Satisfy Your Cravings with Coffee Cake Recipe

Hey there, coffee lovers! It’s your favorite barista coming at you with a recipe that is sure to satisfy your caffeine cravings – Coffee Coffee Cake! This cake is the perfect way to combine two of your favorite things in one delicious dessert.

If you are anything like me, coffee is not just a beverage but a way of life. It’s the first thing on my mind in the morning and the last thing I consume each day. So when it comes to incorporating coffee into desserts, I am all for it.

This Coffee Coffee Cake recipe not only tastes amazing, but it’s also easy to make with simple ingredients like flour, sugar, butter…and, of course, coffee! Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, this recipe is sure to impress.

So grab some hazelnut-flavored liqueur (if you have it), brew yourself a fresh cup of Joe, and let’s get started on making the perfect coffee cake that will leave you wanting more. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you for this one!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Coffee Cake
Coffee Coffee Cake

Fellow coffee lovers, have you ever wanted to combine your love for coffee with your passion for baking? Look no further because this Coffee Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect treat for you! With its rich coffee flavor and delicious hazelnut streusel topping, it’s sure to become your new favorite indulgence.

One of the best reasons why you’ll love this recipe is that it includes coffee in both the cake and the topping. The cake perfectly captures the essence of coffee, making it an ideal dessert or breakfast treat for any coffee lover. The hazelnut-flavored liqueur also adds a subtle yet sophisticated twist that elevates the flavor profile to an entirely new level.

The streusel topping is another reason why you’ll adore this cake. It uses ground hazelnuts and brown sugar to achieve a crunchy texture, providing a delightful contrast to the soft and fluffy cake. Furthermore, if you’re looking to impress any guests with your baking skills, serving them a slice of this heavenly cake will surely do the trick.

Any baker, novice or expert alike, will appreciate the ease at which this recipe comes together. The ingredients are simple and easy to find at your local grocery store or online. You can also customize the recipe by switching up the type of coffee used, such as trying an espresso blend for a more intense flavor. You can also substitute some ingredients if you prefer dairy-free, gluten-free or vegan options.

In summary, there are countless reasons why you’ll love this Coffee Coffee Cake Recipe. From its delectable flavor profile to its easy-to-make nature, it’s perfect for anyone who loves coffee and baked goods. I highly recommend you give this recipe a try and experience the magic for yourself!

Ingredient List

Here are the ingredients needed to make this delicious Coffee Coffee Cake recipe:
For the Streusel Topping:

  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

For the Cake:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups strong coffee (cold)
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Note: The coffee flavor in this recipe is essential, so I recommend using fresh brewed coffee.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready for a caffeine fix with this delicious coffee cake!
Get ready for a caffeine fix with this delicious coffee cake!

Make the Coffee Streusel:

Step 1: In a bowl, whisk together ¼ cup of instant coffee, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¾ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon flour and ¾ cup brown sugar until smooth.

Step 2: Add in melted 2 tablespoons butter and stir until pea-sized clumps form.

Make the Coffee Cake Batter:

Step 3: In a separate mixing bowl combine 2 cups of flour, 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda and ½ teaspoon salt. Set aside.

Step 4: In another mixing bowl, cream together 2 sticks or 12 tablespoons of butter softened, and 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar until light and fluffy with an electric mixer.

Step 5: Pour in the dry ingredient mixture (from step 3) slowly into the creamed butter mixture (from step 4), alternating with additions of cooled brewed coffee (from at least 3 cups) to create a thick liquid batter. Blend until everything is thoroughly mixed.

Step 6: Add in a mix of small diced or finely chopped nuts such as walnuts or pecans to give the cake a crunchy bite. Mix well.

Assemble the Coffee Cake:

Step 7: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray your cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 8: Pour half of the prepared batter into your bundt pan.

Step 9: Sprinkle half of the coffee streusel topping from step one on top of this batter layer.

Step 10: Pour in remaining batter layer before adding the last layer of streusel topping on top.

Step 11: Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bundt pan comes out clean.

Step 12: Allow the cake to cool for at least 15-20 minutes on a wire rack.

Serving and Pairing:

Serve your coffee coffee cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee or cappuccino. The hazelnut-flavored liqueur complements the nuttiness of the entire recipe and balances the intense coffee flavor perfectly. Don’t forget to dust everything off with some powdered sugar on top for a classic, elegant finish perfect for impressing guests at brunch.

