Easy Coffee Cake

Breakfast · Cakes & Cupcakes · Recipes · October 26, 2017

The BEST and EASIEST Coffee Cake Recipe! It's moist, delicious and perfect for showers, breakfast and holiday celebrations!

One of my FAVORITE things to make for a breakfast get-together is coffee cake! This next recipe is quick and it is so buttery and cinnamon-y that everyone loves it. My mom first made it for me when I left for a summer camp as a teenager and I remember thinking, “I need to have this recipe in my life!” It was just too good.

I’ve tried a few Coffee Cake recipes before, but none come close to this one. It’s simple and has become a staple for many holiday morning celebrations. And although I hate the word, the cake is moist and full of cinnamon and sugar goodness.

The BEST and EASIEST Coffee Cake Recipe!


If you’re looking for a Β quick and easy treat you can make for a breakfast get together, shower or meeting, then you should try this cake. It always gets two big thumbs up from anyone who tries it. πŸ˜€

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Quick Coffee Cake
The BEST and EASIEST Coffee Cake Recipe! It's moist, delicious and perfect for showers, breakfast and holiday celebrations!
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cup flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup margarine melted
  1. In a large mixing bowl. combine oil, eggs, vanilla and milk together.
  2. In a medium bowl, blend together sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Combine egg mixture with flour mixture. Pour half the batter into a 9x13 pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, prepare streusel by combining brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Sprinkle half of streusel on top of the batter. Top with remaining batter and then sprinkle the remaining streusel on top.
  6. Drizzle with melted margarine.
  7. Bake, uncovered at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Makes 18-24 servings

The BEST and EASIEST Coffee Cake Recipe! Super moist and delicious!

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    Thanks for the recipe. That looks scrumptious! I pinned it and I'm totally going to have to try it soon!

    [email protected] Ties2ThePast

    I β™₯ the video…so cute & soooo funny!!!Thanks!β™₯'sSherry

    Kirsten @ Mushki Loves

    You always have the best posts! I now want to make a coffee cake, bake a cake and sit and watch this video over and over! LOVE this video…it's such a classic! Have a great day!Kirsten

    Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops}

    Yum this looks so good! I'm a sucker for coffee cake πŸ™‚


    oh yum!!! Looks so delicious! Would love for you to come over and link up to my Tasty Tuesday party. http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/


    Your coffee cake sounds absolutely delicious!


    thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Tuesday! can't wait to see what you'll bring this week. http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

    Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy

    This recipe looks great! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's. I'm featuring this for my treat of the week on the link party today!


    How come there is no coffee used in the coffee cake


      Because coffee cake is traditionally served with coffee. If I remember correctly, coffee cake was served more as something for guests to nibble on while having coffee with their hosts and not necessarily as a breakfast item, though that’s what it has become.

        Lil' Luna

        Oh, we love this coffee cake recipe and make it all the time. If you like this you should also check out the cinnamon roll cake – it is so good too!


        Thanks for answering that! I was also wondering why it’s called “coffee cake” but there’s no coffee in it. Now I understand! Thank you! 😊

    Jill Rivard

    Love the cinnamon roll cake πŸ™‚


    I made this bread it is super easy and sooo sooo good…

      Lil' Luna

      It’s definitely one of my favorites! SO glad you like it too. πŸ™‚


    Amazing Coffee Cake, I’m having a piece now with my coffee. My husband loves it and has requested that I make one for him to take to work in the morning. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I LOVE to hear that!! It’s definitely my favorite Coffee Cake recipe! If he likes it you’ll also have to try the Cinnamon Roll Cake (it’s our other favorite!) Thx for stopping by. XO


        Can you bake this in a loaf pan?

          Kristyn Merkley

          I haven’t tried, so honestly, I don’t know for sure. One way to find out πŸ˜‰


    This may be a silly question, but can you use butter instead? I don’t use margarine at all in cooking because of the hydrogenated oils.


