Starbuck’s Copy Cat Coffee Cake


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Like most, my husband and I love waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and fresh baked goods first thing in the a.m. I know, I know…I should be blending an all green smoothie or making an egg white omelette but nothing beats the comfort of a warm confection accompanying the perfect morning brew! We usually like to dip cookies in our java but it was just one of those days I was craving something a little more calorically substantial. :) After perusing some recipes on Pinterest, I found this one! Every time I go into the place I’m always eyeing the Starbuck’s Coffee CakeI couldn’t resist and since I had all the ingredients, I decided to give it a try!


Et viola!! My house quickly smelled like a Cinnabon shop! I followed the original recipe to a T. The batter is very thick and a bit finicky to work with but I followed some suggestions to smooth the batter with a wet backed spoon.

Due to the extremely thick batter, I assumed the cake would be super dense. It turned out surprisingly light and rose quite a bit! It cooked in exactly one hour. As hard as it will be, let it rest for at least 30 mins before you cut into it.




Next time I would definitely halve the recipe or make them into little cupcakes. A full 9″ x 13″ pan of this coffee cake is no good for anyone’s waistline! But I guess you could freeze the cake in pieces to enjoy at a later time.

The cocoa helped to define the swirl in the cake but it was so finicky that I didn’t really get much of a swirl…more a stripe. I would reduce both the cinnamon sugar swirl and crumble topping by 1/3.There was just a bit too much sugar for even my sweetest tooth! I can hear my dentist cringing now.

All in all, it was pretty tasty and is definitely more economical to make your own rather than buying piece by piece at the coffee shop.



(This recipe is just slightly modified from this one)

Starbuck’s Copy Cat Coffee Cake

Crumb Topping

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed

Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 500g tub of sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Crumb Topping:

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in bowl. Add the butter and mix with your hands until mixture looks like coarse sand. Cover and refrigerate.

Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl:

Mix ingredients in small bowl.

Sour Cream Cake:

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9″×13″ baking pan.In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.

2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl as needed.

3. Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat just until incorporated.

4. Add the dry ingredients by thirds, only until each addition is just incorporated. Do not over mix.

5. Pour one third of the cake batter into the prepared pan. Spread batter evenly in pan. Sprinkle one third chocolate cinnamon swirl mixture over batter

6. Spoon half of remaining batter over the swirl mixture and spread it evenly.

7. Repeat layers.

8. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over the top last layer.

9. Bake in the centre of the oven for one hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before serving.

What’s your fave coffee accompaniment??





21 Comments on Starbuck’s Copy Cat Coffee Cake

  1. Brandyn
    February 17, 2015 at 3:57 am (2 months ago)

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try!

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  2. Alexa~FurnishMyWay
    February 17, 2015 at 8:46 pm (2 months ago)

    Oh yum! Thank you so much for this amazing ‘copy-cat’ recipe! I love Starbuck’s Coffee Cake. There’s something so special about home baking desserts. Maybe it’s because they’re made with love or something? Great post!
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    • Brandnewmomblog
      February 18, 2015 at 2:03 pm (2 months ago)

      It definitely is the love factor baked in!!-Thanks for reading!!

  3. Jann Olson
    February 18, 2015 at 3:14 am (2 months ago)

    My mom always made coffee cake growing up and I loved it! Excited to have this recipe. Thanks for sharing it with Share Your Cup.

    • Brandnewmomblog
      February 18, 2015 at 2:02 pm (2 months ago)

      There’s nothing better than a nice coffee cake in the morning eh? Must have been nice to have this baking all the time growing up!! Thank you for stopping by!!

  4. Anne @ Domesblissity
    February 18, 2015 at 9:15 am (2 months ago)

    Oooh, I do love me a good coffee cake recipe and I’ve never tried the Starbuck’s one (I’m in Australia and we do have Starbuck’s here but I’ve never seen cake for sale). I’m featuring this post at tomorrow’s party. Hope to see you again and thanks for linking up.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

    • Brandnewmomblog
      February 18, 2015 at 2:01 pm (2 months ago)

      Hi Anne! Thank you for visiting from Australia!! I’m honoured that you will be featuring my post at your party! Can’t wait to party with you!-Brandnewmomblog

  5. Amanda
    February 19, 2015 at 2:29 am (2 months ago)

    Any excuse to eat cake in the morning, and I’m allllllll over it :) This looks fantastic!
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  6. Sami
    February 19, 2015 at 11:33 am (2 months ago)

    The coffee cake at Starbucks is my husbands favorite! I can’t wait to try this recipe!
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  7. Simple Hacks Living
    February 20, 2015 at 7:14 pm (2 months ago)

    So much cheaper than buying it at Starbucks! Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays!
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  8. Ashlyn
    February 20, 2015 at 9:25 pm (2 months ago)

    I’ll definitely have to try this!!

  9. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai
    February 22, 2015 at 6:12 pm (2 months ago)

    yum, Yum, YUM! Thanks for this awesome copycat recipe! Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. :)

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  10. Christie
    February 24, 2015 at 3:07 am (2 months ago)

    I am so hungry now! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday. Please come back this week. The party is going on now!
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    • Brandnewmomblog
      February 25, 2015 at 2:57 am (2 months ago)

      Christie, I am always hungry lol! I will see you next Tuesday for sure!

  11. Iulia Gulia (Best of Baby)
    February 24, 2015 at 5:33 am (2 months ago)

    Oh I love coffee cake…and this looks amazing!! Pinning this!

    Thank you so much for linking up with the Ladies Collective Linkup. Hope to see you again Wednesday at!

    • Brandnewmomblog
      February 25, 2015 at 2:56 am (2 months ago)

      Thank you for the blog love and for pinning! I love your party and hope you can party with me too on Mondays and Tuesdays!

  12. Denise
    February 25, 2015 at 6:37 pm (2 months ago)

    I love this recipe. We featured at this weeks Sunday Features party! Thanks for linking up with us.

    • Brandnewmomblog
      February 25, 2015 at 8:26 pm (2 months ago)

      I’m honoured to be featured at your party!! I pinned your party to my weekly blog hops board! Thank you!

  13. Alycia//Crazily Normal
    February 27, 2015 at 3:36 am (2 months ago)

    This sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing it!

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  14. Sherry
    March 2, 2015 at 1:06 am (2 months ago)

    I’m going to give this a try. I always order the coffee cake at Starbucks. Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday. Hope to see you again this week.
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    • Brandnewmomblog
      March 2, 2015 at 1:18 am (2 months ago)

      Awesome! Let me know how you like it?!?!


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