Scrumptious Starbucks Coffee Cake Copycat Recipe

This Starbucks coffee cake will be your new favorite evening snack alongside a piping hot cup of joe! Packed with cinnamon flavor, nothing complements the essence of a strong coffee better than this delicious cake! So, make yourself a delightful evening snack with this ultimate Starbucks coffee cake recipe! 

How to Make Starbucks Coffee Cake At Home

Starbucks is known for serving some of the best coffee in the world. But we all know that this coffee chain is not far behind with its baked goodies. I remember the first time I got my hands on this coffee cake with a piping cup of Americano. I was very pleasantly shocked after my first bite! 

I realized this coffee cake was not named so because it contains coffee. Instead, the cake is named as it is because it is meant to be eaten with coffee! Trust me, even though the name may be a little misleading to people who have never tried this cake before, they will realize the essence of it when they take their first bite with a sip of coffee. 

I was so intrigued by this cake that I had to find its recipe, and here we are! This cake is a common evening snack at my home, and some of us even love starting our day with a piece! If you want to experience this gooey, sweet, and crumbly goodness with your morning joe, read this recipe all the way through to get the best results! 

Equipment Required For Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe

To ensure your baking process is as seamless as possible, I recommend you keep all the equipment mentioned below ready before you start the recipe. 

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons: I highly recommend keeping a set of measuring cups and spoons around. They will help you get precise measurements, which is essential for baking cakes. 
  • Bowls: To make this recipe, I always have three bowls ready: one to mix the wet ingredients, the other for dry ingredients, and one more to make the crumble. 
  • Whisk: Use a large whisk for this recipe. In my experience, it helps mix ingredients much more efficiently. 
  • Silicone Spatula: This piece of equipment is not mandatory, but if you have one, I suggest keeping it handy. It helps scrape the bowl, ensuring no batter is left behind. 
  • Sieve: I suggest sifting your flour and other dry ingredients through a fine sieve to ensure they are completely lump-free. 
  • Fork: To prepare the crumble, you will need a large fork. If you feel confident enough, you can also use your fingers. 
  • Loaf Pan: In my experience, a medium-sized loaf pan, about 9 inches into 5 inches, works perfectly for this recipe. Alternatively, you can use whatever you have available.
  • Oven: This will be needed to bake the coffee cake. 
Starbucks Coffee Cake Ingredients

Starbucks Coffee Cake Ingredients And Substitutions

Note: The ingredients for this recipe are enough for about ten portions of coffee cake. If you would like to make more or less cakes, you will have to adjust the quantities of the ingredients accordingly. 

In this section, you will find all the ingredients you need to prepare this amazing recipe. I have also mentioned substitutes for some ingredients if you have trouble finding any. 

For The Cake Base: 

  • 2.5 Cups Cake Flour: I have often used all-purpose flour instead of cake flour for this recipe, which turns out the same. 
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder: Ensure your baking powder is still and fresh; otherwise, it will not work correctly. 
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda: This will react with the yogurt and give the cake a wholesome and crumbly texture. 
  • 12 Tablespoons Butter: This recipe recommends unsalted butter, as salted butter may completely upset the flavor balance. 
  • 1.5 Cups Granulated Sugar: You can use a caster instead of granulated sugar.
  • 3 Large Eggs: Use four eggs in case the ones you have are medium-sized. 
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract: You can use coffee extract for a more fun flavor. 
  • 1.25 Cups Greek Yogurt: Use plain Greek yogurt for this recipe, as flavored Greek yogurt is often too sweet. 
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt: To enhance all the flavors in this recipe. 
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

For The Cinnamon Streusel: 

  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter: I highly recommend ensuring your butter is cold and cubed before preparing the streusel. 
  • ⅓ Cup Light Brown Sugar: You can also use light and dark brown sugar, but don’t use all dark brown sugar as it will add too much moisture. 
  • ⅔ Cup All Purpose Flour: I suggest using cake flour in case you don’t have all-purpose flour. 
  • 1.5 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon: This is where all the flavor for the streusel comes from! 
  • ¼ Teaspoons Salt
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Starbucks Coffee Cake Preparation And Cooking Time

Preparation TimeCooking Time Resting Time Total Time 
20 Minutes 15 Minutes 10 Minutes 45 Minutes

Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe Steps

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Step 1- To prepare the cake, add melted butter to a large bowl. 


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Step 2- Follow the process by adding granulated sugar to the cake base. 


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Step 3- Next, add eggs to the same bowl and whisk gently until everything is well combined. 


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Step 4- You can now add the Greek yogurt to the bowl. 


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Step 5- Top that off with vanilla essence and mix the cake batter well while scraping down the sides. 


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Step 6- In a separate large bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients, such as flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add a pinch of cinnamon powder to the mixture. 


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Step 7- Next, combine the dry ingredients with the wet ones by folding them in gently, ensuring they are all mixed together. You can use a silicone spatula for this. 


