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Overnight Coffee Cake for Overnight Guests

Posted by  ·  February 28, 2017  ·  Last Updated: March 4, 2019

If you are looking to save time, this overnight coffee cake, makes a perfect make-ahead breakfast recipe. We had house guests this week and it was so nice to have this coffee cake ready to pull out of the refrigerator and bake in the morning! This coffee cake has all the flavors you love and is light and fluffy. The secret is the topping and the icing. It is indulgent and makes it taste extra special. The recipe comes together quite easily too.

Overnight Coffee Cake

Overnight Coffee Cake


Overnight Coffee Cake Recipe

overnight coffee cake
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Overnight Coffee Cake

This coffee cake has all the flavors you love and is light and fluffy. The secret is the topping and the icing. It is indulgent and makes it taste extra special. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword best recipes, breakfast, coffee cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 3/4 Cup Butter softened
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream


  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Pecans or Walnuts
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon


  • 1 1/2 Cup Confections Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla


In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt, add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Pour into a greased 13″ x 9″ x 2″ baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, pecans , nd cinnamon; sprinkle over coffee cake. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.

Overnight Coffee Cake

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Combine powdered  sugar, vanilla and milk. Drizzle over warm coffee cake.

Overnight Coffee CakeEnjoy!

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It is always nice to have a quick bread for guests to snack on! This easy banana bread is super moist and delicious. It starts with a cake mix so it goes together extra quick.

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  1. anne
    Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'm making it for the second time! Delicious!
  2. Dan
    Monday, May 4th, 2015
    Looks yum.......but......is it just me but......How can a "coffee" cake not have coffee in it????????
    • Kenda
      Sunday, February 17th, 2019
      A coffee cake is usually a cake with cinnamon or something that you eat with coffee. Some people dunk it into the coffee if it is dense enough. Sometimes they are flavored with coffee especially in Britain.. but in the US.. not so much.
  3. Mrs Edwards
    Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
    I was surprised with the name of it, we in tse UK call a cake coffee cake when we put coffee in the cake and not for coffee time if you see what I mean. My husband didnt like it warm as he felt there wasnt much flavour so he has put it in the fridge and will let me know tomorrow if he likes it or not. I liked the cake but I think it is too sugary.
  4. Ginny Driscoll
    Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
    Where is the "print" button. Maybe I missed something, but can't find it. Do not want all pictures, just the recipe. Thanks
  5. Grammy Gigi
    Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
    Would love to print this, but don't see the option. I definitely don't need all the pictures. Any help?
  6. areej
    Monday, March 23rd, 2015
    Thanks.. it looks yummm .. but,is there a substitute for the sour cream ,pleaze
  7. Doaa
    Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
    can I substitute the butter with oil ?
  8. Sierra
    Sunday, August 17th, 2014
  9. Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
    Coffee Cake without all the wait?? Sounds perfect for weekend brunch! This weekend is getting better and better. Thanks a bunch!
  10. Thursday, August 16th, 2012
    I love overnight cakes....so easy! This one looks delicious...can't wait to try it : )
  11. Sunday, April 29th, 2012
    Overnight coffee cake looks delish! Will have to give it a try.
  12. Cheryl
    Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
    I have used this exact recipe for about 20 years--it is the best!!
    When I'm short on time, I have baked it right after mixing without the overnight refrigeration. It turned out fine.
  13. Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
    I think I need a pan like that...
  14. Thursday, April 1st, 2010
    Made this last night for our home group and it was SO FABULOUS!

    My husband said, "I think we found our breakfast cake!!" as we've been on the search for a breakfast cake to begin some traditions for special occasions such as birthdays & holidays! Thank you SO much for sharing!!
  15. Jessica
    Monday, March 29th, 2010
    I made this a few weeks ago while my mother in law was visiting and it was great! Now my father-in-law is in town and I made another batch - this time I swirled in some raspberry jam. Yum!
  16. Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
    Love your Polish pottery =)
  17. Sunday, March 21st, 2010
    I made this gluten free and it's yummy. Thank you!!

    Love the baking dish too!
  18. Linda
    Sunday, March 21st, 2010
    I would love a piece of coffee cake. Your polish pottery is cute, cute, cute!
  19. Sunday, March 21st, 2010
  20. Sunday, March 21st, 2010
    This looks really wonderful, and that baking dish is beautiful!
  21. Saturday, March 20th, 2010
    This look really easy to make, I think I'll try it next weekend.
  22. Saturday, March 20th, 2010
    Oh, so yummy! We love coffee cake, and this really does sound perfect for when we have guests. Also? Great for Saturday or Sunday mornings for an easy brunch. :)
  23. Aleigha
    Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Yum!! What a great idea! I can't wait to try it out!
  24. Jessica
    Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Good looking recipe. On more of the same POLISH POTTERY i have too... I love it don't you?
  25. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Lovely serving dish...I going to try this white white whole wheat flour. Yummy
  26. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    By the way - love your dishes. What is the name of that pattern?
  27. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    This looks so delicious. I love the way you have half "nuts," half "no-nuts." That's how I have to make everything at my house!
  28. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    I love something that can be prepared ahead of time. This looks very tasty and I'm definitely saving this recipe!
  29. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Yum! Looks delicious. Would be perfect for a snowy morning. I work with BlogFrog and looking forward to seeing more delicious recipes and crafty ideas. All the Best, Lori
  30. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    What a novel idea (for me, that is)! Thank you! I love coffee cake, but not the time it takes to prepare it in the morning for breakfast. But, hey, just take it our of the fridge and into the oven....super!
  31. Silvelaine
    Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Parece uma delícia!!!
  32. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    I love coffee cake and wish I could reach out and take a bite, it looks so good.
  33. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Oh yummy! That seriously looks delicious
  34. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Those are FoodNetwork photos there! Loved your dish, that is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the recipe, it looks very yummy!
  35. Hron
    Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Oh . . . thank you so much for the recipe for the gorgeous coffee cake!!! Anything that makes hosting easy and fun for everyone is appreciated!
  36. Sheryl
    Friday, March 19th, 2010
    MMM, this sound wonderful. Thank you for sharing the recipe and pictures of it with us. Your dish is beauftiful also.
    Have a great day!
  37. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    That looks totally scrumptious (and tempting)! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
  38. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Mmm sounds amazing. By the way, my husband said the Shamrock Shake knock-off was just as good as the real thing!
  39. Alice
    Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Must make that for tomorrows brunch. Thanks for sharing.
  40. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    These look delicious, and I LOVE your polish pottery! I need to start baking with mine more just so I can show it off! ;)
  41. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    This looks fabulously yummy!!!
  42. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Yum, I am definitely putting this in my recipe file, thanks!
  43. Friday, March 19th, 2010
    Oh, yum! That looks delish! Going into the file... Thanks!!