Delicious Cinnamon Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

Are you looking for a cozy and indulgent morning treat? A slice of cinnamon cheese coffee cake may be just what you need. This recipe perfectly marries the flavors of warm cinnamon, tangy cream cheese, and moist buttery cake to make one irresistible coffee cake.

Not only is this perfect with your morning cup of coffee, but it’s also wonderful as a dessert for any occasion. The crumbly cinnamon streusel on top and creamy cheese filling in the middle are sure to win over any crowd.

And don’t worry if you’re not an experienced baker, this easy coffee cake recipe comes together in no time, and we even have a step-by-step video to follow along with. Trust me; it’s easier than making cinnamon rolls.

So grab a fork, a plate, and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon Cheese Coffee Cake
Cinnamon Cheese Coffee Cake

I could go on and on about why you will love this Cinnamon Cheese Coffee Cake recipe, but let me tell you the main reasons why. First of all, cinnamon – need I say more? The warm, comforting aroma of cinnamon is enough to make anyone feel at home. With this recipe, you get a double dose of cinnamon – in the cake itself and in the crumb topping.

But that’s not all. This cake also has a creamy, tangy cheesecake filling made with cream cheese, sugar, and an egg. The addition of this filling takes this coffee cake to a whole new level. It adds a richness and depth of flavor that is truly irresistible.

To top it all off, this cake is incredibly moist and buttery. The sour cream in the batter keeps the cake tender and makes it perfect for serving any time of day – breakfast or dessert.

So, whether you want to enjoy a slice alongside your morning cup of coffee, or as a sweet treat after dinner, this Cinnamon Cheese Coffee Cake hits all the right notes. Plus, it’s an easy coffee cake recipe that you can make over and over again with the same satisfying results.

Ingredient List

 Sweet and spicy Cinnamon Cheese Coffee Cake.
Sweet and spicy Cinnamon Cheese Coffee Cake.

Get Your Ingredients Ready!

In order to make this delicious Cinnamon Cheese Coffee Cake, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream

For the Cinnamon Streusel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour

For the Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 oz of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

With the ingredients ready, we can move on to make this moist and buttery coffee cake with a sweet cinnamon flavor and a cheesecake filling.

The Recipe How-To

 Cream cheese filling takes this cake to the next level.
Cream cheese filling takes this cake to the next level.

Preheat your oven to 350°F then prepare your 9 x13 inch baking dish by greasing it or lining with parchment paper.

Cream Cheese Filling:

Start making the cream cheese filling by mixing together an 8 oz softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract until smooth.

After mixing, add an egg in the mixture and continue to stir until combined. Set aside the cream cheese filling while you prepare the cake.

Cinnamon Streusel Topping:

To make the cinnamon streusel topping, get another bowl and mix together 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour. Cut four tablespoons of butter into small pieces and mix it in with the dry ingredients using a fork or pastry cutter. Set aside the topping until needed.

Cake Batter:

In a separate mixing bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon salt. Mix it well and set aside.

Get another large mixing bowl and cream together 1 cup of unsalted, softened butter and 1 cup of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add in 2 large eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition until fully combined.

Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet mixture along with 1/2 cup of sour cream; mix well before adding the remaining dry ingredients. Pour half of this batter into your greased pan and smooth out evenly using a spatula.

Pour half of your prepared cream cheese filling over the cake batter layer then use a knife to swirl the mixture throughout that layer. Repeat with remaining cake batter, followed by remaining cream cheese filling, slicing through the layers once again with a knife to create swirls and distribute the cream cheese filling throughout.

Sprinkle your prepared cinnamon streusel topping over the batter, making sure to spread it out evenly across the top.

Bake for about 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool down on a wire rack completely.

Slice into squares when ready to serve and enjoy your cinnamon cream cheese coffee cake with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Substitutions and Variations

 You'll want to savor each and every bite of this delicious cake.
You’ll want to savor each and every bite of this delicious cake.

This cinnamon cheese coffee cake recipe is already heavenly as is, but if you want to switch things up a bit, there are a few substitutions and variations you can try.

Firstly, if the thought of cream cheese in your coffee cake doesn’t excite you, you could always substitute with mascarpone cheese or ricotta cheese. Although keep in mind that the taste may change slightly.

Secondly, if you’re not a fan of cinnamon or want to experiment with different flavors, you could try substituting the cinnamon with other spices like nutmeg or cardamom. Or, add some lemon zest to give it a tangy twist. You could even add cocoa powder for a chocolatey version of this cake!

Another fun variation is to add some fruit to your coffee cake. You could sprinkle in some fresh blueberries or raspberries for a fruity twist; apples and pears would also work well with the warm, comforting flavors of the cream cheese and cinnamon.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something completely different, try turning this into a pumpkin or apple coffee cake. Simply replace the cream cheese filling with canned pumpkin puree or chopped apples mixed with cinnamon and sugar – it’ll make for a perfect autumnal treat!

Finally, if you want to switch up the presentation of your cake, consider transforming it into “cake bites”! Simply cut the finished coffee cake into bite-sized squares and serve them as individual portions. They’re perfect for sharing and snacking on throughout the day.

Whatever substitutions or variations you decide on, just remember to have fun and be creative – after all, making coffee cakes is all about experimenting and trying new things!

