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15 Coffee Cakes Made for Fall Mornings

Autumn brings a welcome return of warming spices, apples, and pumpkin to baking, and you’ll find the flavors of the season in our best fall coffee cakes. These recipes would make a great start (or a sweet finish) to your weekend brunch. But don’t hesitate to whip up one on a weekday. Coffee cakes are among the easiest confections to bake!

Apple Coffee Cake

While some recipes call for peeling apples, leaving the peel on bumps up its nutritional value and adds a rustic texture. Our classic Apple Coffee Cake averages five-star reviews for its tender texture, an abundance of apple chunks, and just the right amount of spice.

Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Hello, cranberries! We love your saucy ways at Thanksgiving and are always inspired to try and find new ways to showcase your tart character.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake II

Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and combos of all those warm spices turn your kitchen into a space that smells spectacular. Add walnuts or pecans for a little crunch on top, and you’ve a serious slice of autumn on your plate.

Easy Apple Coffee Cake

“Make this exactly as written, and I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. Use all the apples called for, bake about 65 minutes, and cover it the last 10 minutes or so with foil if it starts to get too brown,” reviewer naples34102 suggests. “To dress it up, I drizzled it with a simple powdered sugar glaze. This is one darn good apple cake. Densely apple-y and incredibly good.”

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Amazing Pecan Coffee Cake

Reviewers call this top-rated coffee cake rich, moist, and melt-in-your-mouth buttery. In other words, it’s everything cake should be.

Streusel Apple Coffeecake

A streusel layer and topping add crunchy, crumbly texture to this apple coffee cake. “Way better than store-bought. It tastes like there’s apple pie filling in the middle,” reviewer ALICE3913 says.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake with a Brown Sugar Glaze

Quell your pumpkin cravings in less than an hour! You can thank ingredients like yellow cake mix, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree for this cake’s 20-minute prep time.

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake

Even when you don’t have pureed pumpkin on hand, you can enjoy the flavor of pumpkin spice with this coffee cake. Cinnamon-sugar filling gives it extra oomph.

Sandy’s Cranberry Coffee Cake

Almond extract in the cake and glaze complement tart-sweet cranberries. If you prefer more zing, take a cue from home cook Stephen Williams, who replaced almond extract with orange extract.

Apple Spice Coffee Cake

With a little ground ginger and a generous amount of cinnamon, this Apple Spice Coffee Cake lives up to its name. Reviewer Matt Wencl says the spice really stands out in the topping.

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Texas Praline Coffee Cake

This coffee cake features the two ingredients essential to pralines: pecans and sugar. If you’re a serious praline person, consider doubling the topping or omitting the instant coffee to keep the flavors from competing.

Apple Coffee Cake With Brown Sugar Sauce

Recipe submitter Gail Law recommends dousing this coffee cake with Brown Sugar Sauce to make it rich and buttery. For a thicker (perhaps even richer) sauce, check out our brandy-spiked Brown Sugar Sauce for Coffee Cake.

Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

Mashed sweet potatoes add to this coffee cake’s moist, dense texture. “I had a leftover baked sweet potato and decided to make this coffee cake,” Amanda Hand Starling says. “It’s just the right amount of sweetness for a breakfast dish.”

Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake

“Cranberries and pecans are baked in the bottom of this cake. Turn the cake over for oohs and ahs,” recipe submitter Marjorita Whyte says.

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Apple Crumble Coffee Cake

Chef John says that this recipe is for “people who can’t decide whether to make an apple crumble or coffee cake. It’s like baking a crumb-topped coffee cake on top of another coffee cake!”

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