The Best Coffee Cake Recipe. Ever.

Did you know that April is National Coffee Cake Month? If ever there was a reason to celebrate…this may be it.

In honour of this discovery, I am passing on to you my favourite coffee cake recipe! I hope you clear a morning to whip this up and enjoy every single bite.

Classic Coffee Cake

For the streusel topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

For the cinnamon layer:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the cake batter:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream (or greek yogurt!)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter or spray a 9 x 13-inch pan.

Streusel layer – In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Use a fork to mash the butter into the mixture until completely combined and crumbly. Set aside.

Cinnamon layer – In another small bowl, combine the sugar, and cinnamon. Set side, as well.

In the bowl of your mixer, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using the paddle attachment for your stand mixer, stir on low to combine.

Add the softened butter and beat on medium-low speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until all of the butter is mixed in, and the mixture resembles moist sand.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients. Beat the batter on medium speed until you get a smooth batter. A few small lumps are totally fine.

Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar layer over the top of the batter in an even layer. Spread the remaining batter over the top. 

Top with the crumble mixture.

Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool and serve!

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