Starbuck’s Coffee Cake Copycat Recipe

5 from 3 votes

Sharing one of our favorite easy coffee cake recipes today! Starbuck’s Coffee Cake Copycat Recipe!  Perfect for Holidays and family celebrations!

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Coffee Cake

If you’ve had the Starbuck’s Coffee Cake, you know how amazing it is! So tender and cinnamon perfection! This is a version I’ve had on Picky Palate since 2008. It’s so simple to prepare and perfect for your next celebration of any kind.

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What Is Coffee Cake?

It’s generally a moist, tender cake that is often topped with streusel topping and served alongside coffee or tea at breakfast. They stand apart from other cakes because of their streusel topping and not generally frosted.  The name comes from the fact that it is served with coffee, not because it has coffee in it.

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Ingredients For Coffee Cake Recipe

  • box of yellow cake mix
  • canola or vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • water
  • butter
  • all purpose flour
  • ground cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • pure vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar

See full recipe with instructions at bottom of post.

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How To Make Coffee Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray. 
  2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While cake is baking, prepare crumb topping. Place butter, flour, cinnamon, and sugar into a mixing bowl, beat with an electic mixer or stand mixer until slightly crumbly, slowly adding vanilla. 
  4. When cake has baked for 15 minutes, open oven and carefully add crumb topping over partially baked cake. Close oven and continue baking for another 10-13 minutes until center of cake is baked.  Use a toothpick poked in center to make sure cake is baked. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Before serving dust top with powdered sugar and cut into squares.

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Once cake has cooled, use a sieve to dust a generous amount of powdered sugar over cake.

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Cut cinnamon cake into squares and serve room temperature.

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How To Serve This Easy Cake Recipe

  1. Serve cake as a dessert or brunch sweet treat at your next family gathering or party.
  2. Serve as is, or with a side of fruit and/or scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  3. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
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5 from 3 votes

Starbuck’s Coffee Cake Copycat Recipe

This simple Starbuck's Coffee Cake Copycat Recipe is the perfect dessert for serving a crowd! A huge hit at every gathering!
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $10
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  • Oven
  • 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • stand mixer
  • Bowl


  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water

Crumb Topping

  • 1 stick cold butter salted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Powdered sugar for dusting


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray.
    • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Bake for 15 minutes.
    • While cake is baking, prepare crumb topping. Place butter, flour, cinnamon, and sugar into a mixing bowl, beat with an electic mixer or stand mixer until slightly crumbly, slowly adding vanilla.
    • When cake has baked for 15 minutes, open oven and carefully add crumb topping over partially baked cake. Close oven and continue baking for another 10-13 minutes until center of cake is baked. Use a toothpick poked in center to make sure cake is baked. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Before serving dust top with powdered sugar and cut into squares.


    Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 2mg
    Keywords: cinnamon coffee cake, coffee cake, coffee cake recipe, easy cake recipe, easy coffee cake recipe, how to make coffee cake, starbucks coffee cake

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    66 Responses
    1. Marci Gabor

      5 stars
      so easy and the whole family loved it! My husband’s favorite bakery item from Starbucks is their coffee cake. He gave this a big thumbs up and said it tasted just about identical!

      1. Hi Stephanie, I found I had almost half of the topping left with the previous recipe, so I halved it. If you liked it before, just double the topping 🙂 Let me know if you need anything else.

    2. Tanya C

      5 stars
      Quick Question: The recipe says to use the cake box directions for making the cake, which calls for 1/3 cup oil. However, the recipe above calls for 2/3 cup oil. What has everyone used when making this? I’m nervous to “over oil” this cake. I can’t wait to make it! Thank you, everyone, for your input!

      1. Amanda

        Hi Jenny! This is my 2nd time baking this coffee cake and both times the cake seeps through the top of the cumble in a few spots. I apply an even layer across so I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Tastes amazing though!

    3. ElleBelle

      5 stars
      Love this yummy recipe! I’ve literally been making this for soooo many years now & it’s become a part of our treasured family baking memories so thank you! I often make it as stated and when I don’t have a cake mix on hand, I whip one up from scratch & follow all the other directions & it’s delicious both ways. Now, with family sheltering at home, we’re returning to this comfort in a 9×13 pan & thought we’d say thank you for sharing this bit of bitten joy with the world 🙂

    4. TBird Life

      We made this cake in our class. It was fun to make. The directions were easy to follow. The cake was a big hit, it was buttery and delicious. Thank you Beth for sharing!

