Best Ever Coffee Cake

Looking for an easy breakfast cake? Try this Best Ever Coffee Cake. It’s a yellow cake base with a cinnamon sugar nut streusel. Remember the buttery glaze for the top!

Love from-scratch coffee cakes? Try our Potica coffee cakes, sour cream coffee cakes and buttermilk coffee cake.

close up of fluffy yellow coffee cake with streusel

Best Ever Coffee Cake Recipe

My mother-in-law gave me the recipe for this cake years ago. She made it on one of our family vacations and it has been a favorite of mine ever since!

Does coffee cake have coffee in it?

Not usually, no, although there may be some that you’ll find coffee in. Coffee cakes are cakes that are great for breakfast alongside a cup of coffee. Or tea…or even hot chocolate.

How do you make a box cake mix taste like a bakery?

Cake mixes can be a great easy way to make a cake. So how do you switch up the ingredients just a bit to give box mixes a better flavor? Each cake mix may call for different ingredient amounts but in general you can often add an extra egg, switch out the oil for butter and switch out the water for some milk. All three of these options add flavor to a cake mix.

For this recipe, disregard what is on the back of the cake mix box and add a box of pudding (just dry…don’t make the pudding!), eggs, oil, water, vanilla and butter extract. The recipe has just a hint of butter extract but it really deepens the flavor of the cake. Don’t skip it!

coffee cake with streusel and powdered sugar glaze

Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Mix up the streusel and sprinkle half of the streusel on the bottom of the baking pan. Then pour in the cake batter. Top the cake batter with the remaining sugar streusel. For this streusel we use granulated sugar but you can use a mix of brown sugar and white sugar if you’d like.

A piece of cake on a plate, with Coffee cake and Sugar

Powdered Sugar Glaze

Powdered sugar glaze is one of the easiest ways to add a touch of flavor and a pretty look to baked goods. This glaze is simply powdered sugar, milk and butter extract. Use a whisk to mix up the glaze and then drizzle it on the cooled cake.

yellow coffee cake with bite taken out

Other Coffee Cake Recipes

yellow coffee cake with bite taken out
yellow coffee cake with bite taken out

Best Ever Coffee Cake

4 from 14 votes
Looking for an easy breakfast cake? Try this Best Ever Coffee Cake. It's a yellow cake base with a cinnamon sugar nut streusel. Remember the buttery glaze for the top!
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


For the Streusel:

For the Cake:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 ounce package instant vanilla pudding (dry mix)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon butter extract

For the Drizzle:


Make the streusel:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, pecans and cinnamon. Set aside.

Make the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whisk together the yellow cake mix and the pudding mix.
  • Add the eggs, oil, water and extracts.
  • Use a hand mixer to mix well, about 2 minutes.
  • Grease a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle half of the streusel in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Pour the cake batter over the streusel.
  • Sprinkle the remaining streusel on top of the cake batter.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until the center of the cake springs back when you touch it.

Make the drizzle:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and extract.
  • Keep whisking until smooth.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake.



The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 403
Keyword breakfast cake, brunch, cinnamon, glaze, pecans

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About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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This cake is amazing!! I’m 48 years old and either grew up eating this exact cake or something very similar. My mom made it for years but hers had walnuts instead of pecans. The cake was in an old recipe book from a neighborhood church with a collection of cakes and other recipes. They called it Supreme Coffee Cake. Sadly, my sister-in-law tossed out the recipe book. My mom and I have been searching for this recipe now for years. Thank you so much for posting your cake recipe!! I was so excited to try it that sadly I couldn’t… Read more »

Can I( omit the 1/8 tsp butter extract?