Heavenly Overnight Coffee Cake Recipe for Breakfast!

Welcome to my recipe for Overnight Coffee Cake! As a barista, I know that there is nothing like a warm slice of coffee cake to go with your morning cup of Joe. This recipe takes that classic pairing and elevates it to the next level with a delicious and easy overnight preparation.

What makes this coffee cake so special is not just the rich flavor of cinnamon and pecans, but also the ease of preparation. By preparing the cake batter ahead of time and letting it sit in the refrigerator overnight, you can wake up to a fresh and hot breakfast cake without any of the hassle.

I am confident that once you try this overnight coffee cake, it will become a staple in your household for breakfasts or even as a dessert option. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you. So let’s get started with the ingredient list and make some delicious coffee cake!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Overnight Coffee Cake
Overnight Coffee Cake

If you are a lover of coffee and desserts, this recipe will be your new favorite. The overnight coffee cake recipe is an amazing dessert that is packed full of delicious flavors and is super easy to make. Here are some reasons why you’ll love this recipe:

Firstly, the recipe ingredients are readily available in most kitchens, so you don’t have to stress about going out of your way to buy special ingredients. Secondly, the cake itself is moist, tender and has the perfect amount of sweetness. Thirdly, the streusel topping made with cinnamon, pecans, brown sugar, creates a sweet and nutty topping that’s crunchy and so addictive.

Furthermore, you can use different variations like eggnog coffee or cinnamon pecan coffee to give it an extra dimension that will appeal to everyone’s taste buds. You can have it as a breakfast cake or serve it up as an impressive dessert for friends and family.

Also, as the name suggests, this cake can be prepared overnight which saves you time in the morning especially if you’re expecting guests for brunch or dinner. All you have to do is mix the batter the night before and leave it in the fridge. This way the flavors of the ingredients can meld together creating an even more delicious cake.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a dessert to impress your loved ones with something special or add variety to your breakfast lineup-you’ll definitely want to try this easy overnight coffee cake recipe. It has everything- delicious flavors, effortless preparation process, flexibility in flavor options – that makes it irresistible. You won’t regret indulging in a slice; better yet make two!

Ingredient List

 Wake up to a warm and delicious Overnight Coffee Cake!
Wake up to a warm and delicious Overnight Coffee Cake!

Ingredient List for Overnight Coffee Cake

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious overnight coffee cake:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ¾ cup of sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, softened
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • ½ cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup of strong coffee, cooled

Ingredients Breakdown

To make things easier to follow, let’s break down the ingredients into three main categories: dry ingredients, wet ingredients, and caffeine.

The Recipe How-To

 Satisfy your coffee and cake cravings in one go!
Satisfy your coffee and cake cravings in one go!

Step 1: Prepare the Pan

Before making the cake batter, I recommend preparing the pan. Grease a 10-cup Bundt pan with butter or cooking spray to prevent stickiness. Be sure to coat every nook and cranny thoroughly.

Step 2: Make the Streusel Topping

In a separate bowl, stir together ½ cup of brown sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1 cup of chopped pecans until well combined. Set aside.

Step 3: Make the Cake Batter

In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup of softened butter and 1 ½ cups of granulated white sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Add in two eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition.

In another mixing bowl, whisk together three cups of all-purpose flour, two teaspoons of baking powder, one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of salt, and one teaspoon of nutmeg. Incorporate half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture, then add in one cup of sour cream followed by the rest of the dry ingredients.

Step 4: Create Layers

Begin layering your cake by spooning half of the batter into the prepared pan. Then sprinkle on half of the streusel topping. Carefully spoon the rest of batter over the streusel layer and top with remaining streusel.

Step 5: Chill Overnight

Cover your bundt pan tightly with plastic wrap before placing it in the fridge overnight for no less than eight hours up to fifteen.

Step 6: Bake and Serve

The next day preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and bake your chilled coffee cake for about 45-50 minutes until it’s golden brown on top.

Allow your cake to stand for ten minutes once it’s done baking before removing it from the pan onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve for breakfast, dessert, or even dinner rolls.

