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The BEST Espresso Cake Recipe

My deliriously mushy espresso cake has a shock ripple of cinnamon within the center and an excellent easy streusel topping. This recipe takes simply half-hour to prep and makes sufficient to feed a crowd (for those who’re keen to share!). Recipe features a how-to video!

square slice of coffee cake with a cinnamon swirl middle, crumb topping, and vanilla drizzle glaze

The Solely Espresso Cake Recipe Price Making Once more

Daring declare up there 👆🏻 I do know. However I stand by it 100%. Ever since growing this moist espresso cake recipe nearly 5 years in the past, I’ve but to seek out one other that measures up.

Perhaps it’s that mushy, candy (however not too-sweet) crumb, or the ribbon of cinnamon tucked away within the heart. Perhaps it’s that buttery blanket of streusel on the highest, or the easy drizzle of vanilla glaze. No matter it’s, I’m hooked, and I do know you may be too!

Serve this one up at your subsequent special day or brunch (scones or French toast casserole are all the time successful, too!), and simply sit again and watch your visitor’s eyes roll to the again of their heads with their first chunk. Or simply make it for dessert tonight, as a result of Thursday’s are price celebrating, too!

Why You’ll Love My Recipe:

  • Has the softest texture and a lot taste, because of my secret ingredient 🤫
  • Bakes in a big pan, so it’s excellent for serving to a crowd.
  • The streusel topping is extremely straightforward to make with NO pastry cutter!
  • Takes simply half an hour to prep earlier than going within the oven.

What You Want

overhead view of ingredients including flour, sugar, buttermilk, cinnamon, and more

I’m not going to go over each ingredient on this record, however there are a number of necessary ones price a point out:

  • Cream cheese. That is my secret weapon. I substitute among the butter for cream cheese, and I imagine this is what makes my recipe higher than some other on the market. The crumb on this cake is so mushy, so moist, so melt-in-your-mouth–and the flavour is divine. And in case you’re frightened that it makes the cake truly style like cream cheese, it doesn’t!
  • Sugar. Whereas this in all probability isn’t an surprising ingredient, utilizing a mix of granulated and lightweight brown sugar actually isn’t all the time the norm. I love utilizing brown sugar in lots of traditional recipes the place simply granulated is often used (like my chocolate cake!) as a result of it provides depth of taste and moisture.
  • Cornstarch. We’ll add this to encourage a mushy, tender, melt-in-your-mouth crumb. Cornstarch is one other secret ingredient that I exploit in a lot of my recipes (keep in mind my cinnamon rolls or chocolate chip cookies!?).
  • Buttermilk. Common entire milk would work right here, however buttermilk provides taste and moisture to the end-result (which is what makes my buttermilk pancakes so particular). When you don’t have buttermilk readily available, be at liberty to make use of my buttermilk substitute as a substitute.

SAM’S TIP: This batter might be thicker than what you’re used to, and that’s precisely correctly. Due to this, while you layer your cinnamon sugar swirl within the heart, the highest layer generally is a bit tough to unfold. You possibly can attempt to easy it over the floor like I counsel within the recipe, or you may simply use a knife and swirl it into the cinnamon and sugar.

Bear in mind, that is simply an outline of the elements I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the submit!

The way to Make Espresso Cake

collage of six photos showing cake batter being prepared and layered with cinnamon sugar
  1. Cream collectively the cream cheese and butter, then add the sugars and beat till mild and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs separately, then stir within the vanilla.
  3. Mix the dry elements in a separate bowl.
  4. Alternate including the dry elements and buttermilk to the moist elements.
  5. Pour half the batter into your greased and floured pan, then add the cinnamon sugar layer.
  6. Add the remaining batter on high and use a knife to easy (if it provides you a tough time, don’t stress it and simply use a knife to swirl the batter and cinnamon collectively!).
collage of two photos showing a streusel topping being prepared and sprinkled over a cake
  1. Soften your butter, then pour it over the remaining streusel elements and toss/claw the elements collectively to mix. You need the combination to be good and clumpy, don’t overwork it or it’ll be pasty and troublesome to sprinkle!
  2. Sprinkle streusel over the ready cake and bake for 40-50 minutes.

