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7 Top-Rated Coffee Cake Recipes for Holiday Brunches

With the holidays in full swing, dinner parties and cocktail gatherings will likely start to fill up the evenings on your calendar. So, what to do if you wanter to gather with still more friends and family? Brunch, we say! Or even a low-key "coffee break" party. Whether you go big or mellow, any of these coffee cake recipes from our Allrecipes community of bakers will make a delicious part of a buffet or the perfect pairing for a cup of java.

1) Cranberry Sour Cream Kuchen

This recipe draws raves from fellow cooks, who seems to have found a coffee cake fave with this sweet/tart treat. "Delicious! I made it for a Christmas party last Tuesday and will make it again for tomorrow," exclaims Cwilson.

cranberry sour cream kuchen

2) Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake

Allrecipe community contributor BATA's take on blueberry confection shows its versatile side. "I took this to a birthday party and left with just my pan! It's very light and not too sweet," raved NICKI2.

blueberry buttermilk coffee cake

3) Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Coffee Cake

"There are not enough stars to give this recipe," touted Allrecipes community member SQUAREONE, of this recipe by Ruth, who sometimes substituted fat-free sour cream or yogurt for sour cream to make it lighter. "It's just desserts! Easy as can be and comes out perfect every time."

cinnamon swirl bundt coffee cake

4) Kentucky Butter Cake

Suzanne Stull's recipe for this buttery cake that's glazed with a buttery topping (seeing a theme here?) is a go-to for fellow Allrecipes community member TLRAN: "I've baked this cake at least a dozen times and always get rave reviews. The cake is very moist with great flavor, and tastes even better the next day!"

kentucky butter cake

5) Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Allrecipe community member Eileen shared this recipe from her mother-in-law. It has just the right amount of sweetness, says fellow member ALOW.  "VERY good coffee cake! I made the glaze but instead of adding sprinkles, I sprinkled on some leftover chopped walnuts. It looked beautiful!"


6) Plum Kuchen

Allrecipes member Amy's recipe for this German treat has a cinnamon and sugar crumble topping. "It's delicious! In my back yard I have a huge plum tree and it's a great way to use some of them up," raves fellow member lovebakingwithdogs.

plum kuchen

7) Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Allrecipes member countrycooker67's creamy recipe is a nice little pick-me-up on a cold winter day. "This was delicious, says fellow member asma. "Served it warm with vanilla ice cream. I also added a little bit of cinnamon to the cream cheese filling, to amp up the flavor."


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