Delicious and Easy Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe

Hark! Greetings, coffee and cake lovers! I present to thee a recipe that will surely warm thy hearts and fill thy taste buds with delight.

Forsooth, may I introduce the Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe. Verily, this delectable dish is a blend of luscious cinnamon, sweet pecans and aromatic coffee that will uplift your senses to a new level of indulgence.

This recipe is not for the faint of heart; it requires great patience and skill to perfect. But lo and behold, the reward is worth it. In just a few steps, you shall have in front of thee a magnificent masterpiece that can be served for any occasion – be it for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

So come hither and join me as we embark on this culinary journey together. Let us savor every moment making this delightful cinnamon pecan coffee cake and relish every bite as though it were our last. Mayhaps thou may even share it among loved ones and create memories that shall last a lifetime.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake
Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

Pray, thee lend me thy ear, for I have a most delectable recipe to bestow upon thee. Thou art in for a treat, for this is no ordinary coffee cake. Nay, it is a cinnamon pecan coffee cake, one with a streusel topping that shall whisk thee away to the land of gastronomic delight.

Why, you might ask? For one thing, tis the perfect combination of crunchy pecans and soft breadcrumbs, with just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar to satisfy thy sweet tooth. And do not get me started on the heavenly aroma that exudes as it bakes; ’tis like a siren song, calling out to thee from the oven.

Furthermore, this cake recipe shall please all comers. Whether thou art a baker novice or an experienced matron, tis easy enough to make and customizable to thy liking. With various ingredients likes sugar, brown sugar, sour cream or brown butter, you can adjust the pastry to your taste buds’ preferences.

In addition, ’tis versatile in its service. Whether thou chooses to enjoy it warm with a creamy latte or choose to savor it cold with thy morning tea, it pairs perfectly with any beverage under the sun.

So fear not and head into thy kitchen forthwith! With each crumbly bite comes a burst of heavenly sweetness you’ll come back for again and again. Mark my words; this cinnamon pecan coffee cake will leave thee speechless and craving for more.

Ingredient List

 Welcome to the delicious world of Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake!
Welcome to the delicious world of Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake!

Let’s Gather Our Ingredients!

Before delving into the making of this scrumptious Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe, let us gather all the ingredients required to make this heavenly coffee cake. Here’s what you’ll need:

Cake Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe Ingredients:

For the streusel:
– 2 cups finely chopped pecans
– 2 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
For the cake:
– 3 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 tbsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
– 2 cups sugar
– 4 eggs
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup canola oil

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Recipe Ingredients:

For the cinnamon swirl:
– Sugar and cinnamon mixture (ratio depends on personal preference)
For the cake:
* Dry ingredients:
– All-purpose flour (2 cups),
– Sugar (3/4 cup),
– Baking powder (2 teaspoons),
– Baking soda (1/4 teaspoon),
– Salt (a pinch).
* Wet ingredients:
– Low-fat cottage cheese(450 gr),lightly whipped
– Light ricotta cheese (60 gr)
– 1/2 cup canola oil
– 2 eggs
– Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
– Pecans (1 cup), roughly chopped

Whether you are making a traditional Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake, a Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake, or a simple cake using the Cake Recipe ingredients provided, these ingredients will give you the perfect taste and texture.

The Recipe How-To

 A heavenly scent of cinnamon and pecans will fill your kitchen with warmth.
A heavenly scent of cinnamon and pecans will fill your kitchen with warmth.

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, let’s start preparing the cinnamon pecan coffee cake that will surprise your taste buds.

Step 1: Prepare The Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.

Step 2: Make The Pecan Streusel

In a small bowl, combine ⅔ cups of packed light brown sugar, 1 tsp of ground cinnamon, and 1 cup finely chopped pecans. Mix well and set aside.

Step 3: Assemble The Cake

In a large mixing bowl, beat together two eggs and one cup of sugar until it gets creamy. Add in one and a half cups of low-fat cottage cheese, quarter cup of canola oil, half a cup of plain nonfat yogurt, one tsp of vanilla extract, two tsp lemon juice, and one tsp lemon zest. Whisk until everything is properly combined.

Gradually add two cups of all-purpose flour to the mixture while still whisking. Add one tsp of baking powder and mix well until there are no large chunks left. You may use an electric mixer for this process.

Step 4: Layer Your Cake

Pour half the batter into your greased baking dish, then sprinkle half the pecan streusel on top. Pour the other half of the batter and then spread evenly with a spatula or knife. Lastly, sprinkle the remaining cinnamon pecan streusel over the top.

