The Best Coffee Cake Recipe

8 servings
50 min

Looking for a dessert that’s super easy to make and tastes really good? Wait until you try this coffee cake recipe!

I’m not big on making or eating desserts.

But when I do, this is one of my favorite recipes to make.

It’s really easy, takes very little time, and tastes SO DELICIOUS!

Wait until you try this coffee cake recipe!

Why Is It Called Coffee Cake?

It is called coffee cake because it pairs well with a great cup of coffee of course!

While it does not have coffee in it, coffee cake is typically made with sugar and pound cake then topped with streusel.

What is Streusal Topping Made Of?

In general, streusel topping is made from a butter, flour, and sugar mixture.

However, it can also contain other ingredients like spices, oats, and/or nuts.

Coffee Cake vs. Crumb Cake

I have to admit that sometimes I call this recipe crumb cake.

And there’s not a huge difference between the two.

Except that crumb cake has a thicker layer of crumb topping.

While the coffee cake has a heavier cake thickness.

This coffee cake recipe can go either way.

It has a thick and fluffy cake consistency.

But you can make it heavier on the crumbs to make it more like a crumb cake too.

Just double the streusel part of the recipe.

Why I Love This Coffee Cake Recipe

Because this recipe for coffee cake is made with boxed cake, it’s super easy and quick to make because most of the ingredients are already there.

And the cake part of the recipe is really good too.

By incorporating dream whip in the cake mix, the batter is lighter and fluffier while retaining more moisture.

Have you ever noticed that some coffee cakes are dryer than others?

I’m not a fan of dry coffee cakes.

And this recipe is anything but dry!

The streusel topping is pretty easy to make too.

This coffee cake recipe calls for cold butter or margarine and I recommend following that versus room temperature or warm when making it.

I’ve found that the temperature of the butter or margarine affects the topping.

And the streusel sets better using cold margarine or butter.

Don’t get me wrong though.

You can use room temperature or warm butter or margarine if that’s what you have, but the streusel doesn’t set up as well when using cold.

Wait until you see how good this cake is!

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The Best Coffee Cake Recipe
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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  • 1 Package Yellow Cake Mix
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Package Dream Whip – Dry
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Sticks Cold Butter or Margarine
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • Confectioners Sugar (for Garnish)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine cake mix, Dream Whip, eggs, and water. Mix well.
Pour into greased 9×12 pan and bake for 25 minutes.
While the cake is baking, mix the rest of the ingredients (except confectioners sugar) until crumbly and refrigerate until the cake is done.
Remove cake from oven when finished and top it evenly with crumb mixture.
Then bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes or so.
Slice while still warm to avoid cracking.
Sprinkle with confectioners sugar to garnish.
Serve and enjoy!
Stacy Ling | Bricks 'n Blooms
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  • Els50962658 Els50962658 on Feb 15, 2022

    Can you explain what Dream Whip is please. Not familiar with it in Australia.


    • Rebecca Stauffer Rebecca Stauffer on Feb 15, 2022

      it is a dry version of cool whip, (powered) it may go by a different name in Australia!

  • Ann Ann on Feb 15, 2022

    Should the butter be cold? I'm thinking it should to be crumbly but want to check.