Delicious Coffee Cake Recipe – Perfect for Breakfast

Coffee cake lovers rejoice! I have a recipe that I think you’re going to love. It’s my dear friend Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe and it’s a real showstopper. With its delightfully fluffy texture and heavenly aroma, it’s the perfect thing to whip up for breakfast, brunch, or even just a mid-day snack.

Now, I know there are a lot of coffee cake recipes out there. But let me tell you, not all coffee cakes are created equal. This one in particular is truly something special. The combination of cinnamon and brown sugar in the streusel topping will make your taste buds sing with joy. And don’t even get me started on the moistness that the sour cream brings to the party.

And let’s talk about versatility. This recipe can be made as a full cake, muffins, or even cupcakes if you’re feeling fancy. It can be served warm or cold, on its own or with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Trust me when I say this coffee cake recipe is sure to please.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready for a recipe that will have everyone begging you for seconds (and the recipe too). Let’s dive into the details on why this Shanna Coffee Cake Recipe is not only delicious but also super easy to make.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Shanna's Coffee Cake
Shanna’s Coffee Cake

Are you the type of person who loves a great coffee cake in the morning or as an afternoon pick-me-up? If so, then you’re going to absolutely adore Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe! Let me tell you why.

First of all, this recipe is incredibly versatile. Whether you’re looking for a delicious breakfast or brunch option, a tasty snack to enjoy with your cup of tea or coffee, or just something sweet to satisfy your cravings, this coffee cake recipe has got you covered.

Not only that, but this recipe is unbelievably easy to make. With simple ingredients like flour, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar, salt, and baking powder, combined with milk and eggs, anyone can make this cake! Plus, Shanna’s detailed instructions will guide you every step of the way to ensure your success.

And if you’re worried about the nutritional value of this coffee cake recipe, fear not! Shanna has included ingredient substitutions and variations that cater to your dietary preferences. You can use almond flour or a gluten-free cake mix for a healthier twist. Or if you have a sweet tooth but prefer a sugar-free option, Shanna also provides tips on how to make this recipe without brown sugar!

Finally, when it comes to taste and texture, this coffee cake recipe delivers big time. The sour cream helps keep the cake moist while still being light and fluffy in texture. And let’s not forget about the streusel topping! It adds an unforgettable crunchy texture that will leave your taste buds dancing.

Overall, there are countless reasons why you’ll love Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe. From its versatility and simplicity to its nutritional value and amazing taste and texture – this recipe has it all! So what are you waiting for? Try out this recipe today and get ready for an unforgettable coffee cake experience!

Ingredient List

 Moist, rich and delicious with a fluffy texture – it's Shanna's coffee cake!
Moist, rich and delicious with a fluffy texture – it’s Shanna’s coffee cake!

The Must-Haves for Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe

This coffee cake is made with baking basics, pantry staples and indulgent toppings. Here are the ingredients you need to get started:

  • All-purpose flour: 2 cups
  • Brown sugar: 1 cup
  • Butter: 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks)
  • Baking powder: 2 teaspoons
  • Cinnamon: 1 tablespoon (ground)
  • Salt 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Eggs: 2 large
  • Milk: 3/4 cup

The ingredient list is pretty standard, but don’t let that fool you—it’s the combination of these everyday items that makes this coffee cake recipe extra special! Be sure to use fresh ingredients for the best flavor.

The Recipe How-To

 This coffee cake is absolutely irresistible – perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert.
This coffee cake is absolutely irresistible – perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

Now we’re getting to the good stuff: how to make Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe! This recipe is super easy to follow, so don’t be intimidated. I promise even novice bakers can handle it.

Step 1: Assemble Ingredients and Preheat Oven

Gather all your ingredients together and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 2: Combine Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Set aside.

Step 3: Mix Wet Ingredients

In a separate large bowl, cream together ¾ cup of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 2 eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Step 4: Alternate Wet and Dry Ingredients

Stir in the dry ingredients mixture into the wet ingredients mixture, alternating with ½ cup of milk until well combined.

Step 5: Make Streusel Topping

To prepare the streusel topping, use a fork to combine 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and ¾ cup of brown sugar. Add ½ cup melted butter and toss together until it becomes coarse crumbs.

Step 6: Assemble Cake

Spread half of the batter evenly into a greased 9-inch cake pan, then sprinkle over half of the streusel topping mixture on top. Repeat using the second half of batter and streusel topping mixture on top.

Step 7: Bake It!

Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour or until it passes the toothpick test. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes on a wire rack before serving.

Congratulations! You’ve just baked your own Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe that’s fit for a queen. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 With a generous topping of cinnamon-sugar and crunchy pecans, this cake is simply heaven.
With a generous topping of cinnamon-sugar and crunchy pecans, this cake is simply heaven.

Looking to shake up the traditional Shanna’s Coffee Cake recipe? No problem! Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Gluten-free: Swap out the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour blend. I suggest using a blend that includes xanthan gum for the best texture.

– Vegan: Replace the eggs with a flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water) and use non-dairy milk instead of regular milk.

– Almond Flour: Use almond flour instead of regular all-purpose flour to give your coffee cake a nutty taste and denser consistency.

– Cake Mix: Incorporate a box of yellow or white cake mix along with the ingredients in the recipe for an easy and super quick version of this classic coffee cake.

– Irish Coffee Twist: To add some grown-up flavor, try adding Irish cream liqueur or whiskey to the batter before baking or even serving it alongside hot irish coffee.

