Loading Video...

Seattle Coffee Mug Cake

Save Recipe
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 25 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 12 to 16 slices
Share This Recipe


Butter, for pan

Flour, for pan

7 sweet dinner rolls (recommended: King's Hawaiian)

1 box (1-pound, 14-ounces) cinnamon swirl coffee cake mix (recommended: Pillsbury)

3/4 cup hot water

1 teaspoon instant espresso

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter and flour a 10-cup bundt pan or square baking dish. Slice 1-inch off tops of rolls. Tear tops into 1-inch pieces; set aside. Place bottoms of rolls, cut side up, in prepared pan. Combine coffee cake batter mix (reserve cinnamon swirl packet), water, instant espresso, oil, and 2 eggs in a large bowl. Beat until well blended. Pour half of batter over rolls. Sprinkle with contents of cinnamon swirl packet.
  3. Whisk remaining 1 egg, milk, and sugar in another bowl to blend. Add reserved roll tops to milk mixture; set aside until milk mixture is absorbed. Pour bread mixture over cake batter in pan, and then pour remaining batter over. Using a skewer or wooden chopstick, swirl batters together. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center of cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a cooling rack for 25 minutes. Invert cake onto cooling rack; remove pan. Place cake right side up on a platter and serve warm. For a cute presentation, serve slices in coffee mugs.