Kahlua Coffee Cake

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Coffee cake always reminds me of grandmothers and childhood.

Simple and moist, these cakes are generally layered with cinnamon and nuts, then topped with a crumbly crust. Casual, yet decadent.

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Coffee cake is the perfect cake to nibble while sipping tea or coffee at grandma’s kitchen table, pouring out your adventures (or whoas) from the day.

This rustic utilitarian style treat provides unassuming comfort that feels like a warm hug.

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Growing up, it seemed every church or neighborhood event would inspire someone to bring a coffee cake. Usually a sweet elderly lady.

I don’t think anyone would have ever refused, and they were always gone by the end of the event.

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Nowadays I crave coffee cake when I’m feeling down, or need to get something off my chest. Just a taste makes me feel at ease, as if grandma were still around to listen to my problems.

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Today’s variation is a simple sour cream coffee cake with a surprise element… Kahlua coffee liquor glaze.

I layered the cake batter in a pan, sprinkling a cinnamon-pecan mixture between each layer of batter. Then I mixed the last of the pecan mixture with a little butter and flour to make a crumb topping.

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After the crumble is sprinkled over the top, the Kahlua Coffee Cake bakes into fluffy tender layers of goodness with a crusty surface.

As if that weren’t enough, a sweet Kahlua glaze is drizzled over the top to seep down into the cake, creating pockets of boozy coffee essence!

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Kahlua Coffee Cake is a marvelous treat to serve as a naughty breakfast or brunch, as an after-school snack, or as a casual dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Or… serve this Kahlua Coffee Cake like grandma would have, with a cup of coffee (or cold milk) and a big hug.

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Kahlua Coffee Cake

Yield: 20 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:45 minutes

4.5 / 5 (6 Reviews)
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Kahlua Coffee Cake Recipe, a fabulous sour cream coffee cake with Kahlua crumble topping. This is the BEST coffee cake we’ve ever tried.


  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sour cream (could use low fat)
  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua coffee liquor
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix 2 1/2 cups flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in the sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Then melt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of butter and mix into the batter. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the chopped pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon together. Spread 1/3 of the batter in the bottom of a 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Then sprinkle 1/3 of the pecan mixture over the batter. Repeat with another 1/3 of the batter followed by the nut mixture. Then spread the last of the batter over the top.
  3. To the remaining 1/3 of the pecan mixture, add 1/4 cup flour. Cut the last 3 tablespoons of butter into cubes and mix into the nut mixture by hand, creating small chunky pebbles of dough. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the surface of the cake.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Using a toothpick or wooden skewer, poke holes over the surface of the cake for the glaze. Whisk the Kahlua and powdered sugar together in a small bowl, then drizzle over the surface while the cake is still warm. Allow the cake to cool and the glaze to harden. Cut and serve.

NOTE: This cake can sit at room temperature for up to 5 days. Keep it covered.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 20 servings, Serving Size: 1/20th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 282 Calories
  • Total Fat: 14.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.1g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg
  • Sodium: 226mg
  • Carbohydrates: 36.3g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Sugar: 21.3g
  • Protein: 3.6g
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30 comments on “Kahlua Coffee Cake

  1. Denise Robinson Gorguetposted February 10, 2019 at 1:34 pm Reply

    Came out even Better than I expected 
    Was moist and delicious with a nice “KICK”

    Rating: 5
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  3. Tona Bposted September 9, 2018 at 11:37 pm Reply

    I don’t care for pecans so I swapped them for hazelnut. This came out FANTASTIC!! It’s light, fluffy, flavorful and the crunchy sweet glaze is heavenly. I wonder if adding a wee bit of Kahlua to the cake batter would give it more coffee flavor or ruin the puffiness? This recipe is a keeper, I’m already making a list of ingredients for the next batch!

    Rating: 5
  4. Marcia Bposted March 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm Reply

    I made this today and hubby and I really liked the moistness. However, next time we’ll have the Kahlua on the side because we couldn’t really taste it, cc TV which made the coffee cake taste like other streusel cakes I’ve made. Aside from that, it is a very good recipe and I doubt it will last very long.😋

    Rating: 4
  5. Lisaposted January 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm Reply

    This coffee cake was very good but the Kahlua taste was better when it was warm.

    Rating: 4
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  7. Ashleyposted November 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm Reply

    My coworkers and I love this recipe! I bring in a little treat every week and this is the one that gets the most raves. It’s delicious!!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted November 17, 2017 at 11:03 pm Reply

      YAY! So glad you like it Ashley. Thanks for reporting back. :)

  8. Iolaposted May 21, 2016 at 2:46 am Reply

    Looks delicious! I wonder if chopped hazelnuts could be subbed in for the pecans. Then it would be a hazelnut coffee cake!

    • Tona bposted September 9, 2018 at 11:38 pm Reply

      I used hazelnuts and it comes out wonderful!

  9. Cassie Sueposted May 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm Reply

    I made this, and my guests loved it! Hubby prefers my other coffee cake (I think the pecans were throwing him off) but loved the idea of making it “adult” so needless to say we are inspired. Thanks Sommer!

    Rating: 5
  10. Emily @ Life on Foodposted May 17, 2016 at 5:03 am Reply

    Oh this looks so good. I had coffee cake every Sunday at college. It reminded me of home. 

  11. Sandy @ REposted May 16, 2016 at 10:09 am Reply

    Wonder if it’s okay to just eat the top off. LOL Looks divine, Sommer. Perfect for a weekend brunch!

  12. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted May 16, 2016 at 9:09 am Reply

    Oh my gosh- this is the best “adult” coffee cake- what a great idea for a brunch with friends :)

  13. Deborahposted May 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm Reply

    That crumb!!

  14. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted May 14, 2016 at 5:27 pm Reply

    My mom always had a coffee cake on hand for company, it would be so fabulous to have a good recipe on hand for just such an occassion!! This crumbly crust looks off the hook!

  15. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted May 13, 2016 at 10:07 am Reply

    If you need me, I’ll be making this for brunch this weekend! Such a great idea!

  16. [email protected]posted May 13, 2016 at 9:11 am Reply

    A warm hug is such a good way to describe coffee cake. LOVE the layers too!

  17. Jessica - The Novice Chefposted May 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm Reply

    YES! Can not wait to try this!

  18. Rachel @ Rachel Cooksposted May 11, 2016 at 9:55 pm Reply

    The layers in this are calling to me!

  19. Jenny Flakeposted May 11, 2016 at 9:10 am Reply

    This is soooo calling my name!  Gorgeous!!

  20. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted May 10, 2016 at 10:42 am Reply

    This looks so moist and delish!! I’d love a slice right now.

  21. Marla Meridithposted May 9, 2016 at 6:25 pm Reply

    Wow! Kahlua in coffee cake….so blissful!

  22. Jenny Flakeposted May 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm Reply

    How fabulous is this?!  Mmm!

  23. Mariaposted May 9, 2016 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Looks so moist and delicious! 

  24. Gaby Dalkinposted May 9, 2016 at 1:18 pm Reply

    This is next level coffee cake! I’ll take mine with a huge scoop of ice cream please!

  25. Heather Christoposted May 9, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply

    I am obsessed with coffee cake, and this Kahlua just takes it over the top!

  26. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 9, 2016 at 11:54 am Reply

    I wish I had this with my coffee this morning ;)

  27. Lizposted May 9, 2016 at 11:13 am Reply

    Sounds so delicious. Thank you.

  28. cookbook queenposted May 9, 2016 at 8:44 am Reply

    I am a sucker for a great coffeecake. This looks so cozy!!