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Brown Butter Cinnamon Coffee Cake

These Brown Butter Cinnamon Coffee Cake is loaded with a cinnamon swirl, brown butter and a brown sugar streusel! Perfect for brunch, dessert and especially with a cup of coffee! 

Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brown butter coffee cake, cinnamon swirl coffee cake, coffee cake recipe
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie


Dry Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) BROWNED BUTTER, cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Coffee Cake Topping

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted salted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Swirl

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk (more if you want the glaze thinner, less if you want it thicker)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Add 1 stick of butter to pan on medium low heat and let melt and cook down until browned and the top is foamy, about 7-8 minutes. STIR CONTINUALLY to make sure it doesn't burn.

  2. Once the butter is browned, add to a large bowl and let cool down for about 5 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350.

  3. To the bowl with the butter, add in the granulated sugar. Mix to combine with hand mixer for 30 seconds. Next, add in eggs one at a time. Add in milk and vanilla extract and mix to combine.

  4. To a smaller bowl, add the dry ingredients which includes the flour, baking powder and cinnamon and whisk together. Add this to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Stir to combine with a wooden spoon, making sure it’s fully mixed together. 

  5. Spray a 9x9 baking pan with cooking spray. In the bowl you mixed the dry ingredients in, mix together the brown sugar cinnamon swirl.

  6. Add half of the cake batter to the pan and spread out evenly. Generously sprinkle the brown sugar cinnamon on top of the bottom half of coffee cake. Then top with the other half and gently spread out. It's okay if it mixes in a little bit.

  7. Lastly, to the bowl you just had the brown sugar cinnamon in, melt one stick of butter. To that, add in the flour, brown sugar, turbinado sugar and cinnamon. Mix together and add to the the top of the batter. Use a butter knife to gently swirl it in.

  8. Bake for 38-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean. Let cool COMPLETELY. 

  9. Once it's cooled, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract to make the glaze. Make it as thick or thin as you'd like it! Generously drizzle it over top of the coffee cake.

  10. Slice and serve with a big cup of coffee! Enjoy!