Indulge in Love with Our Valentine Coffee Cake

Are you looking for a special treat to share with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than this recipe for Valentine Coffee Cake! This delightful cake is heart-shaped and filled with all the flavors that scream “I love you”: sweet vanilla, warm cinnamon, and toasty walnuts.

Not only is this coffee cake delicious, it’s also easy to make. Even if you’re not an experienced baker, you can whip up a batch of these cakes in no time at all. And when you present your loved ones with these heart-shaped cinnamon coffee cakes, they’ll be amazed by your thoughtfulness and creativity.

So what are you waiting for? Read on for the ingredient list and the step-by-step recipe instructions. Your Valentine’s Day celebration just got a whole lot sweeter!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Valentine Coffee Cake
Valentine Coffee Cake

Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat to share with your special someone? Look no further than this mouth-watering Valentine Coffee Cake Recipe!

What’s not to love about a heart-shaped cinnamon pecan cake, topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting and finished off with a drizzle of raspberry coffee glaze? The combination of sweet and tangy flavors is sure to win over anyone’s taste buds.

But this recipe isn’t just about the flavor. It’s also easy to make! With simple ingredients like unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, sugar, yeast, and milk, you’ll have everything you need to whip up this delightful treat in no time.

And if you’re feeling creative, why not try out some of the variations offered in the “Substitutions and Variations” section? From chocolate swirl coffee cake to red velvet coffee cake muffins, there are so many ways to personalize this recipe.

So why will you love this recipe? For starters, it’s delicious and easy to make. Plus, it’s versatile enough to suit any taste preferences. And let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a heart-shaped cake on Valentine’s Day?

Don’t settle for boring store-bought treats this year. Try out this Valentine Coffee Cake Recipe and show your loved ones how much you care!

Ingredient List

 A slice of love for your taste buds!
A slice of love for your taste buds!

Valentine Coffee Cake Recipe Ingredients

This Valentine Coffee Cake recipe calls for a range of standard baking ingredients such as unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, egg, sugar and yeast. Here are the complete ingredient requirements:

  • Active Dry Yeast: 1 package (1/4 ounce or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • Milk: 1/2 cup warm (110-115°F)
  • Granulated Sugar: 1/4 cup (or sugar divided use)
  • Unsalted Butter: 6 Tbsp. softened
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • All-Purpose Flour: 2 cups + more if necessary
  • Egg: 1 large
  • Vanilla Extract: 2 teaspoons

For the cinnamon filling:
Unsalted Butter: 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened
Brown Sugar: 1 cup packed
Ground Cinnamon: 4 teaspoons

For the crumb topping:
All-Purpose Flour: 1 cup
Light Brown Sugar: 1/4 cup packed
Ground Cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
Unsalted Butter: 6 Tbsp. softened

For the icing:
Confectioners’ Sugar: 3/4 cup
Milk or Heavy Cream: 2 -3 tablespoons

With these ingredients you will be able to make a delicious coffee cake that is perfect for Valentine’s Day celebration or anytime you want to enjoy it.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect sweet treat for Valentine's Day.
The perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s Day.

Step 1: Activate the yeast

In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup warm milk, 1 tablespoon active dry yeast, and ¼ cup sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes until frothy.

Step 2: Mix the dough

Add to the bowl of yeast mixture – 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 egg, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ cup unsalted butter (softened). Mix everything together with a wooden spoon or spatula until fully combined.

Step 3: Knead the dough

Next, flour a surface and transfer the dough onto it. Knead the dough with your hands for about 10 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.

Step 4: First Rise

Place the kneaded dough into an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a clean tea towel and let it rest in a warm place for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.

Step 5: Roll-Out Dough & Add Toppings

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Spread raspberries all over leaving at least one inch at edges. Start rolling long sides towards each other or curling into itself, pinching seams to seal.

Step 6: Second Rise

Place rolled dough into an oiled baking dish, cover again with plastic wrap, and let rise again for another hour or until doubled in size.

