Delicious Orange Coffee Cake Recipe for a Heavenly Breakfast

Welcome to my Orange Coffee Cake recipe! This is a delicious and unique twist on the classic coffee cake that you won’t find anywhere else. If you love coffee cake, then you’ll love this recipe even more because it’s infused with the bright and refreshing flavor of oranges.

What makes this coffee cake special is the combination of sweet sugar, nutty walnuts and fragrant orange zest in both the carefully crafted streusel topping and within the cake itself. The streusel topping is perfectly crumbly and adds a delicious crunch to each bite.

Trust me when I say that this orange coffee cake is unlike anything else you’ve ever tasted. It’s perfect for serving at breakfast or brunch, or for a sweet afternoon snack with your favorite coffee or tea.

So, let’s get started and see what makes my coffee cake recipe Coffee King!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Orange Coffee Cake
Orange Coffee Cake

If you are a coffee lover like me, then this orange coffee cake recipe is definitely for you! This recipe combines the sweet and tangy flavors of an orange with the bold and rich taste of coffee to create a flavorful and unforgettable experience.

The main ingredient in this recipe is coffee, which adds a unique twist to the traditional coffee cake. The coffee not only enhances the flavor of the cake but also gives it a moist and tender texture, resulting in a crumbly yet soft and fluffy cake.

But what makes this cake even more special is the addition of orange zest and juice. The zest gives a citrusy aroma to the cake while the juice enhances the flavor, making it perfect for anyone who loves fruity desserts.

And let’s not forget about the streusel topping, which adds a crunchy texture to each bite! Made with butter, walnuts, granulated sugar, and cinnamon, this topping perfectly complements the sweetness of the cake.

Whether you’re hosting a brunch or just looking for a delicious weekend treat, this orange coffee cake will surely satisfy your cravings. So why not give it a try? Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Sweet oranges and fluffy cake make the perfect dessert combination.
Sweet oranges and fluffy cake make the perfect dessert combination.

Here are the ingredients you will need for this delicious Orange Coffee Cake Recipe:

  • For the cake:

    • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
    • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • Grated zest from one orange
    • Juice from half an orange
    • 1 tablespoon of baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoon of water to make orange paste
    • 3/4 cup of sour cream
  • For the streusel topping:

    • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
    • Grated zest from one orange
    • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • For the glaze:

    • 1/2 package (4 ounces) of cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

  • Optional:

  • Walnuts for garnish.

The Recipe How-To

 The citrus aroma of orange works like magic with coffee in this recipe.
The citrus aroma of orange works like magic with coffee in this recipe.

Now that we’ve covered the why and what, let’s dive into the how-to of making this Orange Coffee Cake recipe. Make sure to read through the entire recipe before starting and gather all your ingredients and cooking tools in one place for easy access.

Step 1: Make the Orange Streusel

The first step is making the orange streusel. In a medium-sized bowl, mix 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 cup of brown butter until it becomes crumbly. Stir in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest. Put this aside for later.

Step 2: Prepare the Cake Batter

Next, it’s time to make the cake batter. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of softened unsalted butter and 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add in 3 large eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest, 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

In another bowl, sift together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder ,and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Alternate adding the flour mixture and 1 cup of sour cream to the creamed butter mixture until smooth.

Step 3: Add Orange Streusel Layer

Spread half the cake batter in the pre-greased baking pan then sprinkle half the orange streusel over the batter. Add another layer of cake batter and finish it off with an even layer of the remaining orange streusel topping.

Step 4: Bake

Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the baking pan for 10-15 minutes.

Step 5: Glaze

While waiting for the cake to cool, you can start preparing the glaze. In a medium-sized bowl, beat 4 ounces of cream cheese until light and fluffy then add 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest, and 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice. Mix everything until smooth.

Step 6: Serve

Once the cake is cooled down, drizzle generously with the prepared glaze before serving. This Orange Coffee Cake recipe is perfect to pair with a fresh cup of coffee or cold glass of *m

Substitutions and Variations

 Enjoy your morning cup of Joe with a delicious slice of orange coffee cake.
Enjoy your morning cup of Joe with a delicious slice of orange coffee cake.

