Deliciously Indulgent Overnight Coffee Cake Recipe

Are you tired of the same old breakfast routine? Do you crave something sweet and indulgent to pair with your morning cup of coffee? Well, look no further because I have an overnight coffee cake recipe that will leave your taste buds craving more.

This coffee cake is moist, fluffy, and packed with flavor. And the best part? You don’t have to wake up early to prepare it. Simply mix the ingredients together the night before, let it sit in the fridge, and bake in the morning for a warm and delicious breakfast cake.

Trust me, once you try this recipe, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it. So why settle for bland cereal or boring toast when you can enjoy a cinnamon pecan crumble cake alongside your fresh brew of coffee?

Get ready to impress your house guests or indulge in a special holiday treat. My overnight coffee cake is the perfect addition to any Christmas morning celebration. With just a few simple ingredients and easy steps, you can create a gourmet breakfast experience without leaving your kitchen.

So let’s get started on this delectable journey together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Delicious Overnight Coffee Cake
Delicious Overnight Coffee Cake

This overnight coffee cake recipe is the perfect breakfast treat for anyone who loves a moist, fluffy, and delicious cake. With the mouth-watering combination of cinnamon, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract, this cake is sure to be a favorite among your family and friends.

But that’s not all. What sets this recipe apart is its ease of preparation. You simply mix the ingredients together and let it sit overnight in the fridge. The next morning, you have a fresh and warm coffee cake ready to be served.

Not convinced yet? Let me tell you another reason why you’ll love this recipe – its adaptability. You can use various substitutions and variations to personalize the taste to your liking. For example, if you’re a fan of cashews or pecans, add them to the topping for some extra crunchiness. Or, if you’re looking for a healthier option, substitute some of the sugar with honey or maple syrup.

Furthermore, this recipe can go beyond just serving as breakfast. It’s an excellent choice for Christmas morning or when you have house guests over. The aroma of cinnamon pecan filling will fill the house and evoke memories of cozy mornings from childhood.

In conclusion, with easy preparation and customizable ingredients plus its versatility in serving, there’s no reason why you won’t love this overnight coffee cake recipe! Try it out once, and it’ll become a staple on your baking list in no time!

Ingredient List

 Wake up and smell the coffee cake!
Wake up and smell the coffee cake!

Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make the overnight coffee cake recipe. Take note that I have included some possible substitutions and variations that you can use in case some of the ingredients are not available or you want to try something different.

  • For the cake batter:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs

  • For the cinnamon pecan crumble topping:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • For coffee drizzle (optional):

  • Optional coffee flavoured drizzle which requires:
    • One tablespoon unsalted butter; melted
    • One tablespoon strongly brewed coffee; cool
    • Half a teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Half a cup confectioners’ powdered sugar

Note: The above measurements are for a typical version of the recipe, but if you want to scale up or down depending on your serving needs, adjust the quantities accordingly.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect breakfast treat: overnight coffee cake.
The perfect breakfast treat: overnight coffee cake.

Now, let’s move on to the most exciting part – making the delicious overnight coffee cake! This recipe is quite simple and easy to make, even for beginners. Just follow these steps, and you’ll have a perfect cake ready to serve.

Step 1: Prepare the batter

In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt until well combined. Next, cream together the butter and both sugars until fluffy. Then add in the egg and mix well.

In another bowl, whisk together the sour cream and coffee to make a creamy mixture. Now we’re ready to add some liquid ingredients into our butter mixture. In three parts, alternating with the flour mixture in two parts, gradually whisk in the coffee-sour cream mixture with butter-egg-sugar mixture.

Step 2: Make the crumble topping

Since no coffee cake is complete without a crumble topping mix all of your topping ingredients – chopped pecans, brown sugar, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, and cocoa powder- in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

Step 3: Layer it up

In a greased baking dish or springform pan first spread half of your cake batter evenly then sprinkle half of your crumble mixture on top of it. Repeat this process by adding​ rest of your batte​r ​on top ​of ​the ​crumble ​mixture ​and cover with remainder amount of the crumble topping​.

Step 4: Leave it overnight

You guessed it right! It has to refrigerate for overnight at least. Overnight resting time will help some ingredients to penetrate into cake better than other usual ways and will give extra moistness when we bake it. After leaving it overnight at room temperature bake at 350°F / 175°C for approximately 55-60 minutes to get a perfectly golden brown cake.

Step 5: Cool down and serve

Once the cake is out of the oven, let it cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before serving it. You can serve your delicious overnight coffee cake cold or at room temperature. This cake tastes amazing with a cup of hot coffee on breakfast or during lazy weekends.

Now that you know how to make this amazing overnight coffee cake, it’s time to try it out yourself! Keep in mind some tips for perfect results ​and play with ​some ​of ​the ​substitutions and variations​ of ingredients provided in the recipe article sections. Have fun making this easy yet delectable recipe that will impress all your house guests, especially on Christmas morning!

