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Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

This Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake starts with a sour cream cake that has a swirl of brown sugar and cinnamon throughout. It's finished with a streusel topping and drizzled with a sweet glaze!

If you love coffee cake as much as I do, be sure to check out some of my other favorites like my Cinnamon Pecan Babka Coffee Cake, Banana Crumb Coffee Cake, or my Coffee Cake Muffins.

cinnamon swirl coffee cake

Why You'll Love This Recipe

This Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake is an amazing breakfast pastry to make for the holiday season. I love this recipe because you can easily make it the night before and it taste just as good the next morning, so it's a great make ahead recipe!

This Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake starts out with a sour cream cake so it's extra moist! I swirl a ribbon of brown sugar and cinnamon into the middle of the cake for that classic coffee cake allure. And this baby is topped with a streusel topping and finished with a drizzle of sweet glaze on top. This Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake pairs beautifully with coffee, eggs, bacon, and fresh fruit!

cinnamon swirl coffee cake
cinnamon swirl coffee cake

Tips for Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

• Make sure your butter is soft. This is just like making any type of cake, you want the butter to be soft so it creams well with the sugar. I like to leave butter out at room temperature overnight before I make cake, this usually allows it to soften naturally which I find is best!

• It's also important to have room temperature eggs, milk, and sour cream. If your butter is room temperature and soft, then adding colder ingredients can cause it to seize up, which will then create chunks of butter in the finished cake batter. This causes two problems, the first being that the butter doesn't incorporate completely which then can cause the cake to be dry, as there are larger chunks of butter and that can leave the rest of the cake without fat and moisture. It also makes little holes in the cake, which can sometimes cause the cake to break as well.

• Make sure to have the topping ready so when the first timer goes off, you can easily add it on. The reason I add the topping on after partially baking the cake is so that it doesn't sink into the cake. The first time I made a coffee cake like this with a crumb topping, I put it on right away and it turned out perfect. I then made the cake 3 times after that and each time, the topping sunk into the cake. I think I just got lucky the first time, and so now I always partially bake the cake to be safe! Because, the topping is the best part, and you want it to be in tact on top of the cake.

• I store this cake in a cake dome when I make it and it keeps well for up to 5 days.

cinnamon swirl coffee cake

Ingredients for Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Organic Valley Grassmilk

Organic Valley Sour Cream

Homemade Organic Cake Flour

Frontier Co-Op Baking Powder

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Homemade Organic Dark Brown Sugar

Homemade Organic Light Brown Sugar

Frontier Co-Op Organic Korintje Cinnamon

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Sugar

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Why organic?

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

cinnamon swirl coffee cake

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy



The ultimate coffee cake, this Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake is filled with a cinnamon swirl and topped with a crumb topping and a sweet glaze.


  • Batter
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) organic salted butter, softened

  • 170 grams (3/4 cup) organic cane sugar

  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

  • 2 organic large eggs, room temperature

  • 1/3 cup organic milk, room temperature

  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) organic sour cream, room temperature

  • 212 grams (1 1/2 cups) organic cake flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • Filling
  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) organic packed dark brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon organic milk

  • 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon

  • Topping
  • 95 grams (3/4 cup) organic all purpose flour

  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) organic cane sugar

  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) organic packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon organic cinnamon

  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) organic salted butter, melted

  • Glaze
  • 142 grams (1 cup) organic powdered sugar, sifted

  • 2 tablespoons organic milk


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper.
  • To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and no chunks of butter remain. Add the eggs, milk, and sour cream and mix on low until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, add the cake flour, baking powder, and sea salt and whisk together. With the mixer on low, slowly add the cake flour mixture to the butter mixture and continue to mix on low until combined into a smooth batter, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • To make the cinnamon swirl: In a small bowl, add together the dark brown sugar, milk and cinnamon and stir to combine completely.
  • Transfer half the batter into the prepared cake pan and spread out evenly. Then add the cinnamon swirl mixture by drizzling it on top of the batter in a spiral. Then add in the remaining batter on top, spreading evenly.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Set a timer. While the cake is baking, prepare the topping.
  • To make the topping: Add the flour, cane sugar, cinnamon, light brown sugar, and cardamom to a medium bowl and swirl together. Add the melted butter and fold together with a spatula until you have a paste.
  • Once the timer goes off, remove the cake from the oven and using your hands, crumble the topping onto the partially baked cake batter. Return the cake to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing from the pan.
  • To make the glaze: Add the powdered sugar and milk and whisk to combine completely. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the coffee cake.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


  • Gluten Free — Replace the cake flour with 212 grams (1 1/3 cups) organic gluten free flour blend and replace the all purpose flour with 95 grams (1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon) organic gluten free flour blend.
  • High Altitude — Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes, remove and add topping, then bake again for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

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