February 16, 2021| By

Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 mins
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Brown Butter Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Swirl is a delicious cake that's perfect with coffee, tea, ice cream, or anything that you want! The brown butter adds such a rich flavor and that brown sugar cinnamon swirl in the middle is out of this world!

Also, while we're chatting, check out this Sour Cream Pound Cake and this Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream!

brown butter coffee cake on a cooling rack with apples

I'm not sure what it is about brown butter that makes everything taste so good, but I swear it's magical. There's something about that nutty, caramelized flavor that just elevates the flavor of every dish - savory or sweet. This Brown Butter Coffee Cake is of no exception. It's a soft cake full of vanilla flavor with a cinnamon brown sugar swirl and a brown butter crumb topping. Oh, and a delicious glaze to balance it all out.

The cake comes together in three parts - the cake itself, the crumb topping, and the swirly cinnamon layer. It's actually quite fun to assemble. Let's talk about it!

brown butter coffee cake with a vanilla glaze on top of a cooling rack

let's talk about the main ingredients!

Cinnamon is the spice that gives this recipe it's lovely flavor and ties everything together. It's warm and pairs so well with brown butter and the vanilla taste of the cake.

Brown Sugar is one of the most important ingredients in this recipe! The brown sugar provides a deep toffee-life flavor that adds depth and richness to this recipe.

Brown Butter is the star of the show. It's what give this Brown Butter Coffee Cake it's beautiful caramel-like flavor. The brown butter also provides a beautifully rich color to the cake. I also used brown butter on the crumb topping so that you can get a nice big bite of brown butter when you munch into this cake!

Sour Cream is added to this recipe to tenderize the cake and keep it super fluffy. The sour cream acts as a tenderizer for flour and yields a softer crumb when added. Sour cream also adds fat which carries flavor! Don't sleep on sour cream!

sliced coffee cake with sliced apples

how do you make brown butter?

Making brown butter is a simple process. You simply heat a pan over medium low heat. Add a stick of butter and allow it melt. Once it's melted, continue to cook over medium low heat and stir occasionally. Butter should begin to bubble. Slowly but surely, maybe about 3-5 minutes, the butter will begin to present little specs of brown. Once this begins to happen, turn off the heat and allow it to continue to brown. Then place in a container and allow it to cool.

Once it cools, make this Brown Butter Coffee Cake 🙂

sliced coffee cake with apples and a box of butter

speaking of butter, let's chat about this minerva dairy butter!

I used this Minerva Dairy butter to make the Brown Butter Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Swirl! Minerva Dairy has been making butter for over 125 years and they've perfected the formula. To say that this butter is GOOD, is an understatement of the century. You're probably thinking to yourself - "it's butter, all butter is good".

Well, that's simply not the case. Not all butter is created equally. Depending on the type of milk you use and the process that you use to make the butter, taste can vary quite a bit. With Minerva Dairy butters, the butter is made in small batches using pasture raised cows. Because the cows aren't caged and force fed and are treated humanely, they're healthier and produce milk that's higher in nutrients.

a slice of brown butter coffee cake

this butter is the best!

So, when you make butter with high quality milk that's then slowly churned in small batches to make a creamier butter... I mean what more can I say? This butter is amazing. When you pair Minerva's butter with this Brown Butter Coffee Cake - it's match made in heaven.

I first found this butter at Whole Foods back in 2019 right around the holidays. I remember using the Minerva's butter to make my holiday spread and my family kept asking what my secret ingredient was. Well, I kept it a secret then, but I am now here to tell you... the secret ingredient was Minerva's delicious butter. You've got to try it out, the difference is unreal. I truly feel that THIS is what butter should taste like.

However, I want to caution you - once you try this butter, you won't be able to go back to any other brand so use wisely! 🙂

brown butter coffee cake with apples and a cake server

how do you make cinnamon streusel coffe Cake?

This Brown Butter Coffee Cake is made in three parts. I start with the crumb topping because it's important that the crumb topping has time to set in the freezer prior to baking. When I say time, I mean like 10-15 minutes. Nothing insane. By the time the cake is ready to pop in the oven, it's been about 10-15 minutes so it works perfectly.

Anyway, begin by browning the butter. Then make the crumb topping by combining brown sugar, flour, pinch of salt, and the brown butter. Mix it together in a bowl and add to the freezer.

Then make the filling. Combine cinnamon, sugar, and flour. Mix together and set aside.

