Raspberry Rose Coffee Cake

This Raspberry Rose Coffee Cake recipe is such an amazing flavor combination! The coffee cake is filled with a vanilla rose cream cheese filling and fresh raspberries, then topped with cinnamon streusel and a rose glaze! An unexpectedly awesome breakfast treat!

Are you a coffee cake fan like I am? Then check out this Blueberry Coffee Cake, or this Cinnamon Pumpkin Coffee Cake! Both are easy coffee cake recipes that you’re sure to love.

Raspberry Rose Coffee Cake collage

An Easy Raspberry Coffee Cake Recipe

I’ve been so excited to share this coffee cake with you! It reminds me a little bit of the Mini Blackberry Lavender Cheesecakes I shared recently. I’m totally loving the light flower flavors combined with fruit. Such great combos!

This particular flavor combination idea came from a croissant I had when I was visiting with my cousin in Chicago earlier this summer. We went to a farmers market and had a raspberry rose croissant. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but it was amazing! I wanted to eat them all!

I’ve actually had rosewater sitting in my cabinet for some time now. It was left over from when I made my Rose Water Vanilla Cake. I love the flavor of it and wanted to make something else with it. This coffee cake is the perfect way!

Raspberry Rose Coffee Cake sllice on plateRaspberry Rose Coffee Cake recipe

What does rose water taste like?

It’s possible that everyone might think it tastes like something different, but myself, the hubs and my taste testers think it actually tastes like sweet heart candies. You know the ones at Valentine’s Day that have the little messages on them? Yep! The flavor is a dead ringer for those. Yes, it’s got a floral taste to it, but otherwise it’s plenty sweet.

One way I ensure that my floral desserts don’t taste too flower-y or like soap is to include a little bit of vanilla extract with it. Vanilla extract helps cut down on that more floral taste so that you really just taste the sweet flavor that you’re meant to.

How to make this coffee cake recipe

There are several elements for putting this coffee cake together, so it takes a little bit of time, but the unique and fun flavor is totally worth it!

To get started, you’ll put together the streusel topping and set that aside. It’s made with your usual ingredients – some flour, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter.

Close up of Coffee Cake sliceIced Raspberry Rose Coffee Cake

Next, put together the cream cheese filling layer and set that aside. It’s made with a little cream cheese, sugar, an egg white (save that yolk for later!) and then our flavorings. Like I mentioned before, I use a combination of the rose water with a little vanilla extract.

And to keep with the rose theme and look for this cake, I added just a smidge of pink gel icing color. A little bit goes a long way and the first time I made this, I quickly added too much. The color actually darkens a little after it bakes too, so keep that in mind. You really just need the tiniest tip of a toothpicks worth of color.

From there, mix up the actual cake batter. It’s vanilla in flavor so that there isn’t too much rose water going on in this cake.

Finally, to add everything to the pan, add a little more than half of the cake batter to your cake pan, then spread the cream cheese filling evenly over that. On top of the cream cheese you will add some of your raspberries. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining cake batter over the cream cheese a d raspberry layer and do your best to spread it into an even layer over the cream cheese.

Top off the cake with the remaining raspberries and the streusel that you made earlier. Bake the coffee cake in the oven until it’s done. It’ll turn golden on top, but still seem a little jiggly. That will firm up in the fridge as the cheesecake layer cools, so don’t worry.

Coffee Cake slice with bite on fork

Finish off the coffee cake with the rosewater glaze and you are ready to go!

This coffee cake is truly amazing! The flavor is sweet, slightly floral and quite light. It kind of feels like I should be sipping tea with the queen while eating it or something, LOL. If you ever have any interest in trying something a little different, you should most definitely give this cake a try! It’s a winner!

More Breakfast Recipes to Enjoy

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake
Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
Easy Banana Bread
Overnight Baked Banana French Toast Casserole
Overnight Cinnamon Apple Baked French Toast Casserole

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Raspberry Rose Coffee Cake Recipe | Life, Love and Sugar

Raspberry Rose Coffee Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 slices
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This Raspberry Rose Coffee Cake recipe is such an amazing flavor combination! The coffee cake is filled with a vanilla rose cream cheese filling and fresh raspberries, then topped with cinnamon streusel and a rose glaze! An unexpectedly awesome breakfast treat!



  • 1/4 cup (33g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (112g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, melted


  • 8 oz (226g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (52g) sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 tsp rose water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (115g) raspberries, cut in half
  • Pink gel icing color


  • 1 1/2 cups (195g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (112g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (155g) sugar
  • 6 tbsp (86g) sour cream
  • 5 tbsp (ml) milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (115g) raspberries, cut in half


  • 3/4 cup (86g) powdered sugar
  • 12 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp rose water
  • Pink gel icing color


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 inch cake pan with a circle of parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
2. To prepare the streusel, add the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter to a medium sized bowl and mix with a fork until well combined and crumbly. Set aside.
3. To prepare the cream cheese filling, beat cream cheese and sugar together with a mixer until smooth.
4. Add the egg white, rose water and vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated. Set aside egg yolk for cake batter. Set aside cream cheese mixture.
5. To make the cake batter, combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.
6. Add the butter and sugar and beat together until light in color and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
7. Add the sour cream and mix until well incorporated.
8. Add the milk and mix until well incorporated. The batter will be very thin.
9. Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
10. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well combined, but don’t over mix. Batter will be thick and kind of sticky.
11. Spread a little more than half of the cake batter evenly into the bottom of the cake pan.
12. Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the cake batter, then arrange raspberries for the filling in an even layer over the cream cheese.
13. Drop small spoonfuls of remaining cake batter over the filling and spread into an even layer as best you can, then add the raspberries on top.
14. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the cake.
15. Bake coffee cake for 45-50 minutes. It may still seem a little jiggly in the center when you remove it, which is because of the cheesecake. The cake should be a nice golden color on top.
16. Allow the cake to cool completely, then remove it from the cake pan.
17. Combine glaze ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over the cake. You can serve it warm or refrigerate it and serve it cool. If you refrigerate it before serving and want to eat it warm, you can microwave individual pieces for 10-15 seconds.


This cake can have a tendency to stick to the sides of the pan a bit because of the cream filling. Be sure to spray the pan well. You can also run a knife along the edge of the pan before removing it, or you can line the sides of the cake pan with parchment before adding the cake batter.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 313
  • Sugar: 25.2 g
  • Sodium: 112.4 mg
  • Fat: 15.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.7 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 66.9 mg

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    1. Lindsay

      I don’t really know of something else that will give that same flavor, but you could just use vanilla extract.

  1. Ronak Mehta

    Baked this cake for my birthday and it was an absolute hit! So moist and tasty. Thank you for doing what you do

  2. Erin

    Looks delicious! I have never had rose-water-flavoured amything before, but it sounds excellent. And you already had me with that thick, buttery struesal topping 🙂

About Lindsay

I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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