This homemade gluten-free coffee cake recipe is absolutely delicious! It is filled with cinnamon swirls and a thick gluten-free cinnamon streusel topping. I walk you through every step to make this incredibly fluffy breakfast cake. I also include an easy dairy-free option for my readers who need a gluten-free dairy-free option.

The front of a slice of gluten-free coffee cake on a wooden plate.

I promise to keep this story brief, but Mr. Fearless Dining’s weakness is coffee cake. The higher the crumble topping, the better. He never told me this. I didn’t find out until I created and perfected this recipe, and he promptly ate two slices.

I had to laugh. How do you keep such important information from your wife, especially when she is a blogger who develops gluten-free recipes for fun? I guess the saying you learn something new about your partner each day is true.

If you love cakes as much as we do, you will want to check out my delicious gluten free cake recipes.

Recipe At A Glance:

  • Skill Level – Advanced beginner.
  • # of Ingredients – 12
  • Flour Blends Tested – King Arthur Measure for Measure, Bob’s Red Mill 1:1, and my DIY Gluten-Free Flour Blend.
  • Total Time – 50 minutes

If you are looking for a delicious refined sugar-free crumb cake version, you will love my Gluten Free Crumb Cake recipe. It uses coconut sugar, which is refined-sugar-free.

I cook and bake for my granddaughter, who is gluten free, but 3 years ago also became dairy-free as well. She loves the recipes of yours that I have made, and I am happy with the way recipes turn out. I use an egg replacer, and when a recipe calls for 2 eggs, I use an egg replacer for one of the eggs and 1/4 cup applesauce for the second. Comes out wonderful each time.”

Beverly D., Blog comment

Allergen Information:

This homemade coffee cake recipe is gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free. It has a dairy-free option. If you are egg-free, read the reader rave comment below. Beverly shares how she made this cake egg-free!

Substitutions:

  • Adding 1/4 cup of sour cream to your wet ingredients can make your coffee cake extra moist.
  • You can make this recipe egg-free by using an egg replacer and applesauce. My reader’s method is quoted above..
Photos of the coffee cake ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten-Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten-Free Flour Blend and King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten-Free Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work. I just have not tested other flours. You can also use my DIY Gluten-Free Flour Blend in this recipe. (It is also gum-free!)
  • Xanthan Gum – If your gluten-free flour blend doesn’t contain a binder like xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  • Butter – I used unsalted butter.
  • Ground Cinnamon – Double-check that your ground cinnamon is gluten-free. Sometimes, there can be cross-contamination. I like to use McCormick, Simply Organic, and Penzeys brands because I know they are gluten-free.
  • Milk or Non-Dairy Milk – I used almond milk to make this recipe. Any dairy-free or regular milk will work.

Tips For Sucess

1. Melt the butter before adding it to the wet ingredients. It makes it easier to blend.
2. If you notice your batter has grit, which can be more common with some rice-heavy gluten-free flour blends, let the batter sit for 20 minutes before baking.
3. Ensure your oven rack is in the middle of your oven. This will help bake your cake more evenly with the crumb topping.
4. If you want your cake to be more fluffy, do not overmix the cake batter. I do not recommend using a stand mixer for cake batter.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Learning how to make a gluten-free coffee cake is so easy. I break it all down into simple step-by-step directions. You can also watch the video to see how I make it.

Coffee cake photos with the dry ingredients in a bowl and the wet ingredients in a bowl.

Step 1: Combine the dry cake ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) in a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend.

Step 2: Add the wet ingredients (melted butter, eggs, milk, and pure vanilla extract) to a smaller bowl and whisk to mix.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix them together until just “barely” mixed. This will help keep your cake light and fluffy.

Showing making the coffee cake in steps 4 and 5.

📢 Sandi says: Every gluten-free flour blend has a different starch-to-grain ratio. The brand of gluten-free flour you use will affect the moisture of the batter. If your cake batter is too runny, add more flour, and if it is too thick, add more liquids.
Read Why Gluten-Free Flour Blends Vary to learn more about this.

Step 4: Spray a 9″ cake pan or loaf pan with a gluten-free non-stick spray and add half the cake batter. Spread it out.

Step 5: Mix up the cinnamon and sugar for the swirl and sprinkle it around the cake batter. Put the rest of the cake batter on top of the cinnamon sugar. Use a knife to drag around the batter to swirl and spread the cinnamon sugar around the cake.

Making the crumble topping described in steps 6 and 7 photos.