Tips for Perfect Results:

Tip #1: Use good quality, freshly roasted coffee beans or grounds to get the best flavor in your cake.

Tip #2: Mix your dry ingredients well and separately before adding them to your wet ingredients.

Tip #3: Let your coffee cool down before mixing it with the dough. Blooming hot water can form pockets of steam, which translate to uncooked batter.

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Substitutions and Variations

 This cake is the perfect excuse to have coffee for breakfast...or dessert.
This cake is the perfect excuse to have coffee for breakfast…or dessert.

One of the things I love about this Coffee Coffee Cake Recipe is that it’s versatile and adaptable to different ingredients and flavor additions. Here are some ways you can customize your cake according to your taste preference:

– Hazelnuts: If you’re not a fan of hazelnuts, you can swap them for any other nut or skip them altogether. Walnuts, pecans, almonds, and macadamia nuts are all great choices.

– Streusel Topping: You can vary the streusel topping according to your liking by adding spices like cinnamon or cardamom, or swapping brown sugar for white sugar. For a chocolate twist, add cocoa powder or chopped chocolate bits. You can also swap the instant coffee with espresso powder for a stronger coffee flavor.

– Gluten-Free: To make a gluten-free version of this cake, swap the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend or almond flour. Add 1 tsp xanthan gum or arrowroot starch as a binding agent to prevent the cake from crumbling.

– Eggless: If you have an egg allergy or vegan diet, swap the eggs for 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or mashed bananas per egg needed. You can also use flax eggs (1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2.5 tbsp water) or chia eggs (1 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water) as a vegan egg replacement.

– Dairy-Free: For dairy-free options, use plant-based milk like almond milk or coconut milk instead of buttermilk and vegan butter instead of regular butter.

No matter what substitutions and variations you choose, this delicious Coffee Coffee Cake will still turn out perfectly moist, tender, and full of rich coffee flavor. So experiment away and have fun baking!

Serving and Pairing

 Who said coffee is only for drinking? This cake begs to differ!
Who said coffee is only for drinking? This cake begs to differ!

When it comes to serving and pairing this coffee coffee cake, the options are endless. This sweet and delicious cake is perfect for a morning or afternoon snack, but it can also be served as a dessert at any time of the day.

You can serve it warm or at room temperature, with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream on top for an extra indulgence. The streusel topping adds a crunchy texture that pairs perfectly with the moist cake, making it a great companion for coffee or tea.

For a brunch or breakfast gathering, you can pair this coffee coffee cake with other breakfast items like scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage patties, and some fresh fruit. It can also be served with yogurt or cottage cheese for a lighter and healthier option.

If you want to take things up a notch, you could even try pairing this cake with some hazelnut-flavored liqueur like Frangelico, which will complement the hazelnuts in the recipe and add an extra hint of sweetness to the dessert.

Overall, this coffee coffee cake is versatile and delicious enough to be enjoyed on its own or paired with other meals and beverages. Just let your taste buds guide you and enjoy this homemade treat to the fullest!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The irresistible aroma of freshly brewed coffee and sugar just out of the oven.
The irresistible aroma of freshly brewed coffee and sugar just out of the oven.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of baking a delectable Coffee Coffee Cake, let’s talk about how to store and reheat this delicious cake.


You can prepare the cake mix a day ahead, cover it with plastic wrap, and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. When you do bake it, the coffee-infused aroma would be worth every minute of waiting.


When dealing with any leftover cake, there’s always that fear of losing its moistness and flavor. However, Coffee Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping is an exception as it remains fresh even after several days. You can store the cooled coffee cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days, allowing it to retain its taste and texture.


As good as this cake tastes at room temperature, sometimes it requires an extra warm-up to preserve its quality. Preheat your oven to 350°F and place the coffee coffee cake on a baking sheet. Warm for around ten minutes or until warm. Another option is to microwave the individual slices for approximately 20 seconds each: time will vary depending on your microwave’s power output.

The Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating processes are important factors in maintaining your Coffee Coffee Cake’s taste and quality. So go ahead and make yourself the perfect cup of coffee to accompany this heavenly dessert!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A bite of our Coffee Coffee Cake will make you forget about any other coffee cake you've ever had.
A bite of our Coffee Coffee Cake will make you forget about any other coffee cake you’ve ever had.

Making a great coffee cake requires attention to detail and patience. Here are some tips to ensure that you get perfect results every time.

1. Use Room Temperature Ingredients

It’s important to ensure that all the ingredients are at room temperature before you begin baking. This allows them to combine better and gives you a more consistent texture.

