Delight your taste buds with Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake

My dear coffee lovers, it’s your barista here with a recipe that will surely make your mornings brighter and your taste buds happier. Today, I present to you the indulgent Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe.

Can you even imagine the aroma of cinnamon brown sugar and pecans filling up your kitchen? Let me tell you, it’s a heavenly scent that will transform your coffee experience into something extraordinary. One bite of this cake, and you’ll know what true love tastes like.

Now, let me give you a fair warning: once you try this recipe, there’s simply no going back to your ordinary breakfast routine. This coffee cake is not just any other sweet treat; it’s a comforting hug from grandma on a lazy Sunday morning.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your apron on and grab your baking tools, it’s time to bring some magic into your home with this delicious Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake
Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake

Dear coffee and cake lovers,

I must confess that I am a sucker for a delicious cup of coffee and an indulgent slice of cake. And if you are out there nodding your head, then hear me out, because this recipe is the ultimate answer to your sweet cravings – Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe!

This cake recipe is perfect for anyone who loves the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee paired with a nutty and caramel sweetness that melts in your mouth. Imagine biting into a moist and flavorful cake that’s perfectly baked with pecans and cinnamon topped with an easy caramel sauce.

The combination of flavors and textures in this recipe is unmatched. The crunchy pecans, the creamy sour cream, the tender crumb of the cake – it all comes together to create the most irresistible sweet treat you’ll ever taste.

Another reason why you’ll love this recipe is that it’s quick and easy to make. With simple ingredients commonly found in any pantry like flour, sugar, butter, yeast, pecans, and cinnamon – you can have this cafe-quality treat ready in no time.

This recipe is also versatile. It’s perfect for breakfast or brunch as well as a dessert dish dressed up with ice cream or served on its own. This caramel pecan coffee cake will become your go-to recipe any time you want to indulge.

Finally, because it is so easy to make, you can customize it with different variations such as apple pecan coffee cake or salted caramel apple coffee cake to add some fun to your baking routine while still enjoying its delightful taste.

So there you have it: compelling reasons why this Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe should be your next go-to baking delight. Trust me; once you try it just once, you simply won’t look at coffee cakes quite the same way again.


Your Friendly Barista

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven: Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake
A slice of heaven: Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake

Let’s dive right into the ingredient list for this decadent Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake recipe! Gather your favorite baking tools and grab these ingredients to get started –

|Ingredients | Measurement|
|— | — |
| Fast-rising yeast | 2 envelopes Fleischmann RapidRise Yeast |
| Sugar | 2 tablespoons sugar + 1/2 cup granulated sugar |
| Warm water | 1/4 cup warm water |
| Salt | 1/2 teaspoon salt + salted butter (for caramel sauce) |
| All-purpose flour | 4 cups Purpose Flour (divided into 2 cups each) |
| Brown sugar, firmly packed | 3/4 cup brown sugar (for cake batter) +1/2 cup brown sugar (for streusel topping) + 1/2 cup brown sugar(for caramel sauce)|
| Ground cinnamon | 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (divided into 1 tsp each for the cake and the streusel topping )|
| Pecans, finely chopped | 3/4 cups pecans, finely chopped (divided into: 1/2 cup for cake and streusel topping, 1/4 for caramel sauce)|
| Unsalted butter, softened | 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (divided into:1/4 cup for cake batter and 1/4 cup for caramel sauce)|
| Light corn syrup | 3 tablespoons light corn syrup |
| Sour cream | 3/4 cups sour cream |
| Eggs, room temperature | 2 large eggs, room temperature|

These easy-to-find ingredients come together to create a super easy yet indulgent Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake recipe that is perfect for dessert or even breakfast.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect pairing: coffee and cake
The perfect pairing: coffee and cake

Now that you have all the necessary ingredients, let’s put them together and make our Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake!

Step 1: Activate the Yeast

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve 2 envelopes of Fleischmann RapidRise Yeast and 2 tablespoons of sugar in 1 1/4 cups of warm water. Let it sit for approximately five minutes until it foams up.

Step 2: Mix the Wet Ingredients

Add in one cup of sour cream, 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter, and two large eggs. Combine everything with a whisk or an electric mixer.

Step 3: Add the Dry Ingredients

Once the wet ingredients are well-mixed, add 4 cups of all-purpose flour in 1-cup increments, mixing well after each addition. Add in 1 teaspoon of salt to the flour too.