Substitutions and Variations

 A slice of heaven in every bite.
A slice of heaven in every bite.

Although this coffee cake recipe is already packed with flavor, there are a few different substitutions and variations you can try to change things up a bit. Here are some ideas:

– Nut Substitutions: You can swap out the cashews or chopped pecans for other types of nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, depending on your taste preferences. Just make sure to keep the same amount of nuts so the texture of the cake stays consistent.

– Vanilla Extract: If you want to enhance the vanilla flavor in your coffee cake, consider using a vanilla bean instead of extract. Simply scrape the seeds out of one vanilla bean and stir them into the cake batter before baking.

– Cocoa Powder: For a richer chocolate flavor, you can increase the amount of cocoa powder in this recipe by 1-2 tablespoons.

– Sugar Substitutions: If you’re watching your sugar intake, you can replace granulated sugar with a natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar. Bear in mind that this may affect the texture of the coffee cake and make it more dense.

– Gluten-Free Variation: For those who need to eat gluten-free, you can substitute all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour mix which is readily available at most grocery stores these days.

– Fruit Additions: To create a fruity coffee cake recipe variation, consider adding fresh berries such as raspberries or blueberries on top of the crumble layer. Another option would be to mix in apples or peaches into the batter before baking.

Remember that substitutions and variations may change the flavor and texture of this overnight coffee cake recipe slightly but don’t hesitate to experiment to find out what suits you best!

Serving and Pairing

 Monday mornings just got a whole lot sweeter.
Monday mornings just got a whole lot sweeter.

Once your overnight coffee cake is out of the oven and perfectly baked, it’s time for the best part: serving and pairing! This moist cake is a perfect choice for Christmas morning or special occasions when you have house guests. The cinnamon pecan topping adds an exquisite crunch to the cake, making it even more irresistible.

You can serve this breakfast cake plain for a quick bite or top it with whipped cream and fresh raspberries if you want to impress someone special. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than a slice of this delicious cake alongside a hot cup of coffee. The hint of cocoa and coffee flavor complements the rich and nutty flavors of the cake, resulting in an unforgettable experience.

This easy-to-make recipe can be a great addition to your brunch menu too. If you’re hosting guests, you can cook bacon and eggs on the side with a side of fresh fruit salad that pairs well with the cake. With its sweet and aromatic flavor profile, this sour cream coffee cake is versatile enough to fit any mealtime or occasion.

So go ahead, pour yourself another cup of coffee, grab a slice of this cinnamon-packed overnight coffee cake, and enjoy the simple pleasures that life has to offer.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Impress your brunch guests with this irresistible coffee cake.
Impress your brunch guests with this irresistible coffee cake.

One of the best things about this overnight coffee cake recipe is that it can be made-ahead and stored for later use. If you have a busy day ahead or just want to get ahead on holiday baking, this is perfect.

To make ahead, prepare the cake batter according to the recipe instructions but do not add the pecan topping. Instead, cover the batter well with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking. This allows the flavors to meld and intensify, resulting in a richer, moister cake.

When you’re ready to bake, take the cake out of the refrigerator and sprinkle the pecan topping evenly over the top. Then simply bake as directed in the recipe. This easy make-ahead technique saves time on the day when breakfast guests are arriving or when you want to serve something special but don’t want to spend too much time prepping.

If you happen to have leftovers (which is rare because it’s so scrumptious!), you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. The sour cream in the cake batter helps keep it moist and fresh-tasting.

Reheating is easy too. Simply warm slices in the microwave for a few seconds until heated through or wrap slices in foil and reheat in a 350-degree oven for about 10 minutes. With this recipe, you can enjoy a warm slice of cinnamon pecan coffee cake any time of day without sacrificing taste or convenience.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The aroma alone is worth waking up early for.
The aroma alone is worth waking up early for.

Now that you have all the ingredients and instructions to make this delicious overnight coffee cake, it’s time to get some tips for the perfect results. Follow these tips to ensure that your cake will come out moist, flavorful and ready for an unforgettable breakfast:

Firstly, it is important to measure ingredients accurately. This ensures the proper balance of flavor and texture. Use measuring cups and level off the ingredients using a straight edge.

Secondly, preheat your oven as suggested in the recipe instructions. Preheating allows your oven to reach the desired temperature before you start baking, so that your cake can bake evenly and effectively.

Thirdly, be patient while making the cake batter. Take your time when mixing the ingredients together to ensure that all your components are thoroughly combined. A well-mixed batter will lead to a smoothly textured cake.

Fourthly, add sour cream in the correct amount as suggested by the recipe instructions. Sour cream plays a vital role in making the cake moist and tender. Make sure you use sour cream at room temperature to ensure that it mixes thoroughly with other ingredients.

