Homemade Air Fryer Coffee Cake: Perfect For Breakfast!

I bet your mother told you at least once you couldn’t have cake for breakfast. Well, I beg to differ! This homemade air fryer coffee cake goes perfectly with a warm cup of coffee, just like the name indicates. Of course, it’s equally good for brunch, dessert, or an afternoon snack.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee cake is a delicious and versatile cake which you can create in a huge variety of flavors! I’m making a raspberry almond variation, but you can change it up to make any flavors you like.

This moist cake is usually served alongside coffee (or tea), but there’s no actual coffee in the cake. Of course, you could always add some if you prefer, but you non-coffee lovers don’t need to despair.

The air fryer is a great choice for making cakes, and coffee cake is no exception. It preheats quicker and cooks slightly faster (about 10 minutes on average in this case) than a traditional oven.

holding up a forkful of air fryer coffee cake with raspberry filling

Of course, if you’re looking for an even faster option, use a frozen cake instead. My Cinnabon Coffee Cake in the Air Fryer only takes 5 minutes!

Ingredients List

ingredients to make air fryer coffee cake

Coffee Cake Batter

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Filling:

  • 4 Tbsp natural raspberry preserves

Topping:

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter (cold, cubed)
  • 1 Tbsp sliced almonds

Special Equipment Note: You will need some form of cake pan that fits in your air fryer’s basket or rack. I have a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer, so I use a small loaf pan or two to compensate for two smaller baskets. However, a single square or round cake pan works just fine!

Feel free to double the recipe for a large or thicker cake as well, if desired.

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • The sour cream may be swapped for milk or a non-dairy alternative if desired
  • Almond extract may be substituted by vanilla extract, or any other flavor you’d like!
  • You may use any flavor of preserves for the filling, or add something different entirely such as Nutella, cinnamon sugar, fresh fruit, pie filling, etc. You could also try my Sangria Wine Jelly for a unique twist!
  • The almonds in the topping are optional. You can also swap in any other type of nut you’d like, or oats make a great alternative for texture as well
  • You may also use a coffee cake box cake mix (such as Krusteaz) if preferred for this recipe, to make it semi-homemade. Just follow the directions on the box to prepare it, and use the air frying baking instructions below

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 325°F (or the closest setting your specific air fryer has) and grease your cake pan with nonstick or line it with parchment paper
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar. Then, add the wet ingredients and stir until mixed. Add the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined
in a mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar
  1. Spread half of the coffee cake batter into the bottom of your cake pan
spread the coffee cake batter in the bottom of your pan
  1. Microwave the raspberry preserves for about 15-20 seconds to soften them, then spread them over top of the cake batter
layer raspberry preserves over the coffee cake batter
  1. Top the preserves with the remaining half of the cake batter
add the remaining batter over the raspberry preserves
  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, and cold butter cubes. Mix with a fork or your hands until crumbles form. Then, fold in the almonds
in a small bowl make the crumble mixture with brown sugar, flour, and cold butter cubes
  1. Spread the crumble mixture over top of the coffee cake, pressing down slightly so it sticks to the batter
top your coffee cake with crumble mixture
  1. Place the filled cake pan into the preheated air fryer basket
place filled coffee cake dish in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 20-30 minutes at 325°F, until the top is brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean (or with moist crumbs but not liquid batter)
  2. Cool for around 5 minutes, then slice and enjoy!
overhead view of air fryer coffee cake straight from the pan

What to Serve With Coffee Cake

Sides and Toppings

  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Fresh fruit
  • Quiche
  • Bacon
  • Caramel sauce
  • Chocolate sauce

Try a side of my Air Fryer Crustless Quiche or quick Turkey Bacon in the Microwave. Top your cake with some Microwave Chocolate Sauce to give it a sweet dessert-worthy twist!

Drinks

  • Coffee
  • Tea 
  • Lattes
  • Hot chocolate
  • Milk
  • Orange juice
  • Spiced cider
  • Mulled wine

My simple brewed Coffee in the Microwave or my easy Microwave Mulled Wine Recipe are great pairing options!

Recipe FAQs

What’s the Difference Between Air Frying and Baking Coffee Cake?

When it comes to coffee cake, air frying typically results in a slightly quicker cooking time and a crispier top layer, thanks to the air circulation. Baking, on the other hand, might take a bit longer but will produce a slightly softer texture.

Both methods can yield delicious coffee cake, so you can choose based on your preference and available time and equipment.

Can I Use a Cake Mix for Air Fryer Coffee Cake?

Yes, you can absolutely use a cake mix to simplify the preparation of air fryer coffee cake. In fact, there are many coffee cake boxed mixes available.  Using a cake mix can save time and ensure consistent results.

Just prepare the mix as directed and air fry according to the recipe’s instructions.

How Do I Prevent the Coffee Cake from Sticking to the Pan?

To prevent your coffee cake from sticking to the pan, make sure to properly grease the cake pan with nonstick cooking or baking spray or butter.

You may also use parchment to line the cake pan, which I often prefer to aid in releasing the cake.

Are There Any Lower Sugar or Sugar Free Options for Coffee Cake?

Yes, there are lower sugar and sugar free options for making coffee cake. Consider using sugar substitutes like Stevia or Splenda in place of regular sugars, as these alternatives provide sweetness without the added sugar content.

Alternatively, you can use unsweetened applesauce or mashed bananas to add natural sweetness to your coffee cake while reducing the need for added sugar. Experiment with different sweeteners and fruit purees to find a combination that suits your taste.

Keep in mind that sugar substitutes and natural sweeteners may affect the texture and taste of the coffee cake, so adjust your recipe accordingly.