– Brown Sugar Crumb Topping: Add an extra layer of deliciousness on top by swapping out the cinnamon sugary streusel for a crunchy brown sugar crumb

– Lemon Twist: Add some zing by mixing in some lemon zest into your batter for a summery lemon coffee cake.

Try experimenting with these substitutions and variations to create your new favorite coffee cake recipe. Just remember, depending on what you substitute or add, you might need to adjust some measurements or bake times. Happy baking!

Serving and Pairing

 Exploding with flavor in every bite, this coffee cake is sure to be your new favorite treat.
Exploding with flavor in every bite, this coffee cake is sure to be your new favorite treat.

This delectable Shanna Coffee Cake recipe is a perfect treat any time of the day. Serve it warm, straight out of the oven, or allow it to cool before slicing and serving. This versatile coffee cake pairs beautifully with a hot cup of coffee, tea, or even cold milk.

For an early morning breakfast or brunch, cut a slice of this irresistible coffee cake and enjoy it with your favorite hot beverage. The cinnamon and brown sugar streusel topping will give you just the right amount of sweetness without being overpowering.

If you’re looking for a unique pairing option, try serving this cake with a dollop of sour cream on top. The tanginess of the cream complements the richness of the cake perfectly. You can also experiment with a variety of fresh berries to add a pop of color and flavor to your plate.

For an indulgent dessert option, serve this coffee cake warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The warm and fluffy cake will melt in your mouth while the ice cream adds a cool and creamy texture to your palate.

Whether served for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, this Shanna Coffee Cake is sure to delight your senses with its flavors and aromas. So go ahead and indulge yourself – you deserve it!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Love cinnamon rolls? Then this cinnamon roll coffee cake is a must-try.
Love cinnamon rolls? Then this cinnamon roll coffee cake is a must-try.

If you want to enjoy a slice of Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe the next day or serve it at an event, you can make it ahead of time and store it appropriately. You can make this coffee cake up to two days in advance and keep it covered at room temperature. The cake stays moist and delicious if wrapped in plastic wrap or placed in an airtight container.

Another option is to freeze the coffee cake for a later date. Wrap it tightly with aluminum foil, and place it in the freezer for up to three months. If you need to serve the coffeecake right away, place it in the refrigerator or on the counter for a few hours, and wait for it to defrost.

When reheating the coffee cake, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and then bake it for about 10-15 minutes. Heating from frozen requires additional time, so if baking directly from the freezer, add another five minutes or so. To ensure even reheating, remove the wrapping before reheating and let it cool slightly after taking it out of the oven.

Overall, storing your Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe correctly allows for fresh flavors that stay intact even when cooled or frozen. Enjoy scrumptious coffee cake whenever you crave!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Flavored with vanilla and almond extract, this coffee cake is rich with aroma and decadence.
Flavored with vanilla and almond extract, this coffee cake is rich with aroma and decadence.

Before we begin, let me share some tips to ensure that you get the perfect results for Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe.

Firstly, make sure to measure out the flour accurately. Too much flour can cause the cake to turn out dense and dry. To avoid this, I recommend using a kitchen scale to measure the flour instead of relying on volume measurements.

Secondly, when adding the streusel topping, make sure to distribute it evenly over the cake batter. This will ensure that every slice has a perfect balance of cinnamon, brown sugar, and buttery goodness.

Thirdly, if you want to make this recipe even more indulgent, try replacing some of the milk in the recipe with heavy cream. This will give the cake a richer flavor and denser texture.

Fourthly, if you’re short on time, try making muffins instead of a full cake. The recipe works perfectly when baked in muffin tins and is great for portion control.

Lastly, I suggest preheating your oven to 375°F and then reducing it to 350°F before placing your cake in the oven. This will ensure that your cake bakes evenly and doesn’t burn or become too dry.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a perfect coffee cake that’s moist, flavorful and has just the right amount of sweetness.

Bottom Line

So there you have it, folks – the mouth-watering and crave-worthy Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe. As a barista, I’m not just passionate about coffee but also about great-tasting baked goods. And Shanna’s recipe is perfect for anyone who loves coffee cake or baked goods in general.

With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, this recipe is perfect for beginners and advanced bakers alike. You won’t regret adding this aromatic and fluffy delight to your breakfast or brunch table.

So why not give this recipe a try? Whether you’re having a casual brunch with friends or treating yourself to a lazy Sunday morning, Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe will surely satisfy your cravings. I assure you that with this recipe, you’ll be able to bake the perfect coffee cake every time.

And as always, don’t be afraid to experiment with your own substitutions and variations. That’s how great recipes are born! Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried making any modifications or if there’s anything else I can help you with.

Now go on, grab some flour, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar, eggs and milk and get baking!

Shanna's Coffee Cake

Shanna’s Coffee Cake Recipe

This came from a friend of my mom's. She worked at a bakery and always made the best baked goods! If you are not big on a lot of topping (why else eat coffee cake) it can be halved easily.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 pan
Calories 4807.9 kcal



  • 1/2 cup margarine (use margarine sticks)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons flour


  • Mix all cake ingredients together.
  • Put 1/2 of the batter in a greased 9 x 13 pan.
  • Mix topping ingredients together, and sprinkle 1/2 on top of them over batter.
  • Dot the top with remaining batter and then sprinkle other 1/2 of topping mixture.
  • Bake 350° for 30 minutes or till golden brown.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1489gCalories: 4807.9kcalCarbohydrates: 844.9gProtein: 64.2gFat: 137gSaturated Fat: 62.5gCholesterol: 589.3mgSodium: 3083mgFiber: 12.4gSugar: 514.4g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, Easy, Grains, Healthy, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Sweet
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