Easy Coffee Cake for Any Day of the Week

Healthy Coffee Cake

I love to bake for my family. So much so that several years ago I started a tradition of making homemade muffins every Saturday morning. Aside from a few rare weekends I’ve pretty much kept that tradition alive, but since there are only so many different kinds of muffins they like, every now and then I like to change things up a little bit. One of my absolute favorite breakfast treats is coffee cake and I finally think I’ve pretty much perfected it by creating something that is moist, yummy, and maybe even a tiny bit healthy. Maybe. I guess you can be the judge of that, but mostly I hope you find this recipe to be just as delicious as my family and I do, especially with a cup of coffee. No, really. Coffee cake really does go so nicely with coffee. They are like a perfect match. Kind of like peanut butter and jelly or peas and carrots or maybe milk and cookies. Personally I don’t even care what I drink with my coffee cake as long as I can have a big slice (or three) over the course of the weekend. But mostly I love to enjoy it with coffee. I said that already though, didn’t I? Sorry. Me and my one-track coffee with coffee cake mind lost focus for a minute there. I should probably just share the recipe with you and stop rambling on about it because if there is any possible way for you to make it for your family this weekend I want that to happen. Because I’m a giver. And I love you. And your family. Okay, here you go.

Here’s what you need:

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon (make it a heaping one if your feeling a little wild and crazy)

*Combine in a small bowl and set aside.

For the cake:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter (1 stick, softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt (my favorite substitute for sour cream – you’ll love it, I promise)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla (1 1/2 if you love vanilla as much as I do)
  • 1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour (you can use whatever combination of flour you’d like, but I find this worked really well for me)
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • *Optional – 1/2-1 cup of your favorite berries

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Grease an 8 1/2 – 9 inch cake pan.
  2. Combine the flour(s) and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar, and mix until creamy.
  5. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  6. Add in the Greek yogurt and keep on mixing.
  7. Splash in the vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  8. Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until fully combined. Fold in berries if using.
  9. Add 1/2 of the cake batter to the pan and sprinkle 1/2 of the topping mixture over the batter.
  10. Carefully spoon the rest of the batter into the pan and sprinkle with remainder of topping.
  11. Bake for 40-45 minutes, depending on size of your pan, and use a toothpick to check for doneness.
  12. By this time your kitchen should smell amazing and you should easily be on your second cup of coffee.
  13. Remove the coffee cake from the oven, allow to sit for 10-15 minutes, slice and enjoy every last cinnamony bite.

P.S. This coffee cake is just as good the second day. I warm a slice in the microwave for about 20 seconds and basically enjoy it the same way I did the first day. With a big, hot cup of coffee.

P.P.S. I hope you and your family love this as much as I do and just remember, it’s healthy coffee cake because there’s wheat flour and Greek yogurt in the ingredients, so if you eat half of it all by yourself (maybe like I did) then there’s absolutely nothing to feel guilty about.


  1. I love coffee cake, and I love having it as a brunch item. Perfect for anytime of the day really.
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  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    Homemade coffee cake is the BEST. I love it warm right out of the oven.

  3. I love a good coffee cake, I’ve never tried to make my own though. I pinned this for later!
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  4. Wow does that look delicious and heavenly. Looks better than any coffee cake I have ever seen! Enjoy !
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  5. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    No guilt coffee cake, huh? I could definitely eat half of it at one sitting. 🙂

    • I’m pretty sure I DID eat half of it in one sitting, but yes to no-guilt. I mean, there’s healthy flour and Greek yogurt in there. 😉

  6. YUM!! The perfect pairing to my afternoon tea. I am so making this.
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  7. Coffee cake makes for a delicious breakfast item and dessert. I think this would make for the perfect treat on the weekends (lazy days).

  8. How have I not tried coffee cake before? This looks like it would be right up my alley!

  9. I am going to print this to make the next time our friends visit from New York. It looks so incredibly moist, too.
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  10. You had me at healthy and then cake! This looks amazing!
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  11. I love coffee cake and have never made it, I am not a great baker. This sounds like I may be able to, I want to try it this weekend and the fact that it is so good for me- makes it even better!

  12. My kids actually love coffee cake, I’ll have to give this version a try. Sounds delicious!
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  13. We love making homemade muffins ourselves too because to me they just taste so much better. This one looks amazing!
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  14. Healthy coffee cake? You have my full attention! This sounds delicious and I will have to try making it soon! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Healthy coffee cake?! I LOOOOOVE it! I cant wait to make it and see how it taste >.<
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  16. I love coffee cake! A healthy version of it sounds amazing and I must try it!

  17. this looks terrific! the topping is delightful, and i know the cake is moist because greek yogurt is magical. 🙂
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  18. I did it this morning for my family, really very delicious. I’m a forgetful person, so do just read your blog, but in the end complete a really delicious coffee.
    Thank you very much!

  19. I love quality coffee and this cake seems so yummy! I will try making it on this weekend. The details seem pretty straighforward!
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