Lemon Coffee Cake


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Lemon Coffee Cake with a crunchy sprinkled sugar topping is perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning, a scoop of ice cream in the afternoon, or on it’s own for a late night snack.

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This moist, sweetly tart Lemon Coffee Cake highlights a sprinkling of In The Raw’s brand new organic white cane sugar crystals to create a one of a kind slightly crunchy topping. Served with or without the optional Warm Lemon Butter Glaze, this is a dessert that will be remembered.

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Lemon Coffee Cake

Lemon Coffee Cake

Lemon Coffee Cake with a crunchy sprinkled sugar topping is perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning or a scoop of ice cream after dinner.
Prep Time: 21 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 6 minutes
Servings: 9 servings


Coffee Cake

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup Sugar In The Raw Organic White Cane Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour*
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest approximately 2 large lemons worth of zest
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup plain yogurt

*Gluten-Free Alternative

  • cup brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum


  • cup all purpose flour**
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar In The Raw Organic White Cane Sugar

**Gluten-Free Alternative Topping

  • cup brown rice flour

Warm Lemon Butter Glaze (optional)

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8" square pan with butter. Beat the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy, about 7 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Add the eggs, mixing just until combined.
  • Combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl. Add half the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the yogurt, mix again, and add the remaining dry ingredients. Mix just until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the flour and brown sugar for the topping in a small bowl and add the melted butter. Stir lightly with a fork to combine, just until it crumbles into streusel like crumbs. Scatter the crumbs over the batter in the pan. Sprinkle with a tablespoons of cane sugar. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Let cool before slicing.
  • If desired, combine the glaze ingredients in a small glass bowl just before serving the cake. Warm them in the microwave for 30 seconds, until the butter has melted. Whisk until smooth and then drizzle over the slices of cake. Enjoy!


I’ve served this cake with and without the glaze. I liked it both ways and absolutely couldn’t pick my favorite, so I’m including the glaze with the recipe. However, the cake definitely stands on its own without it.


Calories: 364kcal · Carbohydrates: 45g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 19g · Saturated Fat: 11g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 5g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 82mg · Sodium: 156mg · Potassium: 147mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 17g · Vitamin A: 579IU · Vitamin C: 6mg · Calcium: 51mg · Iron: 2mg
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This Lemon Coffee Cake is perfectly moist, sweet, and tart with a crunchy sugar topping. (recipe includes both traditional and gluten free options)

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Sugar In The Raw to share their latest products with you this year. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Barefeet In The Kitchen possible. As always, all thoughts are my own.

Sugar In The Raw Organic White® is from the maker of Sugar In The Raw® and is part of the In The Raw® family of sweeteners, which also includes zero-calorie Stevia In The Raw®, Monk Fruit In The Raw®, and Agave In The Raw®. Find the nearest retailer of In The Raw products here. @InTheRaw #InTheRaw 

{originally published 3/26/15 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/20/22}

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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