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Small Batch Copycat Cinnamon Streusel Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe

Posted March 31, 2019 by Stephanie

Back in university, I was obsessed with coffee cake. I’d grab my books, go to Starbucks, get one of the huge slices of coffee cake, and “study.” Back then I didn’t even really drink coffee, I just always had coffee cake and tea.

It was the one thing that made studying ok, having something to nibble on. Anyway, me and studying are history, but I still love coffee cake with a passion. Especially when it has big ass cinnamon crumbs streaked throughout and on top. Seriously perfect with a cup of coffee.

This recipe is a small batch recipe of course, so you can make it at the beginning of the week and have a tiny slice every day without feeling guilty. Think of it as cake meal prep!

What I love about this cake, aside from the fact that it’s super fast to put together, is that it’s my idea of what a great snack cake it is. Just rich enough, with a tender crumb and almost doughnut-like cinnamon sugar crumbs, I could eat this cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It’s a standard recipe, but a goodie. Not so fancy unlike some of the hyped pastries that are around lately. What are your guys’ thoughts on hyped food? Are you willing to wait in line to discover for yourself if it’s actually good? I’m a sucker for hype, so I almost always want to try, but then I’m inevitably disappointed. It makes me wonder, how many hyped things are really, truly good?

Hope you’re enjoying spring and that there’s cake in your future!

Small Batch Copycat Cinnamon Streusel Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe |

Small Batch Copycat Cinnamon Streusel Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe |

Small Batch Copycat Cinnamon Streusel Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe |

Small Batch Copycat Cinnamon Streusel Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe |

Small Batch Copycat Cinnamon Streusel Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe |

Small Batch Copycat Cinnamon Streusel Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe |

Small Batch Copycat Cinnamon Streusel Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe |

Small Batch Copycat Cinnamon Streusel Starbucks Coffee Cake Recipe
makes one small loaf

Crumb Topping

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cold


  • 1/4 cup neutral oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Heat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil and flour pan a mini loaf pan (6×3 inches or a pan that fits 2 cups liquid) or line with parchment paper.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Use your fingertips or a fork to work the cold butter into the mix until it starts to clump up into large crumbs. Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together the oil and sugar. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Whisk in the milk. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt until just combined.

Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan and top with half of the streusel. Pour in the remaining batter and top with the remaining streusel. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes, remove from the pan and let cool completely on the wire rack. Enjoy!


  1. Scarlet says:

    I like this coffee cake because it is simple and not overly sweet and heavy. Nice job!

  2. Nadine Pope says:

    I dont have mini loaf pan, how about a few cupcakes?

    1. Stephanie says:

      yes cupcakes will work!

  3. Cathy says:

    Would this work as muffins, do you think? Thanks!

    1. Stephanie says:


  4. Rita Inostroso says:

    What is neutral oil? Can I use Canola?

    1. Stephanie says:

      yes, canola is perfect!

  5. Stephanie says:

    yes, absolutely!

  6. Eline says:

    Whether it is fall, winter, spring or summer, I am always in the mood for a delicious piece of homemade cake with a cup of tea! Certainly this Small Batch Copycat Cinnamon Streusel Starbucks Coffee Cake.

    You had completely convinced me to try this recipe out. You were absolutely right that it is very easy and quickly to prepare. Moreover, nothing smells as good as a fresh-baked cake that has just come out of the oven.

    Full of expectation, I took a bite of your cake and you did not disappoint me. The flavors fit so well together! This cake is not only super tasty, it also makes me almost enjoy studying ;) In the future I will definitely make this cake again!



  7. Tarina Ginn says:

    I made this yesterday and doubled the recipe. It was very delicious and moist. Thank you so much for sharing!❤️

  8. Emma Logan says:

    If you wanted to make a full size loaf would you just double the recipe?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi emma,
      i would triple it :)

  9. kate says:

    I have some half and half to use up. Can I use this in replace of the milk?

    1. Stephanie says:

      ooh sorry for the late reply, but yes, it’ll work, you can even thin it out with a bit of water to get the consistency of milk.

  10. Elle says:

    Is there a way I can email you privately to send you a photo of my cake and ask for recommendations? I did not have the results I wanted

    1. Stephanie says:

      i sent you an email :)

  11. Lucy says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Do you have this recipe weighted in grams? I’ve tried this recipe but it didn’t turn out as what I think it would be.

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi lucy,
      i don’t have it in grams, unfortunately! did you feel like the wet to dry ingredients were off?

      1. Lucy says:

        The cake batter came out really sticky. Wasn’t sure if that was how it suppose to be? I think I might’ve miscalculate my crumble ingredients. It was less crumble but more sugar/flour mix looking.

        1. Stephanie says:

          hi lucy,
          might be that the flour was measured differently? next time i make it, i’ll weigh out the ingredients!

  12. Marie Nixon says:

    I made this today and really liked it.

    1. Stephanie says:

      so happy you liked it marie!

  13. Raelynn says:

    Could you use almond milk instead of regular milk and get the same results?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi raelynn,
      i think it would work!

  14. Ronak Mehta says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this delightfully easy, mouthwateringly delicious recipe. Have baked this cake several times since I first tried it a few weeks back and it’s been a huge success each time!

  15. Su V says:

    Hi, I’d love to try this recipe however I don’t have a mini loaf pan. I have different size Le Creuset baking dishes would a smaller rectangular one work?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi, yes, a smaller baking dish will work, it just won’t be as tall :)

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