Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake

If you have young kids, sometimes the last thing you want to do is sit down and prepare a big breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday morning. You’ve been busy all week – who feels like cooking?

This cake will make your life easier. Simply make it the night before, refrigerate overnight, then bake it the next morning. Your family will wake up to a house filled with a delicious cinnamon aroma that is irresistible.

If you want to save even more time, another option is to bake the coffee cake up to four weeks prior and freeze it. Then, thaw at room temperature overnight and reheat for a few minutes before serving.

Here’s how to make it:

Beat the butter and sugars, add an egg and vanilla, and combine until well blended. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, and add to the wet ingredients in two additions, alternating with buttermilk.

Spread the batter evenly in an 8-inch baking pan lined with foil that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Make the streusel by combining flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, a pinch of salt and softened butter. I find the easiest way to mix this is to use my (clean!) hands.

Sprinkle the streusel on top of the batter, cover with foil, and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar prior to serving.

Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake


For the cake:

1/3 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup buttermilk

For the topping:

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Pinch of salt

4 tbsp. butter, softened

Powdered sugar for serving


Make the cake:

1. Line an 8-inch baking pan with foil, and spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until blended.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in two additions, alternating with the buttermilk (add half the dry ingredients, then the buttermilk, then the rest of the dry ingredients).

5. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Make the streusel topping:

1. In a small bowl mix all the ingredients – flour through butter – until the mixture is combined. This will create non-uniform crumbs.

2. Sprinkle over the batter.

3. Cover pan with foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Bake the coffee cake:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. Bake the cake – uncovered – for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

3. Sprinkle with powdered sugar prior to serving.

A few more treats that go great with your morning coffee:

Pumpkin Corn Muffins
Jumbo Coffee Cake Muffins
Hazelnut-Orange Biscotti

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