Delicious Instant Coffee Cake Recipe for Busy Mornings

Attention all coffee lovers! Are you tired of the same old cup of Joe that you have every morning? If you are yearning for a coffee-flavored treat that you can enjoy any time of the day, then look no further. Introducing the ultimate instant coffee cake recipe!

This easy-to-follow recipe combines your love for coffee with sweet and moist cake to satisfy your taste buds in one bite. The perfect balance of flavors will leave you wanting more and more.

Whether you are a baking enthusiast or a novice, this delicious instant coffee cake recipe is guaranteed to impress your friends and family. With just a few ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry, you can whip up this irresistible cake that will be an instant hit.

Read on to discover why this recipe should be a staple in your baking repertoire, as well as all the necessary ingredients and step-by-step instructions to make this mouth-watering instant coffee cake.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Instant Coffee Cake
Instant Coffee Cake

Fellow coffee cake lovers, listen up! You need to try this Instant Coffee Cake recipe. Let me tell you why you’ll love it.

First of all, it’s so easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients that are likely already in your pantry, you can whip up a delicious cake in no time at all. No need to spend hours in the kitchen or break out the fancy equipment. This recipe is perfect for beginners or anyone who wants a quick and easy coffee-flavored treat.

But don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you – it’s absolutely delicious. The instant coffee granules give the cake a rich and satisfying coffee flavor that pairs perfectly with a cup of your favorite brew. Whether you enjoy it for breakfast or as an afternoon snack, this cake is sure to satisfy your coffee cravings.

And speaking of versatility, there are endless ways you can customize this recipe to suit your tastes. You can add chocolate chips, nuts, or even swirls of cinnamon and sugar for an extra kick of flavor. The possibilities are truly endless.

But perhaps the best thing about this Instant Coffee Cake recipe is its ability to bring people together. Imagine sitting down with friends or family to share a slice of warm, freshly baked cake while catching up over a cup of coffee. It’s moments like these that make life special and create memories that last a lifetime.

So what are you waiting for? Give this Instant Coffee Cake recipe a try and discover for yourself why it’s the ultimate coffee-flavored baked good. Your taste buds (and your loved ones) will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Instant gratification in cake form.
Instant gratification in cake form.

Here is the ingredient list for the ultimate Instant Coffee Cake Recipe:

Dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder or instant coffee granules (divided)
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules

Note: For a vegan version, replace the eggs and butter with their vegan alternatives, and for gluten-free, substitute all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour.

The Recipe How-To

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This cake has “brew-tiful” flavor.

Now, let’s dive into the recipe and start making this delicious “Instant Coffee Cake.”

Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).

In a large mixing bowl, combine the 1 1/2 cups purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Mix them well.

Add in 3 tbsp of instant coffee granules or instant espresso powder into the flour mixture.

In another medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup melted margarine or vegetable oil, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Then add in the wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix as it will make your cake tough.

Pour the cake batter into an 8×8 inch square pan that has been greased or lined with parchment paper.

Next, let’s make the coffee-flavored topping. In a small mixing bowl, combine 2 tbsp of softened margarine or butter room temperature with 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 tbsp instant coffee granules. Mix until fully combined.

Sprinkle the topping mixture over the cake batter evenly.

Bake the cake for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Your ultimate instant coffee cake is now ready! Let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Cut it into squares and enjoy with your favorite hot beverage.

Quick Coffee Cake: Mug Cake Recipe

If you’re looking for an even more effortless way of enjoying a quick coffee cake fix for one person only but still bursting with amazing flavors, then this instant cake mug recipe is surely one to try! Simply mix all ingredients in your favorite mug and microwave it for 90 seconds on high. Voila!

Substitutions and Variations

 A coffee lover's dream dessert.
A coffee lover’s dream dessert.

A recipe is only as good as the ingredients in it, and sometimes our kitchen cabinets don’t always have everything we need. Fear not! There are substitutions and variations you can make to still get that delicious coffee flavor in your cake.

First of all, don’t have instant coffee granules on hand? No problem! You can use brewed coffee instead – just make sure to reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe to account for the added liquid from the coffee. Alternatively, you could use espresso powder or instant espresso coffee for a stronger coffee flavor.

If you’re looking for a vegan option, substitute the eggs and butter with vegetable oil and nature yoke (1 tablespoon of flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water creates a vegan “egg”), respectively. You could also try using self-raising flour instead of all-purpose flour to make a quick coffee cake with less fuss.

Want to take your coffee cake to the next level? Add some whipped cream or whipped coffee on top for a decadent treat. Or try making a streusel topping by mixing brown sugar, flour, and butter for a crunchy and sweet addition.

Feeling experimental? Try adding some chocolate chips or nuts to your cake batter for added texture and flavor. Making a layer cake for a birthday celebration? Add some sour cream to keep the cake moist and add richness to the flavor.

So go ahead, get creative with your substitutions and variations! The possibilities are endless when it comes to baked goods, so don’t be afraid to switch up ingredients to make it your own.

Serving and Pairing

 Make your coffee break even sweeter.
Make your coffee break even sweeter.

This instant coffee cake recipe is delicious and pairs well with a variety of toppings and flavors. The warm oven-fresh cake is perfect for a breakfast treat, afternoon snack or even as a dessert after dinner. It has a subtle coffee flavor that tastes delectable on its own, but it can also be elevated with sweet and savory pairings.

For a twist on the classic coffee cake recipe, you can opt to sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on top of your cake. You can also try adding some fresh berries like blueberries, raspberries or strawberries to the batter if you’d like something fruity. Another fantastic topping is streusel-crumb topping which will add an added crunch to every bite.

