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Mixed Berry Coffee Cake

A fresh blend of berries and soft, sweet cake make this mixed berry coffee cake a brunch-time winner! It’s best when served with a hot cup of tea or coffee, and great for groups.

Piece of coffee cake on a small plate with the rest behind it, on a cooling rack

I’m pretty confident that many of you have heard of or eaten some kind of baked goods from Entenmann’s Bakery/Hostess. Well, (un)fortunately for my family and I, we live just a couple of miles away from one. When I was younger, we would all go there once a month and stock up on goodies. Soft chocolate chip cookies for me, chocolate covered donuts for my sister, and the occasion coffee cake. Even as a youngin’ I was a huge fan of this wannabe-dessert-breakfast-thingy. Sweet and soft, it was a great snack.

Left pic: raw berries in colander, Right pic: simmering berries in pan

Now, it has been YEARS since I’ve had coffee cake. If I had to guesstimate, the last time I enjoyed one was about a decade ago. Phew. Luckily, I spotted a (non-vegan) recipe for one, that caught my eye, in a food magazine! Instantly, I was inspired to morph it into a compassionate and great-tasting dessert-breakfast-thingy. It took two tries, because apparently I suck at reading directions, but both times it was delicious.

left pic: sifting flour mixture into bowl, right pic: liquid mixture in measuring cup with whisk
Cutting vegan butter into dough with pastry cutter, in a large bowl

What I have here, is a recipe for mixed berry coffee cake that really isn’t too hard to make, and is a total crowd pleaser. Like it’s namesake, it is impeccable when enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee. (Although, my caffeine has all been iced as of late.) I dare you to leave this cake out on the counter! The second batch that I made of this cake is almost gone, and it was ready to eat just yesterday afternoon. That should give you an idea of just how delectable this stuff is.

4 process photos of mixed berry coffee cake being assembled

Slice off a piece and bring it to a friend, or maybe even a friend that happens to be your hair dresser! I may have done both. Speaking of hair, I’ve gone from nearly platinum-white to a dark maroon. It’s the first time that I’ve gone red in my life, and so far I’m loving it!

Baked mixed berry coffee cake on a cooling rack surrounded by plates and ingredients

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Yield: 9 -12 servings

Mixed Berry Coffee Cake

Piece of coffee cake on a small plate with the rest behind it, on a cooling rack

A fresh blend of berries and soft, sweet cake make this mixed berry coffee cake a brunch-time winner! (Roughly Adapted from Cook's Secrets Magazine's Fruit Coffee Cake)

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


Berry Filling

  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1 cup diced Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Corn Starch
  • 1/4 teaspoons Lemon Zest


  • 1/2 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar + enough Non-Dairy Milk to equal 1/2 cup
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoon Hot Water
  • 1 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Sugar , You could get away with a little less if necessary
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup cold Vegan Butter or Margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Cake Topping

  • 1/4 cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold Vegan Butter or Margarine


Berry Filling

  1. In a medium-sized saute pan, heat the blueberries, strawberries and sugar over medium heat, along with half of the water. Bring to a boil and reduce to low-medium heat, stirring occasionally. Whisk the cornstarch and remaining water together, in a small cup, to dissolve the corn starch.
  2. Once the fruit has broken down a bit, add the cornstarch liquid to the pan and stir. Add the lemon zest, continue to stir until the starch has become clear and the fruit mixture has thickened a little. You want it to be thinner than jelly, but not runny. Take it off the heat and set aside.

Cake and assembly

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and get an 8"x8" baking dish out. You do not need to oil it.
  2. Pour 1 1/2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar into a 1 C. measuring cup. Then, fill it up to 1/2 C. with Non-dairy milk, this is your buttermilk substitute. Make the flax egg by whisking together the hot water and ground flaxseed in a small bowl/cup and setting it aside to become gelatinous.
  3. Next, sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together, in a large bowl. Cut the vegan butter into to the flour mixture, using two butter knifes or a pastry blender, until it becomes crumbly.
  4. Stir the flax egg, "butter milk", and vanilla together, then add it to the flour mixture, stir together until there is no loose flour, but do not over mix the dough, it will still be slightly chunky. Divide the dough in half, spreading one half to cover the bottom of the baking dish.
  5. Carefully place the berry filling on top of the dough, using spoonfuls at a time; then spreading it out evenly. Use a spoon to place the other half of the dough on top of the berry filling, do not attempt to spread evenly or you will mix it in with the berries. Just place the spoonfuls of dough in one layer over the filling.
  6. For the cake topping, whisk together the flour and sugar in a small bowl, then cut the vegan butter into it until it is crumbly. Sprinkle this over the top of the coffee cake.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is a light-medium golden brown. Wait at least 30 minutes for it to cool, as it is best the closer it is to room temperature.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Piece of coffee cake on a small plate with the rest behind it, on a cooling rack
Piece of coffee cake on a small plate with the rest behind it, on a cooling rack

And, of course, I cleaned up my plate. I definitely see more of this coffee cake in my future!

Empty plate with fork, and coffee with non-dairy milk swirls in it

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