    Hello. I baked your quick coffee cake for breakfast this morning and it was gorgeous! So quick and easy, too. This will become a regular for me now – can imagine this with blueberries or peaches mixed in. Just wanted to let people know it tastes as great as it looks.

      Lil' Luna

      I LOVE to hear that!! And I’ve never thought of adding fruit but that sounds divine… looks like I’ll have to try that next time. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚


    It sounds so easy! definitely gonna try. One question only, can I use whole wheat flour?


    I followed your recipe exactly but found that batter was kind of thick. It was hard to pour the second half and spread it out. So I just swirled it with a butter knife to make it marbled cake. It is in the oven now. Hope it turns out well


      I had the same problem just now when I mixed it up following the recipe exactly. Would love to know if anyone else had this problem.


        Had this issue as well. Mines in the oven so fingers crossed it turns out.

          Lil' Luna

          It isn’t a runny batter, so it should be ok! Let us know! Thank you!


            Happy to say it did in fact turn out great! Though next time I make it I think ill just swirl the first half of cinnamon brown sugar through the batter and top with the other half. So delicious! Glad I found this recipe! Thanks πŸ™‚

            Lil' Luna

            Oh, thank you so much!! So glad!!


    Do you think I could make this recipe but pour it into a muffin pan to make coffee cake muffins? πŸ™‚

      Lil' Luna

      I’ve never tried it but I think it would work! I would just decrease the cooking time. I’ll have to give it a try myself and let you know how it goes. πŸ˜‰


    After drizzling the melted butter on top of the streusel, I put it in the oven and baked it. When I took it out the butter was just sitting on top and making it really soggy. Was there something I did wrong?


      I’m having the same problem with the butter and the batter was really really thick. it’s in the oven now, hoping it turns out OK

        Lil' Luna

        How did it turn out Stacey? I hope it did! I’m not sure what is causing the butter to do that. I know that baking times may vary, depending on your dish and oven, so it may need to be in longer. Let me know how it turned out.


      At 25 minutes that is what mine was like with the butter pooling a little on the top. I added 5 minutes more baking time and at the 30 minute mark it was perfectly fine! Can’t wait to dig in tomorrow!

    Elisabeth porter

    Omg I made the coffee cake recipe…divine, it is a keeper! Thank you!

      Lil' Luna

      It’s definitely a keeper in our book too! So simple and so delicious. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!


    Found this recipe on pinterest… Thanks so much! It’s Thanksgiving today and we unexpectedly found ourselves unable to travel to the wonderful dinner waiting at my relative’s house. I was scrambling to at least come up with a special breakfast brunch and this recipe was the perfect addition. It was super fast, easy, and delicious! Not to mention it uses common ingredients that I had on hand… Very important when all the stores are closed! The hubby and kids loved it, thanks again!


    What kind of oil did you use? Can coconut oil be substituted?

      Lil' Luna

      I’ve never tried coconut oil but I think it would work as well. I always use vegetable oil. πŸ™‚


        Thanks! Baked this for a friend to take to work, and it was amazing πŸ™‚

          Lil' Luna

          It’s a favorite of ours too!! Thanks for stopping by, and Happy New Year!


    I just wrote down 4 of your cinnamon recipes (I like cinnamon too). I will be making the cinnamon cresent rolls this morning. They look so yummy and easy. I like easy recipes. Thanks for sharing so many great looking sweets. I’d rather bake than cook. πŸ™‚


    Am I missing something? Where is the coffee in this ‘coffee cake’ Or is it just a cake to have with coffee??