    5. Katie

      All I have to say is OMG! I have recently discovered that I love to bake, and I have begun researching recipes and compiling my favorites. I have discovered this wonderful site and already made the cinnamon roll cookies for my sis and her fam when she was sick and they were a huge hit! Last night I made this recipe and brought them into my work and everyone loved them! Thank you Jenny keep up the awesome work, you are an inspiration.

    6. Bonnie

      I made this last night,and also had to cook additional 5 minutes before taking out the 1st time.Put the crumb topping on,let go an additional 10 minutes and perfection!!!Wonder if it’s OK to freeze?Excellent!!!Just what I was hoping for.

    7. Tara

      I just made this today and it turned out perfect! I made my cake (substituting butter for the called-for oil and brewed coffee for the called-for water). I poured it into my greased & floured pan and baked @ 350 for 20 minutes while I made the crumble. I then packed my crumble mixture into the half-cooked cake. I really pressed it in to allow all of my crumble to top my 9×13 pan. Put it back into the oven for another 20 minutes and it was done.
      We couldn’t even wait for it to cool, and I forgot the dusting of powdered sugar. So GOOD!
      Thanks so much.

    8. Carla G

      I just wanted to say thank you for this recipe. I have been using it for several years for my mommy who loves Starbucks coffee cake. For the past two years THIS is what she has asked for on Mother’s Day because she loves it so much. So THANK YOU, you have made both myself and my mom very happy.

    9. Kim

      I made this last year for our church coffee hour. I have made it a least twice a month since (most times by request) Everyone loves it!!! So easy too 🙂 Thanks for the recipe

    10. sandra brewer

      Please tell me how to get your blog or newsletter!
      This coffeecake is what got my attention, now i want more of your recipes.
      you can email me please

    11. deb monahan

      Better than Starbucks the recipe reads and it is OH SO TRUE, I make this cake at least once a week for crowds of people, everyone loves it. Only thing I bake it about 25 min. In over before I add the crumbs because it looks to raw to put the crumbs on. It looks like the would sink into the said because there is so much crumbs. Other than that this is the best crumbs that I have every made, I I am a baker, love to bake, bake a few times a week. Thank you so much for this recipe 🙂

    12. Kim

      I just wanted to tell you that I made this for my bride for her bridal shower as part of a tea that we put on for her. The guests loved it! I made the double batch and it wasn’t even enough and now I am getting requests to bring it for the holidays. Thank you so much for such a great cake!

    13. Magda

      This was delicious. I just made this for the first time and used French Vanilla cake mix instead of yellow cake mix since it was all I had. It came out spectacular. The only bad thing was that I did not let the cake bake in the oven for long enough before adding the topping, so the middle of the crumbs is a huge deformed circle of actual cake and the crumbs went under. Those pieces weren’t terrible either. Over-all a huge success 🙂

    14. Mona

      The moment I read the recipe, I rushed to the kitchen and prepared everything……… Wow.. The result was satisfying..
      I’m wondering if I can add cream or frosting on it.. The cake is fab.. Thanks a lot for sharing it..

      1. Mona

        Oh.. Another thing to say… The pan I baked the cake in was small.. I wonder what kinda pans should I use.. And can I use the same recipe but on cupcakes?

    15. While this is VERY close, I think the cake portion is still missing something. I added about 8 tablespoons of extra flower to make it a little less like plain cake. But still think there needs to be something added to the cakemix to make it a little more like the Starbucks version. Never the less, it still turned out wonderful, thanks for the receipe.

    16. Yumm.. That surely looks luscious!! Honestly, I really love Starbucks’ pastries.. not only that, they also go well with a warm cup of coffee. Thanks for posting this recipe. I’ll try this one when I get home. Great post by the way. Thanks!

    17. Jenny

      Hi Nina,
      If you don’t follow the directions given on a recipe, I don’t feel it’s fair to say the recipe didn’t turn out as expected. I have made this cake a zillion times and it comes out fabulous. Get yourself a basic electric mixer and I think you’ll find your problem is solved. The topping is made to be thick, so it shouldn’t have gone to waste like you mentioned.

