Overnight Coffee Cake

Overnight Coffee Cake recipe – our go-to Christmas morning breakfast! Moist cake topped with a cinnamon sugar streusel topping. Flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, buttermilk, butter eggs, pecans. Assemble the cake the night before and bake the next morning. This is the best coffee cake!

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Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipe

This Overnight Coffee Cake is a family favorite. Tender cake topped with a delicious cinnamon streusel topping. Assemble the cake before you go to bed and bake it the next day. This is a great recipe for hectic weekdays, lazy weekend mornings, and holiday mornings. Add this cake to your menu ASAP! It is sure to be a hit!

How to Make Overnight Coffee Cake

This cake is very easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add buttermilk, butter, and eggs to the dry ingredients and mix on low speed on an electric mixer just until combined. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the top of the cake. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, remove the dish from the refrigerator. Preheat the oven, and bake coffee cake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • To make Homemade Buttermilk combine 1 cup of milk with 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar or 1 Tablespoon of Lemon juice. Let the mixture sit until it starts to curdle, about 5 minutes.
  • You can bake the cake right away if you don’t have time to let the cake sit overnight.
  • Feel free to use walnuts or almond slivers. You can also omit the nuts altogether if you aren’t a fan.
  • Can substitute pumpkin spice seasoning for cinnamon.
  • Sometimes I add some chocolate chips to the cake batter.
  • You can cut the recipe in half and bake it in a 9-inch square baking pan.
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container.
    • The cake will keep 2 or 3 days on the countertop.
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Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

This is our favorite coffee cake recipe! We love all the yummy cinnamon flavor and pecans. This goes great with bacon, eggs, and hash browns. We usually eat this for breakfast but we’ve also been known to serve a slice of the warm coffee cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Here are a few of our favorite breakfast recipes that go great with this yummy coffee cake:

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Overnight Coffee Cake

Yield: 10 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Overnight Coffee Cake – our go-to Christmas morning breakfast! Flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, buttermilk, butter eggs, pecans. Assemble the night before and bake in the morning. This is SOOO good! We make it every holiday!

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • cup butter , melted
  • 2 eggs

Topping

Instructions:

  • Combine first 7 ingredients; add buttermilk, butter and eggs. Beat at low speed of an electric mixer just until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured 9×13-inch pan.
  • Combine topping ingredients. Sprinkle over batter. Cover and refrigerate 8-12 hours.
  • Remove cake from oven. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes.

Notes:

  • To make Homemade Buttermilk combine 1 cup of milk with 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar or 1 Tablespoon of Lemon juice. Let the mixture sit until it starts to curdle, about 5 minutes.
  • You can bake the cake right away if you don’t have time to let the cake sit overnight.
  • Feel free to use walnuts or omit the nuts altogether if you aren’t a fan.
  • Can substitute pumpkin spice seasoning for cinnamon.
  • Store the cake in an air-tight container. It will keep 2 to 3 days on the countertop. 

Steph

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Comments

  1. They have come a long way with gluten free flour. Do you think it would work with that? Not sure if the sitting overnight would effect it? Or is it just as good to make & bake right away?

    1. I have never cooked with gluten free flour, so I am not sure how this would turn out. Sorry! If you try it, please let's me know how it turned out. 🙂

  2. Can I serve this at room temp? I plan to make it for a bake off at work and bring it in in the morning. Thoughts?

  3. Greetings and Merry Christmas Steph,
    Wondering how you adjust your recipes that called for the 18oz version cake mix as the base for the recipe. The new reduced size of 16oz. sure makes a mess or our older recipes..

  4. Do you think you could mix batter up a couple of days ahead and give as gifts for recipient to bake Christmas morning?

  5. Question….I've got kids with all nut allergies….think it would turn out ok if the topping didn't have the nuts? Sounds yummy and easy during this busy time!

  6. This is so smart! I always have the best of intentions to make a breakfast treat for Christmas Day, but I very rarely follow through.

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