Drake’s Coffee Cake Copycat Homemade Recipe

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New York Style Coffee Cake is known for that wonderful thick crumb topping. And Drake’s Coffee Cakes are no different. They’re made in an individual serving size in a cupcake pan and are topped with the best crumble topping. The cinnamon, sugar and butter crumble topping is what makes them so wonderful.

Drake's Coffee Cake

History of Drake’s Coffee Cake

Newman E Drake made his first pound cake in Brooklyn New York in 1888 and sold them by the slice. He later became popular for his coffee cakes and rivaled Hostess. It was in the 1992 episode of the television sitcom Seinfeld, specifically “The Suicide” episode that Drake’s product line received national exposure and became famous.

Moist, Traditional Breakfast Pastries

Drake’s Coffee Cakes are thought of as moist, traditional breakfast pastries. When you buy them in the grocery store, they come in packages of 8 and are individually wrapped for ease of transporting and convenience.

Drake’s Coffee Cakes With Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Drake’s classic little coffee cakes with cinnamon streusel topping can be a perfect casual dish or they can also be a classic fancier dish. And we think making them homemade makes them even better than what can be bought already prepared at the store. But we might be biased. 

Better Than Drake’s Coffee Cake Recipe

The reason we think this copycat recipe is better than the already prepared store-bought coffee cakes made by Hostess is because they can be enjoyed fresh out of the oven. And they’re not chock full of unnecessary preservatives either. The flavor is delicious, and the crumb topping is perfection.

Drake's Coffee Cake crumb topping

Preparation

Below are some notes about the preparation of the recipe.

Cake Flour – For the best results, you’ll want to use cake flour for this recipe. It really does make a difference. 

Buttermilk –  If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand,  you can make some by adding about a teaspoon of lemon juice on the bottom of 1/3 cup measuring cup. Then fill the rest with milk. Let it sit for about 5 minutes before adding it to the batter mixture.

Warm Egg –  If you forget to set your egg out in advance to warm it to room temperature, you can simply place it in a bowl of warm water while you prepare the other ingredients and let it warm that way.

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake is a wonderful thing because it’s so versatile. You can eat it for breakfast with your coffee and some fresh fruit. Or it can be enjoyed as a dessert for lunch or dinner. If you’re not a coffee drinker, try enjoying your coffee cake with a tall glass of cold milk, hot chocolate, tea or warm apple cider.

Streusel Coffee Cake Muffins

If you want to step up your streusel coffee cake muffins, you can dump in your favorite add-ins such as berries, nuts, coconut, raisins or anything else you like. Or simply eat it plain. That’s actually our favorite way.

Homemade Drake’s Coffee Cakes

Homemade Drake’s Coffee Cakes are perfect for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, holiday breakfast or everyday treat. Enjoying them homemade and fresh from the oven is delightful.

Drake’s by Hostess Coffee Cake

Hostess has now started putting out its version of Drake’s Coffee Cakes. The packaging is traditionally labeled as Streusel Cakes with cinnamon. But why not make your own and enjoy them fresh from the oven? They’re so good.

Drake's Coffee Cake batter

What To Serve With Drake’s Coffee Cake?

What you serve with this delicious coffee cake can depend on the time of day the cake is being served or the occasion for which you are serving it. Some of our favorites include:

Coffee
Tea
Hot Chocolate
Warm Cider
Fresh Fruit
Quiche Pie Egg Tart
Sausage and Eggs

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions that are asked regularly about Drake’s coffee cake recipe.

How Long Does Drake’s Coffee Cake Last?

Drake’s coffee cake can last for up to 4 days in the refrigerator and up to three months in the freezer. Place in an airtight container before storing to maintain freshness.

Can I Freeze Drake’s Coffee Cake?

Yes, you can freeze this delicious coffee cake in an airtight container or zipped freezer bag for up to three months.

How To Reheat Drake’s Coffee Cake?

Drake’s coffee cake can be reheated in the microwave for 20 seconds or wrapped in foil and placed in a 350F degree oven for 5 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy.

How Can I Store Drake’s Coffee Cake?

To store your coffee cake, place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Or place it in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Can I Make This Coffee Cake Ahead?

Yes, you can make this coffee cake the day ahead of time. However, we think it’s best when served fresh from the oven.

Can I Make Drake’s Coffee Cake as One Big Cake?

Yes, if you don’t want to make individual sized coffee cakes in a muffin pan, you can make this into one big cake by using a cake pan. Just spread the batter into a greased cake pan, sprinkle the streusel topping on top and bake as directed. The bake time might need to be increased, depending on your oven. The cake is done when a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Drake's Coffee Cake

How To Make Drake’s Coffee Cake

Drake’s coffee cake is made in two parts. They’re personal sized cakes made in a cupcake pan. The cake batter is put in the bottom of the pan and the delicious crumb top is placed on top. They’re baked to perfection and best when enjoyed fresh out of the oven and warm.

Category

Cake, Coffee Cake, Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert

Ingredients

Crumb Topping:
1 stick butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
¾ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
1 ¾ cup cake flour

Cake:
1 ¼ cup cake flour
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
6 tbsp butter
1 egg, warmed to room temperature
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup buttermilk
Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions

For the Crumb Topping:
1. Cut the stick of butter into several thin pieces. Place in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds. Stir to melt any chunks that remain.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugars, salt, cinnamon, and flour. Slowly add the melted butter. The batter will form clumps while some of the dry mixture will remain at the bottom of the bowl. Don’t overmix. Set aside.

For the Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees.

2. Grease a 12-muffin tin pan.

3. In an electric mixer, using a paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

4. Add softened butter and beat for a minute or so until no chunks remain.

5. Combine egg, yogurt, vanilla and buttermilk in an airtight container. Shake well until completely smooth.  Add to the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.

6. Add batter to prepared baking pan. Fill each cupcake about halfway full of cake batter.

7. Spoon in crumb topping.

8. Bake for 10 minutes.  Turn the pan around and bake for another 11 minutes. Allow to cool. before serving.

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