Step 7: Bake

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Brush egg wash over the top of your Valentine day coffee cake. Bake at pre-heated oven for about an hour, or until lightly golden brown on top.

Serve with vanilla ice cream!

Substitutions and Variations

 Indulge in this decadent coffee cake.
Indulge in this decadent coffee cake.

Now let’s talk about some substitutions and variations you can apply to this Valentine Coffee Cake Recipe. This recipe is versatile, so feel free to make it your own by adding your favorite ingredients or adjusting it to your taste preferences.

Instead of walnuts, you can use pecans, almonds or hazelnuts. In case you are allergic to nuts, you can skip the nuts altogether or replace them with chocolate chips or shredded coconut. You can also add fresh berries like raspberries, strawberries or blueberries for a fruity twist.

If you prefer a heart-shaped cinnamon pecan coffee cake, make sure to use a heart-shaped baking pan or shape the dough into a heart before baking.

For a chocolatey twist, substitute some of the flour with cocoa powder and make a chocolate swirl coffee cake. Make sure to add some chocolate chips on top of the crumb topping for extra indulgence!

If you’re looking for an easy coffee cake recipe that doesn’t require yeast, try making an easy sour cream coffee cake instead. It’s moist and delicious, and its texture is similar to that of sponge cake.

Lastly, if you like red velvet flavor, try making a red velvet coffee cake recipe. Simply add some cocoa powder and red food coloring to the batter and voila! You have a Valentine’s Day cake that is perfect for celebrating with your loved ones!

Remember, the possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and ingredients until you find your perfect Valentine Coffee Cake Recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Layers of cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans – oh my!
Layers of cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans – oh my!

Once your Valentine Coffee Cake is ready, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it.

This delightful cake is perfect for serving alongside a cup of hot coffee or tea. Its fluffy texture and sweet yet slightly tangy taste make for a lovely morning or midday treat. You can also serve it as a dessert after dinner paired with a glass of red wine.

Another way to make your Valentine Coffee Cake extra special is by slicing it up into bite-sized pieces and serving them on a platter for a party or gathering. These heart-shaped cinnamon coffee cakes are the ultimate Valentine’s Day dessert and make for an impressive display.

If you’re feeling creative, try pairing this coffee cake with other flavors to make the taste experience even more enjoyable. One fantastic option is drizzling a raspberry sauce over slices of the cake, giving it an extra zing of fruity flavor. You can also add some dollops of whipped cream on top or sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar over the cake to create an extra layer of sweetness.

All in all, Valentine Coffee cake is versatile enough to pair beautifully with different kinds of drinks and desserts – making it an ideal treat for any time of day!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This cake will make your heart skip a beat.
This cake will make your heart skip a beat.

If you’re planning to surprise your loved ones with a delicious treat on Valentine’s Day, then it’s essential to know how to store and reheat the Valentine Coffee Cake properly. You can make the cake ahead of time and store it for later use. The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it 2-3 days in advance without losing the flavor or moistness.

To make ahead:

After making the cake, let it cool completely before storing. Wrap the coffee cake in plastic wrap or an airtight container and keep it at room temperature for up to 3 days.

To store:

If you want to keep it for more than three days, then store it in the refrigerator. You can store the Valentine Coffee Cake for up to a week in the refrigerator. Just make sure to cover the cake with plastic wrap or foil before placing it in the fridge.

To reheat:

When you’re ready to serve, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Take out the wrapped coffee cake from the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Once it has come up to temperature, remove the plastic wrap or foil from around the cake and place it on a baking sheet. Reheat for 15-20 minutes until warmed through.

Another option is reheating individual slices in a microwave. Place a slice on a microwave-safe plate and heat at 50% power level for 30 seconds, check if heated through, and heat in small increments until warmed through.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh-tasting Valentine Coffee Cake every time without compromising on its taste or texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfectly paired with a cup of hot coffee or tea.
Perfectly paired with a cup of hot coffee or tea.

