Fall/Holiday Coffee Cakes
Recipe of the Year: 2023

10 cakes for 10 years

Recipe of the Year

A cake that can do anything

Our 2023 Recipe of the Year journey started with a simple goal: to perfect the classic coffee cake. After a few months of tinkering, we landed on a failproof recipe that marries the most tender cake (thank you, reverse creaming) with the crispiest crumbs. Watch how to make it step-by-step.

But instead of a single recipe (and in honor of our 10th Recipe of the Year), we created 10 variations of this incredible coffee cake. We just revealed our final collection below, so now you can bake them all!

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How we perfected a classic

Stand mixer

Reverse creaming

Mixing the dry ingredients with the butter to form a paste limits gluten development and results in a tender, moist cake.



The secret to the crispy crumbs? Confectioners’ sugar, which includes a touch of cornstarch that takes the topping's texture from soft to crisp.


Hint of tang

Using buttermilk, sour cream, or Greek yogurt in the cake balances the sweetness, and the acidity helps keep the cake soft.


Something special

Whether it’s toasty almonds, zebra stripes of coffee-flavored cake, or pockets of sunny lemon curd, each coffee cake has a special ingredient that gives it big flavor.

3 drops, 10 flavors of coffee cake

Original Collection »

4 fun coffee cake flavors for every occasion.

Spring/Summer Collection »

3 fruit-filled coffee cakes that make the most of seasonal produce.

Fall/Holiday Collection »

3 cozy coffee cakes for cold weather.

Drop Three

The Fall/Holiday Collection

Three recipes for sweater weather

Glazed Espresso Coffee Cake

Glazed Espresso Coffee Cake

Strikingly beautiful zebra stripes with bold coffee flavor. Don’t skip the glaze — there’s coffee in that too!

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Cranberry Coffee Cake with Almond Crunch

Bright, tart cranberries found their perfect match: almond-scented batter and a nutty topping. They’re nestled together in this festive coffee cake.

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Gingery Lemon Curd    
Coffee Cake

A cup of freshly brewed lemon-ginger tea, but in cake form. Puckeringly tart curd + zippy ginger + tender coffee cake = an unforgettable holiday breakfast.

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Drop Two

The Spring/Summer Collection

Three recipes that highlight the best of berries

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Decadent, sweet, and tangy. Reminiscent of the beloved storebought raspberry danish (but better).

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Strawberry Coffee Cake with Matcha Filling

Jammy, fragrant, and downright beautiful. Matcha lovers, rejoice! The pairing with strawberries is perfect.

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Sweet Corn and Blueberry  
Coffee Cake

Unexpected but very welcome, corn brings malty sweetness to coffee cake. The blueberries bring fresh summer flavor.

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Drop One

The Original Collection

Four recipes to celebrate every season

Birthday Coffee Cake

Birthday Coffee Cake

LOTS of sprinkles for celebratory energy. Almond extract for nostalgia. Cocoa filling for chocolate frosting vibes.

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Crumb Lover's Coffee Cake

50% less cake, 50% more crumb. A coffee cake for people who eat crumbs with a spoon.

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Triple Chocolate Coffee Cake

Chocolate milk in the batter. Cocoa in the crumb. Mini chips in the filling.

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Cinnamon-Crisp Coffee Cake

Cinnamon-Crisp Coffee Cake

The recipe that inspired the rest. Ultra-soft cake. Crispy crumbs. A hidden layer of rich cinnamon filling.

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