Can I Make Mini Coffee Cakes in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can make mini coffee cakes in the air fryer. Mini coffee cakes are perfect individual servings or as part of a larger dessert spread. To make mini coffee cakes, use small cake pans, ramekins, or silicone molds that fit inside your air fryer basket.

Follow the same preparation and cooking steps as you would for a regular-sized coffee cake, but adjust the cooking time down to 15 minutes to start, since mini cakes will cook faster. Keep a close eye on them to ensure they don’t overcook.

What’s the Best Way to Reheat Leftover Coffee Cake?

The best way to reheat leftover coffee cake is in the air fryer. Preheat to 325°F, place the leftover coffee cake in the basket, and air fry for 3-5 minutes, or until it’s heated through. This method helps maintain the cake’s texture and crispiness.

Alternatively, you can reheat slices of coffee cake in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds, but be cautious as it may become slightly softer.

To preserve freshness, store leftover coffee cake in an airtight container or wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • I know that cooking time is a large range. The time for this recipe will vary based on the size of the pan you choose (which translates to the thickness of your cake) as well as your specific air fryer. Start with the lowest end of the range, and then add time in 5 minute increments and keep checking it to prevent overcooking
  • For reference, I used one small loaf pan to make this, and at 3” thick, the cake took about 35 minutes to be cooked all the way through in my Ninja air fryer
pieces of air fryer coffee cake laying down on a plate

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Store coffee cake in an airtight container or wrapped at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. For longer term storage, wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months
  • While you can certainly enjoy your coffee cake at room temperature, if you would like to reheat a slice, air fry for 2-3 minutes at 325°F, or microwave for about 30 seconds, or until warmed to your liking

More Tasty Air Fryer Cakes to Try

Final Thoughts

Who says cake isn’t for breakfast? Not me! This tasty air fryer coffee cake is perfect with a warm coffee, and a sweet treat to start your day with.

Of course, you can always enjoy it for dessert or a snack as well, and it looks great on a brunch buffet too! The choice is really yours, but you’ll love this delicious cake.

If you’re not a fan of the flavor combination, feel free to change it up any way you like! That’s one of my favorite things about coffee cake. Blueberry vanilla and classic cinnamon streusel are two of my other favorites.

For a grab and go option, make sure to check out my Raspberry Sour Cream Muffins with a streusel crumb topping. Yum!

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Air Fryer Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Raspberry Almond Flavor)

This homemade air fryer coffee cake uses sour cream for a perfectly moist cake. Enjoy it for breakfast with coffee or tea, or anytime you’d like a sweet treat!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 271 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Cake pan (or similar oven safe dish that fits in your air fryer)

Ingredients
  

Coffee Cake Batter

  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • Cup granulated sugar
  • Cup butter (softened)
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • ¼ Tsp salt
  • Cup sour cream
  • ½ Tsp almond extract
  • 1 Large egg (beaten)

Raspberry Filling

  • 4 Tbsp natural raspberry preserves

Crumb Topping

  • ¼ Cup brown sugar
  • ¼ Cup all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter (cold; cut into cubes)
  • 1 Tbsp sliced almonds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 325°F (or the closest setting your specific air fryer has) and grease your cake pan with nonstick or line it with parchment paper
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar. Then, add the wet ingredients and stir until mixed. Add the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined
    1 Cup all purpose flour, ⅓ Cup granulated sugar, ⅓ Cup butter, 1 Tsp baking powder, ⅓ Cup sour cream, ½ Tsp almond extract, 1 Large egg, ¼ Tsp salt
  • Spread half of the coffee cake batter into the bottom of your cake pan
  • Microwave the raspberry preserves for about 15-20 seconds to soften them, then spread them over top of the cake batter
    4 Tbsp natural raspberry preserves
  • Top the preserves with the remaining half of the cake batter
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, and cold butter cubes. Mix with a fork or your hands until crumbles form. Then, fold in the almonds
    ¼ Cup brown sugar, ¼ Cup all purpose flour, 3 Tbsp salted butter, 1 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • Spread the crumble mixture over top of the coffee cake, pressing down slightly so it sticks to the batter
  • Place the filled cake pan into the preheated air fryer basket
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 20-30 minutes at 325°F, until the top is brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean (or with moist crumbs but not liquid batter)
  • Cool for around 5 minutes, then slice and enjoy!

Notes

  • The sour cream may be swapped for milk or a non-dairy alternative if desired
  • Almond extract may be substituted by vanilla extract, or any other flavor you’d like!
  • You may use any flavor of preserves for the filling, or add something different entirely such as Nutella, cinnamon sugar, fresh fruit, pie filling, etc
  • The almonds in the topping are optional. You can also swap in any other type of nut you’d like, or oats make a great alternative for texture as well
  • You may also use a coffee cake box cake mix (such as Krusteaz) if preferred for this recipe, to make it semi-homemade. Just follow the directions on the box to prepare it, and use the air frying baking instructions below
  • The cooking time is a large range because the time needed for this recipe will vary based on the size of the pan you choose (which translates to the thickness of your cake) as well as your specific air fryer. Start with the lowest end of the range, and then add time in 5 minute increments and keep checking it to prevent overcooking
  • For reference, I used one small loaf pan to make this, and at 3” thick, the cake took about 35 minutes to be cooked all the way through in my Ninja air fryer
  • Store coffee cake in an airtight container or wrapped at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. For longer term storage, wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months
  • While you can certainly enjoy your coffee cake at room temperature, if you would like to reheat a slice, air fry for 2-3 minutes at 325°F, or microwave for about 30 seconds, or until warmed to your liking
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any swaps or additions, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 73gCalories: 271kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 3.3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 241mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 380.6IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 1.1mg
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