Looking for a dessert that’s super easy to make and tastes really good? Wait until you try this coffee cake recipe!

I’m not big on making or eating desserts.

But when I do, this is one of my favorite recipes to make.

It’s really easy, takes very little time, and tastes SO DELICIOUS!

And it has an ingredient that you probably haven’t seen or used in a while.

But it makes all the difference in the flavor and texture.

Wait until you try this coffee cake recipe!

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Why Is It Called Coffee Cake?

It is called coffee cake because it pairs well with a great cup of coffee of course!

While it does not have coffee in it, coffee cake is typically made with sugar and pound cake then topped with streusel.

The Best Coffee Cake Recipe ingredients

What is Streusal Topping Made Of?

In general, streusel topping is made from a butter, flour, and sugar mixture.

However, it can also contain other ingredients like spices, oats, and/or nuts.

pour dream whip into the cake mixture to make The Best Coffee Cake Recipe
adding eggs to The best coffee cake recipe cake batter

Coffee Cake vs. Crumb Cake

I have to admit that sometimes I call this recipe crumb cake.

And there’s not a huge difference between the two.

Except that crumb cake has a thicker layer of crumb topping.

mixing The Best Coffee Cake Recipe with a hand mixer

While the coffee cake has a heavier cake thickness.

This coffee cake recipe can go either way.

It has a thick and fluffy cake consistency.

But you can make it heavier on the crumbs to make it more like a crumb cake too.

Just double the streusel part of the recipe.

Mixing well with a hand mixer - The Best Coffee Cake Recipe
pouring cake batter into greased baking pan to make the best coffee cake recipe

Why I Love This Coffee Cake Recipe

Because this recipe for coffee cake is made with boxed cake, it’s super easy and quick to make because most of the ingredients are already there.

And the cake part of the recipe is really good too.

By incorporating dream whip in the cake mix, the batter is lighter and fluffier while retaining more moisture.

Adding sugar to a mixing bowl to make the streussel topping forThe Best Coffee Cake Recipe
Adding vanilla extract to the streussel to make the topping for theCoffee Cake Recipe

Have you ever noticed that some coffee cakes are dryer than others?

I’m not a fan of dry coffee cakes.

And this recipe is anything but dry!

Adding cinnamon to the streussel to make the bestcoffee cake recipe
mix the streussel mixture with your hands until it all crumbles to make the best Coffee Cake Recipe

The streusel topping is pretty easy to make too.

This coffee cake recipe calls for cold butter or margarine and I recommend following that versus room temperature or warm when making it.

I’ve found that the temperature of the butter or margarine affects the topping.

Coffee Cake Recipe after baking before adding the streussel topping
Topping the Coffee Cake Recipe off with streussel

And the streusel sets better using cold margarine or butter.

Don’t get me wrong though.

You can use room temperature or warm butter or margarine if that’s what you have, but the streusel doesn’t set up as well when using cold.

Wait until you see how good this cake is!

Streussel topping on The Best Coffee Cake REcipe
Close up of a slice of The Best Coffee Cake Recipe
The Best Coffee Cake Recipe
Close up of a slice of The Best Coffee Cake Recipe

The Best Coffee Cake Recipe

Stacy Ling
Looking for dessert ideas that are quick, easy, and delicious? Wait until you try this scrumptious coffee cake recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 699 kcal


  • 1 Package Yellow Cake Mix
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Package Dream Whip – Dry
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Sticks Cold Butter or Margarine
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • Confectioners Sugar for Garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
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  • Combine cake mix, Dream Whip, eggs, and water. Mix well.
  • Pour into greased 9×12 pan and bake for 25 minutes.
  • While the cake is baking, mix the rest of the ingredients (except confectioners sugar) until crumbly and refrigerate until the cake is done.
  • Remove cake from oven when finished and top it evenly with crumb mixture.
  • Then bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes or so.
  • Slice while still warm to avoid cracking.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners sugar to garnish.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1gramsCalories: 699kcalCarbohydrates: 106gProtein: 7gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 696mgFiber: 1gSugar: 68g
Keyword Coffee Cake, Crumb Cake
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  1. I’m with you…I’m a savory girl…but, with a good cup of coffee this sounds heavenly. Thank you for reminding me about Dream Whip! It’s a secret ingredient used in many wedding cakes. What a great idea for a coffee cake. Wish you were here with feet under my table to share it this morning…

    1. That would be so fun Leslie wouldn’t it! I never even get to the dessert because I fill up on the savory. LOL! xo

  2. This sounds delicious! I’m also more into savory appetizers but have been experimenting more with desserts and trying to make one dessert a week. Question, do you use a pastry blender to incorporate the cold butter into the crumb topping, or did you grate the butter? Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks so yummy! Perfect for a cold winter morning and I love that it’s made from box cake!

    Happy day!

  4. Yum! Coffee cake is one of my favorite breakfast treast. And now I’m thinking that I haven’t had some in quite a while. I think it’s time to do some baking. Thanks for sharing!