Step 4: Knead the Dough

Combine everything until the dough forms into a ball. Knead the dough for several minutes until it is smooth and elastic.

Step 5: Proofing

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a towel or plastic wrap tightly. Let it sit in a warm area (about 70°F) for about an hour, or until doubled in size.

Step 6: Make the Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce

While waiting for your dough to rise, prepare your streusel topping and caramel sauce.

For the Streusel:

  • In a small bowl, mix together 3/4 cup brown sugar, one teaspoon ground cinnamon, and chopped pecans (about a cup).
  • With clean hands, mix in four tablespoons of melted butter until crumbly. Set aside.

For Caramel Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, 1/2 cups of light corn syrup, and 1 cup of brown sugar.
  • Simmer the mixture until the sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly for about five minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool down.

Step 7: Forming the Cake

Grease a Bundt pan with butter or cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Punch down your dough to remove air bubbles. Roll out the dough to an even thickness of about 1/2-inch.

Spread half of your streusel mixture evenly onto the dough. Fold your dough in half and seal with your fingers, making sure that it is well-sealed.

Place the dough into your greased pan, then add remaining streusel layer and top with caramel sauce.

Step 8: Baking Time!

Bake the coffee cake for approximately 40-45 minutes, or until it turns a beautiful golden-brown color. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into

Substitutions and Variations

 Warning: may cause drooling
Warning: may cause drooling

Oh, friend! If you are like me, and you love to experiment with a recipe, then this section is for you! Of course, this caramel pecan coffee cake recipe is already incredible as it is, but let’s see what we can do when we mix things up.

If you don’t have brown sugar or light corn syrup, don’t fret – you can substitute them with regular granulated sugar and honey or maple syrup. However, keep in mind that the flavor will change slightly.

If you want to make a pumpkin or apple pecan coffee cake, replace the sour cream with either canned pumpkin puree or applesauce. Add one teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg to the batter. Voila! A delightful breakfast cake perfect for fall mornings.

For a holiday season twist, make a Salted Caramel Apple Pecan Coffee Cake! Swap out the regular light corn syrup with a cup of prepared caramel sauce and add chopped pieces of tart apples to the batter.

You can also substitute the pecans in this recipe for walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds for some variation benefits.

Or try adding cooked bacon bits to the streusel topping for an unexpected twist. Trust me; it’s delicious!

Finally, if you’re feeling adventurous mix three tablespoons of ground coffee (use your favourite coffee) in the streusel topping F.Y.I., it goes well with iced pecan coffee – yum!

Whatever variation you choose to make, know that it will be super easy to make and taste incredible anyway!. Enjoy experimenting and creating memories while doing it.

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to indulge in sweet caramel and crunchy pecans
Get ready to indulge in sweet caramel and crunchy pecans

This delightful Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake is an impressive and satisfying dessert that can be served on any occasion- from a lazy Sunday brunch to a fancy dinner party. It’s best served warm with a generous dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

The nutty and sweet flavor profile of this coffee cake pairs wonderfully with a hot cup of freshly brewed pecan coffee. You can also serve it with caramel drizzles or salted caramel apple sauce if you prefer a more decadent taste.

This coffee cake can also be paired with other complementary flavors. For instance, the apple pecan coffee cake is incredibly delicious served alongside caramel apple tea. The cinnamon brown sugar pecan streusel coffee cake goes exceptionally well with almond milk latte, while the pumpkin pecan breakfast cake is perfect when enjoyed with a spiced chai latte.

In addition to the hot beverage pairings, this coffee cake can be enjoyed with your favorite fresh fruit or berry. You can add some chopped strawberries or raspberries, which will create a lovely balance of tartness and sweetness.

Overall, the possibilities are endless, and you can experiment to find what pairing works best for you with this easy-to-make and delicious caramel pecan coffee cake.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This cake is guaranteed to impress your brunch guests
This cake is guaranteed to impress your brunch guests

As a barista and a lover of all things coffee, I know that timing is everything. When it comes to the Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake recipe, there’s nothing better than being able to make it ahead of time, store it, and reheat it when you’re ready to indulge in its scrumptiousness.

To make this cake recipe ahead of time, you can prepare the batter and streusel mixture up to two days in advance. Simply mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, cover tightly and store in the refrigerator. The wet ingredients should be stored separately in airtight containers until you are ready to bake. Then just mix the wet and dry ingredients together, add the streusel topping, and bake according to the recipe.

