balance out the sweetness while still keeping things on the indulgent side. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing it with some spiced hot cocoa for a truly decadent dessert experience.

No matter how you choose to serve or pair this dessert masterpiece, just know that every bite is worth savoring and every sip worth indulging in. So go ahead and treat yourself – you deserve it.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A dash of nostalgia in every bite
A dash of nostalgia in every bite

I know that sometimes, we just don’t have the time to make a cake from scratch in the moment. That’s why I’m here to share some tips on how to prep and store your Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake for later snacking satisfaction.

If you’re planning ahead, you can make the cake batter up to two days in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. When you’re ready to bake, simply let the batter sit on the counter for a half hour to come to room temperature before pouring it into your greased and floured pan.

Once you’ve baked your Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake, whether you’ve eaten half and want to save the rest or just want to make some ahead of time, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it at room temperature for up to three days. If you want it to last even longer, pop it in the fridge and it will still be good for up to a week.

When reheating your pre-made cake slices, I suggest either popping them into the microwave for a quick ten-second zap or warming them up in the oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes – this’ll help bring out all those sweet moist snickerdoodle flavors once again.

Overall, if you’re looking for an easy grab-and-go dessert option, this Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake is sure to keep all its deliciousness even after a few days have passed.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect way to start your day on a sweet note
The perfect way to start your day on a sweet note

Now that we have gone through the steps required to make a perfect Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake, here are some essential tips to ensure your coffee cake turns out perfectly.

First and foremost, make sure you use room temperature ingredients. Cold ingredients will not blend well with the other cake ingredients and may cause lumps in your mixture, leading to an uneven bake. If you need butter softened quickly, cut the butter into smaller pieces and leave it at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

When measuring out dry ingredients like flour or sugar, always use a measuring cup or scale for accuracy. Baking is a science, so exact measurements are essential for perfect results.

It’s also important to mix the dry ingredients together well before adding them to your wet mixture. This ensures the even distribution of all ingredients in your batter.

If you prefer an extra moist snickerdoodle coffee cake, add sour cream or yogurt to your batter. This ingredient will create a sweet and moist texture that tastes like heaven.

When it comes to baking time and temperature, don’t take shortcuts. Baking at a lower temperature for longer periods helps to cook the center of your cake slowly and thoroughly without burning the edges. Always preheat your oven before baking and use a toothpick to check if your cake is ready by inserting it into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, you’re good!

Lastly, don’t be afraid to get creative! Substitute types of chips like cinnamon chips in place of chocolate chips or swap out some of the sugar for brown sugar for an alternative twist on this classic recipe. With these tips and tricks, you’ll have everybody asking you how you make Snip Doodles taste so good!

Bottom Line


I hope you’ve enjoyed this snickerdoodle (coffee) cake recipe article brought to you by a barista with a passion for baking. As promised, I’ve given you detailed instructions and valuable tips for making a delicious and moist snickerdoodle coffee cake that can be served for breakfast or dessert.

This coffee cake is not just another recipe; it’s an invitation into the warm atmosphere of a coffee shop where friends gather over a cup of coffee and homemade treats. With its delicate crumb and cinnamon flavor, it makes the perfect pairing with your morning cup of joe or as a casual dessert to impress guests.

Don’t be afraid to customize this recipe to your taste, such as adding chocolate chips, cinnamon sugar, or even experimenting with different toppings. The options are endless, and that’s what makes baking so much fun!

In conclusion, give this snickerdoodle (coffee) cake recipe a try the next time you crave something sweet and satisfying. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you! Bake it, serve it, and watch as everyone falls in love with this scrumptious coffee cake. Happy baking!

Snickerdoodle (Coffee) Cake

Snickerdoodle (Coffee) Cake Recipe

This is one of my husband's favorite Coffee Cakes. He has a few!! I also made this for my Mother-In-Law and she loved it!!
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Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 237.1 kcal


  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease an 8 inch square pan.
  • Make topping by mixing 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon with 1 tablespoon butter. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Cut in shortening to a fine grain.
  • In a separate small bowl beat egg, then pour in milk and mix together.
  • Beat into dry mixture with minimum of strokes.
  • Spread batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with topping.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Serve warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 75gCalories: 237.1kcalCarbohydrates: 36.7gProtein: 3.9gFat: 8.5gSaturated Fat: 2.9gCholesterol: 29.7mgSodium: 128.2mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 16.8g
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