Indulge in Delightful Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe

Greetings coffee lovers! As your dedicated barista, I come bearing a special treat: the Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Pecans. This cake will satisfy any dessert cravings you might have and provide a perfect balance between sweetness and nuttiness. Trust me, it’s the ultimate pleasure to indulge in after a long day.

Are you a fan of cinnamon? I know I am, especially when combined with chopped pecans and brown sugar. The aroma alone is enough to make my mouth water! But this coffee cake is not just about flavor – it has been expertly crafted to achieve the perfect texture that complements the taste. It’s soft, moist and fluffy with a crumbly pecan streusel topping that will delight your senses.

So whether you’re in need of a late-night snack or hosting some guests, this cinnamon pecan coffee cake recipe has got you covered. It is easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, and will leave everyone impressed with your baking skills.

So go ahead and gather all the necessary ingredients together – we’re going to create magic in your kitchen!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon Coffee Cake With Pecans
Cinnamon Coffee Cake With Pecans

Are you a fan of coffee cake? Do you love the aroma of cinnamon and pecans wafting through your home? If so, you’re in for a treat with this cinnamon coffee cake with pecans recipe! This cake is the hallmark of comfort baking – it’s easy to make, moist, aromatic, and flavorful.

You may have tried various coffee cake recipes before, but none compare to the deliciousness that this recipe offers. The addition of sour cream and vanilla yogurt in the batter create an amazing texture that is light, fluffy, and irresistible. The streusel topping is made up of toasted pecans, brown sugar, butter, and ground cinnamon, which creates a sweet crunchiness that is simply divine.

This recipe combines various flavors and textures perfectly. It’s perfect for your morning cup of coffee or an afternoon snack – it’s not too sweet or heavy. Plus, the aroma alone from this baking beauty can get anyone’s attention.

Furthermore, this recipe makes enough for you to share with family and friends or indulge solely all week long. They’ll appreciate it so much that they’ll request it again in not time. Trust me; make this once and never go back to any other coffee cake recipe!

So why settle for less when you can have happy days with a slice of warm cinnamon coffee cake with pecans fresh out of your oven? Get started on this recipe today and see for yourself why you will love it!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven with cinnamon swirls and pecans in every bite.
A slice of heaven with cinnamon swirls and pecans in every bite.

Get ready to bake with these ingredients

Let’s talk about the ingredients you will need to make this cinnamon coffee cake with pecans recipe. You can find most of them in your pantry, but if you’re missing a few things, take a quick trip to your local grocery store to pick them up. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans, divided

Note that the ingredient list is relatively simple, but provides complex and flavorful results when combined correctly. Gather all ingredients and let’s get started with this scrumptious recipe!

The Recipe How-To

 Get cozy with a warm cup of coffee and a slice of this delicious cake.
Get cozy with a warm cup of coffee and a slice of this delicious cake.

Now, let’s get our hands dirty and dive into the recipe how-to for this delicious Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Pecans. Make sure you have all of your ingredients on hand, preheat your oven, and let’s get started!

Step 1: Make the Pecan Streusel Topping

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together 2 cups of purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups of packed light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Cut in 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in 2 cups of finely chopped pecans.

Step 2: Make the Cake Batter

In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups of purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and ½ teaspoon of salt.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, ¾ cup of granulated sugar, and ¾ cup of brown sugar until fluffy. Add in 4 eggs, one at a time, then mix in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Next, add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture in three parts alternating with equal parts each of 1 cup sour cream and 1 cup vanilla yogurt, mixing after each addition until just combined.

Step 3: Assemble the Coffee Cake

Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray.

Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan and level it out with an offset spatula. Sprinkle half the pecan streusel topping over it evenly. Carefully pour in the remaining batter, spreading it out with a spatula again so that it is even on top. Finish with the remaining pecan streusel.

Step 4: Bake and Cool the Cake

Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes, then slice and serve!