Once your caramel pecan coffee cake has been baked and cooled, keep it covered tightly with plastic wrap or foil at room temperature for up to 3 days. To prolong its shelf life, you may also store it in an airtight container inside the refrigerator for up to a week.

When reheating leftovers or stored cake slices, one easy trick is to lightly butter a piece of parchment paper and place your coffee cake slice on top before placing it into your microwave-safe dish. This simple action will help prevent undue sogginess from moisture release of the cake.

Another way of enjoying this scrumptious pecan coffee cake is by heating slices in a toaster oven or oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) for around 5-7 minutes until warm and crispy on top once again! I recommend serving this coffee cake freshly heated with some fruit or whipped cream topping for an extra special treat!

With these tips and your new-found confidence with making any necessary alterations or substitutions as you can always tweak a recipe like this one too… I’m sure this Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake will be an absolute hit no matter when or how it is served!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Who needs a fancy bakery when you can make this at home?
Who needs a fancy bakery when you can make this at home?

Making a caramel pecan coffee cake is an enjoyable experience, but sometimes it can be a bit stressful when the results don’t turn out exactly like you anticipated. Here are some tips to ensure you get perfect results every time you make this delicious cake.

1. Follow the recipe precisely

It is crucial to follow the recipe instructions to get the perfect cake batter. Use the exact measurements of all ingredients as specified in the recipe to achieve optimal texture and taste. Avoid making substitutions that may alter the flavors or cause the cake to become too dense or dry.

2. Proof your yeast

If you’re using yeast, always check its freshness before incorporating it into the recipe. Ensure that the water temperature is optimal for proofing, and give enough time for the yeast to activate fully. The yeast provides critical leavening agents in the cake and plays a role in creating its texture.

3. Mix cake batter thoroughly

When combining all-purpose flour, corn syrup, brown sugar, and other dry ingredients in your recipe (or any recipe), mix them well before adding them to your wet ingredients mixture. This helps evenly distribute everything throughout your cake batter and prevents clumping or uneven baking.

4. Don’t skimp on butter

Butter is one of those components that can make a big difference between a good caramel pecan coffee cake and an outstanding one. Be sure to use unsalted butter, which tastes fresher than salted butter. Softened butter will mix well into the batter, which ensures even distribution of flavors – plus, who doesn’t love buttery goodness?

5. Use quality nuts

Pecans are an important feature of caramel pecan coffee cakes, providing texture and added flavor to the cake’s blended sweetness. Ensure that your pecans are fresh before using them and toast them in your oven just before using giving them an earthier quality that adds depth to your cake’s taste.

By following these tips, you can ensure that the end product is as delicious as it is intended to be. These tips are meant to guide you in making the best possible caramel pecan coffee cake, so don’t be afraid to experiment, enjoy the process, and have fun!

Bottom Line

As we wrap up this guide on how to make a delicious caramel pecan coffee cake, I urge you to give it a try. With its easy-to-follow recipe and decadent flavors, this coffee cake is sure to impress your friends and family.

But beyond that, baking this cake can be a deeply gratifying experience. It’s an opportunity to slow down, take some time for yourself, and indulge in the simple joys of cooking. As Maya Angelou once said, “The act of cooking and feeding people meets both our physiological and psychological needs.”

So go ahead, fire up your oven and let the aroma of pecans and cinnamon waft through your home. Enjoy the process just as much as the finished product. And most importantly, savor each bite with gratitude and appreciation for the simple pleasures that life has to offer.

Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake

Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe

This is a very easy delicious one dish recipe that will wow your guests!
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Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 435.7 kcal



  • cooking spray, for dish
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 ounces fast rising yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup very warm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Cinnamon-sugar topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Caramel-pecan topping

  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • Mix batter ingredients into a sprayed deep dish pie plate.
  • Stir together corn syrup, brown sugar and butter in a small bowl. Add pecans and mix well. Combine cinnamon-sugar ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Top batter evenly with cinnamon sugar topping. Spoon the caramel pecan topping evenly over the batter.
  • Bake by placing in a cold oven; set temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake 25 minutes until lightly browned and firm in the center.
  • Cool slightly. serve warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 103gCalories: 435.7kcalCarbohydrates: 70.3gProtein: 8.8gFat: 15.1gSaturated Fat: 5.5gCholesterol: 20.4mgSodium: 271.6mgFiber: 4.3gSugar: 27.7g
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