A Heavenly German Classic: Bavarian Coffee Cake Recipe

Dear coffee lovers,

Are you ready for a treat that will awaken your senses? Look no further than this delicious Bavarian Coffee Cake recipe! As a barista, I know there’s nothing quite like a warm slice of coffee cake paired with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. This recipe will not disappoint.

Picture yourself enjoying the perfect balance of cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla, all held together by a moist and fluffy cake. The aroma alone will have your taste buds begging for more. Plus, the addition of sour cream provides just the right amount of tanginess to balance out the sweetness.

But wait, it gets even better. This recipe includes bavarian cream filling that takes this cake to a whole new level. Indulge in layers of rich and creamy goodness between slices of fluffy cake. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, add some chocolate bavarian cream or raspberry bavarian cream to take it to an even higher level of decadence.

Whether you’re hosting a brunch, treating yourself to an afternoon snack, or impressing friends with your baking skills, this Bavarian Coffee Cake is sure to impress. So grab your apron and let’s get started on creating the ultimate coffee companion.


Your friendly barista

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bavarian Coffee Cake
Bavarian Coffee Cake

Looking for a dessert that will wow your guests? Look no further than the Bavarian Coffee Cake Recipe. This recipe is a mouthwatering combination of rich flavors and textures that will delight even the most discerning foodies.

With its layers of cinnamon sugar, vanilla sour cream, and brown sugar crumble, this cake is both sweet and savory, making it perfect for any time of day. And if you’re looking to impress your guests with your baking skills, this cake is sure to do the trick.

In addition to its delicious taste, the Bavarian Coffee Cake is also an incredibly versatile recipe. You can easily swap out ingredients or add different flavors to create a completely unique cake every time.

But don’t just take my word for it. Give this recipe a try and see for yourself why it’s quickly becoming a favorite among coffee cake lovers everywhere.

Ingredient List

 Wake up your senses with a slice of Bavarian Coffee Cake!
Wake up your senses with a slice of Bavarian Coffee Cake!

Ingredients you will need for our Bavarian Coffee Cake Recipe
For the cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

For the Bavarian cream filling:

  • 300g sour cream
  • 25ml Borghetti coffee liqueur
  • 5g gelatine

For the streusel topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and cold
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

No need to worry about finding any of these ingredients as they can easily be found at your local grocery store.

The Recipe How-To

 A heavenly combination of coffee and cake in every bite.
A heavenly combination of coffee and cake in every bite.

Now that we have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to start baking this amazing Bavarian coffee cake. Follow these simple steps below:

Step 1: Prepare the Batter

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup of softened butter, 1 cup of brown sugar, and ½ cup of granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in 2 eggs, one at a time, followed by 2 tsp of vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tsp of baking soda, 1 tsp of salt, and 2 tsp of cinnamon.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with 1 cup of sour cream. Remember to mix well after each addition.

Step 2: Bake the Cake

Pour half of the batter into a greased 13×9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with a mixture of ½ cup brown sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon. Top with the remaining batter.

Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 3: Cool and Glaze the Cake

Allow the cake to cool completely before drizzling with a glaze made from 3 cups of powdered sugar mixed with ⅓ cup of milk and 2 tsp of vanilla extract.

Cut the cake into slices and serve immediately or keep refrigerated for up to three days.

Enjoy your homemade Bavarian coffee cake with a hot cup of coffee or tea for an undeniably delicious treat!

Substitutions and Variations

 Feel the richness of the coffee with the sweetness of the cake in this recipe.
Feel the richness of the coffee with the sweetness of the cake in this recipe.

One of the great things about the Bavarian Coffee Cake Recipe is that it leaves room for customization. If you are feeling adventurous or craving something different, there are plenty of substitutions and variations that you can make to the original recipe.

If you want to give your Bavarian Coffee Cake a cinnamon twist, add a teaspoon of cinnamon sugar in the batter along with vanilla extract. This will add an extra layer of sweetness and a hint of spice to your cake.

Sour cream is an essential ingredient in this recipe, but you can use Greek yogurt or full-fat plain yogurt as a substitute. They have the same tangy flavor and creamy texture as sour cream and will produce a similar result.

For a chocolate twist on your Bavarian Coffee Cake, try adding chocolate chips or cocoa powder to the batter. You can also incorporate some chocolate Bavarian cream into your recipe for a rich and decadent finish.

If you want to experiment with different toppings, try dusting your cake with powdered sugar, topping it with fresh berries or whipped cream, or adding some nuts like walnuts or pecans for added crunch.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try making a potato coffee cake by adding grated potatoes to the batter instead of sour cream. This unusual twist on the classic recipe is popular in German cuisine and results in a moist and dense cake.

The possibilities for variations and substitutions are endless when it comes to this versatile recipe. So let your creativity run wild and experiment with different flavors until you find one that suits your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 One slice of Bavarian Coffee Cake is never enough.
One slice of Bavarian Coffee Cake is never enough.

Once the Bavarian Coffee Cake is ready and has cooled, you can serve it in many different ways. You can choose to serve it plain or dusted with icing sugar, or with a dollop of whipped cream for added richness. You can try garnishing it with fresh raspberries or strawberries for a pop of color and a touch of acidity.

This coffee cake pairs beautifully with a variety of beverages. You could enjoy it with a hot cup of coffee, such as a rich and smooth espresso, or even add some borghetti coffee liqueur directly into your coffee for an extra indulgent experience. If you prefer tea, this cake would pair well with a strong English Breakfast or Earl Grey tea.

