Breakfast & Brunch

7 Favorite Coffee Cake Recipes

Whether served for breakfast or given as a gift, we think a good coffee cake recipe (or two) has the ability to be every baker’s secret weapon. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite coffee cake recipes.

By Aimee Tucker

May 31 2022

Crumb Coffee Cake

Crumb Coffee Cake

Photo Credit : Heath Robbins
Getting ready for a weekend brunch or looking for the perfect recipe to bake and take to a friend in need? Here’s a roundup of our favorite coffee cake recipes from the Yankee archives.

7 Favorite Coffee Cake Recipes

Apple-Studded Brown-Butter Streusel Coffee Cake
Apple-Studded Brown-Butter Streusel Coffee Cake
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Apple-Studded Brown-Butter Streusel Coffee Cake

Cooking butter until it turns a rich brown color adds a nutty flavor to this addictive confection. In fact, I don’t think it’s possible to pack in more appealing elements here: buttermilk batter, warm spices, streusel topping, browned butter, and lots of apples.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Photo Credit : Katherine Keenan

Best Sour Cream Coffee Cake

“… When we cousins do get together, the host or hostess arises early to make “Aunt Ginny’s Coffee Cake” — which we think is the best sour cream coffee cake out there — for the rest of us. It’s equally good with ice-cold milk or steaming coffee.”
blueberry buckle recipe
Blueberry Buckle
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Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake

Made with wild Maine blueberries and a cinnamon crumb topping, this old-fashioned blueberry buckle recipe is a New England summer favorite. We prefer the flavor of the smaller wild blueberries, but regular blueberries work, too.
Stawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Stawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming

Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Made with buttermilk, brown sugar, and fresh fruit, this strawberry rhubarb coffee cake recipe is an early summer family favorite.
Favorite Coffee Cake Recipes
Cardamom Crumb Coffee Cake
Photo Credit : Heath Robbins

Cardamom Crumb Coffee Cake

Cardamom buns are traditional Christmas fare for Scandinavians, which got us thinking about other ways to incorporate the warm and sweetly aromatic spice into a coffee cake. We decided to rework a classic crumb cake by leaving the cinnamon in the streusel and adding cardamom to the cake batter. An inspired combination!
Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe
Crumb Coffee Cake
Photo Credit : Heath Robbins

Crumb Coffee Cake

Like the sour cream coffee cake, crumb cake was a Northern European invention, originally prepared with a yeast-raised dough but simplified in the 20th century with the use of chemical leaveners like baking powder. It’s generally thought of as a New York specialty, but it’s found all through New England as well.
Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Photo Credit : Heath Robbins

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

This rhubarb coffee cake works equally well when served for breakfast, a snack, or dessert (or all three in one day). Rhubarb provides a subtle tartness, while the topping provides a great sweetness and crunchiness. What tops your list of favorite coffee cake recipes?

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