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Step 8- Once everything is mixed well, your batter is ready. 


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Step 9- Add the cold butter cubes and flour for the streusel in a bowl. 


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Step 10- Follow that by adding light brown sugar and salt. 


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Step 11- Next, sprinkle some ground cinnamon on the same. 


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Step 12- Mix the crumble well with a fork or your fingers until it reaches a sand-like texture. 


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Step 13- Pour the batter into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and top it off with the cinnamon streusel. 


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Step 14- Bake the cake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 


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Step 15- Once out of the oven, let the cake rest for a few minutes, then enjoy! 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe

Some Tips And Tricks To Make This Coffee Cake Recipe Better

I have had my share of experiments with this coffee cake recipe. While some didn’t work too well, others worked wonderfully! I wanted to share with you some experiments that were a hit and helped me make this coffee cake even better! 

  1. Add some grated nutmeg and cardamom powder to the cake for a kick of homely spice. 
  2. I recommend making your cake with brown butter for a malty flavor. 
  3. Instead of granulated sugar, I suggest combining granulated and light brown sugar to make the cake extra moist. 
  4. I often grate some lemon zest in the cake batter for a citrus punch of flavor. 
  5. If you want your cake to have a coffee flavor, add a tablespoon of espresso to the batter. 
  6. I have also used coffee extract in place of vanilla extract to give the cake a kick of coffee flavor. 

Starbucks Coffee Cake Nutritional Information

Since Starbucks coffee cake is a sweet treat made with a lot of sugar and butter, most of you may have guessed that it is not the healthiest option. The cake is high in calories, fat, and even added sugar. Hence, I recommend enjoying this cake in moderation once in a while. 

To support this and show you the nutritional values of this amazing cake, have a look at the exact nutritional table for it below. 

Calories484 kcal
Carbohydrates68 g
Protein9 g
Fat20 g
Saturated Fat12 g
Polyunsaturated Fat1 g
Monounsaturated Fat5 g
Trans Fat1 g
Cholesterol99 mg
Sodium512 mg
Potassium112 mg
Fiber1 g
Sugar38 g
Vitamin A634 IU
Vitamin C0.01 mg
Calcium 104 mg
Iron1 mg

This coffee cake is suitable for those with nut allergies who can enjoy a regular allergen-free diet. However, it is not the best option for people with certain dietary restrictions, such as vegans, vegetarians, those on a keto diet, people with lactose intolerance, and people with gluten intolerance. 

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Some Variations Of This Recipe That You Can Try

Although this cake is not meant for many dietary restrictions, switching some of its ingredients can still make it inclusive. Please look at some variations of this recipe I mentioned below that fit most major dietary restrictions. 

  1. Vegan Diet: To make this cake vegan-friendly, you will need to switch the butter with plant-based butter. In place of eggs, you can use a chia seed egg or even silken tofu of the same quantity. 
  2. Vegetarian Diet: Just like vegans, vegetarians will need an alternative to eggs, and the best one is condensed milk or plain yogurt in the same quantity. 
  3. Gluten-Free Diet: Those on a gluten-free diet can easily substitute the all-purpose flour and cake flour added to this recipe with gluten-free flour. You can also try using almond flour; however, that might make a slight difference to the texture and flavor of the cake. 
  4. Dairy-Free Diet: Luckily, butter is the only dairy-based ingredient in this recipe. You can use plant-based butter instead of regular butter to make it dairy-free. 
  5. Keto Diet: This recipe is not a good fit for those on a keto diet due to all the carbohydrates. Hence, to make this recipe keto-friendly, you should consider using ketogenic flour. 

How To Store And Reheat This Coffee Cake Recipe

You don’t need to worry even the slightest bit about leftover coffee cake, as storing this cake is indeed a cakewalk! Below are some of the best storage methods for this cake, along with some great reheating methods if you like your cake hot. 

How To Store This Coffee Cake: 

  1. On The Counter: You can leave this cake on your kitchen counter, packed in an airtight container for up to two days without any worries. Just ensure that your cake is stored in a cool and dry place. 
  2. In The Refrigerator: If you live in a hot atmosphere or would like to relish this cake for up to a week, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to one whole week. 
  3. In The Freezer: Lastly, you can store this cake in the freezer for up to two months by packing it in a ziplock bag or an airtight container. Ensure you get rid of all the air from the bag or the container to avoid freezer burn. You can thaw the cake overnight in the refrigerator before consuming it. 

