You might argue that summer is a time for Popsicles, ice cream, and other frozen delights—but have you ever had coffee cake? Moist, buttery, crumbly, in a word: perfection. Sure, it might seem outrageous for us to suggest that you turn on your oven when it's a steamy 80-something degrees outside, but after just one bite of one of these tender treats, you'll agree that a little extra heat was worth it.
Ahead are five coffee cake recipes so tasty they're worth turning your oven on to make right now. Spanning a blackberry studded coffee cake topped with sweet stone fruit and a healthyish zucchini bread–inspired version complete with a cinnamon sugar swirl, they're just too good to wait until the weather cools down. Ready to grab a fork? These delectable coffee cakes aren't going to eat themselves.
Vanilla Glazed Blackberry Peach Coffee Cake
If you're still having doubts about preheating your oven in the heat, let recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest reassure you. "This cake is the essence of summer," says Tieghan of this vanilla glazed blackberry peach coffee cake. Given that it's studded with blackberries and topped with peaches, we just so happen to agree.
Zucchini Bread Coffee Cake
How Sweet Eat's recipe for zucchini bread coffee cake is like zucchini bread but better because it has a cinnamon sugar swirl in the middle and a streusel topping. And what isn't made better by a cinnamon sugar swirl? Asking for a friend: This counts as a serving of vegetables because it has summer squash baked in, right?
Blood Orange Coffee Cake
So blood oranges aren't technically in season this time of year, but the pink hue of this blood orange coffee cake would pair so well with a refreshing glass of rosé that we might just make it anyway. Recipe creator Jessica of How Sweet Eats suggests swapping tangy sour cream with plain Greek yogurt for a perfectly moist cake.
Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
We're pretty confident you're already breaking out a bundt pan after reading that recipe title, but just in case you're not rifling through your kitchen cabinets right now, this cinnamon chocolate chip coffee cake is a whopping six pounds, meaning there will be lots of leftovers. Or not. We won't judge.
Cardamom Pistachio Coffee Cake
Broma Baker's fragrant cardamom pistachio coffee cake is the definition of melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Made with a staggering amount of butter and a generous amount of yogurt, it might just be the moistest cake you've ever made. As an added bonus, it will make your entire house smell absolutely amazing.
Looking for more warm weather-appropriate baked goods? Here are three zucchini bread recipes that put the summer squash to good use.