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Shelia’s Coffee Cake

Made with 7 simple ingredients this BEST EVER COFFEE CAKE is a traditional yellow cake, with a classic cinnamon & brown sugar swirl and topping.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best coffee cake recipe, cake mix coffee cake, easy coffee cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 379kcal
Author: Sandra


Cake Ingredients

  • 1 yellow cake mix I like Duncan Hines Just use the mix, don’t not follow the directions on the back!
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup instant vanilla pudding (just the dry mix, not prepared)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cinnamon Swirl & Topping Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350; grease 9x13 metal pan.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the cake in a mixer for 7 minutes (this is key to make the pudding set). I love to use my Kitchen Aid mixer for this!
  • Meanwhile, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Once the cake is done mixing for 7 minutes, pour half of the batter in the greased 9x13 metal pan. Sprinkle ½ of the brown sugar mix over the cake in the pan.
  • Pour the remaining batter on and sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  • Place in oven and bake 25-35 minutes. Or until the cake is set and is pulling away from the edges. Let it completely cool so it does crumble when you cut and serve it.


Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 64mg | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1.3mg