Perfect for brunch, this toffee bar coffee cake recipe has a sweet, crunchy topping–so rich and decadent. If you love a classic heath bar, then you’ll want to serve this at your next brunch. It’s delicious served with vanilla ice cream (for an evening dessert, too!)

scooping ice cream for a piece of heath brunch cake

I found this Heath Bar Coffee cake recipe in my mom’s church cookbook: Heath Brunch Coffee Cake! It’s perfect for any weekend or brunch, but we love it for special holidays like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. If you love a little toffee crunch like we do, then you’ll love this cake recipe!

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Heath Bar Coffee Cake

I made this recipe when I was younger, so we’ve been baking this old-fashioned heath bar coffee cake for years now. There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning and putting a “by scratch” cake in the oven! And eating it nice and warm. If you’re lucky, you’ll get “that bite” with a big chunk of toffee. Yum!

The combination of Heath Bars and pecans give this toffee coffee cake streusel topping a delicious crunch. To crush them, I placed in a Ziploc bag, but you can also use your food processor, or buy the Heath Bits already crushed.

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Why I love this recipe

  • Serve it in the morning with coffee, or in the evening as dessert with fresh whipped cream (or gelato).
  • It has a sweet, crunchy topping that makes it so special, the way that coffee cake should be (it’s all about the topping, right?)
  • You can freeze any leftovers (that is if you have any! ha)

Coffee cake for breakfast

Remember when we used to bring coffee cake to the office in the mornings? Wow, have the years changed. Many don’t even go in to an office anymore, and it’s been over ten years since I did work in an office. Well, that is, an off-site office. I now have my own home office (often my dining table), with a gorgeous view.

large pan of heath brunch coffee cake

Gather these Ingredients

The crushed Heath Bars give this recipe a delicious toffee flavor, and here are the ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Brown sugar + white sugar
  • Buttermilk
  • Baking soda
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Heath English Toffee Bar (candy bar or buy the bits, that come in a package like chocolate chips)
  • Pecans or almonds
health coffee cake with scoop of ice cream

How do you make Toffee Bar Coffee Cake?

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Make the batter: Blend the flour, butter, and sugars. Take out a ½ cup of the mixture and set aside.
  • To the rest of mixture, add the buttermilk, soda, egg, and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into a greased and floured 10x14x2 inch cake pan. (I used a 13×9 cake pan.)
  • Make the topping: Crush finely the toffee bars with the nuts and add to the ½ cup of reserved mixture. Sprinkle over the top of the batter. TIP: To crush them, I placed in a Ziploc bag, but you can also use your food processor, or buy the Heath Bits already crushed.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

How to serve Heath Coffee Cake

This cake recipe is perfect for every occasion, and easy enough for any experience level! We do love this cake served with a scrambled eggs brunch board or these breakfast nachos! Or, Enjoy it like this:

  • Generous dollop of whipped cream
  • Fresh cup of coffee or tea
  • Cold glass of milk
  • Scoop of vanilla ice cream on top
heath cake with ice cream

Tips and substitutions:

  • This cake has a sweet, crunchy topping, and it’s easy to prepare. Serve as a breakfast treat or snack. You can use toffee bites (like Health candies), or Skor bits.
  • The buttermilk makes this cake so tender and moist. Or, you can use sour cream.
  • I use regular buttermilk in this recipe, but I know some prefer to use regular milk in their coffee cake. Either ingredient works. The buttermilk, or regular milk, is all about the moistness.
  • If you’re not a toffee fan, you can use chocolate chips.
  • You can also add in chocolate chips if you want more of a chocoate crunch on top.
  • Freeze and enjoy later.
pan of heath brunch cake

It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser for not just breakfast, but also lunch and dinner. Or, snack time! This time we served it warm with vanilla ice cream. Don’t forget Millie’s Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.

How do you store Heath Brunch Coffee Cake?

Cover the coffee cake and set on the counter for a few days. After that, it will dry out. You can also freeze the coffee cake after it’s baked. Wrap the cake (whole or in slices) tightly in plastic wrap and foil. Then freeze for later, and use within three months.

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Heath Bar Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 12
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Ingredients
 

  • ¼ pound butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Topping

  • 1 cup finely crushed Heath English Toffee Bars
  • ¼ cup pecans or almonds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Blend the flour, butter, and sugars. Take out a ½ cup of the mixture and set aside.
  • To the rest of mixture, add the buttermilk, soda, egg, and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into a greased and floured 10x14x2 inch cake pan. (I used a 13×9 cake pan.)

Topping:

  • Crush finely the toffee bars with the nuts and add to the ½ cup of reserved mixture. Sprinkle over the top of the batter.
  • Bake in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes.

Notes

Reposted from June 2021.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 384kcal, Carbohydrates: 56g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 253mg, Potassium: 90mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 39g, Vitamin A: 290IU, Vitamin C: 0.02mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 1mg
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Heath Bar Coffee Cake