Coconut Orange Coffee Cake

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Coconut Orange Coffee Cake – this hearty coffee cake is packed with flavor, and the crunchy topping makes it extra special!

Recipe for coconut orange coffee cake. A fresh and delicious coffee cake recipe.

I had great plans to make a fun Easter snack with my four year old today. I planned on cleaning and organizing the pantry, then having a little cooking fun with him.

But by the time I finished the pantry (woohoo, it’s done!), he just wanted me to go out and play football with him. Since it snowed all last week, I decided it would be a great idea to take advantage of the sunshine.

So we bagged the Easter treat and played football. It was him and me against an invisible team. And yes, we did manage to pull off a win. I even scored two touchdowns. I’m sure that will never happen again in my lifetime. Well, unless we decide to take on more of his imaginary teams that is!

Oats make this orange coffee cake hearty, and a crunchy topping makes it extra yummy. A perfect spring coffee cake recipe.

I will try again tomorrow to make a fun Easter treat, but for now, I am sharing a recipe that I’ve had typed up for awhile just waiting to be posted. We had it for breakfast one Saturday a few weeks ago and my whole family loved it.

Recipe for coconut orange coffee cake with oats. A yummy brunch recipe!

It’s not the most healthy breakfast I’ve ever served, but it is a lot more healthy than the original. A lot. The original called for 1 1/2 cups of sugar and triple the topping. I am not kidding.

With that much sugar just thinking about it makes my teeth hurt. Trust me, it is plenty sweet with my modifications. I also cut down on the fat, but I thought it was still plenty moist.

coconut orange coffee cake - a yummy and hearty coffee cake recipe

The base of the coffee cake is tasty, but it’s the topping that makes it super delicious! After the coffee cake comes out of the oven, you spread on the nut and coconut topping.

broiled icing on orange coffee cake

Then you pop it back into the oven and broil it for a few minutes till the topping barely starts to brown. So yummy!

Orange coffee cake with broiled topping

Coconut Orange Coffee Cake

Yield: 16 servings

Coconut Orange Coffee Cake

Coconut Orange Coffee Cake
Orange oatmeal coffee cake topped with a nutty coconut topping.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 5 Tbsp margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 Tbsp orange peel[br]
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 Tbsp orange peel
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 cup flaked or shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans


Stir oats and orange juice together in a small bowl, let sit till softened. Cream butter and sugars, beat in eggs and vanilla till well combined.

Mix dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture with the oats. Stir in nuts and orange peel.

Pour into a well greased 9x13" pan. Bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean.

In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, orange peel, and juice. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and cook for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and add coconut and walnuts. Spread on top of hot coffee cake. Broil for about 2 minutes or till topping is bubbly. Watch closely!!


Make sure you watch it closely while it is broiling. Don't leave to answer the phone, straighten up the living room, or paint your fingernails. It will burn. You will be sad. Your kitchen will fill with smoke. Your fire alarm will go off. You will cry. Or swear. Don't leave. You've been warned.

Every bite of this Coconut Orange Coffee Cake is packed with flavor. A perfect spring brunch recipe.

With the fresh taste of orange and a crunchy coconut topping, this Coconut Orange Coffee Cake is a perfect spring brunch recipe! Such a tasty coffee cake recipe.

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  1. Hi. 🙂 I saw your gorgeous Pistachio Kiss Cookies on a Google search and discovered your blog. Love your sweets.

    For this recipe, will old fashion oats work?

    • Thanks Aruna! I think that old fashioned oats should work. They probably just take longer to soften up in the orange juice.

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