Easy Coffee Cake Recipe

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Easy Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is one of those tricky pastries that can either leave you craving more or slowly trying to swallow the dry crumbs of over-baked potential.

Either way, I can’t seem to keep myself from loving the stuff — good or bad. I suppose my cravings for coffee cake persist because I can’t ever find one that is good enough.

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I know I tend to be a bit *eh hem* critical when it comes to food, my own included, but I find it a little silly how hard it appears to be to find a delicate — but dense — flavorful and moist coffee cake with cinnamon-sugary topping. I mean, really.

Same goes for cinnamon rolls, while I’m on this topic.

Well, folks, look no further. That coffee cake is here. Finally.

This easy coffee cake recipe is so darn good…we just can’t stop eating it. The streusel center and topping, along with the maple glaze, leave the cake perfectly moist and flavorful.

Super. Yummy.

Easy Coffee Cake Recipe

Try this recipe out soon for a lovely sweet snack with your morning coffee.  Or, you know, latte or whatever.

I promise you won’t need to use your coffee for any dunking.

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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

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Easy Coffee Cake Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
This is an extremely delicious, addiction, and no-fail easy coffee cake recipe I know you're gonna love.
Categories: Bread
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: coffee cake recipe, coffee cake recipes, easy coffee cake recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 346 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup PLUS 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted PLUS 5 tbsp. cold and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tbsp maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour a 9-in cake pan (I use a spring-form pan).
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, 5 tbsp. cubed butter, 1/2 cup of the flour, cinnamon and salt. Set aside (this will be the streusel that will go in the center and on top of the cake).
  4. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, milk, 2 tbsp. melted butter and vanilla extract. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. Be careful not to over-stir, just stir until the flour is incorporated.
  5. Pour 1/2 of the batter into the prepared cake pan and spread to coat the bottom of the pan with a knife or spoon. Sprinkle about 1 cup of the streusel (brown sugar mixture) over the cake layer. Spoon the rest of the cake batter over the streusel, spreading out if necessary to cover the entire layer. This can get a little messy and doesn’t need to be perfect.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining streusel over the top of the cake.
  7. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven and place onto cooling rack until room temperature.
  9. While cake is cooling, whisk together the powdered sugar and maple syrup until smooth and runny. Start with 2 tbsp. of the maple syrup and add just a little at a time as needed until glaze is thin enough to drizzle over cake. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake with spoon.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Coffee Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 48
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.3g8%
Saturated Fat 2.8g14%
Cholesterol 50.7mg17%
Sodium 289.4mg12%
Carbohydrates 68.5g23%
Fiber 1.3g5%
Sugar 37.5g42%
Protein 6.4g13%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

13 thoughts on “Easy Coffee Cake Recipe

  1. 2 stars
    I wanted to love this coffee cake. I can’t figure out how 2T of butter can result is a moist cake? I figure I must have done something wrong but I’m not sure what. I’ve gone over and over the recipe and I followed it to a T. That said, the strussel was excellent!

  2. It looks good but what happened to the 5 tbs of cold butter? I just don’t see it in the recipe. Does it get cut with the cinnamon streusel mix?

  3. I am a coffee cake addict, but I have yet to find the perfect recipe–simple to make, but delicious. This looks like the one! I’ve got it on my make-soon list, and I’ve pinned it for future reference, too. Thanks!

  4. Just wanted to say I finished making this cake about 20 minutes ago and my family already devoured post of it. Thanks so much for another delicious recipe. Your hoagie roll recipe is the best and only one I use anymore 🙂

    1. Ha! That happens when we make it in our house, too! So yummy. Thanks for sharing, Mia. I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe and the hoagie roll recipe as well.

  5. Hi, this recipe looks gorgeous! I can’t wait to try it (gluten free for me though, which is never quite as good, but cake is cake!!).

    Discovered your site earlier today, when I made your green beams with garlic & Parmesan as part of dinner (grilled chicken, green beans, new potatoes and a poached egg – healthy & delicious!). Lots of ‘yum yum’ noises heard round the table in our house for the beans, so thank you so much! x

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