Pair this delicious Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Pecans with a hot cup of coffee or tea by your side for maximum enjoyment. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Substitutions and Variations

 A breakfast treat that'll make you jump out of bed in the morning.
A breakfast treat that’ll make you jump out of bed in the morning.

Tired of making the same old coffee cake recipe? Spice up your routine with these simple substitutions and variations!

– Gluten-free: Swap out the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour blend to make this recipe gluten-free. You can also use almond flour or coconut flour as an alternative.

– Vegan: Replace the butter with applesauce and use dairy-free alternatives to sour cream and yogurt instead. Substitute the eggs with flax eggs or apple cider vinegar.

– Cinnamon Walnut Cake: For those who don’t fancy pecans, this recipe is just as delicious with walnuts instead. Simply substitute pecans for walnuts and you’ll have a whole new taste to explore.

– Apple Crumble Coffee Cake: Adding diced apples in the batter or layering thinly sliced apples between two cake layers will add a crunchy texture which compliments the cinnamon flavor really well.

– Bundt Cake: Add some elegance to your coffee cake game by using a bundt pan. Simply pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake according to the original recipe.

– Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake: Take this coffee cake up a notch by swirling cinnamon sugar into the batter before baking. Simply mix together white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and sprinkle it evenly over each layer of batter.

Whether you’re looking for different flavors or simply catering to dietary restrictions, these substitutions and variations are sure to invigorate your palette and elevate your coffee cake game!

Serving and Pairing

 A beautiful crumb topping adds the perfect finish to this coffee cake.
A beautiful crumb topping adds the perfect finish to this coffee cake.

Let’s chat about serving and pairing your freshly baked Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Pecans. This delicious cake tastes fantastic served alongside a fresh cup of hot coffee or a steaming mug of tea. As the cinnamon, pecans, and brown sugar aromas drift through the air, you’ll be delighted to know that this wonderful aroma pairs perfectly with most hot beverages.

If you’re looking for something extra special, I highly recommend pairing your coffee cake with a vanilla yogurt sauce or a dollop of whipped cream. The sweetness from either topping complements the warmth of the cinnamon and pecan flavors for a delectable treat that truly satisfies the taste buds.

If you’re serving this cake as part of a brunch spread, consider adding other breakfast favorites like scrambled eggs, bacon, and hash browns to round out the menu. The subtle sweetness of the cake makes it an excellent accompaniment to savory breakfast dishes.

Lastly, if you plan on sharing this treat with friends and family at a special occasion or potluck gathering, slice your cake into bite-sized pieces and serve them on a beautiful platter for easy access. While this cake might be simple to make, it is sure to impress even the most discerning palates.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Celebrate the season with a gorgeous cake that smells like cinnamon and joy.
Celebrate the season with a gorgeous cake that smells like cinnamon and joy.

Have you ever wanted to have fresh and warm cinnamon coffee cake for breakfast, but didn’t have time to bake it in the morning? Well, worry no more! This cinnamon coffee cake with pecans recipe is perfect for make-ahead preparation, storing, and reheating.

If you plan on making this cake ahead of time, be sure to let it cool completely before storing it. To store the cake, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in an airtight container. You can keep the cake at room temperature for up to two days or store it in the refrigerator for up to five days.

When it comes time to reheat your cake, there are a few options depending on your preference. If you are looking for that fresh-out-of-the-oven taste, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the wrapping from the cake, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can heat individual slices in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.

If you’re planning on serving the whole cake at a later date or need to transport it somewhere else, my suggestion is warming up each slice of coffee cake instead of reheating the entire thing. Doing so will ensure that each slice is warm and delicious.

Overall, this coffee cake is perfect for those moments when you want something sweet and comforting but don’t have the time or energy to whip something up from scratch. Whether it’s breakfast or dessert, this cinnamon pecan coffee cake will always hit the spot. So go ahead and plan ahead with confidence knowing that your cravings will always be satisfied!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Who needs cinnamon rolls when you have this cake?
Who needs cinnamon rolls when you have this cake?