How To Reheat This Coffee Cake: 

  1. In The Microwave: The easiest way to reheat this cake is to place a slice or the loaf on a microwave-safe plate and heat it at the highest heat setting for 30-second intervals until the cake is steaming hot. 
  2. In The Oven: If you have extra time, you can also reheat this cake in the oven by preheating it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and letting the cake heat for just about 5 minutes until it is hot to the touch. 
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Serving Suggestions With This Coffee Cake Recipe

This coffee cake tastes best when served alongside a cup of espresso or Americano coffee for the best balance of flavors. However, if you have more of a sweet tooth or like your coffee milky, I recommend serving it alongside a hot cup of cappuccino, latte, or even mocha coffee. 

The best option for those who want to ditch the coffee and go for something sweet with the cake is some fresh vanilla bean ice cream or sweetened whipped cream. You can take it up a notch by serving this cake with some salted caramel sauce and toffee bits. 

Printable Version Of Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe

Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe

Author : Vatsal Sharma
Serving : 10 Portions
Calories : 484 kcal
Total time : 45 minutes
Want something to enjoy with your hot coffee mug? Here is a whole recipe for the Starbucks coffee cake. This coffee cake has an exceptionally sweet, rich taste and a moist and dense texture. Let us prepare this delicious dish in a quick time. 
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Ingredients

For The Cake Base:

  • 2.5 cups Cake Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 12 tablespoons Butter
  • 1.5 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1.5 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1.25 cups Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

For The Cinnamon Streusel:

  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/3 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Equipment

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Sieve
  • Fork
  • Loaf pan
  • Oven

Instructions
 

  • To prepare the cake, add melted butter to a large bowl.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 1
  • Follow the process by adding granulated sugar to the cake base.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 2
  • Next, add eggs to the same bowl and whisk gently until everything is well combined.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 3
  • You can now add the Greek yogurt to the bowl.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 4
  • Top that off with vanilla essence and mix the cake batter well while scraping down the sides.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 5
  • In a separate large bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients, such as flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add a pinch of cinnamon powder to the mixture.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 6
  • Next, combine the dry ingredients with the wet ones by folding them in gently, ensuring they are all mixed together. You can use a silicone spatula for this.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 7
  • Once everything is mixed well, your batter is ready.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 8
  • Add the cold butter cubes and flour for the streusel in a bowl.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 9
  • Follow that by adding light brown sugar and salt.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 10
  • Next, sprinkle some ground cinnamon on the same.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 11
  • Mix the crumble well with a fork or your fingers until it reaches a sand-like texture.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 12
  • Pour the batter into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and top it off with the cinnamon streusel.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 13
  • Bake the cake in a preheated oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    Starbucks Coffee Cake Step 14
  • Once the cake is out of the oven, let the cake rest for a few minutes, then enjoy!
    How to Make Starbucks Coffee Cake At Home
Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cook Time : 20 minutes
Total Time : 20 minutes
Cuisine : American
Course : Copycat Recipes, Dessert

Nutrition

Calories : 484kcal | Carbohydrates : 68g | Protein : 9g | Fat : 20g | Saturated Fat : 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat : 1g | Monounsaturated Fat : 5g | Trans Fat : 1g | Cholesterol : 99mg | Sodium : 512mg | Potassium : 112mg | Fiber : 1g | Sugar : 38g | Vitamin A : 634IU | Vitamin C : 0.01mg | Calcium : 104mg | Iron : 1mg

More Starbucks Recipes That You Can Try

If you loved this delicious coffee cake recipe, I bet you love everything Starbucks offers! Look at this fantastic range of food and beverage options from Starbucks that you can easily make at home! 

  1. Starbucks Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate: This hot chocolate recipe from Starbucks is worth a try, with an amazing flavor balance of Snickerdoodles and decadent chocolate. 
  2. Starbucks Egg And Cheese Protein Box: Is there a better way to start your day than with some good old eggs, bread, and cheese? Look at this fantastic protein box recipe from Starbucks, packed with delicious ingredients! 
  3. Starbucks Pumpkin Pie Smoothie: Relish the flavors of fall any time of the year with this amazing pumpkin smoothie recipe. It’s the ultimate treat for anyone who loves pumpkins! 
  4. Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino: Green tea does not always have to be bland, and this amazing recipe for green tea frappuccino proves that. You may never look at green tea the same way after trying this delicious treat! 
  5. Starbucks Banana Bread: Most of us can never say no to a slice of good old banana bread! This recipe makes moist and flavorful banana bread like Starbucks’ and can be another great accompaniment to your coffee! 

Conclusion

Starbucks coffee cake is the ultimate sweet treat, complementing a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee. It is easy to make, which is a considerable plus; it is also made with pantry staple ingredients, so you won’t have to worry about shopping for special ingredients for this recipe. 

As long as you follow the steps properly and take care of the nitty-gritty details with this recipe, your chances of getting it perfect are pretty high. Moreover, you can take complete creative liberty with this recipe and try some of the variations, and I can guarantee that they will also come out great! 

Once you finish making this recipe, whether the original or a variation, please return to the comments and let me know how it turned out! I will be back with such amazing recipes for you, so until then, have a blast in your kitchen! 

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