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17 Best Breakfast Cake Recipes

Forget those glazed donuts and put down that muffin because these amazing breakfast cake recipes are the only sweet treat you need to start your day.

And hey, most of them are full of fruit…so they’re healthy(ish), right?

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I love topsy-turvy meals, and I love sweet treats in the morning, like a good cheese danish or pain au chocolat.

And that’s where these breakfast cake recipes come in.

So if you love something sweet in the morning, try these scrummy breakfast cakes. I guarantee they’ll wake up even the sleepiest of teens!

17 Easy Breakfast Cakes To Brighten Your Day

1. Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Let’s kick things off with a bang! This sweet, bright blueberry cake is flavorful, textured, and utterly delicious. 

Every bite is light and airy, with glorious pops of juicy blueberries throughout. And that crunchy, nutty streusel topping is to die for. 

You’ll notice hints of cinnamon, butter, sugar, and lemon. 

This is not just cake; it’s an experience. 

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2. Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake

There’s nothing quite like warm, fresh, gooey, homemade cinnamon rolls.

Unfortunately, they’re a total pain in the butt to make. I mean, who has time for double-proving?

But this cinnamon-infused coffee cake? Oh man, is it dreamy?!

It’s buttery, warm, and super fluffy. Add some vanilla glaze, and it’s one helluva breakfast cake.

3. Rhubarb Breakfast Cake

If you ask me, there aren’t nearly enough rhubarb treats in bakeries and coffee shops.

It’s vibrant, sweet, tart, and completely yummy in everything from tarts to scones.

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And this rhubarb cake is about as good as it gets.

You get lovely chunks of sweet and sour fruit in every bite of this fluffy and light cake. And that crispy sugar crust is pure gold! 

4. Italian Ciambella (Italian Breakfast Cake)

When I want to eat my weight in delicious carbs, I look to Italian cuisine.

Italians are SO good at carbs, and they’ve perfected it for every meal of the day – including breakfast. 

Ciambella is a traditional Italian cake served in the morning. It’s exceptionally soft and moist, so every forkful is pure delight.

You’ll love the light orange flavor that gently dances along your tongue. 

It’s simple, and it’s beautiful. Heck, ciamBELLA even has “beautiful” in the name! 

5. Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake

Psst… do you hear that? That’s the sound of fall calling your name with this pumpkin crumb coffee cake.

And you do NOT want to ignore it. 

Ready in under an hour, you’ll do just 15 minutes of prep before it hits the oven. When it’s done, it’s delicious served hot or cold.

From the soft, moist, and perfectly spiced pumpkin cake to the cinnamon-sugar crust and pumpkin spice icing, I think I’m in love. 

6. Cranberry Breakfast Cake

Like rhubarb, cranberries are highly underrated. But their sweet and tart flavors work so well in baked goods!

Every bite of this tender cake is a juxtaposition of a rich yet light sponge with pops of cranberry to balance the buttery crumb. Delish!

7. Apple Coffee Cake

Most of the recipes on this list are meant for breakfast but could easily be served for dessert.

Okay, okay… they’re all basically desserts. But we’re choosing to have them for breakfast because we’re adults, and we can. 

And this tasty apple cake is no exception.

It’s full of fiber and sweet fruity flavor, and if you throw some oats and chopped nuts in the crumble, it’s even healthy(ish).

There’s even yogurt in the mix, bringing a kick of protein and plenty of moisture.

So, go ahead and eat another piece (or three!). 

8. Coffee Cake Banana Bread

Is it coffee cake, or is it banana bread? It’s both!

This delicious treat is basically banana bread with a coffee cake crumble. And it’s beyond delish!

Every bite is buttery, banana-y, and packed with cinnamon. What more could you ask for?

9. Carrot Coffee Cake

Don’t let the carrots fool you. This carrot cake/ coffee cake fusion isn’t exactly healthy.

But it is dang delicious, so that’s good enough for me. And it is totally acceptable for breakfast (and dessert). 

It’s made with sugar, spice, and everything nice. And by “everything nice,” I mean a honey-butter schmear. Yum!

10. Old-Fashioned Doughnut Coffee Cake

This beautiful doughnut-inspired cake is nothing bundt tasty! And you guessed it; it’s a bundt cake.

This cake tastes exactly like an old-fashioned sour cream and spice doughnut. And it looks like one, too. 

Serve it with a hot cup of joe and a vanilla glaze. Wow!

11. Strawberry Breakfast Cake

Sweet, strawberry-licious, and perfect for summer, this cake is a strawberry lover’s dream come true. 

It’s light, fruity, and absolutely bursting with fruity goodness. Of course, that’s all thanks to the strawberry preserves in the batter and the filling. 

Oh, and there’s fresh strawberries baked into the top too!

12. Lemon Crumb Coffee Cake

Prepare for your sense for incredibly bright and delicious lemon flavor. Because sweet, lemony dreams are made of this citrusy coffee cake.

This delectable creation features elements of cake-cake, cheesecake, and coffee cake.

It has a lemon cake base, with a lemon cheesecake filling and a lemon streusel on top. Talk about YUM!

It’s a sweet and tangy lemon Franken-cake that Mary Shelley would be proud of. 

13. Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

When it comes to chocolate chips, I say, “the more, the better.” That’s just a fact – I don’t make the rules!

This cake is all of the best parts of a chocolate chip cookie in cake form.

It’s tender and buttery, with a delicious crumb. But most importantly, it’s overloaded with chocolate chips. 

The sour cream in the batter ensures it’s insanely moist. And a dusting of powdered sugar is the perfect finishing touch.

Or, if you’re like me and think more is more, try chocolate icing. Because you can never have too much chocolate! 

14. Raspberry Breakfast Cake

Razzle-dazzle your taste buds with this raspberry breakfast cake.

Raspberries are the star, adding sweetness, texture, and juicy goodness to every bite. 

But you’ll also notice a hint of lemon that enhances flavor like you won’t believe.

And if you’re worried this might be too sweet for the morning, don’t be. It’s perfectly balanced in flavor and texture. 

15. Blackberry Breakfast Cake

If you’re out of raspberries, no problem! Make this delicious blackberry breakfast cake instead.

It’s just as tasty, though you will notice some differences. 

The cake itself is slightly richer and moister than the raspberry cake. And since blackberries tend to be a bit more tart, this cake is tangier. 

Still, it’s beautiful and approved by kids and adults alike. 

16. Upside Down Pear Coffee Cake

Thank the French for this fragrant, fruity, utterly delectable cake.

The Tarte Tatin was the original upside-down cake. From there, the love of topsy-turvy, fruity cakes has only grown. 

And pears are my favorite fruit to use, with their slightly floral flavor. It pairs (pun intended) wonderfully with the spices in the sponge. 

Plus, it has a brown sugar caramel on top that’s to die for. Every slice is simply marvelous. 

17. Peaches and Cream Coffee Cake

Y’all, this cake tastes like a trip to Georgia. Like Paula Deen, this peaches and cream cake is sweet, southern, and fabulous. 

This recipe yields a moist, tender, creamy cake filled with huge chunks of fresh peaches. It’s absolutely scrumptious. 

I promise you will not regret taking that first bite… or the last.

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Forget those glazed donuts and put down that muffin because these amazing breakfast cake recipes are the only sweet treat you need to start your day.


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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