Our Best Coffee Cake Recipes
Eat cake for breakfast with these deliciously moist cake recipes that pair perfectly with a cup of coffee.
Any Flavor Buttermilk Coffee Cake
Customize your topping with any fruit-nut combo. We like plum preserves, sliced plums, and almonds, or strawberry jam, sliced strawberries, and pecans.
Roasted Grape and Pear Kuchen
The word "kuchen" means "cake" in German, and more specifically, a cake typically served with coffee. The roasted grapes and pears in this recipe are a sweet addition.
Whole-Grain Apple Cake with Yogurt Cream
There's a trifecta of textural awesomeness here, as the buttery-crisp topping meets silky-smooth yogurt cream on moist, tender cake. By using whole-wheat pastry flour in place of all-purpose, we triple the fiber per slice to a hearty 4 grams. For a chunkier cake texture, use chopped apples instead of shredded. This cake is great served warm or at room temperature.
Blueberry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Elaine Wing Hillesland, owner of Alegria Oceanfront Inn and Cottages in Mendocino, CA, serves this cake to her bed-and-breakfast guests.
Coffee Lovers' Coffee Cake
A buttery coffee crumb mixture makes a shortbread-like crust for this easy snack cake.
Coffee Cake Pound Cake
This recipe marries two Southern specialties, coffee cake and pound cake, to create one buttery, best-of-both-worlds breakfast treat.
Blueberry Coffee Cake
This moist, tender blueberry coffee cake scored high in our Test Kitchens, where tasters unanimously considered it a delicious way to use the first blueberries of the season. Studded with plump, juicy berries, the cake also features a sprinkling of turbinado sugar on top that adds another dimension of texture. Ideal for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or as a snack to savor with coffee, it's a recipe you'll make more than once.
The cream cheese in the batter give this cake lots of moisture. Because it's so tender, use a serrated knife for cutting.
Glazed Lemon Buttermilk Cake
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
This cake keeps well in an airtight container for several days. If you don't have a Bundt pan, use a 10-inch tube pan.
Blueberry-Lemon Coffee Cake
Overnight Coffee Crumble Cake
Pep up your mornings or snack time with a warm slice of Overnight Coffee Crumble Cake. A splash of bourbon adds richnes and umph to the powdered sugar glaze that's drizzled over this homemade coffee cake.
Breakfast Coffee Cake
"I like to have this on hand for snacking or taking to friends. It freezes nicely without the icing. I created this recipe when my son married a nutritionist." -Kathy Frederickson, Leominster, MA
Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake
Serve this buttery cake for a make-ahead brunch dish or at the end of a casual meal.
Banana Coffee Cake with Macadamia Nuts and Coconut
Substitute pecans if you prefer to make this company-worthy coffee cake.
Make-Ahead Coffee Cake
"I adapted this cake from my daughter's school cookbook." Julie DeSchepper, 61, Overland Park, Kan.
Cinnamon-Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake
Enjoy this moist coffee cake for breakfast, or serve it with coffee for a great after-dinner dessert!
Caramel-Crumb Coffee Cake
This sweet breakfast cake features a delicious caramel streusel.
Triple-Chocolate Coffee Cake
Chocolate-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Combine chocolate velvet cake batter with a cream cheese mixture to make this beloved and delicious coffee cake.
Sour-Cream Coffee Cake
Forget the box! We have a Sour-Cream Coffee Cake that's simple to whip for dessert or a breakfast treat. We include a whole cup of chocolate chips, too!
Cranberry-Orange Coffee Cake
Dress up coffee cake for the holidays by adding cranberry sauce, pecans and a sugary citrus glaze.
Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Vanilla-Rum Sauce
Enjoy the fabulous flavor combination of bananas foster with this coffee cake.
Brown Butter-Sour Cream Crumb Cake
Excellent with coffee or tea, this moist cake has lots of crisp, salty, buttery crumbs on top.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Mix the dry ingredients with the wet until just combined (don't overstir) for the best result. This is tastiest warm from the oven, but leftovers are also delicious.
