52 Coffee Cakes and Sweet Breads That Are the Perfect Companion for Your Morning Cup

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Photo: Photo: Jennifer Davick

When you think of brunch, does your mind immediately turn to something sweet or savory? If you answered the first option, we've got great news: You're going to fall in love with our favorite coffee cake and sweet bread recipes. A sweet tooth can't be ignored, so we've got you covered with our all-time best coffee cakes and sweet breads. Skip the trip to the bakery with easy homemade versions of your orders, like blueberry muffins, cinnamon coffee cake, and sticky sweet buns. Nothing pairs better with a cup of hot coffee than a gooey orange roll or slice of classic banana bread. Picking out Christmas brunch this year will be easy with these sweet breads and coffee cakes. Get festive with our cranberry pull-apart bread or gingerbread muffins that the kids will love. Spend your Saturday morning whipping up a decadent batch of monkey bread with homemade caramel sauce drizzled on top or make brunch ahead with a freezable pastry. Whatever recipe you choose, everyone will be happy with a little extra sugar on the breakfast table.

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Cream Cheese-Banana-Nut Bread

Cream Cheese-Banana-Nut Bread
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Cream Cheese-Banana-Nut Bread

Enjoy banana bread without all the guilt with this healthy banana bread recipe.

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Lemon Tea Bread

Muffins and Bread Recipes: Lemon Tea Bread

Recipe: Lemon Tea Bread

This yummy, cake-like tea bread has a light lemon taste and is drizzled with a sweet citrus glaze.

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Apricot-Almond Coffee Cake

Apricot-Almond Coffee Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Apricot-Almond Coffee Cake

Add a bit of refreshing fruity flavor to your coffee cake with apricot preserves. Slivered almonds and a vanilla glaze complete this easy breakfast treat.

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Easy Orange Rolls

Easy Orange Rolls
John O'Hagan

Recipe: Easy Orange Rolls

Your family will definitely want to rise, shine, and dine when they smell these Easy Orange Rolls baking in the oven.

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Praline Pull-Apart Bread

Brunch for a Crowd Praline Pull-Apart Bread
Beth Hontzas

Recipe: Praline Pull-Apart Bread

Make this delicious bread for special occasions. It's easy to fix with frozen bread dough, and a caramel-flavored sauce poured on top makes it irresistible.

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Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Hummingbird Bundt Cake
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Hummingbird Bundt Cake

From pineapple to cream cheese, the same ingredients first featured in the 1978 version of this popular layer cake still shine in our new version— simplified by baking in a Bundt pan.

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Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins

Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins
Southern Living

Recipe: Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins

Bake this coffee shop staple at home with just 10 minutes of hands-on time.

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Piña Colada Quick Bread

Piña Colada Quick Bread
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Piña Colada Quick Bread

This bread recipe would make the prettiest centerpiece for your weekend brunch.

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Cream Cheese Pastries

Brunch for a Crowd Cream Cheese Pastries
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Cream Cheese Pastries

Our Test Kitchen developed this recipe to make four loaves, so you can make one for your family and give the rest to neighbors and friends during the holidays.

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Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

When it gets chilly outside, we look for any excuse to have our house smell like the flavors of fall. This coffee cake satisfies that craving and so much more.

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Gingerbread Muffins

Gingerbread Muffins
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Gingerbread Muffins

We just found our Christmas morning treat! These sweet bites are complete with a topping of cream cheese frosting.

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Apple Butter-Pecan Quick Bread

Apple Butter-Pecan Quick Bread
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Apple Butter-Pecan Quick Bread

This fall bread recipe starts with homemade slow-cooker apple butter and ends with a happy and full family!

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Air Fryer Donuts

Air Fryer Donuts
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Air Fryer Donuts

There's nothing your Air Fryer can't do, including whipping up a batch of sweet, buttery donuts.

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Peach Scones

Peach Scones
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Peach Scones

Instead of making a bakery run, whip up these fluffy scones that only take 25 minutes of hands-on time.

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Chocolate Monkey Bread

Chocolate Monkey Bread
Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

Recipe: Chocolate Monkey Bread

Frozen dough speeds up this super-sweet monkey bread recipe.

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Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

How much do we love carrot cake? This breakfast recipe adds to the ways.

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This sweet and easy coffee cake recipe can be enjoyed year round, whether for Saturday brunch or a new neighbor.

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Sour Cream Banana Bread With Pecan Streusel Topping

Sour Cream Banana Bread With Pecan Streusel Topping
Victor Protasio

Recipe: Sour Cream Banana Bread With Pecan Streusel Topping

Instead of turning to your usual banana bread recipe the next time you have overripe bananas on the counter, try this moist recipe for something out of the ordinary.

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Any-Berry Muffins with Cornmeal Streusel

Any-Berry Muffins with Cornmeal Streusel
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Any-Berry Muffins with Cornmeal Streusel

We love the versatility of this muffin recipe that pairs perfectly with your morning cup of coffee.

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Apple Cider Doughnuts

Apple Cider Doughnuts
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Apple Cider Doughnuts

We can't think of a more fun fall baking project than these cakey apple cider doughnuts.

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Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Vanilla-Rum Sauce

Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Vanilla-Rum Sauce
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Vanilla-Rum Sauce

Dive into this New Orleans mainstay dessert at breakfast with this totally decadent coffee cake recipe.

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Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Apple Cider Glaze

Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Apple Cider Glaze
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Apple Cider Glaze

These sweet rolls can be prepped in advance and frozen to make your life easier the day you're serving.

