Gluten Free Old-Fashioned Berry Coffee Cake

Published on Feb 26, 2023

  by   Kristina Stosek

13 reviews

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 55 minutes Serves: 12. pc
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This is the VERY BEST old-fashioned berry coffee cake made without gluten and dairy. Each bite is filled with a light, tender, moist pillowy cake studded with cinnamon-hinted berries. The gluten free coffee cake takes only ten minutes to whip up, making this an exceptionally easy recipe.

a slice of gluten free berry coffee cake on a plate

Where did coffee cake originate?

It has been documented that Germany created this old-world coffee cake in the early 1800s. The cake was initially called Kaffee kuchen and served with coffee at breakfast or during afternoon Kaffee Haus visits. This version of berry coffee cake tastes like the classic except without gluten and dairy.

What is Gluten Free Old-Fashioned Berry Coffee Cake?

Old-fashioned berry coffee cake is made with a simple quickbread vanilla batter, topped with various berries hinted with cinnamon, baked until golden brown and dusted with powdered sugar. The cake is light, moist, not overly sweet and tastes like the traditional German coffee cake.

baked berry coffee cake dusted with powdered sugar in a pan

Are coffee cakes healthier than cakes?

It all depends. If you add fruit, a nutrient fiber-rich flour, cut back on sweeteners and eliminate saturated fats, the answer is yes. This gluten free berry coffee cake recipe is all those things, so yes, this is a healthier version of a cake. And it doesn’t need dairy.

cake batter topped with frozen berries in a baking pan

4 Tips for best gluten free berry coffee cake

Refrain from overmixing the batter, or the cake will become dense and heavy.

Be sure the cake is fully baked. Coffee cakes made with frozen fruit take longer to bake. The cake colour should be golden brown and pass the toothpick test.

All wet ingredients must be at room temperature. This will give you a light, pillowy cake.

Do not mix the berries into the batter; they will sink to the bottom and make the cake soggy.

Do I have to use frozen berries?

Absolutely not. You can use fresh berries, especially when they are in season, such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and pitted cherries. However, the fresh berries must be firm. In addition, you may need to reduce the baking time by about five minutes when using fresh fruit.

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substitutions

Let’s start with the mix-ins. This gluten free coffee cake is made with various berries. The berries add flavor and keep the cake moist. However, you can also use chopped apples, pears, pineapple, and nuts.

For the flour, this cake recipe includes almond flour. The flour adds moisture, creating a perfect melt-in-your-mouth crumb. However, some of you may have an allergy to nuts and can’t use almond flour. The one flour I feel comfortable using in this coffee cake recipe is certified gluten free oat flour. The texture will be a little drier but still delicious.

Eggs play a big part in this gluten free coffee cake. The eggs keep the cake light and pillowy. However, if you have to replace them, use flax or chia eggs. The cake will be denser and not as light.

In this coffee cake, we used brown sugar. The brown sugar is lightly flavored with molasses and adds flavor. You can use coconut sugar, granulated sugar, pure maple syrup or agave if you wish. Add two extra tablespoons of flour if you use maple syrup or agave.

So go ahead and experiment until you find your perfect combination.

close up of a berry coffee cake slice on a spoon

serving ideas

-Serve for breakfast or brunch with coffee or tea 

-Enjoy as an afternoon sweet treat 

-A la mode with vanilla ice cream for dessert 

-Cut into small squares and drizzle with cinnamon glaze. Like we used on the Gluten-Free Apple Fritter Bread, and serve as a dessert at your next party

Storing gluten free berry coffee cake

Store this gluten free coffee cake covered with a clean kitchen towel at room temperature for up to two days. Or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep fresh for up to 4 days. 

overview of a baked cake topped with powdered sugar in a pan

Recipe Review

This gluten free old-fashioned berry coffee cake is the perfect way to start your morning, or enjoy it as a delicious treat later in the day. You will need only ten ingredients plus berries and ten minutes of hands-on. 

This recipe is not to be missed and is one of our top recommended coffee cakes because it is insanely delicious and tastes just like omas.

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Kristina

Mary, I use almond milk.

Mary

What kind of dairy free milk do you use?

Kristina

Lupe, it means the pan has measurements of 8 x 12-inches

Lupe

What’s a 12-inch baking pan? Thank you.

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