    Still sounds delicious but thought I’d ask!
    : )


      Lil' Luna

      It’s called Coffee Cake because it’s a cake that people like to have with coffee. πŸ˜‰


    In the oven…watch this space. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Dianne McDonald

    OMG!!! I made this tonight for a dessert and everyone loved it! I can’t believe how easy yet so tasty! I served it with a fresh whipped cream on top. Thank you very much for this recipe. Will definitely print this out and save it. πŸ™‚

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks for stopping by, Dianne!! I’m so glad you guys liked it. It’s definitely one of our favorites (delicious AND easy!!) I hope you continue to find other recipes on the site that you love and enjoy. πŸ™‚


    CoffeeCafe is so delicious and super easy to make!! Wondering if you can substitute the flour for whole wheat flour? Trying to figure how can I make it a little bit healthier so my husband and I can have it more often! πŸ™‚


    Thank you for your wonderful recipe! We tried it tonight and it was a HIT! One question, was I supposed to grease the baking dish? The edges were a little crispy. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes! πŸ™‚

    Cyreise Highfill

    Do you prep the 9×13 pan with anything for the Quick Coffee Cake recipe?

      Lil' Luna

      Yes! I’m so sorry! Make sure you grease your pan before you pour in the batter. πŸ˜‰ I hope you LOVE it!! πŸ˜€


    I just made this coffee cake and it is amazing, for the people who do not want a dense cake you have to mix the flour mixture and the egg mixture with a spatula and not an electric mixer. I only used 1 tablespoon of margarine to drizzle on top and it turned out just as great.


      do you use an electric mixer or just a spatula? just wondering…


    Made this tonight for bible study in the morning. Hope it makes it til then! πŸ˜‰ This is an awesome coffee cake…some can get dry on you, not this one! Delish! Thanks for sharing.

      Lil' Luna

      YAY, Amanda! I’m SO glad you like it. It’s definitely a favorite around here too. πŸ˜‰


    Quick question, could I put in pumpkin puree in place of eggs to make it a pumpkin coffee cake?

      Lil' Luna

      I haven’t tried it but I’m pretty sure you can. In fact, I already wrote down on my list for 2016 to do a Pumpkin Coffee Cake version so let me know how it goes. πŸ˜‰

    Jennifer B

    This was the best coffee cake I ever made! I made it for Christmas breakfast and everyone went back for seconds. The only change I made was reduced the melted butter on top to 1/4 cup since it seemed like a lot to me and it was still delicious. 5 star!


    Made this yesterday for Christmas using 1 cup apple sauce instead of oil & extra cinnamon in the streusel. It took maybe 5 mins longer to cook, but was excellent without the oil! Will become a regular at our house. Thank you!


    Hi Kristen,

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I tried it today with a little variation. Added chopped walnuts & a tsp of flour to the streusel mixture. I reduced the brown sugar to 1/2 a cup. I used 4 tsp of melted butter instead of margerine. The cake was too good. Hubby liked it too. Must admit that this is one of my best bakes. Thank you so much.

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you!! So happy to hear you tried and liked the recipe. Love what you did!! It’s definitely a keeper:)


    Made this but used cocoa instead of cinnamon because I’m allergic to cinnamon. The batter was very thick and the butter is sitting on top of the cake its been 25 mins I’ll leave it in until the butter melts but so far not impressed!!!


    this was super good! I replaced half the oil with applesauce (other half coconut oil) and it was moist and lovely. I found I didn’t need/use all the strussel — probably have 1/3 cup left over.


    This recipe is consistently delicious! I’ve made it dozens of times, at home, for school, for meetings, for for friends and family, for brunch and for Christmas morning. It’s so easy, so good and is always appreciated. Thanks so much for sharing it!

      Lil' Luna

      It sure is! That’s why we love it, too! Thanks so much for letting me know that!


    This was amazing! I used it for a brunch gathering I had this morning, and it really turned out perfectly. I truly couldn’t ask for any better coffee cake! Thank you!

      Lil' Luna

      You’re welcome!! SO glad to hear! We love this recipe, too πŸ™‚


    I am late to the party, but I have to say I tried this today and am in love. I’ve made many coffee cakes over the year, and this takes, well, the cake! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

      Lil' Luna

      That makes me happy to hear!! Thank you for letting me know πŸ™‚ We use this recipe all the time…it’s our fav!!


    It was hard to separate the batter. There didn’t seem enough to half it. I put it all in then just put the brown sugar on top it seemed too sweet. I usually like crumb cakes. I may try it again by using 1/2 the brown sugar & adding flour to make it more of a crumb cake. maybe try some cheese or some other flavoring for the center. Not sure I will it was ok. Sorry the center didn’t cook so well in a 35 minutes. I had to cook it another 15 mints.

      Lil' Luna

      Sorry you had troubles with it. Thank you though for giving it a try! This is one of our favorite recipes πŸ™‚


    Very good…bakes 10-15 minutes longer for me. This is my newest go-to for breakfast pot lucks and work events. Everyone loves it!

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!! I’m so glad you found a go-to recipe! πŸ™‚ Thank you!


    Making this right now! I too have some of the same issues as others…batter is too thick to spread in two layers and the butter is just sitting on the top. Some of it melted in but I had to drain a lot of it off. Baking it for another 15 and I crossing my fingers! Smells delicious!

    Samantha Carrillo

    I found this recipe a few months ago and have made it 5 times now 😊 The second it’s gone my family asks for another. As soon as I make another everyone wants to come over and take some home. It’s perfect. Not too sweet or heavy. I have been considering replacing the milk with buttermilk. Do you suppose it would change the flavor or texture too much? I dont want to ruin a good thing πŸ˜‰

      Lil' Luna

      I love hearing that! Thanks so much! I wish I knew. I haven’t added buttermilk before. I don’t like to ruin a good thing either, so I haven’t substituted ingredients for this. I guess you could try?? Let me know if you do πŸ™‚ Thanks!


    I would love to make the quick coffee cake recipe, but I try to stay gluten free. Have you ever made it with GF flour? If so, which one?


      Lil' Luna

      I am so sorry, but I haven’t. Has anyone else? If you bake a lot with it, does it change the recipes ever? If not, I would say, go for it!


    I just made this coffee cake. My batter was like paste and couldn’t spread. I did the best I could with it and it’s in the oven now but I am thinking it’s going to be nothing more than brown sugar and cinnamon with a tiny bit of cake. I read and re-read the recipe and I followed it to the T. Any help on what may have gone wrong. I read some comments about not using an electric beater which I did. Could that be what went wrong?


      I had similar results, and I only used 1/2 of the brown sugar mixture and half of the butter. It seemed like an extraordinarily large amount of brown sugar and butter, and even halved it looks like all brown sugar and no cake. The family will be awake soon to try it. I don’t think its going to go over well


    I made your Quick Coffee cake! The results we’re excellent! My family loves it, it’s easy to make and looks exactly like the picture! Thank you for your recipe! I will be trying a lot more of your recipes.

      Lil' Luna

      I love hearing that! Thanks so much for letting me know. That’s why we love it, too!


    I have made 3 of these coffee cakes in the last 2 days, absolute winner and so easy !

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!!! We love this recipe!! I love hearing that! Thank you so much!!


    I didn’t have any milk but really wanted a coffee cake for breakfast so I substituted the equivalent amount of milk with coffee. It’s really good! Definitely going to make it just like this again.


    I love the Quick Coffee Cake recipe! I’ve made it many times. I do have one suggestion for anyone that the batter turns out too thick. I use 3 eggs instead of 2, makes the batter just right.

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks Brenda! Hope that helps anyone that has problems with the batter.

    Harrison MacInnis

    I made this the other night when I was bored, and my family devoured it so fast we were out the next day. IT IS DELICIOUS and I am already surprising it for my family again!!! Can’t wait to eat this yummy treat again!

      Lil' Luna

      Awe, I love to hear that!! Thanks so much for letting me know!


