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Overnight Coffee Cake

(32 Votes)
8 Hr
30 Min
8 Hr 30 Min

It's the brown sugar and cinnamon that makes our Overnight Coffee Cake melt in your mouth. We can bet everyone will think you bought it from a fancy bakery -- but your secret is safe with us.

What You'll Need:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for baking dish
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
What To Do:
  1. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, then sprinkle with flour. (See Note)
  2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, the baking powder, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, the butter, milk, and eggs. Beat until well combined; pour into prepared baking dish, then cover and chill at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. In a small bowl, combine remaining brown sugar and  cinnamon with the pecans. Sprinkle over chilled batter.
  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cut and serve warm.
  • This recipe could be baked right away, but we tested it for refrigerating overnight so you could have a fresh, warm coffee cake in the morning without all the hassle of preparation. 

  • Some people prefer to prepare the pan with only cooking spray. If it's your preference to flour to pan as well, go right ahead!

  • Since this cake is so special, you may just want to whip up a batch of Viennese Coffee to serve with it!

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I'm assuming I should use LIGHT brown sugar, and not dark?

Yes, you're right. If we do not specify dark brown sugar, go ahead and use light. :)

Can you freeze this coffee cake? I made it & it was really good but it's too much.

Hi! Yes, you can definitely freeze this coffee cake. Thanks for your question!

Absolutely delicious and easy to make

Made this last week. Husband loved it

I made this a couple of weeks ago and my family devoured it. It was just YUMMY. Even my picky eaters liked it.

I added 1/2 tsp of each,cin nutmeg and cloves. really great.


I made this coffee cake and it was not a flavorful as I hoped it would be.

I really love easy recipe to make and my friends at the Quilting group love them, I told them to watch Mr. Food they have really wonderful ideas and they are really easy. I love to see what you will have every day. Thank You

What is the shortening in the Bakers Joy?

First off, this Bakers Joy consists of shortening and oil...what kind of shortening are you talking about?...

It sounds so good, but I too wonder why it is to be refrigerated?

The whole idea is to have the coffee cake ready to go into the oven very first thing in the morning. So, mix it up the night before. But you don't want it rising prematurely while sitting out at room temp all night, so refrigerate it to prevent that happening. If you don't want to wait, then just mix it up and pop it into the oven.

I'm a wonder why person...does any one know why it needs to go in the fridge for 8 hours before cooking? I'm going to make it for sure, it sounds great, but what does the refridgeration do to the batter to make it taste differently from cakes you just mix up and put straight in the oven? I'll rate it next week after I make it. Thanks (I hope) for answering my question:)

The "notes" at the end of the recipe indicate that it can be baked immediately. They are just letting us know that it can be made ahead of time and still be good and be very convenient for baking in the morning.

I learned to make my own Bakers Joy years ago, keep in refrigerator foras long as you want. it consists of 1 cup flour, 1 cup shortening, 1 cup oil put all in bowl and mix, use a napkin or pastry brush to apply to baking pans, works wonderful and cheaper than buying a can of it.. you won't be sorry if you try it.

What a great thing to learn! One question...when you mix the shortening with the flour, should I melt or soften it in the micro-wave first or just mix it in?

Have you guys ever heard of Baker's Joy? I wouldn't bake without it! No more greasing and flouring a pan. Just spray and go. Also, does this recipe HAVE to sit overnight, or can it be prepared as soon as it is mixed together?

can anyone help me these reciepes are given in cup sizes never used these befor only used grams

One tip when preparing the baking pan is to mix some sugar in the flour to coat the pan.

this will be a hit with my friends thanks

Okay this sounds really great and I will be making soon. I just wanted to state that the step of spraying with cooking spray and then sprinkle with flour is just perfect to me. I hate the grease and flour method. Thanks for sharing.


It is awesome!!

I, too, have made this coffee cake several times. People always want the recipe. It's great!

It sounds very good

I have made this coffee cake several times . It is really good...So nice to get up in the morning and just pop it in the over..My family loves it.

My husband LOVES this coffee cake! My four and two year old daughters made it and we stuck it in the fridge. My husband works nights so in the morning before he came home from work, I put the topping on and stuck it in the oven. He walked in the house and needless to say, his day was complete and we had a wonderfully fragrant and yummy family breakfast.

Made this cake last week. Wow, so easy and great tasting. My husband and I really enjoyed it with our morning coffee. Gave some to a friend (who doesn't eat a lot of sweets) and he couldn't get enough of it. Days later he's still raving about it. Thanks, this is a keeper!

Please offer more recipes unsing whole wheat flour.

A mixture of half whole wheat and half white flour can be substituted for white flour in most recipes. Keeping a canister of the mixture makes it even easier to use.


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