Sunburst Coffee Cake Recipe
The cinnamon-sugar topped Sunburst Coffeecake uses a dough-twisting technique to create a beautiful baked gift – or a pretty breakfast treat.
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

  • Nutrition Highlights: Though sweet, this coffeecake is rich in whole grains thanks to the whole wheat flour.

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  • Recipe From: Illinois Partners


  1. Mix shortening, sugar and salt. Add potatoes and milk. Let stand until lukewarm.
  2. Meanwhile, dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Add yeast mixture and eggs to milk mixture. Add the whole-wheat flour and 1 cup of bread flour and beat until smooth.
  3. Stir in remaining bread flour to make a thick, slightly sticky dough. Place in large bowl, cover tightly and place in refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.
  4. In the morning, dough will have risen and be ready for shaping. For Sunburst Coffeecake, divide dough into thirds.
  5. Melt butter. Roll one-third of dough in circle to fit a pizza pan (14 inch). Put first layer of dough in pan. Spoon melted butter to cover; sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Roll next third into same size circle. Place over first layer and repeat layers with butter and cinnamon/sugar. Repeat third time.
  6. Invert glass in center. Cut dough into 16 wedges. Twist each wedge four times. Remove glass, leaving dough.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 20 minutes or so.
  8. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Tips & Notes

To package for a gift, place on purchased cardboard pizza round. Surround with heavy plastic wrap. Tie top with ribbons.


  1. I made this for our Christmas morning breakfast, and it was a big hit at our house! After baking and cooling I drizzled a little icing on top and placed toasted pecans all around. I think this might become a Christmas tradition!

  2. We make this recipe several times a year. In fact, it has become a Christmas morning tradition! We get asked for the recipe many times, and love to bring it into work. We are always sure to give Charlyn props for this family favorite!

  3. We’ve used this for Christmas morning several years – lost the recipe and relieved to find it here! I make if for church breakfasts and never have any left to bring home – sure sign of success!


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