Coffee Lover’s Coffee Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.


9 servings

Updated: Oct. 14, 2022
I had this cake at a friend's brunch and she graciously shared the recipe. Now people always request it from me, too. It's so tasty, it's always a hit. —Gale Lalmond, Deering, New Hampshire
Coffee Lover's Coffee Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Mix sugar, coffee granules and cinnamon. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with yogurt, beating just until blended. (Batter will be thick.)
  2. Spread half of the batter evenly into a 8-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with half of the coffee mixture. Top with remaining batter; sprinkle with remaining coffee mixture. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Sprinkle with nuts.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 220 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.