Best Homemade Classic Coffee Cake

Calling all coffee lovers! This easy coffee cake is delicious and bursting with coffee flavor! Try out this recipe today!

Baked coffee cake

I absolutely love coffee. I’ll drink coffee hot, iced, even frozen! I know a lot of people will agree with me on the fact that coffee is a daily must-have. Lately ,I’ve been home a lot, forcing me to find new and creative ways to get my daily caffeine! I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make my coffee and I happen to love these At Home Lattes and Coffee Protein Shake recipes!

A while ago, I started experimenting with coffee-flavored desserts and found that I actually quite liked them! I’ve tried coffee ice cream (a must-try if you’ve never had it!) and chai cake (the cinnamon and cardamom flavor is amazing!), but I’ve never tried a classic coffee cake like this one!

This classic coffee cake has a beautiful swirl pattern on top that I think is one of the best things about it! Since the swirl design is just so pretty, I prefer to serve this cake without any frosting, but it would taste just as good with a nice coffee frosting. Continue reading for instructions on how to make this super easy and delicious dessert!

Ingredients Needed For Coffee Cake


This coffee cake uses relatively simple ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen!

Coffee cake before baking


  1. Cream butter, sugar, and eggs together in a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla extract and mix well.
  2. Combine flour and baking powder together.
  3. Add the flour and baking powder mixture into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter may look more like cookie dough than cake batter, but that is okay!
  4. Mix about 1/2 tablespoon of instant coffee into the milk.
  5. Take about 4 tablespoons of the cake batter and place in a separate bowl.
  6. Pour the remaining batter into a circular pan.
  7. Add in the instant coffee to the 4 tablespoons of batter and mix it together with a spoon.
  8. Pour the coffee-imbued batter mixture into the middle of the pan and swirl using a knife/toothpick. Let any instant coffee liquid sink into the batter.
  9. Bake at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes, checking to see if it is baked frequently.
Sliced coffee cake


This cake is wonderful because of the coffee flavor and subtle sweetness. However, if you’re looking for a sweeter taste, don’t hesitate to add more sugar when making this recipe. You can also enhance the coffee flavor further by adding more of the milk and instant coffee.

Another wonderful thing about this cake is that the beautiful swirl design on top means that it doesn’t require any frostings or ganache. But this doesn’t mean that frosting can’t be added! I imagine that this cake would taste even more amazing with a coffee frosting!

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Homemade Coffee Cake Recipe

Baked coffee cake

This easy and delicious coffee cake is perfect for coffee lovers. With its rich coffee flavor and its ability to stand alone without frosting, this recipe is simply perfect!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 and 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon instant coffee


  1. Mix butter, sugar, and eggs together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add in vanilla extract.
  3. Combine flour and baking powder together and add it into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  4. Mix instant coffee with milk.
  5. Take about 4 tablespoons of cake batter and place in a separate bowl.
  6. Pour the remaining batter into your pan.
  7. Pour the instant coffee into the 4 tablespoons of batter. Mix using a spoon.
  8. Add the coffee-imbued batter to the middle of the pan, swirling the batter around with a knife to create swirls. Let the extra coffee liquid sink into the batter.
  9. Bake at 300 degrees F for about 30 minutes. Let cool and then serve.

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