    Coffee cake has been a favorite breakfast treat of mine for as long as I can remember, and this quick recipe makes it even easier to make! Thank you so much, I can’t wait to try it out. YUM!

      Kristyn Merkley

      Oh, it’s our favorite! I agree with you! Hope you like this recipe! Thank you!


    Can’t wait for the Christmas season to roll around, these are perfect for that time of year!

      Kristyn Merkley

      Yes, it’s a great Christmas morning recipe!!


        I di not like this recipe; I have to say. I am not sure about the taste but this cake has been in the oven for 25 mins and there is just a pool of butter. I used the exact measurements yet it still is dripping. Seems like a good cake. Should I put less butter? Anything would really help, because this seems very tasty and I really want this to work.

          Kristyn Merkley

          Oh, no I am so sorry. Did you drizzle all over it? I know all ovens are different, so it could take a little longer in yours. How did it turn out at the end?


    I combined the brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter to make the streusel (I also added a teaspoon of ground ginger). That way the butter is throughout the coffee cake and no risk of the drizzled butter pooling on top. It’s just about to come out of the oven but it looks and smells amazing.


    Made it and it was delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe! Do you know how well it freezes if I wanna save a batch to serve later on?

      Kristyn Merkley

      You know, I haven’t tried freezing this. I would think it should be ok. We love it so much, that we never have any left, but I should double it & try it myself.


    Hello. I would like to know if I can change margerine for butter? thanks


    I made it and the butter pooled on top and did not cook the middle, I put it in for another 13 minutes with hopes of it being cooked without burning the edges!

      Kristyn Merkley

      Oh, no, I’m sorry. I haven’t had that happen..I wonder what made it do that? How did it turn out after cooking longer?

    Marie L.

    I just made this. It is fantastic! Thank You!
    After 30 minutes in the oven it was not cooked at all.
    I had to cook mine for 1 hour at 350.


    I’m making this right now, but it’s taking a lot longer than 30 mins. I keep adding 5 mins at a time. Any thoughts?

      Kristyn Merkley

      All ovens are different & climate/altitude can effect baking time. I hope it turned out for you πŸ™‚


    This truly *was* the BEST coffee cake ever (although I’ve only used the recipe on the box of Bisquick!) and SO easy!! The batter was so thick that I wasn’t sure I had done it right. It turned out, though, so I just changed my copy to “‘spread’ the batter…”


    This was delicious, but I did make two changes. First, I used apple sauce in place of the oil – it came out so moist and delicious and saved me tons of calories! lol And second, for the topping, I mixed the butter (not margarine) with the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl until a bit crumbly but well incorporated and then put that on top of the batter. No pooling of butter on top this way and makes a delicious streusel!

    Dave Hicks

    Hello Try real butter instead. Every thing is better with butter !

    Diane Mead

    This will let you know I experimented with your recipe and failed. Trying to cut carbs, I decreased the sugar to about 2/3 cup. The batter was like a cross between bread dough and cake batter. Not sure if that is normal. ? Had to work to spread it out. Didn’t seem like enough to make two layers. The cake came out extremely crumbly. Tasted ok. More Sugar in cake would have been better. πŸ™‚
    My question: would the reduced sugar make it crumbly? Just wondering and wanting to learn. Thanks for your great recipes!

      Kristyn Merkley

      I haven’t tried, so I’m not sure. The only thing that should be crumbly is the streusel. Besides the sugar, you followed the recipe?


    Recipe is messed up, it calls for margerine, but when you get down to the description, there is no margerine mentioned.


      Never mind, my ipad didnt load it up until the last second.


    Made it on the spur of the moment for New Years house guests. Easy to make, got rave reviews. Made my house smell great! Looked a little gooey when I first took out of the oven but nice consistency after it cooled. Followed recipe exactly. Will definitely make again. Thanks!!


