Delicious Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe – Easy to Make!

As a lover of all things coffee and cake, I am excited to share with you my latest creation – Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe. Imagine the sweet aroma of cinnamon and brown sugar wafting through your kitchen as you bake this delightful confection. The comforting scent will take you on a journey, reminding you of the warmth and comfort that utter indulgence brings.

The inspiration for this recipe came from my perceived need to energize my mornings with a delectable breakfast treat. As a barista, I know the power of caffeine to kick-start our day, and now I’ve combined it with the decadence of caramel, creating an unmissable morning combination. This recipe is bound to become your new must-have, whether you’re catching up with friends over brunch or finding time for an afternoon delight.

Follow this recipe faithfully, and your guests will be begging for more. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Caramel Coffee Cake
Caramel Coffee Cake

Welcome to my recipe article, where I give you some compelling reasons to love this caramel coffee cake recipe. As a professional barista, I know the importance of a well-brewed cup of coffee to kickstart your day. That’s why I’m confident that this caramel coffee cake recipe is one of the best things you’ll ever taste.

Firstly, imagine biting into a fluffy, moist cake that’s brimming with delicious pieces of caramel apple and pecans. This cake is perfect for any time of day, whether it’s for breakfast, dessert, or simply as an indulgent snack. The combination of brown sugar and cinnamon will remind you of sweet memories from your childhood.

Secondly, if you’re a serious coffee lover like me, you’ll appreciate the use of brewed coffee in this recipe – it deepens and enhances the flavor profile in a unique way. It’s like savoring a cup of delicious caramel cappuccino in every bite.

Lastly, this recipe is versatile and can easily be adapted to fit your preferences. Whether you’re not fond of pecan or would like to substitute it with coconut or banana, there are endless possibilities to explore. Additionally, the topping can be adapted with salted caramel, salted caramel mocha, chocolate or buttercream frosting depending on your sweet tooth preference.

In conclusion, with its mouth-watering flavors and adaptability to fit anyone’s liking, this caramel coffee cake recipe should definitely be on your list of recipes to try out soon!

Ingredient List

 Slice into this sweet and indulgent coffee cake
Slice into this sweet and indulgent coffee cake

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious Caramel Coffee Cake recipe:
For the cake:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of sour cream

For the cinnamon caramel swirl:

  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

For the crumb topping:

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour

For the caramel sauce:

  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream, warmed
  • pinch of salt

Optional Add-Ons:
For the apple coffee cake:

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • Cinnamon

For the caramel pecan coffee cake:

  • Chopped pecans

For the caramel banana coffee cake:

  • Sliced bananas

The Recipe How-To

 A burst of caramel flavor in every bite
A burst of caramel flavor in every bite

Now that we have gone through the reason why this recipe is worth trying, and the list of ingredients that we’ll be needing, it’s time to get to the most important part – making the Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe!

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F

First things first, preheat your oven at 350°F (175°C) as soon as you start preparing your cake.

Step 2: Prepare the pan

Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan. Make sure that you spread a thick layer of margarine or unsalted butter, and sprinkle flour generously all over the pan so that the cake doesn’t stick to it.

Step 3: Mix dry ingredients

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt until they are evenly mixed. Set aside.

Step 4: Cream margarine and brown sugar

Take another bowl and cream together the margarine and brown sugar until smooth using an electric mixer. It should take around 2-3 minutes for both to combine and create a smooth mixture.

Step 5: Add eggs

Add in one egg at a time while continuing to mix until everything is well combined.

Step 6: Add in dry ingredients

Now it’s time to add in the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Mix slowly while also adding coffee until everything is well combined! If you don’t have any coffee ready then don’t worry because you can substitute it with milk or water!

Step 7: Pour batter into prepared pan

Pour your batter into your pre-prepared greased and floured pan. You’ll see that by now it should have become quite thick!

Step 8: Add Crumb Toppings

Take another bowl; mix together cinnamon, caramel sauce, brown sugar, flour and melted butter until it forms into a crumbly mixture.

Step 9: Bake for 30-35 mins

Sprinkle your crumb topping over your cake batter to cover the surface of the cake. Now you can place it in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake.

Step 10: Cool and Serve

Once done, take out of the oven and let it cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting it into delicious pieces. And there you have your very own Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe ready to serve!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get your coffee fix and satisfy your sweet craving all at once
Get your coffee fix and satisfy your sweet craving all at once

Are you looking to make some alterations to this scrumptious Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe? Try out some of these substitution and variation suggestions to give your coffee cake a unique twist:

– Flour Substitution: You can substitute the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, almond flour, or gluten-free flour mix to make this recipe suitable for people on special diets.

– Sugar Alternatives: You can replace the brown sugar and granulated sugar with coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup for a healthier sweetener option.

– Pecan and Apple Variations: If you’re not fond of pecans, replace them with walnuts or almonds. Alternatively, if you want to switch up the apple flavor in your cake try using Granny Smith apples instead of caramel apples.

– Cinnamon Caramel Variation: For an added cinnamon flavor, sprinkle cinnamon on top of each cake layer before adding the caramel sauce.

– Chocolate Caramel Variation: Add chocolate chips or cocoa powder to the batter for a decadent twist on this coffee cake recipe.

– Coconut Coffee Variation: Substitute the pecans with shredded coconut and swap out the caramel sauce for coconut cream for a tropical spin on this traditional recipe.

Whether you’re feeling adventurous or just want to tailor your coffee cake to your preference, these substitutions and variations are sure to add a new level of depth and deliciousness!

