Bread Machine Coffee Cake

A recipe for bread machine coffee cake that’s easy to make for a sweet breakfast treat.

Yeast breads aren’t just about rolls and sandwich breads. This yeast-based coffee cake is a soft and fluffy addition to your baking rotation.

The final coffee cake in a glass baking dish, drizzled with white glaze.

Bread Machine Coffee Cake

Knead and rise the dough for this yeasted coffee cake right in your bread machine. A sweet, soft dough topped with a buttery cinnamon sugar topping and a simple glaze.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
rising time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Serving Size 16 slices

Equipment

  • Bread machine
  • 13 x 9 baking dish

Ingredients 

Dough

  • cup instant potato flakes
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • cup white sugar
  • cup softened butter unsalted
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk or cream
  • splash of vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to machine and knead. Add all the dough ingredients in your bread machine in whatever order is recommended by the manufacturer. Select the DOUGH cycle. Watch the consistency of the dough as it kneads the first few minutes, adding more water if the dough is dry and crumbly or more flour if it is sticking. You want the dough to be smooth and clear the sides of the bucket.
    An open bread machine with dough inside, before and after kneading.
  • Remove dough. Remove the dough when the machine beeps. (It may have risen only slightly.)
    A close-up of risen dough inside a bread machine.
  • Shape + first rise. Gently stretch the dough to cover a 13 x 9 pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees towards the end of the rising time.
    Dough stretched to fit in a glass baking dish, before and after being dimpled.
  • Add cinnamon sugar layer. When the dough has risen, combine the cinnamon and sugar for the topping. Make indentations in the dough with your thumb and sprinkle the sugar on top. Pour the melted butter on top of the cinnamon sugar.
    A glass baking dish with dough topped with brown sugar cinnamon mixture, before and after melted butter is added.
  • Bake and glaze. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until cooked through. Allow to cool in the pan briefly, then mix the glaze and pour on top. The glaze should be thick but pourable. Serve the coffee cake directly out of the pan. It will keep two days, tightly wrapped, at room temperature.
    A coffee cake with a white glaze in a glass baking dish.

Notes

Want to make it ahead?  Allow the dough to have its second rise in the fridge overnight.  Bake in the morning.
For a fruity twist, substitute 2 tablespoons of berry jam for the cinnamon sugar topping. 
Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 207IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Why you’ll love this recipe

Maybe you’ve never tried bread machine coffee cake before, but surely you’ve seen those packaged breakast sweets at the grocery store.

This recipe is actually pretty similar: a rich, sweet dough. The topping is a delicious mix of everyone’s favorite things: butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. And it’s topped off with the simplest of glazes that mixes up in just a minute.

But the best thing about this recipe? It’s easy. Really easy. Let’s get started.

clear casserole dish with sweet coffee cake

Ingredients

flour, sugar, vanilla, yeast, cinnamon, and other ingredients in small bowls

Dough

  • 1/3 cup instant potato flakes
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup softened butter unsalted
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons cup water
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • ¾ brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar?
  • 2 teaspoons milk or cream?
  • splash of vanilla extract

If you don’t have a bread machine, I recommend this very basic model which does a great job of kneading the dough and completing the first rise.

Step by step

Kneading and rising the dough in the machine

process shots of bread machine kneading dough and rising

This recipe is easy as can be! To get started, just add all the DOUGH ingredients to the bucket of your bread machine. Use whatever order is recommended by your manufacturer.

Select the dough cycle and keep an eye on it for the first few minutes. You are looking for a soft, smooth dough that clears the sides of the bucket. If it is dry and crumbly, add more water a few teaspoons at a time until the dough comes together. If it seems too sticky and wet and is sticking to the bucket, add more flour.

Once the consistency is right, you can leave the bread machine alone until it beeps.

After the cycle is complete, the dough might not have risen all that much. That’s okay!

Prepare a 13 x 9 dish with non-stick baking spray

Turn out the dough and stretch it gently until it covers the bottom of this dish. Don’t press it down more than you have to.

Cover it with a clean, damp tea towel or plastic wrap and place the coffee cake dough in a warm place to rise for about an hour. The dough should look puffy at this point, but may not fully double.

Towards the end of the second rise, get your oven ready. Place a rack in the center and preheat it to 350 degrees.

Topping, baking, and glazing the coffee cake

coffee cake dough in baking dish, topping with cinnamon sugar, baked cake, finished bread machine coffee cake

Now we are going to gently indent the dough so it can hold all of the sugary topping. Using your knuckle or fingertip, gently poke the dough all over.

Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle them all over the dough. There is a lot of it and the cake will be completely covered. (This is a good thing!) Pour the melted butter right on top. If some goes down the sides, that’s okay. Don’t worry.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let the bread machine coffee cake cool in the pan for about ten minutes while you mix up the glaze. It should be thick and barely pourable. Drizzle it on top until you are satisfied.

You can serve this right out of the pan, either warm or room temperature.

square piece of glazed coffee cake on white plate

More sweet baked breakfast recipes

This sweet, cinnamon-infused treat, complete with a heavenly glaze, proves that the humble bread machine can do much more than churn out loaves of bread. Whether you’re looking for a cozy breakfast option, a companion to your afternoon coffee, or simply a way to impress guests, this coffee cake will be a new favorite ❤️.

Bread Machine Coffee Cake

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