    Didn’t have a 9×13 so used an 8×8 and so far it’s been in oven 40 min and still when I stick a toothpick in it’s soggy and nowhere near done. Is this because I used a smaller pan? It smells devine though.

      Kristyn Merkley

      For sure! Usually recipes take a lot longer in an 8×8, compared to 9×13. How did it turn out?


    I baked it in a ceramic 9×13 baking dish. It took an extra 20 minutes to get done. Excellent recipe. Next time I’m adding chopped pecans.


    Delicious! I tried this coffee cake recipe for the first time & my kids & I loved it! They finished the whole pan in one day! Thanks for the recipe!

      Kristyn Merkley

      Love it! Thank you so much for letting me know! It doesn’t last long around here, either!


    I followed the recipe almost exactly (swapped the margarine for butter) and its half way through baking now. I am also seeing a pool of butter forming in the center as the cake rises higher around the edges. Still looks and smells amazing. Hoping it turns out!


    this worked great!

    Robert Burruel

    Made this today. Despite my initial misgivings it’s terrific & my guests loved it. Those misgivings similar to those already mentioned in other posts. Too thick batter but it works. Size of the pan, because of the amount of batter I questioned the size but glad I stuck with the size recommended. Next time I would like to try adding fruit like blueberries or apple. As my Mom says “it’s a keeper!”

      Kristyn Merkley

      Woohoo!! I am so glad! Thank you so much for trying it & for letting me know!

        Robert Burruel

        Would you believe I just pulled one out if the oven! My Mother loved it so much she asked me to make another. I did add 3/4 cup chopped walnuts to the second topping of brown sugar and cinnamon. Since it was still warm from the oven I couldn’t help but think all I needed was a scoop of vanilla ice cream! It’d be great. Thank you again for sharing this wonderful treat.

    Elaine Kounnas

    Can i sub toom temp butter in thr batter instead of oil?

      Kristyn Merkley

      You know, I haven’t tried. There is already margarine or butter in there, so I’m not sure how it would turn out if you did sub that. There is always trial & error πŸ™‚

    Joanne M Palomino

    I really like your recipes!

    Amy Jo

    Hi! I made this yesterday to share at bible class. IT was so delicious and easy!! Everyone loved it. Mine cooked for 40 minutes. I followed everything else exactly. Thank you!!


    Turned out good, but a little crumbly. I had to cook about 15 extra minutes.

    Amanda kerri

    I just made this for my kids for breakfast. It was very good and they loved it. I’m starting a blog where I make recipes I find from blogs and I write about them. I will absolutely be writibg about this one!

    Nicole Garay

    I followed the recipe and the coffee cake was terrible, not edible. Not sure what went wrong but it seemed like too much oil.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I am sorry it did. I am not sure what happened either. Did you change anything with the recipe?

    Holly Laasanen

    Do you prefer to use cake and pastry flour or all purpose flour for your Quick Coffee Cake? Looks fantastic!

      Kristyn Merkley

      I just use all purpose flour πŸ™‚ This is our favorite!! I hope you like it!


    I did something wrong! Aaaa! My husbands hopes were so high.
    I blended the eggs with the liquids. Would that make it watery?
    I also put the 1 1/2 brown sugar in with the white sugar mix. Then added more for the strudel. Could that be it?
    The eggs were super fresh from my chickens. Could that be it?
    I’m obviously not a cook.
    Thanks for the recipe even though I messed it up. I’ll try again another day.

      Kristyn Merkley

      The only thing I notice is that you mixed brown sugar with the white sugar. The brown sugar is for the streusel, it’s not in the cake. You did the eggs right with the liquids. That could have been it with the brown sugar. I hope you will try again πŸ™‚ Thank you!


    Followed the recipe to a T…. still under baked, even at the max baking time, too much flour… πŸ™

      Kristyn Merkley

      I am sorry to hear that. I do know all ovens are different & may require additional time or less time. I appreciate you giving it a try πŸ™‚

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