Then get started on the cake batter. Use the remaining brown butter and add brown sugar and sugar. Cream together and add the remaining wet ingredients - vanilla extract, eggs, sour cream etc. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Add half of dry ingredients to wet ingredients - mix together. Then add the remainder of the dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.

let's assemble this brown butter coffee cake!

Here's the fun part. I used a 9 inch spring form pan for this recipe, but feel free to use a normal cake pan. I also used 9 inch parchment rounds to ensure that the cake doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Again, this isn't mandatory but just something that I like to do to ensure I get the best bake possible.

Spray the sides of the pan with oil and the add flour to ensure that the cake doesn't stick. Add half of the cake batter to the bottom of the pan, then add all of the filling to the middle. Add the remainder of the cake batter on top, using a spoon or spatula to ensure that all of the filling is covered. Then grab the crumb topping out of the fridge and add it to the top of the batter.

Bake for 1 hour and 10-20 minutes and you're all done! Let the cake cool for about 20 minutes, then pop off the springform pan. Cut into this cake and enjoy with a delicious cup of coffee of tea. Or by itself. Or with ice cream. It's freaking amazing either way 🙂

While you're here, you've got to see this Maple Walnut Coffee Cake as well as this California Cling Peach Coffee Cake too!

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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Swirl and brown butter is a delicious cake that's perfect with coffee, tea, ice cream, or anything that you want! The brown butter adds such a rich flavor and that brown sugar cinnamon swirl in the middle is out of this world!
Serving: 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Calories: 470kcal

Ingredients

Crumb Topping

  • 8 tbsps Brown Butter see instructions
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsps all purpose flour

Filling

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Coffee Cake

  • 1 cup brown butter see instructions
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Glaze Topping, optional

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsps milk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Brown three sticks of unsalted butter in a pan. Set aside and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Make the crumb topping: add 8 tbsps of the brown butter to a bowl and add brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Mix together until mixture becomes clumpy. Add bowl to the freezer.
  • In a separate bowl, make the filling. Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Mix together and set aside.
  • In a stand mixer using the whisk attachment or large bowl using a hand mixer, add the remaining amount of brown butter (this should be around 1 cup of butter), brown sugar, and sugar. Whisk together until fully incorporated. Add sour cream, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil. Continue to mix. Add eggs one at a time.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients - flour, kosher salt, and baking powder. Add half of the flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix together. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Then add the remainder of the flour mixture and mix until batter is smooth, about 10-15 seconds. Be sure not to over mix.
  • Using a springform pan, spray the pan with oil and then sprinkle with flour to ensure cake does not get stuck to pan. (If using parchment rounds, lay the parchment paper down on the bottom of the pan)
  • Add half of the batter to the bottom of the pan. Then add all of the filling. Add the remainder of the cake batter on top of the filling. (batter will be thick so use a spatula or spoon to ensure that cake batter is spread evenly across the pan)
  • Remove crumb topping from freezer and sprinkle on top of the cake batter. Bake cake for 1 hour and 10-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool inside pan for 10 minutes and then remove from pan.
  • To make glaze, mix together powdered sugar and milk. Drizzle on top of coffee cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 470kcal
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is a family favorite! We love making this cake on a Sunday morning, and by Monday, it's gone! So moist, flavorful. and the directions are so easy to follow!

  2. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! My kids proclaimed it the best coffee cake I’ve ever made, and I’m inclined to agree!

  3. 5 stars
    After nearly finishing the whole loaf myself, I can confidently say that this is the best coffee cake I've ever tried.

  4. 5 stars
    I read "brown butter" and I was SOLD! And then when I made this cake I was hooked! It's so moist and buttery, and that crumb topping is just perfect. I'll be making this one A LOT.

  5. 5 stars
    This coffee cake is so delicious! The brown butter flavor, the crumb topping, and the icing are so good! Thank you for the great recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    This cake was everything we expected it to be! And that brown butter crumb topping was the literal icing on the cake!

  7. 5 stars
    The warmth of the cinnamon was so beautifully complimentary to that of the coffee! This was moist airy and perfect! Loved it!

  8. 5 stars
    Wow! This coffee cake was absolutely amazing. It seemed intimidating at first, but was simple enough to make with your instructions. I will definitely be making it again soon.

  9. 5 stars
    Your recipes NEVER disappoint Britney! This sounds absolutely delicious and would be amazing paired with a hot cup of coffee. Can't wait to add these ingredients to my grocery list today to try this out!