Substitutions and Variations

 A slice of this coffee cake with a hot cup of coffee is breakfast goals!
A slice of this coffee cake with a hot cup of coffee is breakfast goals!

Coffee cake is a versatile recipe, allowing for various substitutions and variations to suit your taste preferences. Here are some simple substitutions and variations to try:

– Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake: Instead of using the streusel topping suggested in the recipe, add finely chopped pecans or walnuts with a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, mix well, and sprinkle over the cake batter before baking. The nuts add a lovely crunch to the coffee cake.

– Eggnog Coffee Cake: In place of the sour cream called for in the recipe, use eggnog to give a festive holiday twist to your coffee cake. You can also add a teaspoon of nutmeg for extra flavor.

– Breakfast Cake: If you want to make this recipe as a breakfast treat, reduce the sugar by half and top with fresh berries or sliced fruit. This will give you a more nutritious option while still satisfying your sweet tooth.

– Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake: Prepare the cake batter as instructed in the recipe and swap out the streusel topping with cream cheese frosting drizzled all over it. This will give you the flavors of a classic cinnamon roll in coffee cake form.

– Dinner Roll Coffee Cake: Add 1/3 cup of milk or water to the recipe’s ingredients and use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour. The texture will be more like dinner rolls.

These variations are simple twists that can take your coffee cake from basic to gourmet. Experimenting with substitutions and variations allows you to personalize this recipe according to your unique taste preferences. Don’t shy away from trying new things as you might find new favorites through those small changes.

Serving and Pairing

 Impress your family and friends with this easy and tasty Overnight Coffee Cake.
Impress your family and friends with this easy and tasty Overnight Coffee Cake.

Now that you’ve baked an amazing coffee cake, it’s time to enjoy it! This overnight coffee cake is perfect for any occasion. It makes a scrumptious breakfast cake, a delightful afternoon snack, and an indulgent after-dinner dessert. The aroma of cinnamon and pecans will fill your home and tempt your taste buds.

When serving, slice the coffee cake into generous portions and serve it slightly warm or at room temperature. You can pair it with a fresh cup of coffee or even eggnog to complement the coffee flavor. Alternatively, you can serve it with a dollop of sweet whipped cream on top or sprinkle some powdered sugar over the crumble cake.

This coffee cake also makes a fantastic dessert that can be paired with ice cream or sorbet. The tangy sour cream combined with the nutty pecans and cinnamon creates a heavenly combination that satisfies any sweet cravings.

If you want to get creative, you could even incorporate your overnight coffee cake into other recipe creations such as French toast, bread pudding, or morning muffins. If you have leftovers, wrap them up tightly in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge for up to three days.

Regardless of how you serve this delicious treat, it will surely become one of your favorite desserts. So go ahead and indulge in this wonderful recipe at any time of day!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This recipe is perfect for those who love to prep ahead for breakfast.
This recipe is perfect for those who love to prep ahead for breakfast.

One of the shining qualities of this overnight coffee cake recipe is that it can be made ahead, stored and reheated with great results. The convenience factor of a make-ahead breakfast or dessert cannot be overstated. It allows you to spend more time enjoying your meal and less time preparing it.

To make this coffee cake ahead of time, simply prepare the cake batter according to the recipe instructions. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap or transfer it into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Remember, the longer you let it sit, the more flavorful and moist it will become.

When you’re ready to bake, follow the recipe instructions for layering and adding the crumble topping. Then pop it in the oven and wait for the magic to happen. Once baked, let it cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Storing this overnight coffee cake couldn’t be easier. Simply keep it refrigerated for up to three days. To reheat a slice or two, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), then place the desired amount of cake onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 5-10 minutes until heated through.

Alternatively, you can also microwave individual slices for 15-20 seconds on high power until warm.

For best results, avoid freezing this coffee cake as it may lose some of its texture and flavor when thawed. But no worries there, with its mouth-watering taste and easy make-ahead abilities, there’s no need to freeze anyways!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Layers of cinnamon and brown sugar in every bite!
Layers of cinnamon and brown sugar in every bite!

