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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake is a quick and easy dessert to serve anytime of day. Delicious as a breakfast treat or serve warm from the oven for a simple everyday dessert.

I’ll take any excuse to have sweets for breakfast especially homemade cinnamon rolls or Belgian waffles. Cake for breakfast is totally acceptable at our house and this simple coffee cake recipe tastes just like cinnamon rolls!

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake on a saucer with a fork

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe ~ Easy Dessert

I love easy desserts and don’t mind using a store bought cake mix to make classic recipes. This cinnamon roll cake is a keeper and just perfect for holiday mornings, Sunday brunch or for an after school treat.

Ingredients Needed:

ingredients for cake mix cinnamon coffee cake

  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Brown Sugar
  • Pecans
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Powdered Sugar

cinnamon coffee cake slice with a bite on fork

How to Make Cinnamon Coffee Cake:

cake mix, butter, eggs and milk in a mixer bowl

  • Add cake mix to a mixer bowl with softened or melted butter, eggs and milk.

butter cake batter in a mixer bowl with rubber spatula

  • Mix with an electric mixer at low speed until ingredients come together, raise to medium speed and mix about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and continue to mix until thoroughly combined.

cake mix batter in a small bowl

  • Reserve one cup of cake batter into a separate bowl.

cake batter in a white 9 x 13 cake pan

Pour remaining cake batter into a prepared cake pan and spread evenly.

bowl with cake batter, brown sugar, chopped pecans and cinnamon

  • Add chopped pecans, cinnamon and brown sugar to reserved cake batter.

brown sugar pecan streusel for coffee cake

  • Mix well.

dollops of cinnamon streusel over cake batter

  • Dollop cinnamon mixture over cake batter.

marble swirled cinnamon coffee cake -not baked

  • Swirl with a knife creating a cinnamon swirl.
  • Bake for 28 -30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.

cake cooling on a wire rack

  • Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

powdered sugar, butter and milk in a bowl

  • Add powdered sugar, butter and milk to mixer bowl.

powdered sugar icing in a bowl with rubber spatula

  • Beat until smooth.

pouring powdered sugar icing over cake

  • Pour over warm cake.

iced coffee cake in a 9 x 13 cake pan

  • Spread evenly.

slices of coffee cake

  • Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.

I like to pour the quick powdered sugar icing over the top of the cake while it’s still warm. The icing seeps down into the cake and is just as delicious when it cools.

This is the best coffee cake recipe if you need something quick and easy to serve. It has a tender crumb and the cinnamon sugar swirl adds amazing flavor to the moist cake.

How to Store Coffee Cake:

  • Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator up to 5 days.
  • Cake can be heated in the microwave for about 20 seconds to serve warm.

More Coffee Cake Recipes You’ll Love:

Apple Fritter Cake is a great coffee cake that has amazing layers of cinnamon streusel and chunky apples. It is one of my most requested recipes and is a favorite for Christmas morning or Easter morning brunch.

Honey Bun Cake is one of my all-time favorites. It’s very similar to this cinnamon coffee cake and is always a hit for bbq’s and potlucks.

Almond Streusel Coffee Cake is a yeasted coffee cake and has a sweet cinnamon streusel topping. This is one of the most delicious cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipes that I’ve ever made.

Apple Coffee Cake is made in a bundt pan and is easy to make ahead. It’s similar to an apple stuffed cinnamon roll baked into a cake and topped with a quick powdered sugar glaze.

Slice of cinnamon coffee cake with powdered sugar icing

If you save easy recipes, this Cinnamon Coffee Cake needs to go on your list to try immediately. It disappeared so quickly. The cinnamon sugar layer and crunchy pecans are the best part.

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Yield: 12 servings

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

slice of cinnamon coffee cake on a plate

Cinnamon Coffee Cake is a quick and easy dessert to serve anytime of day.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 box yellow cake mix 15.25 ounces
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

for the icing

  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spray a 9 x 13 inch cake pan with non stick cooking spray
  3. In a mixer bowl, add cake mix, butter, eggs and milk.
  4. Use an electric mixer at low speed until ingredients come together, raise to medium speed and mix about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and continue to mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Reserve one cup of cake batter and place in a separate bowl.
  6. Pour remaining cake batter into the cake pan, spreading evenly.
  7. Add chopped pecans, cinnamon and brown sugar to reserved cake batter, stirring until combined.
  8. Dollop cinnamon mixture over cake batter.
  9. Swirl with a knife creating a marbled swirl.
  10. Bake for 28 -30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
  11. Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.
  12. In a bowl, add powdered sugar, butter and milk mixing until smooth.
  13. Pour over warm cake, spreading evenly.
  14. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature

Notes

Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Cake can be heated in the microwave for about 20 seconds to serve warm.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 364mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 5g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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5 Comments

  1. Turned out pretty well. I forgot to put the icing on it. I subbed one egg for 1 cup of homemade zucchini puree. I have so much zucchini right now. It didn’t change the flavor at all. Also added 1 tsp of vanilla I always add that to everything. Thanks for the easy recipe 🙂

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