Many of us got acquainted with coffee cake by bringing a box of it along on visits to friends and relatives. It’s a sponge cake that’s flavored with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, all topped with streusel. It’s leavened with either baking soda or baking powder, making its texture more like a dessert bread than a cake.

But what’s the story behind coffee cake? It’s a dessert steeped in mystery. We know that sponge cake existed in the 17th century due to a recipe being included in a 1615 book called The English Huswife. However, coffee did not arrive in Europe until after this. It can only be guessed that coffee cake is German in origin.


As little as we know about the history, there are a few things that we do know. One, that it’s a great excuse to eat cake for breakfast. Two, it’s great with a cup of coffee. Three that a traditional coffee cake recipe calls for eggs and butter, but we can easily make it vegan.

April 7th is National Coffee Cake Day, so grab a cup of joe, kick back, and get inspired to start baking with these ten vegan coffee cake recipes.

1. Vanilla Rhubarb Coffee Cake
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A small departure from pie, this Vanilla Rhubarb Coffee Cake is a perfect accompaniment to a brunch. For one, it’s a coffee cake – so it’s cinnamon-y and great with coffee. Plus it’s got a mouth-watering balance of sweet vanilla and the tart rhubarb. The rhubarb offers small juicy bursts of tartness in contrast to the soft, moist cake.

2. Hazelnut Coffee Cake5 Coffee Cakes

If you’re a fan of hazelnut and coffee, then you have to make this Hazelnut Coffee Cake. The cake batter is mixed with ground hazelnuts and hazelnut milk, which results in a cake with a delightful and distinct nutty flavor. Instead of going the traditional route by adding coffee to the cake, it’s topped with a coffee layer made from agar agar, coffee, and sugar for sweetness. Yum!


3. Healthier Coffee Cake5 Coffee Cakes

This Healthier Coffee Cake is the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, sugar-free, soy-free, ready in less than 3 minutes, and you can serve it in a cute little mug. Oh, yeah.

4. Coffee Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies5 Coffee Cakes

Most of us would probably indulge in a slice of coffee cake for breakfast and thanks to this Coffee Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie, you do it without the guilt! These taste like an oatmeal cookie with a coffee cake crumble. If you like warm cookies and want an excuse to make them in the morning, then you’ll love these!

5. Raw Walnut Coffee Cake With a Brownie BaseCoffee Cake

The beauty of vegan baking and raw cake-making is that you can totally reinvent classic dishes. That way, you get to enjoy two versions: the more traditional, familiar recipe, and the new, tantalizing recipe. This Raw Walnut Coffee Cake With a Brownie Base is one of those recipes. Its filling is made from frozen bananas and walnuts that are blended with just a touch of vanilla and two shots of espresso until smooth and creamy. The raw brownie base makes this cake even more indulgent and crumbled raw walnuts add texture and presentation.

6. Blackberry Coconut Coffee Cake

This decadent Blackberry Coconut Coffee Cake mixes coconut and blackberry flavors for a refreshing dessert. It’s made from wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour and berries. So, go for seconds or thirds!


7. Chocolate Coffee Cake

Looking for a delicious chocolate fix for your coffee cake? Try this Chocolate Coffee Cake! This is perfect to pair with your coffee or tea – or pair it with hot cocoa for even more chocolate!

8. Blueberry Coffee Cake

This yummy Blueberry Coffee Cake is crumbly and moist with cinnamon and juicy blueberries. Coconut sugar adds a delicious sweetness to this recipe!


9. Healthier Coffee Cake

This Healthier Coffee Cake is easy to make in the microwave, and it has almond meal, applesauce, and shredded coconut for a perfect mix of healthy and tasty!

10. Coffee Cake Donuts

Want something a little different? These Coffee Cake Donuts are a great take on a coffee cake that you can make in a donut pan! The perfect portable breakfast!

Coffee cakes are a symbol of hospitality — they’re often brought along as a token of thanks to being invited into somebody’s home. Next time you visit friends or family, skip the boxed coffee cake and try one of these vegan coffee cake recipes instead.

Lead image source: Vanilla Rhubarb Coffee Cake