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Cinnamon-Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe

Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe

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Don’t let the name fool you. Coffee cake doesn’t have any coffee in it. This cake gets its name because it is recommended to serve alongside your favorite cup of joe. Not a coffee fan, not a problem. Coffee cake is one of those desserts that everyone in the family enjoys. Bursting with cinnamon flavor, each time I make this coffee cake recipe it is devoured in just a few days time. My family loves it.

Cinnamon-Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Hand’s down, the best coffee cake you’ll ever eat. You won’t believe how easy it is to make. Turn a simple boxed cake mix into a cinnamon swirl coffee cake that tastes like its from your favorite coffeeshop.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake, Coffee, Coffeecake
Servings: 12 people
Author: thedomesticdiva.org
Ingredients
  • 1 yellow boxed cake mix + ingredients according to package (usually water, oil, and eggs)
  • 1 stick cold, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Grease bundt pan and set aside. I use coconut oil to grease my pan but you could use any nonstick cooking spray that you prefer. 

  3. Mix yellow cake mix according to package instructions and set aside.

  4. In a bowl, mix together all of the remaining ingredients except the cold butter.

  5. Cut the cold butter and mix into the dry ingredients. I found it easiest to use my hands to squish the butter and dry ingredients together until they formed a crumbly texture. (See Notes)

  6. Pour half of the cake batter into your greased bundt pan.

  7. Sprinkle half of the crumb topping mixture onto the cake mix.

  8. Pour the remaining cake batter on top of the crumb topping.

  9. (Optional) Swirl the batter slightly by making small circles in the batter with a butter knife, just once around the pan. This step is not necessary but will swirl the crumb topping in the middle of your cake, ever so slightly. 

  10. Evenly distribute the remaining crumb topping to the top of the cake.

  11. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

  12. Remove from oven, and allow to cool completely in the pan.

  13. Once cooled completely, remove from the pan, slice and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t want to use your hands to cut the butter into the dry ingredients, a pastry cutter is the perfect tool for this job.

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This recipe is best made in a bundt pan. I prefer to use either a traditional metal bundt pan. However, a silicone bundt pan often makes it easier to remove the cake from the pan after baking. With silicone bundt pans you can push the cake out because of the flexible structure of the “pan”.

Do you want to give this cake away as a surprise gift to someone you love? This mini-bundt pan would make the perfect sized little bundt cinnamon swirl coffee cakes to give away as a surprise gift to someone. If you choose to use a mini-bundt pan, please keep in mind that you will need to adjust the cooking time of the mini coffeecakes. They will more than likely cook faster in a mini pan than a regular sized bundt pan.

Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe
Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe

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The Domestic Diva

Heather began blogging in 2004 providing a glimpse into her domestic life. Over the years her writing topics have changed but one thing has remained the same, her love for preparing homemade, southern-style recipes for her family.

When not dealing with household chores or cooking delicious recipes, she can be found homeschooling her two high school boys or editing and running the social media side of her husband’s podcast, Country Rap Report.

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32 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh that looks absolutely fantastic. That is definitely something I need to try. I know my family would love it.

  2. MELANIE EDJOURIAN says:

    I must say I did think this would have coffee in it. It sounds delicious. I made a cake like this recently myself and everyone loved it.

  3. THESE bring back so many memories of when I was a kid. I used to go to my friend’s house and she and I would rip into those dup packets of coffee cakes!!! Ugh. So not healthy and definitely not as good as the real deal, but UGH – still loved them!

  4. Oh yum, I just love coffee cake. This one looks fabulous. I must make it! I know I’d eat so much of it.

  5. What a great looking coffee cake I am getting so hungry looking at it. I rarely bake but i would love to make a cake that looks this good.

  6. candy says:

    I never ever turn down a cinnamon swirl coffee cake. Love the way it makes the house smell and a warm piece from the oven oh yes please.

