Home-made Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe

Baking inspiration struck me after watching Vogue’s 73 Questions With Kylie Jenner where she mentioned that her favorite breakfast is a sweet pastry like coffee cake. I researched different recipes and chose the best parts of each in order to come up with an easy and impressive coffee cake recipe.

Photo Credit:  Fernanda Gonzalez
Photo credit: Fernanda Gonzalez

As the weather cools down there is nothing better than enjoying a warm, delicious pastry for breakfast with your morning cup of coffee. Although the Starbucks coffee cake is to die for, a homemade coffee cake is even better! You can play around with the ratio of streusel to batter to cinnamon sugar until it is perfect for you.

Photo Credit:  Fernanda Gonzalez
Photo credit: Fernanda Gonzalez

Follow the instructions below and enjoy!


  • Cake batter:

3 cups flour

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup melted butter

1 cup sour cream (yogurt in a 1:1 ratio also works)

1/2 cup milk of your choice

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Streusel topping:

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup flour

2 tbsp cinnamon (you could also sub cinnamon for pumpkin spice if you want to make this more fitting for fall, but for a classic coffee cake stick with cinnamon!)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup melted butter

Some people like to add walnuts, almonds or pecans here, but that is completely optional!

  • Cinnamon sugar mid layer:

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon flour

2 tbsp cinnamon


Preheat your oven to 350 and prepare your pan of choice. I chose to use one big loaf as well as mini loaves.

  • For the cake batter:

1) Combine dry ingredients

2) Add wet ingredients to dry

If you have a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer I urge you to use them! I used a fork to combine everything and it turned out perfectly fine.

  • Assembling: It is up to you to choose the amount of layers, but this is the general idea to get that pretty swirl.

1) Layer some of the cake batter on the pan

2) Add cinnamon sugar layer on top of that

3) Add streusel layer on top

4) Follow with cake batter again and repeat until you are satisfied

Bake for 40-55 minutes until you can stick a toothpick in it and it comes out clean. The time varies depending on if you are baking a loaf or muffins.

Happy Fall!

Fernanda Gonzalez

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