Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake

Greek yogurt coffee cake I have a love/hate relationship with coffee. Is anyone else out there like that? First, I didn’t really drink coffee until I was 21 years old. I’m sure I had tried coffee before then, I think. I remember meeting a boy at a coffee shop for a study date and I had NO idea what to order. I looked at the menu and felt totally and completely lost. What the heck is a latte? How is it different from a cappuccino? Can I just order plain coffee or is that totally dumb? If I say, “plain coffee,” will the barista look at me like I’m a total idiot?

I was probably overthinking it. Probably.

Greek yogurt coffee cake Nowadays I certainly know what I like to order at coffee shops. I have opinions based on years of drinking coffee and coffee drinks. But I still sometimes don’t know my limits. Like, if I have one too many cups of coffee in a day I start to feel a bit shaky and, well, a little grumpy. Oh, you thought I was totally happy and mature all the time? Yeah, that’d be nice. 🙂

But this post isn’t exactly about coffee. It’s about coffee cake. Which I guess is coffee’s sweeter, better half. Coffee cake (or at least this recipe) doesn’t actually contain any coffee, so even if you’re not a fan of caffeine I highly recommend giving this cake a try. It’s totally yummy and would even make a great (treat) breakfast.

Best coffee cake recipeGreek Yogurt Coffee Cake, makes one small, loaf-size cake.
Recipe adapted from Sour Cream Coffee Cake via Chow.com

For the batter:
1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup greek yogurt

For the topping:
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter, softened
pinch of salt

In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a larger bowl cream together the 1/2 cup softened butter and 2/3 cup (granulated) sugar. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture. Stir in the greek yogurt until just combined.

Coffee cakeFor the topping, stir together the pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and three tablespoons softened butter.

In a lightly buttered loaf pan, pour in the batter. Spoon the topping mixture over the top of the batter (as in the photo above). Bake at 325°F for 45-50 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. You’ll notice that a lot of the topping with end up at the bottom of the coffee cake.

Allow to cool for ten minutes before flipping the cake out of the pan (or you can serve it from the pan, either way).

Greek yogurt coffee cakeIf you do flip the cake out of the pan to serve, you get to choose if you want to serve it right side up (with the nuts on the bottom) or upside down (with the nut topping on top). Both are cute, and it’s absolutely delicious either way you go. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake

Ingredients

For the batter:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  2. In a larger bowl cream together the 1/2 cup softened butter and 2/3 cup (granulated) sugar. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture. Stir in the greek yogurt until just combined.

  3. For the topping, stir together the pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and three tablespoons softened butter. 

  4. In a lightly buttered loaf pan, pour in the batter. Spoon the topping mixture over the top of the batter (as in the photo above). Bake at 325°F for 45-50 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. You’ll notice that a lot of the topping with end up at the bottom of the coffee cake.

  5. Allow to cool for ten minutes before flipping the cake out of the pan (or you can serve it from the pan, either way).

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited using Stella from the Signature Collection

  • This was delicious – and it also works with Gluten-Free flour. Definitely will be making again – super easy.

  • This was delicious! Made it last night for this morning’s breakfast, definitely need to double if you want to have it for a couple of days. My daughter picked peach greek yogurt instead of plain- can’t wait to make it again.

  • I made this over the weekend and it turned out fantastic! I did add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter itself (what can I say, I’m a cinnamon addict!) and I used melted butter for the pecan mixture and it still turned out great. I would be lying if I said I didn’t finish off practically the entire loaf in one day…by myself. I can’t wait to make it again!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • YUM! I did not drink coffee until I worked for Carnival Cruise Lines, no windows when you wake up= what DAY is it??! So I blame my time on board for a coffee addiction now! I can’t wait to make this cake to go alongside my morning joe.

  • Need to try this. I love baking with Greek yogurt. I’m a tea drinker so always get stumped by the coffee options. There are just so many!

  • I’m not a huge coffee fan, so anyone else can have the coffee and I will eat the cake ;). It looks delicious!

  • Mmm! It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    • Hi! When you say buttered pan, do you mean butter and flour or just butter?

  • Its in the oven right now, but Instead of pecans I used crushed up granola, cant wait to try it!

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    superb blog.Jalal

  • Obsessed. This cake looks AMAZING. I need this in my life ASAP. Thank you for the recipe!

