15 Best Coffee Cakes for Your At-Home Coffee Breaks

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake
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Nothing makes a coffee break better than a slice of cake. Originally coffee cakes came from the Viennese kaffekuchen and were made with yeast, but today most American coffee cakes are similar to quick bread. Coffee cakes are usually made with baking powder or baking soda rather than yeast, require no time to let the dough rise, and bake in under an hour. Often rich with sour cream and butter, flavored with cinnamon, nuts or fruit, and topped with a crumbly streusel instead of frosting, they are perfect for snacking, coffee breaks, breakfast or dessert. They are also great cakes to share with friends, family, or neighbors.

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake II

slice of Cinnamon Coffee Cake II on a white plate

This easy cake uses a package of yellow cake mix and two packages of instant pudding mix and can be made in 9x13 inch baking pan, or a 10-inch Bundt cake pan. The crumbly topping is made from brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts.

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Amazing Pecan Coffee Cake

Amazing Pecan Coffee Cake

Scented with cinnamon and rich with butter, eggs, and sour cream, this pecan streusel-topped cake is a hit. The cake is baked in a 9x13 inch pan, but several recipe reviewers suggest making it in a bundt pan instead and baking it for 50 minutes instead of 35 minutes.

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Berry Good Coffee Cake

Raspberries and almonds add flair to this coffee cake drizzled with a powdered sugar based glaze. Reduced fat yogurt and only two tablespoons of butter make this cake significantly lower in fat and calories than most other coffee cakes.

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Easy Streusel Coffee Cake

Packaged yellow cake mix and instant vanilla pudding mix are the basis of this "dump" style cake where all the ingredients are mixed in one bowl. The streusel topping gets an addition of cocoa to add even more flavor.

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Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

A great cake for Thanksgiving weekend, it uses a can of cranberry sauce for a sweet swirl. Recipe creator Laura Owen says plain yogurt can be substituted for sour cream and you could certainly use leftover cranberry sauce if you have it.

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Graham Streusel Coffee Cake

Graham crackers are the basis for the crumbly streusel which is added to middle of the cake as well as on the top. The cake is made by amping up a packaged cake mix and comes together quickly with an electric mixer.

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Polish Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

coffee cake with cream cheese filling and streusel topping
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This Polish version of coffee cake has three layers: a tender sour cream cake on the bottom, a rich sweetened cream cheese filling, and a topping with crumbly streusel topping made with flour, brown sugar and butter.

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Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Coffee Cake

a slice of cake with a white icing drizzle and a ribbon of cinnamon streusel on a white plate

For this easy-to-make and easily adaptable cake, recipe creator Ruth says you can swap fat-free sour cream or yogurt for the sour cream. The cake can also be made into small loaf cakes which can then be frozen.

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Texas Praline Coffee Cake

If you're out of flour you can still make a coffee cake using a baking mix like Bisquick. This recipe has plenty of pecans, graham cracker streusel and is flavored with instant coffee. Recipe reviewer Ernie says, "I doubled the topping and it is everyone s new favorite cake."

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Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Ruby-red rhubarb adds color and a contrasting tangy flavor to this vanilla scented coffee cake. Note that this recipe makes two cakes so you can keep one and give another away or freeze it for later.

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Apricot Danish Coffee Cake

This coffee cake has the flavors of a Danish pastry with cream cheese, apricots, a crumbly almond topping, and sugar glaze. Recipe reviewer Rookie Cookie says "This is by far the best cake recipe that I have ever made. I've made this many times for friends and each time everyone wants the recipe."

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Jewish Coffee Cake

Nuts, sugar and cinnamon form a streusel layer inside the cake and as a topping. Recipe reviewer Tami 1426 says, "I've been using this recipe for about 5 years and it's always a hit. I double it and bake it in a Bundt pan."

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Raspberry Almond Coffeecake

This pretty coffeecake looks a bit like a fruit Danish. Recipe creator Melissa Marsh says, "This moist, light cake is 'berry' delicious as a dessert or for breakfast. Your house will smell just wonderful while it is baking and cooling. Recipe doubles well."

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Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This tender sour cream based Bundt cake bakes in just under an hour and is studded with fresh blueberries that add juicy pops. Recipe creator D. Newman says you can use frozen blueberries; just bake it a little bit longer.

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Apple Coffee Cake

This coffee cake has 2 cups of fresh diced apples. If you don't have vanilla yogurt, add 1/4 cup more sour cream or Greek yogurt to the recipe with a dash more vanilla. Recipe creator Nancy Gibson notes, "I like to serve each piece with a dollop of vanilla yogurt on top!"

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