Delicious Jam Swirl Coffee Cake to Satisfy Your Cravings

Welcome coffee and cake lovers! Today, I am excited to share with you my latest creation, the Jam Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe. This recipe combines the classic flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, with a delicious raspberry swirl and a crumbly streusel topping that will leave you wanting more.

Nothing beats the aroma of fresh coffee and warm, homemade cake on a lazy weekend morning. It’s the perfect treat for yourself or a way to impress your guests at your next brunch. With this recipe, you don’t have to be a professional baker to create a decadent and flavorful cake that will satisfy even the sweetest sweet tooth.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced baker, this recipe is easy to follow and uses simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Plus, it’s versatile too! You can easily substitute the raspberry jam for your favorite fruit jam like blueberry or strawberry.

So why settle for average store-bought desserts when you can make your own Jam Swirl Coffee Cake? Trust me; your taste buds will thank you for it! Let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Jam Swirl Coffee Cake
Jam Swirl Coffee Cake

Are you looking for a coffee cake recipe that’s going to knock your socks off? Well, look no further! Our Jam Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect combination of sweetness, warm spices, and a jam swirl that will make you go “mmm” with every bite.

Firstly, this cake recipe is incredibly easy to whip up. With just a few basic ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter, and eggs, you’ll have everything you need to make this delicious coffee cake. Plus, the addition of buttermilk in the batter adds an extra layer of tangy flavor and makes for a moist and fluffy cake.

Speaking of flavor, this jam swirled coffee cake has it in spades. The combination of nutmeg and cinnamon in the batter gives it a warming spice undertone while the raspberry jam swirl adds a burst of fruity sweetness that balances out the spice perfectly.

But don’t just take my word for it! This coffee cake can be customized to your liking by swapping out the raspberry jam for your favorite fruit preserve such as guava, blackberry or even hazelnut spread. Not to mention that you can switch up the crumb topping with our streusel topping recipe or adding some fresh fruit on top before baking!

Lastly, this coffee cake is perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s a lazy Sunday brunch or a mid-day pick-me-up at work, this mouthwatering dessert is sure to please everyone who tastes it.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and get baking! You won’t regret trying this Jam Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you.

Ingredient List

 Dive into a slice of heaven
Dive into a slice of heaven

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the Jam Swirl:

  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam (or your favorite jam)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

This is a jam swirl coffee cake recipe that uses some classic ingredients and a few that may surprise you. The all-purpose flour creates a light and tender crumb while the addition of buttermilk gives it a tangy note that pairs well with the sweetness of the jam. Don’t skip the crumb topping, which adds texture and depth of flavor to each slice.

The Recipe How-To

 Warm and gooey goodness
Warm and gooey goodness

Now that you know why this Jam Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe is so special, let’s dive into the how-to. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a delicious cake that will please everyone at your table.


First, you need to preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray. Then, mix the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp of baking soda, 2 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt.

In another bowl, beat together 3/4 cups of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of unsalted butter until smooth and fluffy.

Batter Preparation

Secondly, add in two large eggs one by one, beating well after each addition. Add half of the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix well, then add 1/2 cup buttermilk and mix again. Finally, stir in the remaining flour mixture.

Create Jam Swirls

Next is the fun part: creating the jam swirls! Spread half of the cake batter evenly into your prepared pan. Drop spoonfuls (about 1/3 cup) of raspberry jam on top, and use a knife or skewer to gently swirl the jam throughout the batter. Repeat with another layer of cake batter followed by another layer (about 1/3 cup) of raspberry jam swirled throughout.

Add Streusel Topping

For added crunch and sweetness, create the streusel topping for which you will need:

  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl until it resembles coarse sand. Sprinkle the streusel mixture evenly over the top of the cake batter.


Bake the cake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Once done, remove from the heat, and let it cool before slicing into squares and serving.

Enjoy your homemade Jam Swirl Coffee Cake with a nice cup of coffee or tea. It will keep fresh for up to three days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect blend of sweet and rich
The perfect blend of sweet and rich

Everyone loves a good coffee cake, and this jam swirl coffee cake recipe is no exception. But what if you’re looking to switch up the recipe a bit? Luckily, there are some substitutions and variations you can try!

1. Gluten-Free: To make this recipe gluten-free, simply substitute the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour blend. One of my favorites is the King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour. Keep in mind that the texture of the cake may be slightly different than the original recipe.

2. Jam Flavor: While this recipe calls for raspberry jam, you can easily swap it out for your favorite jam flavor. Try blackberry, strawberry, or even guava jam to mix things up.

3. Streusel Topping: The streusel topping in this recipe is sweet and crumbly. If you prefer a different type of topping or want to switch it up, you can try adding chopped nuts or dried fruit to the crumb mixture.

4. Bundt Cake: If you want to make this recipe into a bundt cake, simply double the ingredients and bake in a greased 10-12 cup bundt pan for 50-60 minutes.

5. Cream Cheese Filling: For an extra indulgent twist, try adding a cream cheese filling to your jam swirled coffee cake! Mix together 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1 egg until smooth. Spoon half of the cake batter into your prepared pan, add dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top (use about half), then add the remaining batter on top.

No matter which substitutions or variations you choose to try, this jam swirl coffee cake recipe is sure to be a hit!

Serving and Pairing

 A symphony of flavors in every bite
A symphony of flavors in every bite

This Jam Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe is a delicious option for coffee lovers and cake enthusiasts who are looking for a scrumptious treat. This cake can be served warm, room temperature or even cold, as it tastes delectable in all ways. Whip up a cup of hot coffee or tea and treat yourself to this decadent cake that is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or any time of the day.

