Cake, Gluten Free

Gluten Free Coffee Cake

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We’re talking to your gut this week! This gluten free brown butter coffee cake is your new favorite breakfast cake. Filled with cinnamon, brown butter and lots of espresso powder, you’ll have the perfect caffeine kick and sweet treat all in one! Let’s get started.

Another Gluten Free recipe on our site is our Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Coffee Cake

Gluten Free

Gluten free baking has it’s perks! There are so many flour substitutions that you can use for your desserts. Each flour will give you a slightly different unique taste! Lot’s of grocery stores are including gluten free flour on their shelves. Some great brands are King Arthur’s Baking, Bob’s Red Mill, and Good & Gather at Target. All of these flours are 1:1 which means you can easily substitute them using the exact measurement for flour in all of your recipes. Apart from gluten free flour, there is: almond flour, oat flour, and buckwheat flour that you can explore when looking for gluten free flours to try.

Coffee Cake

Do you remember where you were when you first had coffee cake? It’s definitely not your average cinnamon or vanilla cake. It’s filled with a brown sugar cinnamon swirl and topped with a streusel crumb. Our coffee cake is everything you love about that classic coffee cake taste while being gluten free and the nutty flavor of brown butter. Adding sour cream in your batter makes the crumb moist and tender, which makes this coffee cake much better than your go-to Starbucks Coffee cake!

Some of our popular espresso based recipes include our Iced Vanilla Latte Donuts and our Banana Muffins with Coffee Crumb Streusel.

Brown Butter Tips

  1. Add the butter to a light colored pan over high heat. 
    1. Having a light colored pan will help you see the butter clearly! You’ll know when it goes from bright yellow, to a darker yellow, and finally settling to brown.  
  2. Once the butter fully melts, reduce the heat to medium.
    1. Melting the butter on high gets you jumpstarted on the process. As soon as the entire block of butter has melted, quickly reduce the heat to medium. This heat change will give you control of the browning process.
  3. Constantly stir the butter in a clockwise (or counterclockwise) direction.
    1. Stirring ensures even cooking time and prevents burning. 
  4. Once the butter starts to darken, immediately remove the pot from the stove.
    1. Don’t wait for the butter to get very dark! As soon as you see brown specs appear, you’re good to go! There’s only a few seconds between having great brown butter and getting burnt butter. 
  5. Pour the browned butter into a heat-safe glass dish and let it cool to room temperature.
    1. Even if it’s off the stove, the butter can still burn in the pot! I use Pyrex or any clear glass dish that can handle high heat. It’ll help the butter cool to room temperature. 

That’s it! These simple 5 steps will ensure you get perfect brown butter for any dessert recipe! I like my brown butter to settle into a semi-firm solid. This makes creaming it with sugar much like creaming basic softened butter. However brown butter can be enjoyed in liquid or solid form.

Try making our Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with these tips!

Brown Butter Coffee Cake

Make This gluten free coffe cake your own

You can add nuts to the cake or the streusel, top off with a chocolate glaze, or turn this cake into cupcakes! There’s no stopping you in making this cake your own. It’s the perfect size, taste, and easy to make!

Gluten Free Coffee Cake

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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes



  • ¾ cup gluten free flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup brown butter
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp espresso powder

Coffee Crumb Streusel

  • ½ cup gluten free flour +2 tbsp
  • cup brown sugar
  • tsp espresso powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup butter melted


Cake & Filling

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F & grease a 6inch cake pan.
  • In al arge bowl, combine butter, espresso powder, sugar, egg, sour cream, + vanilla together.
  • In a separate bowl add brown, sugar cinnamon, and espresso powder together.
  • Fill cake pan with ½ of the cake batter. Add brown sugar filling and pour in the rest of the batter.

Coffee Crumb Streusel

  • In a large bowl mix flour, brown sugar, espresso powder, cinnamon, and butter together.
  • Generously spread streusel mix onto cake.
  • Bake for 30-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Keywords Cake, Coffee, Gluten Free
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