  • I’m totally with you, I only really started to like coffee at all last year. I like just a regular black coffee with hot milk added, and a tiny spoonful of sugar; nothing more or less. This cake looks scrumdiddlyuptious! x

  • This looks to die for! Beautiful photos also 🙂

    I know that 1 too many coffee feeling…. I always have 1 too many and then uh oh.. shaky and anxious damn you coffee!

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  • This looks so good. I love pecans and the amount that is in this cake makes me happy 🙂

  • I drank coffee when I was at high school. It makes me full of energy every day. I still love coffee now.
    This greek yogurt coffee cake without any coffee may be a little pity for me.
    But thanks all the same.

  • This looks absolutely delicious! And I was the same way when it came to coffee. I didn’t drink it until after college and the only term I knew was “double double” which I thought was a fancy coffee term…turns out it just refers to a drink at Canadian, Tim Horton’s, the lowest class coffee you can get!

  • I have a love/hate relationship with coffee, too. I only really started drinking it in the past year (when I turned 23). But now I love it in small doses. My boyfriend is addicted to coffee though, and we just started roasting our own coffee at home! He also loves pecans, so I may make him this coffee cake as a treat 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!
    xo

  • Yum! Yogurt and coffee and cake? Yes please! What a fun recipe!

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

  • I’m a fan of Greek yogurt, coffee, and cake. So this looks perfect. Can’t wait to try it out!

  • I am a Greek yogurt JUNKIE. Think I need to make this…your blog has given me at least three things/projects I need to do this weekend!

  • Looks yummy! This is definitely on this weekend’s “to make” list!

  • I love coffee and I totally am making this recipe this weekend (mostly cause I already have all the ingredients). I’m the same way with coffee though: I didn’t start drinking it until recently (hello waking up at 6:30am for class!) and I’m also 21! How funny! But, I’m a sugar-holic and I have to get a coffee that’s pretty sweet because otherwise I can’t handle the bitterness. Coffee cake on the other hand, totally my jam anytime of the day!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • This looks so delicious you have just combined my two favourite things! The only things that could possibly add to this is porrdige – yet I feel this isn’t quite fitting ahah!

  • This looks pretty yummy! Perfect to bake on a sunday morning and eat with coffee while DIYing all afternoon 🙂

    http://lazercrafts.wordpress.com/

  • Looks delicious, i wish i had a slice of it right now. I was a bit of late bloomer for coffee as well, I’ve only really been drinking it for the past year or so 🙂 now I’ve fallen in love with it!

  • what a delicious way to lighten brunch!

    http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/03/so-much-to-say-2.html

  • Coffee cake has got to be one of my favorite treats – I love me some cinnamon! Thanks for the healthy spin!

    // Regina

    gardeniasandmint.wordpress.com

  • That looks absolutely fantastic! I have a new oven and I’m looking forward to baking non stop during this weekend!!! Thanks for the recipe!

    xx,
    E.
    www.theslowpace.com

  • I think it’s so funny that coffee cake doesn’t have an ounce of coffee in it. But, that does make it the perfect treat to pair with coffee, right? ‘Plain coffee’ or a latte would be perfect 😉

  • Wow this looks amazing! Anything with the words greek yogurt and coffee (even if it doesn’t contain coffee) strike my fancy, this is a must make!

    Peace & Sunshine,
    Sammi at Sammi Sunshine- A Food Blog

  • I started to drink coffee in my late teenage years, even though first I didn´t like it´s taste. I just thought it was such a grown-up thing. And my friend was a coffee drinker, so she would make coffee every time I visited her. So i got used to the taste and even started to like it. A lot.
    Today would I describe myself as quite a demanding coffee drinker. It needs to taste good and most dispensers will never see my money. I also prefer to make my own cup.

    The cake looks really delicious, I´m always on the hunt for a nice treat to go with my coffee. I love cinnamon rolls for that too.

  • It doesn’t taste like coffee, just meant to be eaten with coffee. I think that’s the whole idea behind coffee cake. 😉

    -Emma

  • This looks so good. I need to bake this soon.

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  • Looks delicious! But I’m confused – presumably it doesn’t taste of coffee?! Or is it a cake meant to be eaten with a cup of coffee? Either way, have to bake a few things for work next week, so this is going on my list along with a nectarine and pistachio cake and a raspberry and white chocolate drizzle cake!

  • I would have never though about using greek yogurt, but what a great, healthy substitution. I also love the hedgehog measuring cup dish.

  • this looks absolutely amazing. i’m always trying to think of new ways to cook w/ greek yogurt so i’m really glad i found this recipe. and the nut topping looks AMAZINGGGG.

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