A coffee cake can be either.
- a cake made with, or flavoured with, coffee;
- a cake intended to be served with coffee or for similar breaks and snacks. This type of cake may or may not contain coffee.
Coffee cakes are typically single layer cakes that may be square or rectangular like a Stollen. Coffee cakes are typically flavored with cinnamon, nuts, and fruits. These cakes sometimes have a crumbly or crumb topping called Streusel and a light glaze drizzle. In American, they are frequently eaten at festive breakfasts.
Coffee cakes can be similar to teacakes, but teacakes are often smaller individual items served with tea.