Guide 7 Revisited:
Make Your Own Streusel Coffee Wedding Cake

DIY Streusel Coffee Wedding Cake

There’s nothing I love more than weddings. Except for maybe breakfast food. Lucky for me, our latest free brunch wedding guide has them both. Welcome, raging wedding boner. With bright pops of color, a beautiful spread of fresh fruit and pastries, and pastel floral arrangements to die for, this free wedding guide will have you swooning down the isle.

Besides the gorgeous fruit and fizzy drinks, this brunch wedding features a fun (and oh so yummy) DIY streusel coffee wedding cake! Our three-tiered cake was large enough to serve 30-40 people with
1 inch(ish) slices.

If you’d rather not attempt to make your own wedding cake, no worries! Talk to your baker about making this delish dessert. Otherwise, scroll down for the how-to.

DIY Streusel Coffee Wedding Cake

DIY Streusel Coffee Wedding Cake

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cake ingredients
  • 10 inch, 8 inch and 6 inch round cake pans
  • Wax paper
  • 3 cardboard cake rounds
  • Wooden skewers or cake dowels


1. For easy cake removal, cut 3 pieces of wax paper to line the bottom of each cake round.

2. Prepare your cake batter using the coffee cake recipe of your choice. We used a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen, but any coffee cake recipe with a streusel topping will work! (This Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake recipe from Martha Stewart is also great!)

3. Divide cake batter evenly between the 10 inch, 8 inch and 6 inch round pans. Top with streusel. Bake according to recipe instructions. Since this cake doesn’t have frosting to hide imperfections, be very diligent to NOT over bake. Take the rounds out of the oven when the edges are a light golden brown.

4. Once rounds are completely cooled, loosen the edges of each tier with a sharp knife and turn out onto a flat surface. Gently remove the wax paper from the bottom each round.

5. It’s time to stack! Cut a cardboard cake round to fit the bottom of each tier. Cut skewers to fit the height of each tier. The skewers will act as supports so you don’t end up with a leaning (or sinking) tower of cake. Insert skewers around the center of each tier. Note: We didn’t insert a dowel through all tiers since our cake was on the small(ish) side, but make sure to add the dowel if you add any extra tiers.

Here is a great stacking diagram from Cake Fairy Tales:

How to stack a cake

6. Add beautiful, fresh flowers to the top tier. Flowers with a sturdy, thick stem will work best. Congratulations! You’re finished!


  • Need more cake? Add another 12″ round bottom tier (about 40 more servings). Use this site to help calculate servings based on tier size.
  • While I certainly don’t miss the frosting in this moist cake, a glaze would be a great way to add more dimension. Martha Stewart’s recipe uses a glaze of milk and confectioners sugar. For a little extra flavor experiment with adding a few drops of vanilla, lemon juice or orange zest. Add more confectioners sugar if your glaze becomes too runny.
  • We used a flower cake topper, but anything would do! Pinterest has some great cake topper ideas.

DIY Streusel Coffee Wedding Cake

Want to see how we managed to plan a 100-guest brunch wedding for only $8,000? Our free guide will show you how to plan your own brunch wedding from start to finish. Head on over to our Guide Downloads page and check it out for yourself! Since our guides are way more in-depth than our blog, they’re the best way to dig into budget wedding planning in a fun way. What are you waiting for?

Happy Planning!

Allison is the owner and editor of MarryThis! With a love of weddings and a flair for budget-friendly ideas, she feels that gorgeous weddings don't have to cost an arm and a leg. A graphic designer by day (Allison Doty Graphic Design -, Allison also creates the visual presence of MarryThis!

One Comment on "Guide 7 Revisited:
Make Your Own Streusel Coffee Wedding Cake"

  1. jess liv says:

    ugh, i hate mornings, but this cake is enough to make me want to have a brunch wedding!

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