10 Breakfast Cake Recipes

cranberry breakfast cake with fork

I guarantee you’ll find a new favorite in this list of comforting breakfast cake recipes, so you can ring in the new season properly, with a fork and a cup of coffee 😉

Making the batter for Dutch Apple Cake



If you’re already dreaming about the holidays ~ Cranberry Breakfast Cake

Don’t save this one for Christmas morning, it’s way too good, those tart cranberries burst in your mouth like no other fruit. The combination of tender vanilla cake and the zippy cranberries is unique and delicious,

slicing a cranberry breakfast cake



If you think apple season > pumpkin season ~ Honeycrisp Apple Cake

Honeycrisp apples are a new favorite, they keep their famous crunch even after baking up in this yummy cake. Try Granny Smith as a substitute.

topping a Honeycrisp Apple Cake with custard sauce



If your latest CSA box is full of root veggies ~ Carrot Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

Sweet, in-season root vegetables like carrots or parsnips are delicious baked up into cozy spiced breakfast cakes like this one. The tangy cream cheese glaze takes it over the top!

carrot coffee cake



If you’re not ready to give up on summer ~ Plum Blitzkuchen

Did you know plum season spans right into October? Plums are one of my favorite fruits to bake with because their flavor explodes in the oven. If you can’t find fresh plums for this lovely vintage cake, how about using dried plums (aka prunes.)

Plum Blitz Kuchen cake in a pan with a piece removed



If you can’t get to the apple orchard this year ~ Apple Cider Doughnut Cake

It’s the queen of fall cakes ~ this tender, sweet cake is like slicing into a giant apple cider doughnut. No apple picking in your zip code? Make this.

apple cider doughnut bundt cake with slice removed



If you’re over pumpkin spice before fall even starts ~ Fresh Ginger and Pear Cake

The combination of fresh, spicy ginger and juicy pears is heavenly. It’s autumnal in a subtle, different sort of way, so if PSLs aren’t your thing, you’ll love this cake.

Ginger Pear Cake, sliced in wedges



If you ? New York ~ Cardamom Crumb Cake

This tall, pillowy cake with a thick layer of nubbly crumbs is the way they do it in the five boroughs. It’s perfection with a hot cup of coffee on a chilly morning.

cardamom crumb cake with fork



If you have (literally) no time ~ Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This cake starts as box mix and ends as a soft, delicious, cinnamon-y cake; lazy weekend morning not required.

Cutting a piece of super easy cinnamon coffee cake



If it’s just not fall without pumpkin ~ Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but pumpkin puree is a magical ingredient in cakes ~ it creates the most amazing texture ever, and that golden hue is unmatched!

Pumpkin Crumb Cake is the perfect fall breakfast.



If you think chocolate is a basic food group ~ Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake

If you’re craving a treat this fall, how about a giant glazed chocolate doughnut in a bundt pan? Yep, that should do the trick.

Chocolate doughnut bundt cake with slice removed


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    September 13, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    My mouth is watering!???
    Time to make. Each one! Thank you!

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    September 13, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Sue the cardamom crumb is delicious I’m from nyc and this brings me back to my childhood

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    Joyce Gibson
    September 13, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Hi Sue,
    I’m hoping that you will see this question. I’ve been asked to make an Italian Love Cake for some friends’ Anniversary. She would love it baked in a bundt pan. I don’t think I’ve ever made it in anything but a rectangular pan. Will it actually work in a bundt pan? Two pounds of Ricotta cheese in this baby.???? I hope you’ll see this question. I have to make it tomorrow, the 14th. Thank you, Sue!!

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      September 13, 2020 at 10:24 am

      That’s a tough one! I’ve never made an Italian Love Cake, but from what I can see of it online, I think the batter might be too much for a bundt, and the frosting would be hard to do on a bundt as well. You might try to convince your friend to go with the traditional pan, it would be a shame to experiment and have it not turn out, especially when it’s a special occasion.

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    September 13, 2020 at 8:12 am

    I have set myself a new and worthy goal…to make every single one of these cakes! As a year round lover of pumpkin, I will start with the Pumpkin Crumb Cake. Thank-you!

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      September 13, 2020 at 8:16 am

      You’re going to have a fun fall!

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    September 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Your recipes are always so tempting! Your site is where I go to for a recipe I know will work. Impressive always!

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      September 13, 2020 at 8:16 am

      Thanks Susan <3

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    Monique Brown
    September 13, 2020 at 6:23 am

    I hate you Sue! I have so much to do and now I’m going to have to take out a day this week to try at least 2 or 3 of these cakes, lol!

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      September 13, 2020 at 6:33 am

      Lol, take your time Monique, Fall hasn’t even officially started 🙂

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