Classic Coffee Cake

Love Starbucks Coffee Cake? This version is even better. Tender, buttery cake topped with crunchy crumbles and a cinnamon-sugar ribbon running through the middle. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, and dig in!

  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 12-14

Ingredients

For the streusel topping:

  • 1 cup (150g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup (96g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, very soft

For the cinnamon layer:

  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the cake batter:

  • 3 cups (384g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups (450g) sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 cup (227g) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Method

1 Heat the oven and prepare the pan: Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter or spray a 9x13 inch pan.

2 Make the streusel layer: In a small bowl combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Use a fork to mash the butter into the mixture until completely combined and crumbly.

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3 Make the cinnamon layer: In another small bowl, combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Set both to the side.

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4 Begin making the batter: In the bowl of your mixer, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher 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 2-3 minutes, or until all of the butter is mixed in and the mixture resembles moist sand.

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6 Prepare the cake: 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 (this does require some patience since the batter likes to lift off the cinnamon-sugar layer). Top the final layer of batter with the crumble mixture.

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7 Bake the cake: Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 1 hour (or until the cake comes to room temperature) before serving.

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8 Store the cake: You can make this cake a day or two in advance. Remove the cake from the pan and cover with plastic wrap. Keep it on the counter.  To freeze the cake, wrap it in plastic, followed by foil.