    18. JoyBugaloo

      Amelia, I had the same problem! I think the only answer to bake the cake part longer (maybe ten minutes or so?)so that it sets up more and is sturdy enough to handle the weight of the crumb topping. (It can’t be all liquid in the middle when the crumb topping goes on.) At least, this is what I’m going to try when I make this again!

    19. Amelia

      I’ve made this twice now and was wondering if anyone else has the same problem I do with the batter bubbling out the topping when it goes in the oven for the second time. Tastes just delicious but I’d like it to look as good as it tastes. Help anyone? BTW, I make the half reciped in a 9×13.

    20. Camilla

      Hi Jenny!

      I finally got around to making this (I’ve been looking for a good excuse :). My husband needed to bring something in for a dept. baby shower, so I whipped this up last night. Of course I saved some for us to try (OMG!) Kevin just emailed and said people inhaled it. They asked for the recipe so I emailed your link; he is going to forward it to the dept. Thanks Jenny!

    21. michelle @ the smackdown



      i want to be all cool-like and say that i never go to s’bux, but that coffee cake is GOOD.

    22. Steve & Emily

      Jenny!! I made this today and it’s great. I was proud to take it to my friend- knowing it was yummy. So fast and easy. Thanks!
      -Emily Johnston

    23. Bonnie

      Jenny, this looks delicious! Anything with crumbly, buttery topping sounds delish! I too love any yummy thing that Starbucks has. This would be a nice dessert if you are taking someone dinner. I am the Bonnie that doesn’t have a blog. Linked to you from Kim A. I have bought some cute clothes from her. I think she is your sis?

    24. Summer

      Hey Jenny! Summer Tilton here. I just saw you on TV! How cool! Hope you won, you will have to let me know! Oh, your recipes all look so yummy! Maybe I will get up the nerve to try them one day soon. It seems that we eat the same things over and over again!

    25. rvan

      It never fails, everytime I peek at your blog, I happen to be on a health kick….and then I cheat because I have to try your latest recipe, not sure if I should be thanking you or not!! This looks great and I’m afraid I have all the ingrediants too!

    26. HoneyB

      I’ve been on a coffeecake/muffin kick lately – and this looks so quick and easy! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll have to try this one on the co-workers!

    27. A. Grace

      i worked at starbucks for awhile and ate more than my fair share of the scrumptious coffee cake. if this recipe yields something that tastes even remotely like it, my tastebuds thank you!

      my thighs, on the other hand, do not. 🙂

    28. Jaime

      this looks just like the starbucks version! great job 🙂 guess we were both thinking along the same lines recently w/our starbucks copycat recipes 🙂

    29. Chani

      You have no clue who I am, but I found your blog a while ago via a friend, and I am really interested in doing the Bakers Challenge. However, I have tried emailing both ladies a couple of times, having them returned each time because they are invalid addresses. Any idea how to contact them another way? Thanks so much! Chani

    30. Jenny

      I think everyone will really enjoy this! I know we are still munching on it today!

      I find myself picking off the crumb too, it’s so good!

      Why didn’t I know we both started contesting in 04? Crazy! What fun this hobby is huh? I feel like I’ve been out of the loop for a while. Time to get contesting again!

      I don’t know Tracy, every I pick up a muffin or cake from Starbucks it’s pretty darn good!! And totally fattening.

      Thanks for commenting everyone!

    31. Amy

      That crumb looks awesome! Like the thick Entenmann’s we used to get as a kid visiting New York. I never wanted the cake, just the crumb.

    32. Kameron

      Okay, I printed it out and I’m making it RIGHT NOW! I cook dinner for another family every weeknight (their mom passed away a few years ago), and I try to make a dessert once a week or so. This is it!! (It also gives me an excuse to bake for my little family, but we don’t end up with as much sugar when I split it up.)

    33. Jenny

      HI Emiline,
      It’s funny, I was thinking I’m probably the only one who hasn’t tried that yummy looking chocolate cake from starbucks!

    34. Emiline

      That looks so good! And yes, I do like Starbuck’s coffee cake…or anything by Starbuck’s, really.
      I would love to try this sometime.
      Did you ever try making the Starbuck’s chocolate bread? It’s great.

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