Serving and Pairing

 A slice of cinnamon heaven in every forkful.
A slice of cinnamon heaven in every forkful.

Ah, the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the serving and pairing of this heavenly cinnamon cheese coffee cake. First things first, let me tell you that this cake is best served warm. Imagine taking a bite out of a moist, buttery slice that just came out of the oven. That’s what we’re aiming for here.

Now, there are two ways to serve this cake – with or without icing. If you’re a fan of cream cheese, I highly recommend adding a dollop of icing on top of your slice. The creaminess will balance out the spiciness of the cinnamon and add another layer of depth to the flavors.

Pairing-wise, you can’t go wrong with a good ol’ cup of joe (pun intended). Coffee and cinnamon are a classic duo that have been enjoyed for centuries. However, if you want to mix it up a bit, try pairing this cake with a raspberry or strawberry hill tea. The fruity notes will create a lovely contrast to the warm and comforting flavors of the cinnamon.

If you’re feeling indulgent, why not pair this cake with some pumpkin or apple coffee? These seasonal drinks are packed with warm spices that perfectly complement our cinnamon-infused coffee cake.

Another fun way to enjoy this cake is by turning it into bite-sized pieces. Cut them into squares or circles and place them in a muffin tin before baking. You’ll end up with adorable crumb cake bites that make for great party snacks or sweet treats.

Oh, and don’t forget to share this recipe! Your friends and family will thank you for introducing them to one of the best cinnamon cream cheese coffee cakes out there… Trust me, they won’t be able to resist its fluffy crumb topping and irresistible cheesecake filling!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This cake has the perfect balance of cinnamon and sweetness.
This cake has the perfect balance of cinnamon and sweetness.

The beauty of this cinnamon cheese coffee cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, stored easily, and reheated to enjoy as a delicious dessert or breakfast treat throughout the week. Here are some tips for making, storing and reheating your cake.

To make ahead, simply prepare the cake as instructed in the recipe and let it cool completely. Once cooled, you may store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to two days before serving. If you’re planning to store it longer than two days, we recommend freezing it until ready to use.

When reheating, there are a few ways to go about it. You may reheat the entire cake by placing it in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you may slice the cake into individual portions and reheat them in the microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds to one minute.

To keep your cake tasting fresh and moist, we recommend microwaving it with a damp paper towel over the top to lock in moisture. This also works well for individual slices that have been stored in the fridge or freezer.

Whether you choose to make this cinnamon cheese coffee cake recipe ahead of time or just need some tips on how to store and reheat leftovers, these instructions will ensure a delicious outcome every time.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A fantastic choice for a weekend breakfast or brunch.
A fantastic choice for a weekend breakfast or brunch.

When it comes to making a cinnamon cheese coffee cake, there are a few things you can do to ensure that the end result is perfect. Here are some tips that will help you create an amazing cake that everyone will love.

First and foremost, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before you begin baking. Cold ingredients, like fridge-cold cream cheese or butter, can cause the cake batter to be lumpy or uneven. Room-temperature ingredients, on the other hand, will blend together smoothly and create a cohesive batter.

Another tip is to mix the cinnamon filling and streusel topping thoroughly. Use a fork or pastry cutter to incorporate all of the ingredients well. This will ensure that each slice of cake has an even distribution of cinnamon and crumbly deliciousness.

When pouring the batter into your baking dish, try to spread it out evenly with a spatula. This will ensure that it bakes evenly throughout and prevents any overbaked or underbaked areas in the cake.

One more thing to keep in mind is oven temperature. Make sure your oven is preheated and at the right temperature when you put the cake in to bake. Check your oven’s temperature gauge periodically during cooking to ensure that it’s maintaining the correct temperature.

Finally, when it’s time to add the cream cheese filling, pour half of the cheesecake mixture over the batter and swirl lightly with a butter knife before pouring the rest. This prevents large pockets of cheesecake that could overpower other flavors in each bite of cake.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a cinnamon cheese coffee cake that is so moist, buttery and deliciously irresistible with its creamy texture and lovely cinnamon taste for moments shared with family and friends!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Cinnamon Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe is a must-try for every coffee and cake lover. Its moist buttery texture and cinnamon cream cheese filling create a perfect balance of flavors that can only be described as heavenly. Plus, its versatility offers numerous variations, from raspberry cinnamon to pumpkin coffee variations.

As a barista and avid coffee drinker, I recommend this cheese coffee cake recipe for its easy-to-follow steps, impeccable taste, and impressive presentation. With the tips and recommendations provided in this article, anyone can make this recipe like a pro in the comfort of their own home.

So next time you crave a delicious dessert with your favorite cup of joe, reach out for this recipe! Trust me; every bite is guaranteed to be pure delight.

Cinnamon Cheese Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

From Tastes for All Seasons by Crye-Leike.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 291.2 kcal


  • 1 (8 ounce) can crescent rolls
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts


  • Lay half of rolls flat in 8x8 pan.
  • Mix vanilla, sugar and egg yolk into cream cheese.
  • Spoon over dough.
  • Lay remaining rolls on top.
  • Mix topping and sprinkle over top.
  • Bake at 350*F for 20 to 25 minutes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 82gCalories: 291.2kcalCarbohydrates: 35.5gProtein: 5.9gFat: 14.4gSaturated Fat: 7.2gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 268mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 20.2g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, Cheese
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