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Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake Recipe
Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Bread
Calories: 570
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.2 (5 reviews)

A good coffee house will have good coffee cake, and Starbucks is no exception. The world's biggest coffee chain offers cake that is moist and buttery, with a perfect cinnamon streusel crumb topping and a strip of cinnamon sugar through the middle. You may find slight variations of the cake at different Starbucks locations. Sometimes the cake is topped with chopped pecans and some may be dusted on top with a little powdered sugar. The recipe below clones the basic recipe, and if you want nuts on top, mix 1/2 cup of chopped pecans into the streusel topping before adding it.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened

Optional (for topping)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Cinnamon Sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup whole milk

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Make topping by combining the flour with the brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix in the softened butter and use your hands to combine until the mixture is crumbly and has the consistency of moist sand.

3. Make the cinnamon sugar that will go in the middle of the cake by combining the light brown sugar with the cinnamon in a small bowl.

4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar, and the granulated sugar with an electric mixer for 1 minute.  Add the eggs, oil, and vanilla and mix until fluffy.

5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine this dry mixture with the bowl of moist ingredients. Add the buttermilk and milk and mix well.

6. Spoon half of the batter into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan that has been buttered and dusted with a light coating of flour. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the batter and pat it down into the batter. Spread the rest of the batter over the crumb topping.  You may have to moisten your hands with warm water or coat them with a little oil to move the batter around so that it spreads out to the edges of the pan.

7. Sprinkle the topping over the batter, making sure that the topping evenly covers all of the batter.

8. Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the edges just begin to turn light brown. Cool and slice into 12 pieces.

Serves 12.

Submitted on: 05/22/08
This was only "okay" and not true to the Starbucks Classic coffee Cake I so love. The topping was too "sandy" and didn't crisp up as much as the real thing. Also, the cake was really bland and kind of boring. It just tasted like sugar, and there was no yummy cinnamon flavor, or cinnamon-streusal ribbon through the middle as is in the real thing. I even made extra topping to put in to the middle, but there wasn't enough batter to even make two layers. This recipe was just a waste of butter.
Submitted on: 01/29/06
Made it for group I meet with - men and women liked it. I will bake it less than the 50 min. called for as I thought it was a little on the dense, dry side than I like.
Submitted on: 12/26/05
The coffee cake was easy to make and looks great - just like the original. The next time I make it I'm using less sugar for the topping as it was a little too sweet for some.
Submitted on: 09/25/05
This is so YUMMY!!
Wendy Hull  
Submitted on: 09/12/05
Great coffee cake from simple ingredients. Everyone I have made this for has loved it.