2. Don’t Overmix the Batter

Overmixing the batter can cause the cake to become tough and dry. Mix only until the ingredients are just combined for a tender crumb.

3. Soak the Nuts in Liqueur

Soaking the hazelnuts in hazelnut-flavored liqueur enhances the flavor of the nuts and adds another layer of complexity to the cake.

4. Add Espresso Powder for More Coffee Flavor

If you want a stronger coffee flavor, add 1-2 teaspoons of espresso powder to the batter. This will intensify the coffee notes in your cake without making it bitter.

5. Use Cold Coffee for the Streusel Topping

For an even stronger coffee flavor in your cake, use cold brewed coffee for the streusel topping instead of room temperature or hot coffee.

6. Watch Your Oven Temperature

Every oven is different, so it’s important to keep an eye on your cake while it bakes. Check it 5-10 minutes before the recommended baking time is up and make sure that it doesn’t overcook.

7. Let the Cake Cool Completely Before Slicing

To ensure that your slices come out cleanly and beautifully shaped, let your cake cool completely before slicing into it. This lets it set up fully and won’t crumble as much as if sliced when hot.

With these simple tips, you’ll be able to create a delicious coffee cake that has a perfect balance of coffee and sweetness with ease!


Now that we know how to make a delicious Coffee Coffee Cake, you may have some questions about the recipe. Here are some frequently asked questions that can help you achieve perfect results every time you make this delightful cake.

Can you add coffee to box cake mix?

If you’re looking to elevate your cake mix to the next level, consider using a substitution for hot water, such as strong brewed coffee. This is because the combination of coffee and chocolate creates a delectable flavor profile that is absolutely heavenly.

What makes a coffee cake a coffee cake?

Have you ever tried coffee cake? It’s a soft and delicious cake that’s typically layered with a crunchy streusel topping. Don’t be mistaken by the name, though – there’s actually no coffee flavor in the cake itself. Contrarily, the cake is designed to be paired with a hot cup of coffee, complementing each other perfectly.

Is there usually coffee in coffee cake?

Although many people assume that coffee cakes contain coffee due to their name, it is not necessarily true for all cases. The name “coffee cake” simply suggests that it is a type of cake that is commonly paired with coffee. While some recipes may include coffee as an ingredient to enhance the flavor, it is not a requirement for all coffee cakes.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

What sets coffee cakes apart from other types of cakes is their distinct topping made of streusel, and unlike most cakes, they do not have frosting. These cakes can be filled with various ingredients such as nuts, fruit, or chocolate, and some may even have a swirl of streusel in them. Additionally, a light glaze may be drizzled on top to enhance their flavor.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Coffee Coffee Cake recipe is a must-try for all coffee and cake lovers out there. With a rich coffee flavor infused in every bite, this cake recipe is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings and give you the energy boost you need to start off your day or end it on a sweet note.

With easy-to-follow steps and simple ingredients, this recipe can be whipped up any time of the week. And with variations and substitutions available, you can customize the cake to your liking and experiment with new flavors.

Whether you’re having friends over for brunch or looking for a quick and delicious dessert, this Coffee Coffee Cake recipe is perfect. So, grab some coffee and get baking!

Coffee Coffee Cake

Coffee Coffee Cake Recipe

Coffee is great! This cake is made in a bundt pan and is different from other 'coffee' cakes I've seen.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 547.7 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups coffee (strong brewed)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped and toasted
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped and toasted (optional)

Coffee-hazelnut syrup

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup coffee (strong brewed)
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnut-flavored liqueur


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and lightly flour a 10 inch fluted tube pan.
  • In a bowl whisk together coffee, sugar, oil, honey, vinegar and vanilla.
  • Add eggs; whisk until combined.
  • In another bow combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, soda, salt and nutmeg.
  • Whisk in coffee mixture until combined. Add 1 cup hazelnuts; stir to combine. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake in preheated over about 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted near centre comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from pan to serving plattewr. Brush with some of the coffee-hazelnut syrup.
  • Cool for 30 minutes. Brush again with syrup.
  • Sprinkle with the 1/4 cup hazelnuts.
  • Serve cake warm with remaining syrup.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 187gCalories: 547.7kcalCarbohydrates: 84.3gProtein: 6.8gFat: 22.5gSaturated Fat: 3.9gCholesterol: 40.3mgSodium: 244.9mgFiber: 3.2gSugar: 56.5g
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