The Best Coffee Cake Recipe in the World

That’s a bold claim!

But we’ve amassed all the coffee cake recipes you can find, tested them every which way, and come up with this master recipe.

Here it is, our JavaLush Master Recipe.

Perfect for the holidays with a cup of coffee.

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into small pieces
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Pinch salt

Cream Cheese Swirl:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Coffee Cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sour cream


To Make the Crumb: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix with a fork until mixture resembles crumbs. Set aside.

To Make the Cream Cheese Swirl: In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in vanilla and cinnamon. Stir in pecans. Set aside.

To Assemble the Cake
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9”x13” baking pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until combined after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

Gradually add dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. Stir in sour cream and mix just until combined.

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Top batter with spoonfuls of cream cheese swirl. Use an up and down motion with a knife to swirl. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over top of cake.

Bake 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.