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King Cake Monkey Bread

King Cake Monkey Bread
Southern Living

Recipe: King Cake Monkey Bread

Create a totally new way to enjoy this Mardi Gras treat with just a few pantry staples.

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Nutella Banana Bread

Nutella Banana Bread
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Nutella Banana Bread

There's no doubt that a swirl of Nutella takes your go-to banana bread over the top.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Making this beautiful pull-apart bread is such a fun way to spend an afternoon with the kids.

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Fresh Peach Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Fresh Peach Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel

Juicy, fresh peaches make for the best texture when mixed with a crunchy streusel and soft cake.

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Cherry-Pecan Swirl Bread

Cherry-Pecan Swirl Bread
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Cherry-Pecan Swirl Bread

Topped with a simple citrus glaze, this gorgeous bread recipe is wow-worthy.

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Banana Cream Donuts

Banana Cream Donuts
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Banana Cream Donuts

These pillowy donuts are filled with a homemade banana cream mixture that starts with a packet of instant banana pudding mix from the pantry.

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Sorghum-Pecan Monkey Bread Muffins

Sorghum-Pecan Monkey Bread Muffins
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sorghum-Pecan Monkey Bread Muffins

Who knew your muffin tin could do so much? Instead of slicing a Bundt cake, ensure every family member gets a personal dessert with this recipe.

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Buttermilk Breakfast Scones

Buttermilk Breakfast Scones
Southern Living

Recipe: Buttermilk Breakfast Scones

We're bringing this retro scone recipe back, and it's better than before.

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Citrus Pull-Apart Bread

Citrus Pull-Apart Bread
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Citrus Pull-Apart Bread

Rise and shine to a bright loaf of bread made with fresh citrus filling and glaze.

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Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns

Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns

Instead of waiting for bread to rise, get brunch on the table quickly with this recipe that starts with refrigerated crescent rolls.

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Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot Cake Muffins
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Carrot Cake Muffins

Easter brunch has never been sweeter! These cakey muffins couldn't be easier to throw together.

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Fig Bread

Fig Bread
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck; Food Styling: Erin Merhar

Recipe: Fig Bread

Figs might star on your Friday night cheeseboard but give them a spot in the brunch spread with an easy but pretty bread recipe.

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Sausage-Stuffed Honey Buns

Sausage-Stuffed Honey BunsSausage-Stuffed Honey Buns
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Sausage-Stuffed Honey Buns

This recipe combines the best of your favorite sweet and savory brunch dishes.

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pumpkin Bread

This classic autumn bread needs no introduction—it's truly a classic.

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Mini Pecan Monkey Bread Loaves

Mini Pecan Monkey Bread Loaves Recipe
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Mini Pecan Monkey Bread Loaves

These personal mini loaves are much more hygienic than everyone grabbing off the same large loaf.

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Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins

Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins

Twenty-four muffins in less than an hour? Count us in!

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Homemade Orange Rolls

Homemade Orange Rolls
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Homemade Orange Rolls

Skip the freezer aisle and try a new baking project this weekend with our orange rolls recipe.

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Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Sweet Potato Muffins

If you're not a fan of overly sweet dishes at breakfast, these fall muffins should be your first pick.

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Homemade Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop Tarts
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Homemade Pop Tarts

The kids will be thrilled to see these buttery pastries on their breakfast plates.

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Apple Bread

Apple Bread
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Apple Bread

Made with a base of applesauce and eggs instead of butter and sugar, this apple bread recipe is surprisingly healthier.

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Best-Ever Sticky Buns

Spicy Sausage-and-Cheddar Kolaches
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Best-Ever Sticky Buns

Our Test Kitchen doesn't call a recipe the "best ever" for no reason: These sweet buns are the ultimate make-ahead breakfast.

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Raisin Bread

Raisin Bread
Southern Living

Recipe: Raisin Bread

This raisin bread recipe makes two loaves, so make one and freeze the other or give it to Mama to brighten her day.

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Banana Bread

Banana Bread
Southern Living

Recipe: Banana Bread

With just a few pantry staple ingredients and 15 minutes of hands-on time, this recipe is as simple and no-frills as it gets.

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Apple Butter Doughnuts with Salted-Caramel Glaze

Apple Butter Doughnuts with Salted-Caramel Glaze
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Apple Butter Doughnuts with Salted-Caramel Glaze

Make this doughnut dough up to two days in advance and enjoy a warm fall treat whenever you're ready.

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Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread

Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread

This monkey bread recipe starts with rolling a simple homemade dough in cinnamon sugar and ends with a drizzle of caramel sauce.

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Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread

Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread
Alison Miksch; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Recipe: Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread

This delicious combination of fall flavor is delicious with a simple swipe of butter, but it's also the base for our Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread Pudding recipe.

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Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Blueberry Streusel Muffins
Southern Living

Recipe: Blueberry Streusel Muffins

This quick recipe gives you the best of a muffin and streusel-topped coffee cake.

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Orange Rolls

Orange Rolls
Southern Living

Recipe: Orange Rolls

These homemade rolls are filled with orange marmalade and topped with a sweet glaze.

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Apple Muffins

Caramelized Apple Toffee Muffins
Stephen Devries; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Apple Muffins

Make a batch of these soft apple muffins on Sunday and enjoy them throughout the week.

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Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

Biscuit Cinnamon Sweet Rolls
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

With just 20 minutes of hands-on time, this recipe is so much simpler to make than it looks.

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