Those craving chocolate will adore this cake too. Try pairing this instant coffee cake with chocolate chips inside or drizzling some melted chocolate on top once it’s out of the oven.

If you’re looking for something savory that pairs well with this instant coffee cake recipe, try whipping up some fresh cream cheese frosting. You can incorporate flavors such as lemon juice or vanilla extract into the frosting to match your preferences.

This coffee-flavored cake also goes well with different types of beverages too. Hot brewed coffee matched perfectly to complement the subtleness flavor of instant coffee in your cake. If you prefer cold drinks, try iced milk with a splash of vanilla syrup or whipped cream if you have one. You’ll have an irresistible combination of sweetness that will make your taste buds dance in delight.

Regardless of how you choose to serve it, this instant coffee cake is sure to be a hit at your household or any gathering you host. Be sure to enjoy each warm and delicious bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 One slice of this cake, please and espresso-nally.
One slice of this cake, please and espresso-nally.

One of the best things about this Instant Coffee Cake recipe is how well it stores and reheats. This cake can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer for later use, which makes it a great option for those with busy schedules.

To make ahead, simply bake your cake as directed and allow it to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container. You can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to enjoy your Instant Coffee Cake, simply remove it from the container and allow it to come to room temperature before serving. For an extra kick of coffee flavor, you can make a quick coffee glaze by mixing together some powdered sugar, instant coffee granules and hot water until you get a smooth consistency.

If you have leftovers that you want to reheat, simply wrap individual slices of cake in paper towels and microwave on high for 20-30 seconds until warm. Alternatively, you can also heat slices of cake in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until warm.

No matter how you choose to enjoy this easy coffee cake recipe, know that it will taste just as good even after being stored or reheated. So go ahead and make a big batch today and save some for later when you need a sweet caffeine boost!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Instant coffee just got a major upgrade.
Instant coffee just got a major upgrade.

Now that you have the ingredients for the perfect instant coffee cake recipe, let me give you a few tips to ensure that your cake turns out just as delicious as you imagined.

Firstly, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before beginning. This will ensure even mixing and help your cake to bake evenly.

Secondly, when mixing the dry and wet ingredients together, be careful not to overmix. Overmixing can result in a tough texture and can cause your cake to become too dense.

Thirdly, use a high-quality instant coffee granules for the ultimate coffee flavor. If possible, try using instant espresso powder instead of regular coffee granules for an even richer taste.

Fourthly, feel free to add in some extra ingredients like chopped nuts or chocolate chips to give your cake some texture and extra flavor.

Lastly, if you want to get creative with your presentation, try adding a whipped coffee topping or a streusel crumb layer on top of your cake before baking.

Remember to follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to making the perfect instant coffee cake every time!


As a barista, I know that mistakes can often happen in the kitchen. Therefore, it’s important to address any common questions or concerns that might come up when making instant coffee cake. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers to help ensure you have the best possible results with this recipe.

Can you use instant coffee for cake?

Adding a dash of espresso or instant coffee can transform the taste of cakes, cookies, and custards. These ingredients can be easily triggered by the addition of any liquid, including eggs or butter.

Can you bake with instant coffee?

Looking for a substitute to espresso powder in your chocolate desserts or spice rubs? Instant coffee might just be the solution you’re looking for! While they share similarities, instant coffee is a less concentrated alternative which will add less richness to your recipe.

Can you add instant coffee to box cake mix?

If you want to enhance the richness of your chocolate baked goods, consider incorporating some instant espresso or coffee into the recipe. You can achieve this by replacing a portion of the water with strong coffee. Doing so will add depth and complexity to the chocolate flavor, making your baked goods even more scrumptious.

How much instant coffee to add to cake?

As a barista, I suggest that if you want to enhance the rich chocolate taste in your baked goods, a teaspoon or less of espresso powder or instant coffee granules will do the trick. Using espresso powder is preferable as it has a more concentrated flavor profile, and a small quantity can significantly elevate the taste of your desserts.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this instant coffee cake recipe is the perfect dessert for anyone who loves coffee and baked goods. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you can make a delicious coffee cake in no time, without compromising on flavor or quality. The recipe is incredibly versatile, allowing you to customize it to your liking by adding your favorite flavors or toppings.

Whether you’re a novice baker or an experienced chef, this recipe is sure to become one of your go-to options for satisfying your sweet cravings. Plus, the convenience of using instant coffee granules makes it a great option for busy mornings when you need a quick breakfast treat.

So don’t wait any longer and give this ultimate instant coffee cake recipe a try. You won’t regret it!

Instant Coffee Cake

Instant Coffee Cake Recipe

This is my sister-in-law's recipe and makes a tray-sized cake that can be sprinkled with powdered sugar, cut up into small rectanular pieces, and brought to an event.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Global
Calories 138.2 kcal


  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 400 g margarine
  • 40 g yeast
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules


  • Knead together the flour, yolks, margarine, yeast, water and 1/2 cup of the sugar.
  • Divide the dough into 3 parts and roll old into oven-tray-sized rectangles on floured parchment paper.
  • Whip up the egg whites until stiff and gradually add the remaining 1.5 cups of sugar until shiny. Keep the mixer running as you add the instant coffee granules.
  • Spread half of the coffee cream on the first layer of dough, lay another layer of dough on top of the cream, spread a second layer of cream on top of it, and cover with the last layer of dough.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes at 325 degrees Celsius.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 34gCalories: 138.2kcalCarbohydrates: 17.1gProtein: 2.1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 14.9mgSodium: 82mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, For Large Groups, Kosher
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