Copycat Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 50 mins

I have found THEE Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake CopyCat!! You may find slight variations of the cake at different Starbucks locations. Sometimes there is a ribbon of cinnamon running through the middle of the cake, and sometimes the cake is dusted with a bit of powdered sugar. You'll also find some versions with a few chopped pecans in the topping; and that's the version here. Double up on the topping for the ultimate topping to match starbuck's cake..and can use smaller pan if needed. Footnotes To add ribbon of cinnamon to cake, double recipe of topping and reserve half (minus nuts if you like), pour half of batter, use half of doubled recipe, make sure to cover entire cake, pour the rest of the batter and top the cake with the reserve. This batter is very thick!! Option: Dust cake with powdered sugar after cooled to give more a starbucks feel!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Make topping by combining 1 cup flour with brown sugar, a stick of softened butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mixture should have the consistency of moist sand. Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup butter, 3/4 cup light brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add this dry mixture to the moist ingredients a little bit at a time. Add half n half and mix well.
  5. Spoon the batter into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan that has been buttered and dusted with a light coating of flour.
  6. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the batter. Be sure the topping completely covers the batter.
  7. Bake cake for 50 minutes, or until the edges just begin to turn light brown. Cool and slice into 8 pieces.
  8. Serves 8.
Most Helpful

I wanted a thicker cake, so I used an 8" square baking dish instead. I only altered the recipe by not including the pecans because of a nut allergy. I poured half the batter into the pan, then poured half the topping over the batter. Next, I layered the remaining batter on top. This created a cinnamon swirl, like the Starbucks coffee cake. I used the remaining topping as directed. I baked the cake for 1 hour and 5 minutes. Check with a toothpick to make sure the cake is done.

Courtney C. July 07, 2014

I substituted dextrose for the white sugar (use 1 1/4 times as much) and heavy cream in place of half and half. It was moist and just sweet enough. I made it in two square pans, and put the topping on top only, but poked at it with a knife to blend some of into the cake. Can't stop eating it!

tdej February 20, 2011

Very similar in flavor to the coffee cake that I can get at my local Starbucks. Not as thick as S'bucks when baked in a 13"x9" pan, but I think I prefer the higher ratio of topping to cake here anyhow. I left out the pecans (my pecans were destined for another recipe), but I really didn't miss them. I thought about doubling the crumb mixture and putting some in the middle, but ultimately I didn't because I thought that the cake part would be too thin that way. I baked it for the minimum suggested bake time, but I think I could've afforded to shave a couple minutes off of that -- the cake edges seemed like they were just slightly overbaked with the recommended time. All in all, a keeper. Thanks for posting! Made for PAC Spring 2014

Muffin Goddess May 09, 2014