There are numerous ways you can modify the Orange Coffee Cake recipe to create delightful variations. Below are some suggestions:

– Streusel Topping Variations: The classic streusel topping in this coffee cake uses walnuts, but you can use other nuts like pecans or almonds for a nutty taste. Additionally, you can add extra spices like cinnamon and cardamom for added flavor. You can also substitute half of the streusel topping with chocolate chips for a mocha-like taste.

– Cheese Variations: If you prefer to use cream cheese instead of regular butter in the filling, try mixing it with confectioners’ sugar and orange zest for cream cheese frosting-like filling.

– Cranberry Orange Coffee Cake: Add dried cranberries or fresh cranberries into the batter along with orange zest to make a mouthwatering Cranberry Orange Coffeecake. Also, a small amount of cardamom or cinnamon can be added to the batter and streusel mixture for additional flavor.

– Other Fruits Variations: Instead of orange juice and zest, you may use other fruit juices such as lemon, grapefruit, or apple cider. Additionally, you can replace 1 cup of flour in the recipe with applesauce, pumpkin puree or grated carrots for a healthy twist.

– Gluten-Free Variation: For those who prefer gluten-free options, substitute purpose flour with gluten-free baking mix, almond flour, or coconut flour at a one-to-one ratio.

Remember, whatever substitution or modification you choose to make sure it complements your taste buds and elevates the flavor of the Orange Coffee Cake. Be creative in experimenting with these substitutions and see what variation suits your preference.

Serving and Pairing

 Trust me, the taste of this cake will put a smile on your face.
Trust me, the taste of this cake will put a smile on your face.

Once you’ve baked your delectable Orange Coffee Cake to perfection, the next step is to get creative with how you present it. One of the great things about this coffee cake is that it’s versatile and pairs well with a variety of beverages, making it perfect to serve for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert.

For a classic pairing, try serving the Orange Coffee Cake with a cup of hot coffee or tea. The orange zest in the cake complements the earthy tones of coffee, while the buttery flavor cuts through the bitterness.

If you’re looking for a more refreshing pairing, try serving the cake with fresh orange juice or a mimosa. The citrus flavors will enhance each other and create a bright and revitalizing taste.

If you want to get even more creative, you can serve the Orange Coffee Cake with a side of whipped cream or cream cheese frosting. The creamy texture balances out the crumbly cake and adds an extra layer of sweetness.

For those who fancy something more indulgent, chocolate sauce or Nutella spread on top of the cake could be an excellent choice. This combination creates a rich and decadent dessert that is perfect for any special occasion.

In conclusion, how you serve and pair your Orange Coffee Cake largely depends on your preference. Feel free to experiment with different combinations until you find what works best for you!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This recipe is simple to make and requires only a few ingredients.
This recipe is simple to make and requires only a few ingredients.

One of the best things about this orange coffee cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, making it perfect for special occasions or busy mornings. You can prepare the cake batter and streusel topping up to 24 hours in advance and store them separately in the refrigerator. The next day, simply mix the batter and streusel together and bake according to the recipe instructions.

To store any leftovers, allow the cake to cool completely before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. It can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days, but it’s best to store it in the refrigerator if you want it to last longer than that. After several days in the refrigerator, the cake may become a bit dry or stale, but you can freshen it up by reheating it in the oven or microwave.

To reheat the cake, let it come to room temperature first if it has been in the refrigerator. Then, you can either reheat individual slices in a microwave for about 10-20 seconds each, or wrap the whole cake tightly in aluminum foil and reheat it in a preheated 350°F oven for about 10-15 minutes.

While reheating, take care not to overheat as overcooking may make the cake dry out further. Additionally, know that adding some whipped cream on top would provide some added moisture.

Overall, this orange coffee cake is an ideal choice when you want something easy and delicious that can be prepared ahead of time and enjoyed either hot or cold.

Tips for Perfect Results

 You can easily customize the cake by adding your favorite spices and nuts.
You can easily customize the cake by adding your favorite spices and nuts.

Whenever I make this orange coffee cake, I follow a few simple tips to ensure perfect results every time. These tips can help you create a moist, tender and flavorful cake that your family and friends will love. Here are the tips for baking the best orange coffee cake:

1. Don’t over mix the batter: Overmixing the batter can result in dense and dry cake. Mix the ingredients until they are just combined before pouring it into the pan.

