Overnight Coffeecake Recipe

My cousin LeAnne’s long-time go-to make-ahead coffeecake recipe and since last year, mine too. I’ve made it a half dozen times, which suggests how easy, adaptable and forgiving LeAnne's recipe is. It takes about 20 minutes to mix up the night before, then throw it in the oven in the morning. Fresh warm coffeecake on Christmas morning? With a crispy streusel topping? Oh, you’re going to be glad you clipped this recipe!

Overnight Coffeecake ♥ KitchenParade.com with a sweet, crispy streusel topping. Mix it the night before, bake it to serve hot and fresh in the morning.


"I love, love, love this recipe ... turned out amazing, and all my brunch guests wanted the recipe! " ~ Collawyer

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Oh if only I could delivery warm coffeecakes to everyone’s homes on Christmas morning! But you can!

Say “hello” to my cousin LeAnne’s go-to coffeecake recipe that’s become my go-to recipe as well. I like it best with fruit added, so far I’ve made it with berries and dried fruit but I think small bits of chopped apple and pear, even frozen rhubarb, would work great too. Fruit adds wonderful texture contrast and helps the coffeecake stay moist for a couple of days too.

Truth be told, Overnight Coffeecake is my substitute for a crumb cake, the streusel topping is crispy and chewy, way better (to my taste, anyway) than the usual crumbs on a crumb cake.


Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Let rest: Overnight
In the morning, time to table: 1 hour
For a 8x8, 9x9 or round cake pan (double ingredients for a 9x13)
Serves 9
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick, 86g) butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (125g) buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (60g) toasted pecans or walnuts, chopped (how to toast nuts)

THE NIGHT BEFORE Lightly butter or spray an 8x8, 9x9 or round cake pan (see ALANNA's TIPS).

COFFEECAKE In a small bowl, stir together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. One at a time, add 1/3 flour mixture, ½ buttermilk, 1/3 flour mixture, the remaining buttermilk and the remaining flour, gently blending in each addition just until barely mixed. (If adding fruit, stir it in here.)

Transfer batter to baking dish; it will be quite thick, spread it gently to the corners or edges with the back of spoon.

STREUSEL TOPPING Stir together the Streusel Topping ingredients and sprinkle over the batter. Cover and let rest overnight on the counter, not in the fridge (see TIPS).

IN THE MORNING Heat oven to 350F/180C. Bake cake for 30 – 35 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving. Best eaten warm unless fruit is added.

LeANNE’s TIPS The coffeecake turns out great even when it’s made just before serving, not the night before. What happens overnight is that the streusel topping sinks into the batter, it’s so-so good that way! I’ve let it rest overnight in the fridge but the sinking just doesn’t happen. I usually make a little glaze for drizzling overtop, just a quarter cup of powdered sugar mixed with a tablespoon of milk and a half teaspoon vanilla or almond extract or even a little lemon zest. [Aghast!] Whaddaya mean, you put FRUIT in my coffeecake?

ALANNA’s TIPS Yep, me, I like to throw in a cup of frozen berries: blueberries and lingonberries have been great; raspberries taste great but are a little too big, better to break them up first. Don’t thaw the berries first, they’ll stain the dough. Dried fruit works beautifully too. I love a combo of golden raisins and dried cranberries plumped and softened in juice or a fruity liquor (or once, even a carbonated ginger beer!) for a half hour before adding. If the butter isn’t at room temperature, cut it into chunks and gently warm in the microwave, ten seconds at a time. If you’re going to lift the coffeecake out onto a serving platter for pretty plating, it’s easier to lift out if you butter the baking pan, then put a round of parchment paper in the bottom and butter it too.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Serving, assumes 9 servings (not including optional fruit & icing): 245 Calories; 13g Tot Fat; 6g Sat Fat; 44mg Cholesterol; 303mg Sodium; 29g Carb; 1g Fiber; 17g Sugar; 3g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 6 & PointsPlus 7 & SmartPoints 11

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  1. Alanna, I've sent this on to some friends and figure I'll make it too! Sounds easy and am sure it will make the house smell wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and also the Amazon Prime site info. You should be getting a "perk" from them for the advert! LOL

  2. Hi, can't see any coffee in this cake....

  3. Hi Judy ~ Glad you're liking both the recipe and ideas about Amazon Prime!

    Hi Erica ~ Ha, at least in the Midwest, a "coffeecake" is a morning cake or a simple cake that would taste great with a cup of coffee, no coffee in the ingredients! Thanks for checking --

  4. Anonymous2/14/2014

    I would really love to try this recipe when we have company but my daughter is allergic to nuts. Is there anything I can substitute for nuts in the streusel topping? Thanks

  5. Anonymous ~ Good question, I’m scratching my head on this one! The first idea is to just leave out the nuts entirely. You might do as others have, double the streusel to compensate for the volume of the missing nuts. You could also substitute sunflower seeds. You might make “granola bits” that would have a more similar texture by cooking the spices and brown sugar with a little butter and oats until crispy, this would give the “crunch” that the nuts add. Or switch to another recipe entire, My Mom’s Blueberry Coffeecake comes to mind!


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