These Coffee Cake Pancakes have all the delicious flavors of a classic coffee cake but are served pancake-style.

Ready for a breakfast twist? These pancakes taste like coffee cake, with a buttery cinnamon streusel topping. They are great for a weekend breakfast, brunch, or holiday breakfast celebration.

Coffee Cake Pancakes

There is the most amazing breakfast place here in Fort Collins, called Snooze. The tasty creations they come up with are unique, pleasing to the eye, and made fresh! Sometimes you can wait over an hour just to get a seat and it is well worth every stomach-growling second!

They have an amazing assortment of pancakes on their menu and I couldn’t help but recreate the coffee cake pancakes at home. They are the perfect combination of fluffy pancakes and a sugary swirl and cinnamon streusel topping. If you love coffee cake and pancakes this recipe is a must-try.


These coffee cake pancakes are a little more involved than plain pancakes, but they are well worth the effort. What I love best is that I don’t have to stand in line at Snooze to have them! I can stay in my pajamas with the kids and make a batch at home.

Cinnamon Streusel Topping:

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Brown sugar
  • Instant oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter


  • Buttermilk
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Canola oil
  • Baking soda and baking powder
  • Ground cloves and cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Maple syrup
  • Salt (just a pinch)

How to Make the Pancakes

Make the topping first by combining all of the ingredients in a bowl. Using a pastry cutter, fork, or your hands work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumble and the butter is distributed.

For the pancakes, I like to use two bowls to make the batter. This makes it easier to combine everything together without over mixing the batter.

So whisk the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in a another bowl. Pour the wet ones into the dry ones and stir until just combined. The batter doesn’t need to be completely smooth – it is okay if there are a few lumps.

I like to scoop a 1/2 cup of the batter for each pancake. Cook them on a hot griddle or pan until bubbles start to form on the surface. Flip them over and cook them on the other side.

While they cook on the other side, cover the top of the pancake with the topping. Once the pancake is cooked through and the topping has melted a bit they are ready to serve.

The first time I made these I couldn’t make them fast enough – the kids loved them!. They agreed with my husband that this was the best pancake recipe I have ever made!

I hope you enjoy my version of Coffee Cake Pancakes, my family’s new favorite breakfast! Enjoy! XOXO San

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Coffee Cake Pancakes

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 376 kcal
These Coffee Cake Pancakes are our new favorite breakfast treat. They have all the delicious flavors a classic coffee cake has to offer and more.


Cinnamon Streusel

  • 3/4 cup yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup instant oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter


  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • salt pinch


Cinnamon Streusel

  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Crumble together with your hands or a fork, or pastry blender until you have a crumbly mixture. Set aside.

Pancake Batter

  • Heat a griddle over medium heat.
  • In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cloves, and a dash of salt. Set aside.
  • Whisk together buttermilk, milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl until foamy. Add to flour mixture and stir until just combined. Do not over mix, batter will be slightly lumpy. 
  • In a small bowl, remove a 1/2 cup of the pancake batter and mix in maple syrup and cinnamon. Stir until well combined and set aside.
  • Coat the heated griddle with butter or cooking spray. Drop batter by 1/2 cup and dabble about 1-1 1/2 teaspoons of the maple cinnamon batter on top. Crumble a pinch or two of the streusel on top and swirl into the batter using the end of a spoon.
  • Cook until bubbles form, about 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip over and cover generously with streusel. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and the topping begins to melt.
  • I like to cover the pancake at this point with a cereal bowl to allow the butter to melt in the streusel topping for a crispy top but this is optional. 
  • Repeat the process to make the rest of the pancakes and serve with butter. Enjoy!
Calories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 429mgPotassium: 158mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 285IUCalcium: 152mgIron: 1.9mg
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  1. Oh my goodness, I want to make this so badly! We just had pancakes today (love them!), but I’m such a huge coffee freak…I definitely want to try these.

  2. These look delicious…and it just so happens tomorrow is my grocery shopping day. I’ve added a couple of ingredients from your recipe to my list! I think these are going to happen this weekend!

  3. Too funny because we just had breakfast at Snooze in San Diego this morning! I actually tweeted a picture of the cinnamon roll pancake they gave us for free just as a little treat! So delicious, and yours look just as good!

  4. so yummy looking! What a great idea to take coffee cake flavors and put them into a pancake! I am checking out this great recipe from great ideas Thursday!

  5. We are a breakfast family… I mean, a really breakfast for every meal family… and this sounds just amazing. Sweet and fluffy

    1. If you want baked fruit, it would. I like fresh fruit, so I would use it as a topping or make some fresh jam instead to spread on it. But that is just my personal preference. xo San

  6. I just droll looking at the photo, this is the yummiest pancake I have seen. I like cinnamon flavor and having it on my pancake will make my pancake perfect.

  7. Walnuts would seem like a match made in heaven. Have you ever used nuts in your regular coffee cake? BTW – your coffee cake is the only one I will ever eat 🙂

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