For those who enjoy wine, especially dessert wines, try pairing this cake with a light and sweet Moscato d’Asti or a Porto tawny. And if you are in the mood for something stronger, experiment by pairing this cake with whiskey or dark rum to create an unforgettable taste experience.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair your Bavarian Coffee Cake, it is sure to delight your taste buds and leave you feeling satisfied. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Relax and savor a slice with a cup of coffee and start your day on a sweet note.
Relax and savor a slice with a cup of coffee and start your day on a sweet note.

Do you want to indulge in a heavenly bite of Bavarian Coffee Cake without spending hours in the kitchen every time? Then, make-ahead and reheating instructions are your best friends!

Fortunately, this cake can be stored for several days in the fridge or frozen up to a month without losing its moist texture and delicious taste. Whether freshly baked or refrigerated or frozen, reheating options ensure that you savor an equally delightful cake each time.

To make-ahead, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days or freeze up to a month. When ready to serve, thaw it overnight in the fridge if frozen; if refrigerated, leave it outside for 30 minutes before serving.

When reheating, cut the cake into slices and microwave on high for 10-15 seconds per slice or until warm. You can also use a toaster oven or regular oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes or until warmed through. Drizzle with extra cinnamon sugar mixture, if desired, before serving.

Note that icing or glaze should only be applied after reheating the cake, rather than prior to storing it. With these make-ahead, storing and reheating instructions, enjoy your luscious Bavarian Coffee Cake anytime with great ease!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Once you taste it, you’ll be hooked for life!
Once you taste it, you’ll be hooked for life!

When making a Bavarian Coffee Cake, here are some tips to help you achieve perfection with your cake:

1. Use room temperature ingredients: When baking, it is important to use ingredients that are at room temperature. This is because when ingredients like butter and eggs are at the right temperature, they blend together more easily and create a smoother batter. So make sure to take out all your necessary ingredients from the fridge at least an hour before you start baking.

2. Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing the batter can result in a tough and dense cake. So mix until just combined and stop once there are no more visible dry streaks of flour.

3. Choose good quality ingredients: Using good quality ingredients will significantly enhance the flavor of your cake. For example, using high-quality chocolate in your Bavarian cream filling will add depth of flavor and richness.

4. Use parchment paper: Lining the bottom of your cake pan with parchment paper ensures that it will come out of the pan smoothly without sticking or breaking apart.

5. Preheat your oven: Make sure to preheat your oven for at least 20 minutes before baking to ensure that it’s up to the right temperature for baking.

6. Add a little cinnamon: To give your coffee cake an extra warming flavor, add just a pinch of cinnamon. This ingredient enhances the sweetness of sugar while also providing a hint of spiciness.

7. Keep an eye on the cake while baking: Every oven is different so don’t rely solely on the time mentioned in this recipe; instead watch closely for visual cues such as golden brown edges​

By following these tips, you’ll creates a mouth-watering Bavarian Coffee Cake that everyone will love!


As much as we would like to think that we have covered all the bases in this Bavarian coffee cake recipe, there may still be a few questions lingering in your mind. Fear not! To ensure your baking experience is smooth sailing from start to finish, here are some frequently asked questions and their answers that might clear up any confusion you may have.

What is Bavarian coffee made of?

For achieving the perfect Bavarian coffee, the essential ingredients are a shot of powerful espresso or any other strong coffee, some chocolate syrup, a tangy lemon, and grated chocolate.

What makes a coffee cake a coffee cake?

Did you know that coffee cake isn’t actually made with coffee? It’s a type of cake that’s best paired with a hot cup of coffee. This tender cake is topped with a crumbly streusel that makes it a delicious treat for any time of day.

What is the difference between American and British coffee cake?

The term “coffee cake” has different meanings in different countries. In Britain, it refers to a cake that has coffee as its primary flavour. In contrast, in America, it’s a type of cake usually enjoyed alongside a cup of coffee.

Why is it called coffee cake when it doesn’t have coffee?

The origins of the term “coffee cake” are believed to have roots in the social tradition of gathering together over coffee and sweets. Over time, this trend grew, and coffee cake evolved into a specific type of cake marketed for this purpose.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Bavarian Coffee Cake recipe is an absolute must-try for coffee lovers and cake enthusiasts alike. With its rich and hearty flavor, this cake is perfect for any occasion or time of day, whether enjoyed with a morning cup of coffee or as an after-dinner treat.

With the simple ingredient list and easy-to-follow instructions, this recipe is accessible to even the novice baker. And with the suggestions for substitutions and variations, there’s plenty of room to make it your own.

So don’t hesitate to try out this delicious Bavarian Coffee Cake recipe today! Your taste buds (and your friends and family) will thank you.

Bavarian Coffee Cake

Bavarian Coffee Cake Recipe

An old recipe. It has crust layer then topping and looks interesting. Three different layers, sort of.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Calories 445.5 kcal



  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • salt


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (8 ounce) carton sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Mix crust ingredients like pie crust.
  • Put 1/2 in bottom in greased 9x13 pan and put down with spoon but not to tightly.
  • To the other 1/2 of crust mixture add the filling mixture.
  • Pour over crust mixture.
  • Sprinkle with the sprinkle mixture that you have mixed together.
  • Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until done.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 120gCalories: 445.5kcalCarbohydrates: 67.6gProtein: 5.1gFat: 18.2gSaturated Fat: 9.2gCholesterol: 55.4mgSodium: 524.4mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 46.5g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Breakfast, European, German
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