There is nothing better than waking to the sweet aroma of cake baking in the oven. Imagine having a nice warm treat to go alongside your morning cup of coffee. With this overnight berry coffee cake, you can make perfect mornings a reality.
This was my first foray into overnight coffee cakes and now I’m addicted. I can’t wait to try out different flavor combinations. This berry coffee cake is an adaptation of this overnight cranberry coffee cake. Since we’re in the midst of berry season, I swapped in a mixture of fresh berries instead of the cranberries which I normally associate with Thanksgiving.
I love baked goods that can be prepared in advance. You can make the batter and crumble topping the night before. Then first thing in the morning, just pop it in the oven. In no time, the kitchen will smell like a delicious bakery. No candles or potpourri necessary. Baking is life’s natural air freshener.
The batter for this coffee cake is quite thick. Don’t be alarmed. The thick better helps to hold and distribute the fruits within the cake. Use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to level over the batter. (Can you see the little speckles of orange zest? The citrus really helps the flavors of this coffee cake pop!)
Before baking, sprinkle the crumble topping and additional fresh berries over the batter. This recipe uses sliced almonds, but you can swap in whatever nuts you’re craving. Pistachios would be lovely with the berries and orange zest. You can even add some cacao nibs for extra crunch.
Mixing this coffee cake is the easy part. It’s waiting for it cool from the oven that’s the most difficult part. It’s very important to let the coffee cake cool for about 20 minutes after baking. This will help the cake keep its structure. Once it’s had some time to rest, start slicing and enjoy this berry coffee cake warm! It’s great with a cup of coffee, some warm tea, or a tall glass of milk!
Here are my changes to the original OVERNIGHT CRANBERRY COFFEE CAKE:
- Instead of 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, use 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Instead of 1 3/4 cup chopped fresh cranberries, use 2 cups of mixed fresh berries (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry)
- Instead of 1/4 cup orange juice, use 1/4 cup milk
- Omit 1 Tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel