Germans generally have their coffee break (“Kaffee und Kuchen”) in the afternoon, so I wouldn’t call these “coffeecakes” like Americans think of them - for your morning coffee break. Still, these cakes would work well as an alternative to donuts and bagels.
These yeasted cakes are a lot less sweet than the kind you find in the American grocery store and they freeze well, too. I like to cut them into squares and freeze them for my small household. Try the simple “Butterkuchen” with cinnamon and sugar on top (and lots of butter!) or the “Streuselkuchen vom Blech”, a sheet cake with a cheese filling and streusel on top.
When you have friends over for tea and coffee (and cake), make sure you specify early or late afternoon. At my house, my German friends showed up at 5 pm for “Kaffee und Kuchen” once, after I’d given up on them and started dinner! Dinner for Germans is usually bread with cheese or sausage, which they eat around 7 pm. So coffee around 5 pm seems normal.
Photo "Butterkuchen mit Zimt und Zucker" copyright J.McGavin