SAM’S TIP: Whereas overmixing isn’t as a lot of a priority with this recipe, overbaking is certainly potential. In case your cake seems dense or dry, it was in all probability baked for a couple of minutes too lengthy. Hold a detailed eye in your cake to ensure this doesn’t occur to you!

square slice of crumb topped cake missing a bite

Steadily Requested Questions

Does espresso cake have espresso in it?

Espresso cake (at the very least in America, although I do know that is the case in different nations as effectively) doesn’t get its identify as a result of it comprises espresso; reasonably, the identify refers to a cake that’s typically served with espresso. Whereas technically any cake you serve with espresso might match the invoice, espresso cake as I do know it ought to all the time have a buttery-soft crumb and plenty of streusel, similar to at the moment’s recipe.

Can I bake this cake in a bundt pan?

Sure! Readers have reported this cake takes about 55 minutes to bake in a bundt pan. I do even have a traditional vanilla bundt cake recipe.

How ought to espresso cake be saved?

This recipe yields a splendidly moist, tender crumb that stays mushy for days. To maintain it tasting recent, I like to recommend you retailer it in an hermetic container at room temperature and luxuriate in inside 3 days. Whereas I haven’t frozen this cake, I don’t see any purpose why it wouldn’t do effectively within the freezer (don’t refrigerate it although, or it would dry out!).

Are espresso cake and crumb cake the identical?

Not fairly! Crumb cake has a a lot thicker crumb topping with much less cinnamon, and it lacks the cinnamon ripple that I add to the center of my espresso cake. Each are equally scrumptious and go nice with a cup of espresso although!

square slices of cake with a crumb topping, cinnamon swirl middle, and vanilla drizzle

Serve your self a slice (with or with out espresso!) and admire simply how stunning a easy breakfast cake can actually be ❤

Take pleasure in!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video under! When you do this recipe, you should definitely tag me on Instagram, and you can even discover me on YouTube and Fb

square slice of coffee cake with a cinnamon swirl middle, crumb topping, and vanilla drizzle glaze

Espresso Cake

A mushy and easy espresso cake recipe with an (non-compulsory) ripple of cinnamon within the center and a heavy streusel crumb topping.  Be sure you take a look at the how-to VIDEO


Course: Breakfast

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 40 minutes

Complete Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings: 24 items

Energy: 309kcal

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  • Preheat oven to 350F and calmly grease and flour a 13×9 baking pan.

  • In stand mixer, or utilizing an electrical mixer in massive bowl, cream collectively butter and cream cheese.

  • Beat in sugars till mild and fluffy.

  • Add eggs, separately, beating till mixed. Scrape down sides and backside of blending bowl with rubber spatula.

  • Stir in vanilla extract.

  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk collectively flour, baking powder, cornstarch and salt.

  • Progressively add flour combination to moist elements, alternating with buttermilk, till all the flour combination and buttermilk have been mixed.

  • Unfold about half of the batter into ready pan (batter might be thick).

  • Shortly whisk collectively sugar and cinnamon for cinnamon ripple layer in a small bowl and sprinkle it evenly over the batter.

  • Dollop remaining batter over the cinnamon sugar layer and use a knife to unfold evenly overtop. If it provides you a troublesome time/does not need to unfold, simply attempt your greatest however do not stress! If it is simpler, simply swirl the cinnamon/sugar in with a knife. Put aside and put together your streusel topping.


  • Soften butter in a medium-sized bowl on 10 second increments (stirring between) till simply melted (you don’t need it to be too sizzling, if it does get too sizzling enable to chill.

  • Use a fork to stir collectively your flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt.   Pour melted butter over combination and use a fork to toss/claw collectively the elements till mixed (combination ought to be crumbly).

  • Sprinkle streusel evenly over batter.

  • Bake on 350F for 40-50 minutes (test doneness with a toothpick inserted in heart, it ought to come out clear or with a number of moist crumbs).

  • Permit to chill earlier than chopping and serving.



Retailer leftover espresso cake in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 3 days.


Serving: 1slice | Energy: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fats: 13g | Saturated Fats: 7g | Ldl cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 419IU | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg

Dietary data is predicated on third-party calculations and ought to be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will differ based mostly upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.

Initially printed April tenth, 2017. Put up up to date to incorporate extra particulars and knowledge and a video February 2020. Recipe stays the identical, it was excellent as-is!



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