2. Room temperature ingredients are key: Using room temperature ingredients will ensure that everything mixes together properly and will create a consistent texture.

3. Grease the pan properly: Make sure to generously grease your pan, especially if you’re not using non-stick cookware, to prevent sticking and help you take out pieces with ease.

4. Use fresh orange zest and juice: Fresh orange juice and zest adds a bright citrus flavor that can’t be beaten by store-bought counterparts. You can taste the difference using fresh ingredients make in this recipe.

5. Add streusel topping evenly: Be sure to layer the streusel topping evenly so each slice of cake gets just the right amount of crunch.

By following these tips, you can make a deliciously moist and tangy orange coffee cake that will quickly become one of your go-to recipes for breakfast, dessert or anytime in between!


As with any recipe, questions may arise while preparing this orange coffee cake. To help address some commonly asked questions, here are a few FAQs that may be helpful to know before getting started.

What makes a coffee cake a coffee cake?

Coffee cake, as its name suggests, is a delectable cake that is often served alongside a cup of coffee. Contrary to what one might expect, there is no coffee flavor in the actual cake. Instead, it is a soft cake that comes topped with a sweet and crumbly streusel topping.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

What sets coffee cakes apart from other cakes is their unique streusel topping and the fact that they are typically not frosted. Certain coffee cakes may feature a streusel swirl or are packed with flavorful additions like fruit, nuts, or chocolate. While they may have a light glaze, the focus is on the delightful texture and taste of the cake itself.

Can you add coffee to box cake mix?

If you want to enhance the taste of your cake mix, using a substitution for hot water could work wonders. A perfect pairing for chocolate is the strong brewed coffee which can add depth and richness to your cake’s flavor profile.

What’s the difference between coffee cake and streusel?

When it comes to crumb cake and coffee cake, the amount of streusel topping used is the primary distinguishing factor. Crumb cake usually has a more substantial layer of streusel topping as compared to coffee cake, which can also be prepared without the streusel topping altogether.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this orange coffee cake recipe is an ideal choice for any occasion, be it a casual breakfast or a formal gathering. This recipe will win the hearts of your guests with its tantalizing aroma and mouth-watering taste. The combination of orange zest and coffee makes a perfect blend that adds a distinct flavor to the cake. Additionally, the streusel topping gives a delightful crunch to every bite.

Overall, this recipe is easy to follow, with many substitutions and variations available to suit your preference. You can choose between cranberry orange coffee cake, orange almond coffee cake, chocolate cake, or bundt cake. Also, you can make some alterations by adding cream cheese frosting, slicing the cake horizontally to make a layered cake or serve alongside whipped cream.

Remember to experiment with this recipe until you achieve perfection. Add some nuts like walnuts if you wish or switch from butter to brown butter for an enhanced flavor. You can also use king arthur flour and confectioners’ sugar instead of granulated sugar for that perfect crumb top.

In conclusion, what makes coffee cake complete without trying everything all at once? Trust us on this one; you’ll love it!

Orange Coffee Cake

Orange Coffee Cake Recipe

Another Paula Deen recipe that is so easy thanks to the refrigerated biscuits. The glaze makes them extra delicious! I heated the left overs individually in the microwave for a sweet snack later in the day. These would be great for a pot-luck or brunch.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 339.6 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 1 (16 1/3 ounce) can refrigerated biscuits (recommended ( Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers)
  • 1/4 cup minced walnuts
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest


  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (or more)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan.
  • Separate the biscuit dough into 8 biscuits. Place 1 biscuit in the center of the pan. Cut the remaining biscuits in half, forming 14 half-circles. Arrange the pieces around the center biscuit with cut sides facing in the same direction. Brush melted butter over the tops of the biscuits.
  • In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, granulated sugar, and orange zest. Mix well and sprinkle over biscuits. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, and orange juice. Blend until smooth adding more orange juice, if needed, to thin. Drizzle glaze over the warm coffee cake and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 92gCalories: 339.6kcalCarbohydrates: 44.5gProtein: 5gFat: 16.3gSaturated Fat: 5.8gCholesterol: 15.4mgSodium: 737.4mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 20.8g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, Citrus, Dessert, Easy, Fruit, Kid-Friendly, Low Protein, Oranges
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