Step 6: Add the crumble topping dry ingredients in a small bowl.

Step 7: Add the softened butter and mix. Freeze the crumble topping for 10-15 minutes, then use a fork to crumble the slightly hardened mixture.

Showing adding the crumble topping and using a fork to break up the large clumps.

Step 8: Sprinkle the crumble topping over the cake batter. Use a fork to spread it around and to break up extra large crumbs.

Step 9: Spread the crumble topping over the cake batter and bake at 350º F for 30-35 minutes. The actual baking time can vary greatly depending on if you bake this in a loaf pan or cake pan and how deep your pan is.

To tell if the gluten free cinnamon cake is done baking, take out the cake and insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake. If the toothpick comes back with crumbs or batter, it must be baked more. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is finished baking.

While you are at it, if you are a cinnamon fanatic like me, my Gluten-Free Churros make another fun treat! You may also love this easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake or this Gluten-Free Cranberry Coffee Cake!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why did my gluten-free coffee cake turn out crumbly?

If your cake turned out crumbly, it means there wasn’t enough liquid. Sometimes, this happens if you use a starchy gluten free flour blend. As shown in the photos above, your cake batter should be thick but not too thick.

Can you use this recipe to make coffee cake muffins?

This recipe makes delicious muffins. Divide the cake batter into muffin tins. Fill each 3/4 full and sprinkle the streusel topping over each one. Baking time will be about 20 minutes.

Can you add nuts to this recipe?

One of my favorites is making gluten-free coffee and walnut cake. You can add finely chopped walnuts or pecans to the streusel you sprinkle into the cake mix.

What size cake pan did you use?

I used a 9″ round cake pan, but you can use other sizes, including a loaf pan.

If you are new to cake baking, here is a good write-up of my favorite Kitchen Tools For Baking Cakes. Having the right tools can make all of the difference in your baking. I also have a lot of helpful Gluten Free Baking Tips to help you bake like a seasoned pro.

A slice of crumb cake with a piece cut out with a fork.

My photo doesn’t do it justice. This cake is super moist and yummy! Thank you!”

Renee G., Pinterest comment

More Gluten-Free Cake Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

The front of a slice of gluten free coffee cake on a wooden plate.

Gluten Free Coffee Cake

Sandi Gaertner
One bite of this delicious gluten free coffee cake with a thick crumble topping and you will be hooked. I include a dairy-free version as well!
4.91 from 43 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Chill Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cake Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 376 kcal

Equipment

  • Cake pan
  • Mixing bowls

Ingredients
  

Streusel Topping: Make First and Freeze While Preparing the Cake

  • ¾ cup gluten free flour blend
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter softened, not melted
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs size large
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk * see note

Cinnamon Swirl:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

Optional Glaze:

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk

Instructions
 

For the Cake:

  • In a large bowl, combine the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend.
  • In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk to mix.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just "barely" mixed. This will help keep your cake light and fluffy.
  • Spray a 9" cake pan or loaf pan with non-stick spray and add half the cake batter. Spread it out.

For the Swirl:

  • Mix up the cinnamon and sugar for the swirl and sprinkle it around the cake batter. Put the rest of the cake batter on top and spread it out.
  • Let the cake batter rest while you make and freeze the streusel topping.

For the Streusel:

  • Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and softened butter and mix. Freeze the crumble topping for 15-20 minutes then use a fork to crumble the slightly hardened mixture.
  • In a bowl, add the crumble topping dry ingredients.
  • Sprinkle the crumble topping over the cake batter.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º F

Baking

  • Spread out the crumble topping and bake at 350º F for 30-35 minutes. Actual baking time can vary greatly depending on if you bake this in a loaf pan or cake pan, and how deep your pan is.
  • To tell if the cake is done baking, take out the cake and insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake. If the toothpick comes back with crumbs or batter, it will need to bake more. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is finished baking.

Video

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I have not tested other flours.
  2. This recipe also works with my DIY Gluten Free Flour Blend (gum-free!)
  3. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  4. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
  5. I used almond milk, but other dairy-free kinds of milk will work. I do not recommend canned coconut milk.
  6. To keep your cake light and fluffy, do not overmix your cake batter.
  7. Freezing the streusel topping will make it hold its shape better while baking.
  8. This cake will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 5gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 209mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 3gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 554IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 1mg
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42 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    One of the best coffee cakes I’ve ever had! I used regular milk and made a smaller amount of streusel (I can never seem to make a recipe without tweaking it a bit) but I followed the directions regarding letting the batter rest and I think it made such a difference in the texture of the cake. We ate it piping hot out of the oven and it was delicate and fluffy. I did need to bake it about 15 minutes longer than the suggested time but it was very moist and delicious!

