This easy coffee cake recipe is a simple yet elegant crumb cake that’s topped with the most delicious cinnamon sugar streusel. My classic coffee cake is made moist with sour cream and is perfect for a baby shower, holiday brunches or a coffee date with some girlfriends!

coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping

Classic Coffee Cake

You can never go wrong with a perfectly sweet, scrumptious, tender coffee cake! And today’s coffee cake is an easy-to-follow recipe that you are all going to love. You’ll notice this homemade version is not like the overly-sweet, fake-tasting store bought versions you may be used to. The cake has a wonderful buttery, vanilla flavor with the perfect soft and moist texture. And the crunch from the cinnamon sugar crumb topping is quite irresistible. In fact, my daughter told me this cake was her favorite thing I’ve ever made! 😀 I love to enjoy a piece with a morning (or afternoon) cup of coffee or hot tea. Such a wonderful treat!

What Is Coffee Cake?

A classically flavored coffee cake like this one is a buttery, vanilla cake that’s topped with a cinnamon sugar streusel crumb topping. It is most often served for brunch, but it’s one of those magical dessert foods that’s acceptable to eat any time of the day.

Strangely enough, there’s actually no coffee in coffee cake. Coffee cake is thought to of originated in Germany and the name comes from the idea of eating sweet cakes while enjoying coffee.

How Do You Make This Easy Coffee Cake Recipe?

Coffee cake looks fancy, but it is really easy to make. Before starting the recipe, preheat the oven and either grease the pan or line it with parchment paper. Then grab all of the ingredients and start mixing!

Make the Cinnamon Streusel

  1. In a small bowl whisk together flour, sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Stir in melted butter. Use your hands to really mix it up good.
  3. Set it aside and make the cake layer.

Make the Cake

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside. To ensure the correct amount of flour and best cake results, whisk the flour, then spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the top with a straight edge.
  2. Add the butter and sugar to a separate mixing bowl and use an electric mixer on medium speed to combine ingredients for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Scrape sides as needed and then add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix for 1 minute until combined and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined and smooth, again, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
spread the cake evenly in a baking dish

Assemble & Bake the Cake

  1. Transfer the batter into the prepared baking pan. Spread it out with a spatula. It will seem very thin, but don’t worry, it will bake up nice and fluffy.
  2. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the cake and gently press down with your fingers. It might seem like too much streusel, but we really enjoyed the amount.
  3. Bake the cake at 350ºF for about 30-40 minutes, or until the cake is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. My cake was done in 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the cake from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely, about 15 minutes. Slice up your cake, then enjoy!
sprinkle the cinnamon sugar streusel over the top of the cake

Tips For Making Coffee Cake

  • For the best results, bring the butter, egg, and sour cream to room temperature before getting started. All of the ingredients will mix together more easily and you won’t have to worry about over-mixing the batter.
  • Do not over-mix the batter. Over-mixing the batter can result in a dry, tough cake. You can even mix in the last little bit of the dry ingredients by hand.
  • This coffee cake recipe is best within 2 to 3 days, stored at room temperature in an air-tight container. I doubt it will last much longer than that, but you can also store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze it.
  • To freeze the coffee cake, allow the cake to cool to room temperature and then wrap it in plastic wrap and place it inside an air-tight container. When you’re ready to eat the cake, let it thaw at room temperature for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
pieces of coffee cake stacked on a plate and served with coffee

Coffee Cake Variations

This easy coffee cake recipe is perfect as-is, but it’s also easily adaptable to include other spices and add-ins.

  • Swap the cinnamon for pumpkin pie or apple pie spice.
  • Add 1/3 cup of finely chopped walnuts or pecans to the streusel topping.
  • Drizzle a glaze over the top: Make a glaze by mixing 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar with 1 to 2 teaspoons milk. Mix until smooth and drizzle over the cooled cake.
  • Dust the top of the cooled cake with a bit of confectioners’ sugar.
a piece of coffee cake served on a small plate with a fork

This is the best coffee cake I’ve ever tasted, it’s perfect for an every day dessert, birthday parties, wedding showers, you name it! You better believe I’ll be serving it for Christmas morning brunch!

Other Dessert Recipes To Try:

Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares

Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Lemon Pound Cake

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

If you try this easy coffee cake recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and if your family loves it as much as mine does, be sure to give it a five star ⭐️ rating! Also, tag @kimscravings on Instagram with a picture of your creation. It’s so fun to see what you’re cooking! Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to receive more healthy delicious recipes straight to your inbox.

small squares of coffee cake on a plate near a mug of coffee
coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping
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4.92 from 25 votes
Nutrition Facts
Easy Coffee Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 192IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:16 servings
Easy Coffee Cake Recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
 

This easy coffee cake recipe is a simple yet elegant cake that’s topped with the most delicious cinnamon sugar streusel. My classic coffee cake is made moist with sour cream and is perfect for a baby shower, holiday brunches or a coffee date with some girlfriends!

Ingredients
Streusel topping
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Cake
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8x8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray or line with parchment and set aside.

  2. To prepare the streusel topping, mix together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Stir in the melted butter and use your hands to really mix it up good. Set aside.

  3. For the cake, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. Add the butter and sugar to a separate mixing bowl and use an electric mixer on medium speed to combine ingredients for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape sides as needed and then add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix for 1 minute until combined and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined and smooth, again, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  6. Transfer the batter into prepared baking pan. Spread it out with a spatula. It will seem very thin, but don't worry, it will bake up nice and fluffy. Sprinkle streusel topping over the cake and gently press down with your fingers. It might seem like too much streusal, but we really enjoyed the amount.

  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the cake is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. My cake was done in 30 minutes.

  8. Remove cake from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool completely, about 15 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Cake tastes best on day 1 or day 2. The cake may be made 1 day in advance. Store covered at room temperature for up to 3 days. Cake can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or for several hours at room temperature.

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim
Course: Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy coffee cake, moist coffee cake, sour cream coffee cake

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