  7. It’s been a while since I tasted some good coffee cake. This looks like a perfect one to go with my tea.

    1. I’m a tea drinker as well, it goes perfectly with a warm cup of tea.

  8. I used to love coffee cake growing up. I’ve never made it at home. Looking forward to giving your recipe a try.

  9. Omg-pinning this!! I LOVE coffee cake and I love that this is from a mix so it’s easy. Can’t wait to make it!

  10. oh I love a good coffee cake! This one looks oh so good! I need to make it for my next brunch.

  11. I really love coffee cake. I’ve never tried to make one. Guess it’s time!

  12. Someone at my church makes a coffee cake similar to this and it is divine. I need to try this recipe soon.

  13. That looks really good. It has been a long time since I made a coffee cake. I often bake sweet treats for my mom and sisters who don’t like to bake. That mini bundt pan looks like the perfect size.

  14. Catalina says:

    I love the texture of this cake! I should definitely make it on weekend! Looks divine!

  15. I haven’t quite ate breakfast yet and now, I see this and am starving. I love the swirl inside – gives it such a perfect touch.

  16. This is one of my favorite treats to get a Starbucks. I’ll have to try out your recipe at home.

  17. Nikka Shae says:

    Growing up my aunt loved making coffee cakes!

  18. Oh yum this looks so good! I’ve been wanting to try a new cake recipe too, might just have to try this one next!

  19. This cake has a cinnamon flavor to it. The name can be confusing, it is best served alongside a cup of coffee or tea.

  20. Ashley says:

    I grew up eating a very similar cake. My grandma always made it for holidays and special occasions. I have continued the tradition, and everyone loves it! Her recipe had a few slight differences from yours. Hers calls specifically for a box of Butter Golden Cake mix (I use Duncan Hines). It also calls for 8oz. of sour cream, and 1tsp. each of vanilla and butter flavored extract. Everything else seems the same. I’m wondering how the two would compare. Only one way to find out! ?

    1. Your recipe sounds delicious! If you do a taste test comparing the two, I’d love to know the results.

  21. ChefDina says:

    I just made this cake with a peach amaretto glaze for my friend and it made her cry. She was reminiscing about her Grandmother making something just like it for her when she was a child. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. Blessings to you always!

    1. Wow! That is so amazing. Thank you for sharing this with me. I am so happy your friend loved the cake you made for her.

  22. Angela says:

    So I must have done something wrong….the cake batter rose and covered my top crumb coating completely….is it possible the crumb coating weighed too much and it just went around it? Maybe I put too much on top but it was around half I thought. Now I have two inside layers of the crumb coating lol…oh well. It will still eat! ?

    1. Some have mentioned having this problem as well. The only solution that I can think of is to make sure that the crumbs on top are very small. The heavier chunks will more than likely sink into the cake. There will be some batter that makes it’s way to the top, that is just how this cake bakes. Regardless, the end result should be very tasty.

  23. Eiizabeth says:

    Do you think this would work if you put the crumb topping in the Bundt Pat first, then half the batter, followed by crumb topping, and ending with batter? I was thinking that
    (a) the cake might release more easily and (b) the slice of cake would have a “flat” bottom to sit on the plate with the crumb topping showing on the fluted top.
    Please advise.

    1. No, I don’t think putting the crumb topping on the bottom first would work. I think that it would make the bottom very gooey like it does in the middle layer. The purpose of putting it on top is so there is a layer of crunch to enjoy with the soft cake.

  24. How did you take the cake out of the pan without breaking it?

    1. If the cake feels like it is sticking to the sides of the bundt pan, I will usually run a knife along the edge of the pan to loosen it before flipping it upside down. Running the knife along the edge will usually loosen the cake enough so that it will drop out of the pan in one piece. Hope that helps.

  25. Mary Ann says:

    My wonderful Aunt Aggie used to make a similar coffee cake but she used to call is KC Coffee Cake because she didn’t know what else to call it. She came over from Ireland and she loved to bake as well as my Mom, I love to bake different recipes, guess I come by it honestly. I just can’t conquer their cinnamon buns, my friends used to come over and have tea and cinnamon rolls with my mom.
    Thank you for sending out this recipe, if it wasn’t so late I would make it. God Bless.

    1. Love this, Mary Ann. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I love to hear how recipes can bring up different memories for people.

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