Fifthly, maintain a consistent oven temperature while baking. Avoid opening up the oven door repeatedly during baking because frequent opening causes fluctuations in temperature which impacts on overall baking results.

Sixthly, wait for about 10-15 minutes before unmolding your cake from its pan. Let it cool down entirely before crumbling. If you take out too soon it could stick and fall apart.

Lastly, if you are going to store leftover cake for later consumption, make sure it’s completely cool down first before storing them in an airtight container at room temperature or refrigerate if desired. This ensures longevity of your coffee cake.

By following these tips, achieving a high-quality overnight coffee cake has never been easier!


Now, let me address some of the commonly asked questions about this delicious overnight coffee cake recipe. Be sure to read through these FAQs before you begin baking so that you can have all the information you need to make the perfect cake.

Can you refrigerate coffee cake batter overnight?

You can keep the cake batter fresh and allow it to rise by refrigerating it for up to 48 hours or overnight.

Can I leave coffee cake out overnight?

As a coffee expert, I recommend storing your sour cream coffee cake in an airtight container, whether at room temperature or in the refrigerator. At room temperature, the cake should last for up to 3 days, while refrigerated it can be kept for a week. If you want your cake to last even longer, you can freeze it for up to 3 months.

How do you keep coffee cake moist?

After consuming the cake, it is advisable to store the leftover portion in an airtight container. If the cake has a fondant layer, it may tend to become soft due to its moisture-absorbing property. Nevertheless, preserving the cake in an airtight container would help keep the moisture intact in the main cake.

How do you make a super moist cake?

As a barista, I have some valuable tips and tricks up my sleeve to help you brew a perfect cup of coffee. Let’s start with the basics. To make your coffee taste exceptional, it’s important to choose the right coffee beans that match your taste buds. You must use high-quality coffee beans that are roasted to perfection. Once you have the beans, you need to grind them properly. The grind size determines the strength and taste of the coffee, so it’s important to choose the right one.

The next step is to use the right amount of coffee and water. As a general rule, use 1 to 2 tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water. The water should be heated to the right temperature, which is between 195°F and 205°F. Remember, too hot or too cold water can ruin the taste of your coffee.

Once the coffee is brewed, it’s important to serve it immediately. Coffee left sitting on a warming plate for too long will become bitter and unpleasant. Instead, pour the coffee into a thermal carafe to keep it hot for longer.

Now, let’s talk about making different types of coffee. If you prefer a strong and bold coffee, opt for an espresso. To make a perfect espresso, use finely ground coffee beans and the right amount of pressure to extract the flavors. On the other hand, if you prefer a lighter coffee, go for a pour-over method. It requires patience and precision, but the end result is well worth it.

Finally, if you like some sweetness in your coffee, try adding flavors like vanilla, caramel, or chocolate. You can use syrups or flavoured creamers to add your desired taste. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to make coffee as long as you enjoy it. So, experiment with different methods and ingredients and find your perfect cup.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, if you’re a coffee and cake person, you’ll absolutely fall in love with this delicious Overnight Coffee Cake Recipe. This cake is moist, flavorful, and easy to make. It’s perfect for serving on special occasions or even on regular weekdays. The recipe can be customized according to your preferences, which means you can add your favorite toppings and experiment with different flavors.

This recipe will undoubtedly impress your house guests and leave a lasting impression on them. And, if you’re planning a Christmas morning brunch or any other celebrations, this cake will be a showstopper at your party.

So what are you waiting for? Try out this recipe today, and I guarantee that it will be the best decision you’ve made in a while. Don’t forget to let me know how it goes!

Delicious Overnight Coffee Cake

Delicious Overnight Coffee Cake Recipe

This recipe is based on one I originally got from from the Wolf House Bed and Breakfast on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It is absolutely delicious!! Wendy Burgess at Wolf House says: "Prepare the batter the night before for a delectable, fresh, and warm coffee cake for breakfast. This is perfect for a sweet wake-up call to overnight guests or anytime you want to treat yourself after sleeping in!" Total time listed does not include chilling overnight.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 352.5 kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cashews (optional)


  • Grease and flour a 9"x13" baking dish.
  • With an electric mixer, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, 1/2 cup of the dark brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, cocoa powder, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla and beat together well.
  • Pour the mixture into the greased dish, then cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator overnight or for 8 hours.
  • When ready to bake the coffee cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Take the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon, the pecans, and cashews (if using) and combine them in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle the mixture over the refrigerated batter in the dish and then bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until an inserted knife or toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cut into squares and serve immediately while it is warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 82gCalories: 352.5kcalCarbohydrates: 48.3gProtein: 4.4gFat: 16.5gSaturated Fat: 8.2gCholesterol: 67.8mgSodium: 341.2mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 31.5g
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