How to Use Cold Brew Coffee in Homemade Cakes (+ 3 Recipes)

August 21, 2020

How to Use Cold Brew Coffee in Homemade Cakes (+ 3 Recipes)

Cold brew coffee is more than just a trend – it’s slowly becoming a kitchen staple, especially for coffee lovers who need all the caffeine they can get without the jitters.

Cold brew coffee can sit in the fridge for days and you’ll always have a cup of fresh, ice-cold coffee to get you out of a slump. You can also bake desserts and cakes with cold brew coffee as it has a slightly sweet taste compared to regularly brewed coffee.

This is because the acidity and bitterness of the beans aren’t as pronounced during the cold brewing process, so the result is a smooth cup of caffeinated cooling goodness.

Ready to get baking? Here are 3 scrumptious cake recipes with cold brew that taste exactly like coffee.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

Cold brew concentrate is the basis for making cold brew coffee or iced coffee. By adding liquid to the concentrate in the form of milk or water, you can adjust the caffeine content and strength of the coffee.

Here's how to make cold brew coffee concentrate:

Servings: 4 cups cold brew concentrate


  • 1 cup whole  beans coffee
  • 4-5 cups water


Grind the coffee beans coarsely and transfer them into an airtight container for steeping. Pour the water over the grounds and let it steep for at least 12 hours, ideally for 20 hours. When you’re ready to use the concentrate, strain it and keep it in the fridge.

Sträva Tip: Cold brew concentrate is very strong in taste and caffeine content, though this depends on the type and amount of coffee beans and how much water you’re using. Cold brew coffee is sweeter in taste than regularly brewed coffee as this brewing method leaves the bitterness of the coffee beans behind.

Cold Brew Coffee Muffins

Servings: 12-15 muffins


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda + 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup cocoa powder (optional)
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 tablespoons brown sugar (or a sweetener of choice)
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ cup cold brew coffee (or ¼ cup cold brew coffee concentrate)
  • 1 cup milk of choice (we recommend Elmhurst)
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), softened at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Prepare muffin tin with liners.

In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until creamy and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract, egg, coffee, and milk and mix until incorporated.

In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients into the dry slowly, mixing the batter with a silicone spatula. Fill muffin tin liners halfway through with batter and bake for at least 20 minutes. Check with a toothpick to see if the muffins are ready. Let them cool completely before serving.

Sträva Tip: To make the cold brew, we recommend our Sträva Intro Strength Medium Roast with 4 mg CBD per serving.

Birthday Coffee Cake With Cold Brew Coffee Filling

Servings: 8-12


For the coffee cake batter:

  • 2 to 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups brown sugar, powdered
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 10 tsp. cold brew coffee concentrate (more if you want a stronger flavor)
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of milk of choice
  • 2 large eggs or 3 small eggs
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt

For the coffee filling/icing:

  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar or powdered stevia
  • 2-4 tbsp. cold brew coffee concentrate
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract


For the coffee cake layers:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Prepare 2 separate cake pans by greasing them with a thick layer of butter or shortening. Sprinkle some flour over the shortening to coat the pans. Do not skip this step.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. In another bowl, mix the melted butter and cold brew coffee concentrate. In a small bowl, mix the vanilla extract, eggs, and vanilla yogurt. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and stir gently to combine. Slowly add the coffee and butter mixture. Stir to combine until the mixture is smooth and lump-free.

Divide the cake batter into two equal parts and pour into greased and floured pans. Bake for at least 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool before icing.

For the coffee filling/icing:

Beat the butter until creamy and smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until combined. Add the vanilla and coffee concentrate and mix to combine. Add the heavy cream and mix until the icing is soft enough for piping and spreading on the cake.

Sträva Tip: To make the cold brew, we recommend our Sträva Maximum Strength Dark Roast with 20 mg CBD per serving.

Cold Brew Coffee Bundt Cake Recipe

Servings: 16 pieces


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 12 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ sticks butter (12 tbsp.), softened
  • ¼ cup cold brew coffee concentrate (or ½ cup cold brew coffee)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 12 tbsp. Greek yogurt or sour cream


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Prepare a Bundt pan by greasing it with a thick layer of butter or shortening. Sprinkle some flour over the shortening to coat the pan. Do not skip this step.

In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix to combine. Add the yogurt (or sour cream), vanilla extract, and coffee. Mix to combine.

In a different bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and slowly add them to the wet ingredients, mixing constantly to incorporate.

Bake for 45 minutes and check with a toothpick if the cake is ready. Let it cool in the Bundt pan before transferring to a cake stand. Use frosting of choice, caramel sauce, or powdered sugar.

Sträva Tip: To make the cold brew, we recommend our Sträva Regular Strength Medium Roast with 10 mg CBD per serving.

Bake the Perfect Coffee-Infused Cake With These Cold Brew Coffee Cake Recipes

Whether you have a special occasion coming up or just crave a moist, coffee-infused cake, these recipes will satisfy your caffeine cravings and become a favorite treat in your kitchen.

Did you make these cold brew cake recipes? Let us know on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook and share your creations with us.


Frosina A. Ivanovic is a content marketing specialist and writer. She’s passionate about quality coffee, travel, wellness, and digital marketing. You can connect with Frosina on LinkedIn or her website, Zhillmatic.

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