If you want to achieve a perfect Valentine Coffee Cake recipe, follow these tips that I’ve learned in my years of baking experience:

1. Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature: It’s important to have all ingredients, especially the butter and egg, at room temperature for better consistency and uniformity.

2. Measure your ingredients accurately: Using a scale is the best way to measure your ingredients. If you use cups, make sure to level off the flour or sugar before adding them to the bowl.

3. Don’t over-mix your batter: Over-mixing can lead to a tough coffee cake. Mix until all ingredients are just combined.

4. Use parchment paper or non-stick spray: Line your baking pan with parchment paper or use a non-stick spray to avoid any sticking while baking and easier removal from the pan.

5. Check the doneness of the cake: Test if it’s fully baked by using a clean toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, remove it from the oven.

6. Allow it to cool: After removing the coffee cake from the oven, let it cool for 10-15 minutes into the pan before transferring it on a cooling rack.

7. Add toppings accordingly: Depending on what flavor you want to add to coffee cake like raspberry, cinnamon pecan, vanilla, chocolate swirl or red velvet, sprinkle toppings after removing it from the oven but still hot.

8. Store properly: Wrap tightly in foil or plastic wrap and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days or freeze for longer shelf life.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to create a perfect Valentine Coffee Cake that will surely impress whoever you share it with on this special day!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this Valentine Coffee Cake recipe is a perfect way to surprise your loved ones with a delicious treat. Trust me; you won’t regret making this coffee cake, and you will fall in love with it at first bite.

With its fluffy texture, aroma of vanilla and cinnamon, and flavorful raspberry filling, this coffee cake is a sure-fire way to start your day on the right foot. Plus, it’s easy to customize! You can make it into heart-shaped mini muffins or add chocolate swirls to make it extra special.

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or looking for a special breakfast treat, this Valentine Coffee Cake recipe is guaranteed to delight your taste buds. So don’t hesitate to try this recipe out – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Valentine Coffee Cake

Valentine Coffee Cake Recipe

With this easy refrigerator dough, you can mix the dough two days ahead and shape the coffee cake the night before baking. First thing in the morning on Valentine’s Day, all you need to do is to bake this delicious nut and cinnamon cake and bring it to your still sleeping sweetheart.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 heart shaped coffee cake
Calories 4833.3 kcal


  • 1/2 cup milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm (105 to 115 F.)
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces (2 sticks)


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 -3 teaspoons cream or 2 -3 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • In a small bowl, combine the milk, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast foams. Whisk in the salt and egg. Set aside.
  • Measure the flour into a large mixing bowl or into the work bowl of a food processor. Cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients over the flour mixture. Mix lightly with a fork or use short pulses if using the food processor, until the flour is just moistened. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 2 days.
  • When you’re ready to shape the cake (you can shape the coffee cake, cover, refrigerate overnight, and bake it in the morning; or you can shape it, let it rise, and then bake it), remove the dough from the refrigerator.
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet or cover with parchment paper.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out to make a 15 inch circle about 1/3 inch thick. To fill the cake, brush with the melted butter. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle over the dough. Sprinkle with the nuts.
  • Roll up jelly roll fashion. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Fold the roll in half so that one half is on top of the other. Seal the open ends together. With a sharp knife, make a cut from the folded end lengthwise down the center of the roll, cutting from the top roll through to the bottom to within 2 inches of the sealed end. In so doing the folded end of the roll will separate out to form the two lobes of a heart shape. Spread out the two sides to expose the filling.
  • Let rise, lightly covered, until puffy, about 45 minutes, or cover and refrigerate over night. If refrigerated, remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before baking so that the coffee cake can rise and come to room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until light brown. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine the icing ingredients. Drizzle over the warm coffee cake.
  • Makes 1 heart shaped coffee cake.
  • B. Ojakangas’ Great Holiday Baking Book.

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Serving: 1127gCalories: 4833.3kcalCarbohydrates: 529.1gProtein: 58.4gFat: 284.6gSaturated Fat: 156.2gCholesterol: 849.8mgSodium: 1342.2mgFiber: 15.9gSugar: 270.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Yeast
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