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 cake it is devoured in just a few days time. My family loves it.

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Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe - turn a box of yellow cake mix into a dessert the entire family will love
Cinnamon-Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe

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.

Servings: 12 people
  • 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
  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.

Southern Recipe - Cinnamon-Swirl Coffee Cake - Hands down, the best coffeecake 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.
The Domestic Diva
The Domestic Diva

Heather is a homeschooling mom of two boys currently living in central Georgia. She has been sharing her domestic story online as a lifestyle blogger for 15 years. Through her blog and social media platforms, Heather provides a glimpse into domestic life as she shares with other stay-at-home moms how she tackles modern homemaking and the challenges of raising a family.

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  1. March 12, 2019 / 6:08 am

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

    March 12, 2019 / 6:49 am

    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. March 12, 2019 / 7:16 am

    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. March 12, 2019 / 7:44 am

    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. March 12, 2019 / 8:39 am

    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
    March 12, 2019 / 9:59 am

    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. March 12, 2019 / 3:36 pm

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

    • March 13, 2019 / 8:03 am

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

  8. March 12, 2019 / 5:07 pm

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

  9. March 12, 2019 / 5:24 pm

    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. March 12, 2019 / 6:08 pm

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

  11. March 12, 2019 / 6:25 pm

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

  12. Pam
    March 12, 2019 / 7:00 pm

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

  13. March 12, 2019 / 7:28 pm

    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
    March 13, 2019 / 2:47 am

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

  15. March 13, 2019 / 5:07 am

    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. March 13, 2019 / 5:43 am

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

  17. Ruth I
    March 13, 2019 / 9:07 am

    Yum! This looks delicious. I like chocolate or coffee flavors in cakes or dessert.

    • March 14, 2019 / 7:04 am

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

  18. Nikka Shae
    March 13, 2019 / 7:35 pm

    Growing up my aunt loved making coffee cakes!

  19. March 13, 2019 / 10:00 pm

    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!

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