Moist Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
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Moist Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

March 8, 2019

{edited post from May, 2014}

This vanilla coffee cake is tender and moist, with a delicious gooey cinnamon swirl in the middle.

I have been making this cinnamon coffee cake for more than 10 years now, and every time I serve it, everybody asks for the recipe. So, get ready to share the recipe before serving it ☺

Moist Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake on a white plate with pink flowers on the background
Look at that crumb! and that gooey cinnamon swirl 😍😋

For us, outside the US, when we hear coffee cake, we think of a cake flavored with some coffee.

Coffee cake is a simple cake, sometimes with a streusel topping (like this Brown Butter Banana Coffeecake) or some nuts, enjoyed for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee or tea.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon is the star ingredient in this coffee cake. Make sure it smells fresh and hasn’t caught any other flavors over time.

In Paraguay, Global Trading has good quality ground cinnamon and in larger quantities than the 100g found in the supermarket.

Other ingredients for coffee cake

This coffee cake uses a lot of butter, try it and make sure is not rancid as you’ll be able to taste it and it will ruin the flavor of this coffee cake (I know this is not a problem in many countries, so just ignore it 🙂 )

I’ve made this cinnamon coffee cake with butter, margarine and vegetable oil. Each fat gives the crumb a different texture. Try it and see which one you prefer.

Butter, eggs, and milk should be removed from the refrigerator 30 minutes before use.

Making the batter

Once you have all the ingredients ready, start creaming the butter with the sugar with an electric mixer.

Add the eggs one at a time making sure they mix well with the butter. Once mixed, keep beating until you have a very creamy mixture.

batter for coffee cake in a bundt pan

Once you mix all the ingredients for the batter, add half of it to the pan, sprinkle all of the sugar/cinnamon mixture in a uniform layer.

Add the rest of the batter and with the help of a knife start to swirl, trying to mix the cinnamon layer with the rest of the batter.

There is a lot of batter in the pan, so it takes about an hour to bake. The oven shouldn’t be too hot. Bake at 350F/180C to have an evenly cooked cake.

When and how do you eat this cinnamon coffee cake? well, whenever you want to! 😌.

This coffee cake goes well either for breakfast or snack with a cup of coffee.

I know my mom has served it as a cake for a birthday party, with a delicious vanilla meringue.

Do you have other ideas?

More coffee cake recipes:

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Moist Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
Moist Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
This vanilla coffee cake is tender and moist, with a delicious gooey cinnamon swirl in the middle.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Calories: 254 kcal
Author: Lizet Bowen
  • 1 cup butter (227g)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (400g)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour (375g)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk (236.5ml)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon mixed with 2 tablespoons brown sugar save this for the last step
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Butter and flour a bundt cake pan.
  2. Cream butter with sugar.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Mix all the dry ingredients and add to the batter alternately with the milk. Add the vanilla.
  5. Pour half into the pan, add the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top, then add the rest of the batter.
  6. Using a table knife swirl it around and through the batter.
  7. Bake for 60 minutes.
  8. Let it cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan.
  9. Serve warm or cold.
Recipe Notes

All ingredients should be at room temperature before using.

Moist Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
Moist Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

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  1. Yo también estoy haciendo!!! No tenia azúcar morena entonces deje 1/3 de la masa con cacao y hice mármolada! ! Les cuento después como me va!!! Gracias Lizet!

  2. Hoy estoy haciendo de vuelta esta receta,pero como no tenía mas canela,mezclè el azúcar morena con chocolate en polvo, a ver si sabe rico! después les cuento!

  3. Hoy hice este bizcochuelo! una D E L I C I A!!! Exito total en mi familia, tanto que ya la adopté como acompañamiento del café de los domingos!
    Como no tenía mantequilla,usé crema ácida y salió deliciosa,húmeda y con un aroma que ni les cuento!
    Gracias Lizet por tu receta!

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