Starbuck’s Coffee Cake Copycat Recipe

5 from 5 votes

This Starbucks Coffee Cake recipe is one of my favorites! An easy copycat recipe that’s perfect for the holidays and family celebrations!

baked coffee cake

Homemade Starbuck’s 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.

pouring coffee cake batter in cake pan

Recipe Ingredients

  • 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.

coffee cake in oven

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.

sprinkling powdered sugar over baked coffee cake

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

cut piece of coffee cake on plate

Cut cinnamon cake into squares and serve room temperature.

square of coffee cake on spatula

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.
coffee cake
5 from 5 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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Equipment

  • Oven
  • 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • stand mixer
  • Bowl

Ingredients

  • 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

    Instructions

    • 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.

    Nutrition

    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 recipe, easy coffee cake recipe, how to make coffee cake, starbucks coffee cake

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    74 Responses
    1. Tim M

      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.

    2. Tim

      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!

    3. 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.

    4. 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!

    5. 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.

    6. 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!

    7. michelle @ the smackdown

      whoa…butter.

      drool.

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

    8. 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

    9. 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?

    10. 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!

    11. 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!

    12. 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!

    13. 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. 🙂

    14. 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 🙂

    15. Chani

      Jenny,
      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

    16. Jenny

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

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

      Tracy,
      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!

    17. 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.

    18. 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.)

    19. 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!

    20. 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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