Serving and Pairing

 A heavenly union of caramel, cinnamon, and coffee
A heavenly union of caramel, cinnamon, and coffee

A slice of Caramel Coffee Cake is perfect for a leisurely breakfast, afternoon tea, or as an indulgent dessert after dinner. Serve each slice warm with a drizzle of caramel sauce on top and a dollop of whipped cream that complements the sweet and buttery flavors of the cake.

For those who prefer stronger coffee, pairing Caramel Coffee Cake with a freshly brewed cup of Caramel Pecan Coffee or a steaming hot Salted Caramel Mocha will help balance out the sweetness. The rich flavor of coconut coffee also makes an ideal pairing that accentuates the notes of cinnamon and caramel in the cake.

If you’re serving this decadent cake for a special occasion, try some creative variations to elevate your presentation to the next level. A popular twist is to serve the cake ensemble with brown sugar-grilled fresh Granny Smith Apples that add tanginess and texture to every bite. Add a scoop of caramel ice cream on top, and you’ll have an unforgettable dessert that’s perfect for birthdays or any celebrations.

Moreover, Caramel Coffee Cake also works well as part of a pull-apart breakfast platter or complimented as part of a brunch spread containing a few savory items like spinach quiche or crustless frittata. Whatever your preferred pairing and occasion, one thing is for sure: this cake will never disappoint your taste buds with its scrumptious flavors and soft texture.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect treat to share with your friends and family
The perfect treat to share with your friends and family

Making a caramel coffee cake can take some time, so it’s always helpful to know how to store and reheat it properly. Luckily, this cake is very forgiving when stored correctly.

If you want to make the cake a day ahead of time, simply let it cool completely to room temperature and store it in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for up to three days at room temperature or up to a week in the refrigerator.

To reheat the cake, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the cake on a baking sheet. Cover it with aluminum foil and bake for 10-15 minutes until warm. Alternatively, you can microwave individual slices for 10-20 seconds until warm to the touch.

If you want to freeze the cake, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing it in an airtight container or freezer bag. The cake can be frozen for up to three months.

To thaw the cake, remove it from the freezer and let it thaw completely in the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, follow the reheating instructions above.

Remember that while this cake is delicious fresh from the oven, there’s no shame in enjoying slices throughout the week. With proper storage and reheating methods, you can savor every crumb of your caramel coffee cake whenever you please.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A delightful way to start your morning with a cup of coffee
A delightful way to start your morning with a cup of coffee

As a barista and coffee lover, I know that making the perfect caramel coffee cake takes some practice and attention to detail. Here are some tips that can help you make sure your cake turns out perfectly every time:

1. Measure your ingredients carefully. Baking is a science, and even small variations in ingredient measurements can affect the texture and taste of your cake. Make sure to measure all your ingredients precisely, especially the flour, which can be tricky to measure correctly.

2. Use room temperature ingredients. Cold ingredients like eggs, butter, and milk can cause your batter to separate or become lumpy. To avoid this, take all your ingredients out of the fridge at least an hour before you start baking.

3. Mix thoroughly but don’t overmix. You want to make sure all your ingredients are incorporated evenly throughout the batter, but overmixing can cause your cake to become tough or rubbery.

4. Grease and flour your pan well. Nothing is more frustrating than spending hours making a beautiful cake only for it to stick to the pan! Before you pour in your batter, make sure you grease and flour your pan thoroughly so that your cake will slide out easily when it’s done.

5. Don’t overbake your cake. Overbaking can dry out the edges of the cake and give it a tough texture. To make sure your cake is perfectly moist and tender, check it frequently during baking and take it out of the oven as soon as a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

6. Let it cool completely before frosting or serving. This step may be hard to resist, but letting your cake cool completely before adding frosting or trying to slice it will ensure that it holds its shape and doesn’t crumble or fall apart.

By following these simple tips and using high-quality ingredients like brown sugar, margarine, purpose flour, cinnamon caramel coffee sauce and salted butter in your recipe, you’ll be able to make a delicious caramel coffee cake that will impress your family and friends every time.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Caramel Coffee Cake recipe is one of the bests out there. Whether you’re a coffee enthusiast or not, this cake is a must-try. The rich and buttery flavor of the crumb combined with the sweetness of the caramel and the robust taste of coffee will make you fall in love with it. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also easy to make and can be customized to suit your preferences.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try! You won’t regret it. Impress your loved ones with this amazing cake recipe. Whether you have a special occasion coming up or simply want to treat yourself, this Caramel Coffee Cake recipe is perfect for every moment.

Once you taste the deliciousness, you’ll be hooked for life. Trust me; I have seen people who claimed not to be fans of coffee completely converted after trying this cake recipe. So let’s head to the kitchen and get started on making our very own Caramel Coffee Cake recipe. You won’t be disappointed!

Caramel Coffee Cake

Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 242.2 kcal


  • 2 (12 ounce) cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Split each biscuit in two, rolling into small balls.
  • Layer rolled biscuit pieces in a bundt pan (sprayed with a non-stick spray).
  • Combine margarine and brown sugar in small sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 2 minutes.
  • (Mixture will "grow" as it boils and turn a slightly lighter color).
  • Pour caramel mixture over biscuits and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes, or *until golden brown*.
  • *CAREFULLY* invert bundt pan onto a serving dish (Warning, caramel will stick and burn if it spills out onto you. My husband still bears a scar from burning himself 3 years ago).
  • Sprinkle nuts on top and serve immediately.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 66gCalories: 242.2kcalCarbohydrates: 30.5gProtein: 3.1gFat: 12.2gSaturated Fat: 2.9gCholesterol: 0.5mgSodium: 527.9mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 14g
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