To ensure that your overnight coffee cake comes out perfectly, here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind:

1. Use Room Temperature Ingredients:

It’s important to bring ingredients such as sour cream, eggs, and butter to room temperature before incorporating them into the batter. Room temperature ingredients mix more easily and create a smoother texture.

2. Don’t Overmix the Batter:

When it comes to mixing the batter, less is more. Overmixing can cause tough cakes because it develops too much gluten in the flour. Mix the batter until everything is just incorporated, but don’t keep going after that.

3. Don’t Overbake:

Overbaking will turn your cake from a delicious breakfast treat into a dry, crumbly mess. Check often once it’s time for baking—the cake should be moist but cooked through when tested with a toothpick.

4. Make Sure Your Baking Powder and Baking Soda Are Fresh:

Old baking powder and baking soda won’t rise as well or evenly throughout the cake batter. Check the expiration dates before using them.

5. Let It Cool Before Serving:

Let your cool the coffee cake completely before serving so that all the flavors can meld together for perfection.

By following these tips, you’re sure to come out with a fantastic overnight coffee cake that’s sure to be the talk of the breakfast table!


Now, let’s move onto the frequently asked questions. These are some of the queries that are frequently asked by people who follow this overnight coffee cake recipe, and I am here to provide you with the answers every step of the way. So, let’s dive in and answer any lingering questions you may have about this delicious cinnamon pecan coffee cake recipe.

Can I refrigerate coffee cake batter overnight?

To maintain its freshness and ability to rise, it’s possible to store the cake batter in the refrigerator for an extended period of time, up to 48 hours.

Can I leave coffee cake out overnight?

As a barista, I often receive queries about the shelf life and storage of sour cream coffee cake. Here’s what you need to know: Storing the cake in an airtight container at room temperature will keep it fresh for up to 3 days without needing refrigeration. But if you want the cake to last longer, refrigeration is the way to go. You can store it in the fridge for up to a week. And if you think you won’t be able to finish it within that time, freezing it is the best option. The cake can be frozen for up to three months.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

What makes coffee cakes different from other cakes is their distinct streusel topping and the absence of frosting. While some variations may have a light glaze, it is the crumbly and sweet streusel that sets them apart. Additionally, coffee cakes can be infused with swirls of streusel, as well as delightful fillings of nuts, fruit or chocolate.

What makes a coffee cake a coffee cake?

When it comes to coffee cake, the name can be a little misleading since there’s no coffee in the actual cake. The cake itself is typically soft and fluffy and is topped with a sweet, crumbly streusel mixture. It’s perfect to pair with a cup of coffee or some other warm beverage.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this easy overnight coffee cake recipe is a must-try for any coffee and cake lovers. With a moist and tender crumb, delicious streusel topping, and the perfect blend of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecan, this coffee cake is sure to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Not only is it simple to make, but it’s also versatile and can be customized to fit your preference with variations such as eggnog coffee cake or sour cream cinnamon cake. This dessert can be served as a breakfast treat, snack or even as a dinner roll accompaniment.

Additionally, this recipe has make-ahead options which allows you to prepare it in advance, storing and reheating it when you need it. Plus its ability to stay fresh for up to 3 days makes it perfect for meal prep and hosting guests.

So why not try making this delectable overnight coffee cake at home today? With the perfect balance of sweetness and rich coffee flavors, this recipe is bound to become one of your favorites!

Overnight Coffee Cake

Overnight Coffee Cake Recipe

A great make ahead and bake in the morning coffee cake. Have had this recipe for years, but have no idea where it came from.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 coffee cake
Calories 4563.1 kcal


  • 3/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Cream butter and add sugar gradually.
  • Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat.
  • Add sour cream and mix well.
  • Combine flour and next 4 ingredients.
  • Add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Pour into greased and floured 13x9 pan.
  • Combine brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle evenly over batter.
  • Cover and chill 8 hours.
  • Uncover and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or til wooden pick comes out clean.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1187gCalories: 4563.1kcalCarbohydrates: 573.7gProtein: 52.4gFat: 238.8gSaturated Fat: 124.9gCholesterol: 890.2mgSodium: 4097.2mgFiber: 13.7gSugar: 363.4g
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