Starbucks Coffee Cake

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Coffee and cake. These are both two things that you’ll find in abundance in Starbucks. Well, why not combine the two? Starbucks Coffee Cake made at home, anyone? Put your hands down, because in this article I will show you how to make it yourself, that way you can have this delicious dessert any time you so choose. It’s super simple. Let me show you how.

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How to Make Starbucks Coffee Cake

Our homemade Starbucks Coffee Cake is superbly rich and decadent and one of our favorite Starbucks recipes. It is actually made in three different layers. On the top, you have a crunchy streusel topping with the exquisite tastes of butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Then we have a further layer of cinnamon. This all goes on top of a moist and delicious slice of chunky cake.

We start by getting the oven warmed up, but we aren’t idle while we are waiting, oh no. We start by making the streusel layer. It is pretty easy to do, provided you have a bowl. We just mix a few ingredients together, ready to top the batter.

From there, we want to really infuse the cake with even more cinnamon. So we prepare a different cinnamon topping.

From there, it’s just a case of layering up your cake and getting it ready for the oven. How you layer the cake is up to you. We like to pour half of the batter, add a cinnamon layer, and then pour the other half before topping with our delicious streusel mix.

The key to getting this cake bang on is to make sure that it is entirely cooked through. We have a trick in our tips and tricks section to ensure that yours will be cooked to perfection.

Starbucks Coffee Cake

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

50

minutes
Calories

360

kcal

Making your local Starbucks coffee cake is much closer to a reality with this recipe. Try making this copycat dessert at home today.

Ingredients

  • For the Streusel
  • 1 cup refined brown sugar

  • 1 cup white flour

  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup softened butter

  • For the Cinnamon layer
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white flour

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • For the Cake
  • 3 cups white flour

  • 2 cups of caster sugar

  • ½ tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • A large pinch of salt

  • 1 cup softened butter

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 4 eggs

  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 360°F and line a loaf tin with baking paper
  • To make the streusel mixture combine all of the streusel ingredients in a bowl and mix well until combined into coarse breadcrumbs.
  • Next, in a separate bowl, make the cinnamon layer. Simply mix all of the ingredients given above.
  • Now it’s time to make the batter. In a bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt—whizz in a mixer to combine. Then add the butter and beat until you have a fine crumb.
  • While keeping the mixer running, add the sour cream, then the milk, and one by one break the eggs into the mix, finish with the vanilla extract
  • In your baking tin, add half of the batter and smooth into an even layer. Next, sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon mix. Top with another layer of batter and smooth until even. Finally, sprinkle the streusel mix over the entire top surface of the cake.
  • Bake for 55 minutes. Try the toothpick test to ensure the cake is cooked in the center. Once baked, cool on a wire rack for around 50 minutes before serving in thick slices

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Tips and Tricks

  • Ok, I’m going to share my number one trick with you when making the cake batter. This doesn’t just work for Starbucks coffee cake either. Any cake you make will benefit. Ok, here goes. Make sure that you use softened butter. Not cold hard butter, not melted butter. Softened Butter. This might involve a little forward planning, but leave your butter out of the fridge until it comes up to room temperature. It’s much easier to get a smoother batter this way.
  • Here’s another trick that the cookbooks might not tell you. When making Starbucks coffee cake, line your cake tin with baking paper. It makes getting the cake out so much easier, and not only this, it prevents bits from becoming burned on, saving you washing up too!
  • When baking, you want your cake to be cooked to perfection. Nobody likes a raw cake. There are two ways to do this, but a cake thermometer isn’t the way forward. We find a toothpick is the cheapest method. Keep an eye on your cake and once the cooking time has elapsed, poke a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, this means that your cake is done.
  • If using the toothpick method, and it comes out with batter attached, work methodically to get your cake just right. By this, we mean give your cake successive blasts of 5 minutes at a time in the oven. Using this method, you can avoid overcooking your cake.
  • It’s not often we say this, but to get the best results, you will want to use a food mixer to make this cake batter. You can do it by hand, but for something similar to the authentic Starbucks coffee cake, a mixer ensures a super smooth and silky batter.
  • Here’s a great tip that not many people know. If you’ve ever had a Starbucks coffee cake, you’ll notice that it is entirely uniform in thickness. This is because of the way they spread the batter. Sure, you could just use a wooden spoon. But we find a moistened spatula works so much better. If you don’t have a spatula, a wet hand works well to make sure that the cake batter is spread really evenly.

Conclusion

Starbucks coffee cake might be the perfect treat for a rainy Saturday afternoon. Peppermint hot chocolate in one hand, cake in the other, color me happy! How did your cake turn out? It should be perfect. Let me know in the comments below.

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