Blackberry-Peach Coffee Cake
Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake
Prepare this moist, pumpkin spice-flavored coffee cake for a delicious fall breakfast treat.
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Combine the dry ingredients the night before for a quick morning start. Serve this cake warm or at room temperature.
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Make the most of apple season with this delicious Caramel Apple Coffee Cake.
Walnut Cake with Praline Frosting
This easy sheet cake is rich enough for adults to enjoy after dinner with coffee, yet just sweet enough to be a treat for children, too.
Rhubarb-Sour Cream Snack Cake with Walnut Streusel
Well-chopped rhubarb offers bursts of tartness in this moist, spicy coffee cake.
Upside-Down Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Sherry-Roasted Pears
This old-fashioned, moist cake, jazzed up with vanilla bean and roasted pears, takes on even more flavor if you start the pears a day ahead so they can steep in their syrup. The recipe comes from Romney Steele, author of Plum Gorgeous.
Blueberry Yogurt Cake
This easy blueberry coffee cake gets some of its tenderness from the addition of yogurt and has crunch from the walnuts. It's a great choice when you need something sweet for breakfast or brunch.
Maple-Glazed Pumpkin-Cranberry Coffee Cake
This moist, pretty cake features your favorite fall flavors--warm spices, tangy cranberries, and sweet maple syrup.
Sour-Cream Banana Coffee Cake
Made with bananas, chocolate chips, walnuts, cinnamon, and more, this coffee cake is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Sweet Potato Coffee Cake with Caramel Glaze
Sweeten up your morning with slices of Sweet Potato Coffee Cake with Caramel Glaze. Sweet potato, orange zest, and ground cinnamon offer flavors of the season as they're baked together in this coffee cake that's drizzled with a caramel glaze.
Brown Sugar-Banana Coffee Cakes
To save time when making these individual coffee cakes in the morning, make the streusel (step 1) up to a week ahead; seal in a zip-lock plastic bag and chill. You can also mash the bananas (cover and chill) and butter and flour the muffin pan the night before.
Lemon-Rosemary Coffee Cake
Perfect for brunch or tea, moist Lemon-Rosemary Coffee Cake is a perfect pick. Fresh rosemary complements the lemony flavor in this coffee cake.
Cherry Ripple Sour Cream Coffee Cake
The nutty streusel of this coffee cake pairs perfectly with the fresh cherries in the cake batter.
Brown Sugar-Pecan Coffee Cake
Overnight Coffee Cake
You can whip up this sweet breakfast at night, and chill it. When you wake up the next morning, pop it in the oven then crawl back in bed for 30 minutes while it bakes.
Bundt Coffee Cake
If you like coffee cakes, you'll love this recipe. It's a moist, light cake with a surprise middle layer of nuts and cinnamon. Prepare it up to one month ahead, and freeze. Defrost at room temperature 24 hours before serving.
Raspberry-Cheese Coffee Cake
Your entire family will enjoy this breakfast treat made with sour cream and raspberry preserves.
Streusel Coffee Cake
To make one day ahead, just bake, cool completely, and wrap in aluminum foil.
Banana Almond Cake
A bag of ripe bananas inspired Jan McHargue to create this coffee cake. You can enjoy the banana cake with its spicy brown sugar-almond topping and filling for brunch, with coffee, or for dessert.
Apricot-Almond Coffee Cake
Everyone will love this sweet and nutty coffee cake drizzled in a warm, vanilla glaze.
Eggnog Coffee Cake
Families and grandparents will love Eggnog Coffee Cake. Make a second cake for gifting, or package individual slices.
Banana-Toffee Coffee Cakes
Make individual servings of coffee cake with these banana-toffee flavored muffins.
Banana Nut and Dulce de Leche Coffee Cake
While best served warm, this cake can be made a day ahead and reheated.
Mini Almond and Grape Cakes
Inspired by French financiers, these small cakes are dense with the warm flavors of almond, orange zest, and butter. The grapes become a little jammy after baking, which complements the cakes' richness.