To create the perfect cinnamon coffee cake with pecans, pay close attention to these tips. They will help ensure your final product is moist, flavorful, and a hit with everyone who tries it.

1. Don’t skimp on the pecans: The pecans are a key ingredient in this recipe, both in the cake and in the streusel topping. Be sure to measure out the recommended amount and chop them finely for optimal distribution.

2. Mix dry ingredients separately: Mixing flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon separately will help distribute these ingredients evenly throughout the batter, ensuring that every bite has plenty of flavor.

3. Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing can cause your cake to become tough and rubbery. Only mix until all ingredients are combined.

4. Use room temperature ingredients: Bring eggs, butter, sour cream, and yogurt to room temperature before adding them to your mix. This will make it easier for all the ingredients to combine seamlessly for a smooth batter.

5. Layer streusel filling evenly: When pouring in the batter into the baking pan, be sure to add an even layer of streusel filling in between each layer of batter for optimal flavor distribution throughout the cake.

6. Rotate halfway through baking: To ensure even baking and prevent burning, rotate your cake halfway through baking so that all sides bake evenly.

7. Rest after baking: Allow your cake to cool completely in the pan for about 15 minutes before removing it or cutting into it. This will give it time to set and solidify for an easier removal or slicing experience.

8. Store appropriately: To keep your cake fresh for longer periods of time be sure to store it properly by wrapping it tightly on cling wrap or aluminum foil and placing it in a sealable container before refrigerating it.

Remember that perfecting this recipe takes time and patience but once you’ve nailed it, indulge yourself, and enjoy every last crumb of your cinnamon coffee cake with pecans.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Pecans Recipe is an absolute treat for your taste buds! With its soft and moist texture, delicious pecan crunch, and cinnamon aroma, it’s hard not to love. This recipe is perfect for breakfast or dessert, and with the tips and variations provided, you can always add your own twist to it.

Remember to follow the recipe carefully and measure all the ingredients accurately, and don’t hesitate to use substitutions or try different variations. Whether you prefer a streusel coffee cake, a pecan cinnamon swirl cake mix, or a sour cream coffee cake with pecan topping, this recipe is versatile enough to accommodate them all.

Lastly, keep in mind that baking a perfect Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Pecans requires patience and practice. Don’t be discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t turn out as you planned. Just remember to follow the tips provided in this article on making substitutions, storing the cake, and testing it for doneness.

With time and practice, you’ll be able to bake an irresistible Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Pecans that will rival those made by professional bakers!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake With Pecans

Cinnamon Coffee Cake With Pecans Recipe

This ia a yummy cinnamon coffee cake that is great fresh and fantastic the next day so make it ahead of time and enjoy!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 516.4 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sour cream or 2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter


  • In a large bowl (or using the kitchen aid) cream together the butter, applesauce, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1 cup white sugar until fluffy.
  • Add vanilla to the sugar mix.
  • Add eggs, one at time. If you are using the Kitchen Aid, just add one at a time. If mixing by hand, add an egg, stir, repeat for until all four eggs are incorporated.
  • In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add about a fourth of the flour mix to the sugar mix. Then add about a fourth of the sour cream (or vanilla yogurt) to the sugar mix. Repeat until all the flour and sour cream have been added to the mix.
  • To make the topping/filling, combine the pecans, cinnamon, brown sugar, and cold butter in a dish.
  • In a greased 9x13 inch cake pan or a bundt cake pan, spread about 1/3 of the cake mix, then top with 1/3 of the pecan mix. Repeat two more times.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes.

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Serving: 150gCalories: 516.4kcalCarbohydrates: 69.2gProtein: 6.9gFat: 24.7gSaturated Fat: 10.5gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 422.4mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 40g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breakfast, Brunch, For Large Groups, From Scratch
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