      1. 5 stars
        Just checked and I used an 8” square glass baking dish. No wonder it took a bit longer to bake. Good too know that depending on what type of bakeware you use you can adjust the time and it still turns out great.

  2. 5 stars
    Really loved this! Mine needed a little longer in the oven, around 10-15 min more. The streusel topping was very good, but thick. Next time I might half the streusel amount.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi!! I just made this! In the oven now 🙂 I’m wondering if the addition of 3/4 c of flours in the cinnamon swirl is intentional? Can’t wait to taste it out of the oven 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I just made this delicious coffee cake this morning for my family for Christmas Eve breakfast. My whole family loved it, it was so moist and delicious and the texture was amazing. I did add the 1/4 of sour cream recommended in the “substitutions” section. Can’t say enough about this recipe. I’ve never made a homemade coffee cake before let alone a gluten free one so I was nervous but Sandy’s instructions are so helpful, I figured I’d give it a whirl! Just fabulous. This made my day! 🥰

  5. 5 stars
    I’m so glad I found your recipe!!! My son and I occasionally enjoy a piece or 2 with our morning coffee. Can’t wait to share with friends 😊

    1. 3 stars
      I would suggest reordering the recipe. The crumble should be done first so it can be in the freezer while making the cake. Also, the crumble must be mixed by hand. If you mix with a mixer, it will become a paste. The cake was less sweet than I hoped but improved with the glaze.

      1. Hi Amy, thank you for the feedback. I can reorder this, but I find most people let their batter sit for 15-20 minutes. This helps soften the rice flour in gluten free flour blends, making the cake turn out without grittiness. Resting the batter while the streusel topping freezes is ideal.

  6. 5 stars
    Girl. I made this today for the first time with YOUR flour blend! I’ve never made a coffee cake of any kind ever, so there was a lot of self-doubt going on. Oh my word it is sooooo gooood😊 I’m keeping half & donating the other half for our small-town hospital’s bake sale/auction! There’s one other gf girl within our hospital so I’m hoping she’ll buy it😍 Thank you for everything you do for our “community”💓

    1. I am so glad you tried this recipe with my flour blend. I will add it to the list of recipes that can be made with it. I suspected my blend would do well in other cake recipes, but I have only been able to test my lemon cake so far. Thank you for being so kind to make this for a fundraiser, that is so sweet of you.

  7. 5 stars
    Made this today. Great recipe and thorough explanation of how to. Light crumble and texture. Better than most non-GF cakes that I have bought and made in the past. A 100% keeper! Thank you!

    1. Hi Joyce, what size pan are you baking it in? Did you sub anything? Sometimes an item needs to bake longer. I think it depends on the flour blend as some are starchy. I would try the toothpick test to see if the cake is finished.

  8. 5 stars
    I cook and bake for my granddaughter who is gluten free, but 3 years ago also became dairy free as well. She loves the recipes of yours that I have made for and I am happy with the way recipes turn out. I use egg replacer and when a recipe calls for 2 eggs I use the egg replacer for one of the eggs and 1/4 cup applesauce for the second. Comes out wonderful each time.

    1. I am thrilled your granddaughter loves the recipes. I love you found a way to use egg replacer and applesauce to make things egg-free for her! Thank you so much for coming to let me know it works.

  9. 4 stars
    This was yummy!! I made a couple of adjustments but they are pretty minor. I didn’t have time to freeze the crumble so I just melted the butter because I find that gives really good results and I prefer it to cutting in the butter. Just give the crumble a good stir before sprinkling. Probably since I melted it though, the crumble seemed a little wet so I added 1/2 a cup of oatmeal to it and it was really yummy. A hint sweeter than I’d prefer but still yummy.

    Also… 5 minutes into baking it, I realized I’d left the melted butter for the batter in the microwave. Oops. It actually still turned out really yummy though. Leftovers probably won’t stay as soft without the butter but we probably won’t have any anyway. Next time I’ll probably just swap the butter for applesauce. I’ll definitely make it again!

  10. 5 stars
    Thank you for your gluten free recipes! This one was outstanding. A yummy snack cake after a long week of school. We’re excited to serve it all weekend. Perfect with a cup of coffee.