Strawberry and Prosecco-Glazed Granola Coffee Cake
We’re all for clinking glasses of Prosecco at brunch, but we’re also pretty big fans of drizzling it over coffee cake. Part breakfast, part dessert, part cocktail coffeecake, this recipe is absolutely what you need to make when hosting a friend’s birthday brunch. I mean, just look at the color of the strawberry glaze—isn’t that alone cause to celebrate?
Showstopping as the strawberry-Prosecco glaze is, allow me to also direct your attention to the center of this cake: There’s granola in the streusel swirl. Because as delightful as brown sugar, butter, and cardamom taste mashed together, a little nutty crunch in the middle of the soft cake takes this dish to the next level.
Strawberry and Prosecco-Glazed Granola Coffee Cake
Orange-Walnut Coffee Cake
A tall cup of joe knows no better match than a wedge of coffee cake. But standard coffee cake can be a lotfirst thing in the morning. To build a better breakfast cake that won’t send you into midmorning nap mode, we start by building a whole-grain base bolstered with warm spices and brightened up with citrus juice and zest. The savory notes of olive oil lend complexity, while the oil’s characteristic fruitiness is accentuated by the citrus zest. The finished product: a bakery-quality coffee cake that won't make you sleepy.
Leftover Girl Scout Cookie Coffee Cake
Yes, there is such a thing as leftover Girl Scout Cookies. Seems unlikely, but after the initial frenzy wears off (Yes, co-worker, neighbor, niece, I will indeed take two boxes of each magnificent, limited-time flavor!), there are an awful lot of Girl Scout Cookies to get through. Surely, there are worse fates, and the cookies do freeze beautifully. But if you do happen to be doing a certain amount of stress-induced baking these days, or have the need to feed large groups of people who will be standing around in the cold for a while, a pan or two of easily shareable, home-baked, childhood-in-edible-form Girl Scout Cookie coffee cake is just the ticket.
This recipe works well with any flavor of Girl Scout Cookie—I went with Do-Si-Dos and Tagalongs—but you may wish to be judicious in your pairings. Consider matching a drier cookie with an iced one; think long and hard before melding lemon, chocolate, and mint; and remember to chop the cookies into both fine and heftier chunks for the most delightful crunch. A layer of cookies in the middle of it all ensures that every last bite will pack in maximum joy.
And here’s a handy tip: Some Girl Scout troops participate in a "Gift of Caring" or “Cookie Share” program that allows scouts to collect donations of Girl Scout Cookies for military personnel or local charities, should you care to spread the love. (And not be stuck with so many darned cookies next year.)
Girl Scout Cookie Coffee Cake
Fresh Peach Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel
If you like coffee cake that's heavy on the crumb topping (who doesn't?), you'll love this recipe. Bake it on a Friday night, and snack on it all weekend long.
Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze
With a rich, gooey pumpkin spice filling, buttery pecan streusel topping, and maple glaze, this fluffy and moist pumpkin coffee cake is sure to impress. Perfect for any occasion, from your next fall brunch to a Halloween party, this coffee cake is easy to make and full of toasty fall flavors. You can prepare the brown sugar-pecan streusel, the filling, and even the maple glaze in advance to make pulling this cake together even more of a breeze once you’re ready to bake. Simply prepare each element in a bowl, tightly wrap each with plastic wrap, and stash them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them. Just be sure to take the glaze out of the refrigerator as soon as you’re ready to start making the pumpkin coffee cake so that it has enough time to return to room temperature, and give it a few stirs to loosen it back up if need be.
Raspberry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
This is the perfect coffee cake. The lightly tangy raspberry gives a pop of flavor and the decadent cream cheese filling provides texture for a rich, moist cake. Be sure to use raspberry preserves; jam or jelly will sink to the bottom of the pan during cooking. A springform pan allows this cake to rise for a beautiful presentation. Enjoy with family and friends in the morning with coffee or as a snack in the afternoon.