Serving suggestions include serving the cake with whipped cream, a spoonful of homemade berry compote, or powdered sugar dusted on top. The sweetness of the cake perfectly pairs with tangy berries and adds to the luscious flavor profile.

If you prefer a more substantial breakfast, pair this Jam Swirl Coffee Cake recipe with a glass of fresh orange juice or a tall glass of milk. The buttermilk in the recipe adds a mild tanginess to the crumbly texture and makes it lighter and fluffier.

If you’re hosting guests over for brunch or an afternoon tea party, why not serve this cake along with some fresh fruits? Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries or even sliced peaches make excellent choices as they complement the flavors of the cake quite well.

This cake’s versatility allows it to be paired with various beverages such as fruity cocktails or even wine. It pairs excellently with a hot latte and iced coffees like mochas.

Overall, this jam swirl coffee cake recipe is simple to make, can easily be modified to accommodate any dietary restrictions and is perfect for serving at any occasion. So bake your way into happiness and enjoy every bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A sweet treat that's worth the calories
A sweet treat that’s worth the calories

The Jam Swirl Coffee Cake recipe is perfect for make-ahead preparation. Once baked and cooled, the cake can be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. If you plan on storing it longer, you can freeze the cake for up to two months. Just be sure to tightly wrap it in plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer.

When you’re ready to serve, thaw the cake overnight in the refrigerator if it was frozen. Once thawed or if it was refrigerated, cut into slices, and warm each slice in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or reheat it in the oven at 350°F for 5-8 minutes or until warmed through.

If you want to reheat the entire cake, preheat your oven to 350°F and cover the cake with aluminum foil. Heat it for 20-25 minutes or until completely heated through.

It’s important to note that reheating this cake in a microwave may make it slightly soggy due to its moist texture. Thus, use an oven if you wish your coffee cake to retain its original texture while reheating.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Take a break and indulge in every bite
Take a break and indulge in every bite

As a barista, I think the secret to making a perfect Jam Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe is using fresh and good quality ingredients. Here are some tips that will help you make a delicious and impressive cake every time!

– Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature: The butter, eggs, and buttermilk should be at room temperature before mixing in the batter. This helps to create a uniform mixture and leads to a better texture.

– Sift the flour: Sifting helps the flour to aerate and blend more evenly with the other dry ingredients. Use a sieve or a sifter for this step.

– Avoid over-mixing: Over-mixing the batter will result in a dense and tough cake. Mix until just combined, making sure not to overwork the dough.

– Swirling the jam: Take care when swirling the jam to achieve an even distribution throughout the batter. Use a knife or spatula to create a marble effect, being careful not to mix it in too much.

– Adding spices: Adding nutmeg and cinnamon will enhance the flavors of your coffee cake while adding richness and depth.

– Topping with streusel: The crumb topping adds texture and flavor to your cake. Make sure you sprinkle it evenly over the top of your cake before baking.

– Cooling the cake: Letting the cake cool completely before cutting ensures that it maintains its shape and texture. It also helps to prevent it from crumbling or falling apart in slices.

– Experiment with fillings: Don’t be afraid to try different jams or combinations of jams like raspberry and blueberry swirl coffee or cherry swirl coffee which can add different flavors and colors. You can also try using hazelnut spread or guava jam for an exotic twist on this recipe.

– Have fun with presentation: You can dress up your coffee cake by dusting it with powdered sugar, garnishing with fresh fruits or nuts, or drizzling it with a glaze made of powdered sugar and milk.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make a perfect Jam Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe that your friends and family will simply adore.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Jam Swirl Coffee Cake recipe is a must-try for any coffee lover who wants to enjoy a delicious and comforting treat. Not only is this cake easy to follow, but it also offers many opportunities to personalize and experiment with variations to suit your tastes. The combination of buttery cake, sweet jam filling, and tantalizing streusel topping will make every bite a heavenly experience.

Whether you make this recipe for a weekend brunch or to indulge in with friends over coffee, you can be sure that it will be enjoyed by all. Don’t hesitate to try this recipe, and once you do, its rich flavor and satisfying texture will make it one of your go-to desserts.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your mixing bowl and the ingredients from the list above, and let’s get started on this delicious Jam Swirl Coffee Cake recipe!

Jam Swirl Coffee Cake

Jam Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe

This is a good coffee cake to share. I sometimes bake this in disposable foil pans to give as gifts and I also like to bring this to share at work.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 336.8 kcal


  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 1/3 cup strawberry preserves or 1/3 cup boysenberry preserves


  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar; add 3/4 cup of the flour and blend until mixture resembles crumbs; remove 2/3 cup for topping; reserve.
  • To the remaining crumb mixture add baking powder, salt, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and eggs; beat until smooth Add remaining 1 1/4 cup flour alternately with buttermilk, beating after each addition just until blended.
  • Spread batter in a greased 9-inch-square baking pan.
  • Drop teaspoonfuls of the berry preserves over the top of the batter; cut through the batter with a knife to marble the preserves through the cake.
  • Work reserved mixture between fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle over the top of the batter.
  • Bake in a 375° oven for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 102gCalories: 336.8kcalCarbohydrates: 45.5gProtein: 5.1gFat: 15.2gSaturated Fat: 9.2gCholesterol: 83.9mgSodium: 415.7mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21.6g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Berries, Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, Fruit, Lunch, Oven, Potluck
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