Step 5: Bake The Coffee Cake

Place your pan on the middle rack in the preheated oven and bake for around 35-40 minutes or until your cake is golden-brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Step 6: Cool And Serve

Let your cake cool down to room temperature before cutting into pieces; otherwise, it may crumble down. This cinnamon pecan coffee cake tastes great served at any time of the day—be it breakfast, evening tea or dessert time. With pretty layers and a sweet-gooey filling, this easy-to-make cake is sure to be loved by all.

Bon appétit!

Substitutions and Variations

 Here's a slice of heaven you don't want to miss.
Here’s a slice of heaven you don’t want to miss.

Good morrow to thee, dear readers! As a barista and a connoisseur of coffee cakes, I do understand that ingredients availability and various dietary requirements could affect your choice of recipe ingredients. Therefore, I present to you various substitutions and variations that can be made to cater to your specific needs or preferences for this cinnamon pecan coffee cake recipe.

For starters, I would like to suggest a couple of ingredient swaps for the dairy products in this recipe, which could make it lower in calories but still maintain its delicious taste. Low-fat cottage cheese or light ricotta cheese are good replacements for some or all of the sour cream and plain nonfat yogurt in this coffee cake.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free version of this cake recipe, you can use almond flour instead of all-purpose flour. You may also want to add more eggs or baking powder to give the cake more structure and make it fluffier.

To add an extra layer of flavor and texture, you can switch out the pecans for walnuts or almonds. Alternatively, you could mix both pecans and walnuts or use hazelnuts instead.

If you’re caffeine-sensitive but still crave the rich taste of coffee cake, you can omit the coffee and replace it with apple cider or apple juice in this recipe. This would result in an apple pecan crumble-like texture and taste.

To make a cinnamon swirl or streusel coffee cake, follow this simple substitution: Deduct two teaspoons of ground cinnamon from the main batter and transfer them into a small bowl. Combine them with 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons softened butter for cinnamon sugar mixture. Swirl into the batter when it is into the pan. Combine 1/3 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon ground baking cinnamon mixed with finely chopped pecans (about 1/2 cup) for Streusel topping; add over half the batter and top with remaining batter.

Finally, for a more creative take on this recipe, you could turn it into a bundt cake or substitute the coffee cake concept entirely by using the same cinnamon pecan streusel with a yellow cake mix or an apple cake recipe. The possibilities are endless!

Farewell until we meet again, dear readers!

Serving and Pairing

 Dive into the layers of crumbly goodness.
Dive into the layers of crumbly goodness.

Ah, the aromas of cinnamon and pecan notes just drift in the air as you bake this delicious coffee cake. When it comes out of the oven, it looks irresistible with its golden-brown crust sparkling beneath the nutty streusel topping. So, how to serve and enjoy this cinnamon pecan coffee cake?

Serve your warm coffee cake with your favorite cup of steaming hot coffee or tea for a perfect breakfast treat, a mid-day snack, or post-dinner dessert. This cake pairs well with various caffeinated beverages such as espresso, brewed coffee, or a latte. The light acidity and aroma of freshly brewed coffee are best to balance out the sweetness of the pecans and cinnamon in the cake.

You can also add some fresh berries or whipped cream to balance out the rich flavors of the cake. For an even more indulgent dessert experience, try serving your cinnamon pecan coffee cake warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

This coffee cake also makes a great gift or addition to your holiday brunch spread. It’s perfect for sharing with family and friends over a cup of hot apple cider or spiced tea.

So go ahead and enjoy one slice (or two) of this scrumptious cinnamon pecan coffee cake. It’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your guests!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Your taste buds will thank you for indulging in this masterpiece.
Your taste buds will thank you for indulging in this masterpiece.

Hark! Once thou hast created the delightful cinnamon pecan coffee cake, thou mayest wonder what to do with the leftovers. Fear not, for I have some tips and tricks for make-ahead, storing, and reheating.

If thou art not serving thy cake right away, it can be stored covered at room temperature for up to two days. If thou wishest to store it for a longer period of time, store it in the refrigerator for up to five days or freeze it for up to three months. When freezing it, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer-safe bag or container.

To reheat thy cake, thou canst warm it up by slicing a piece and placing it in a toaster oven or preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. For those who prefer the speedier method, thee can also microwave a slice for about 20-30 seconds.

For make-ahead preparations, thou canst prepare the cake up until the point prior to adding the streusel topping and refrigerate the uncooked batter overnight. Then add the streusel topping before baking as per instruction.

If thee wishest to prepare the streusel topping ahead of time, thus sparing yourself some preparation time on baking day, simply store the prepared streusel in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

So worry not dear reader, as always I shall provide guidance on how best to preserve thy delicious creations until the next bite is had.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect pairing for your morning coffee or afternoon tea.
The perfect pairing for your morning coffee or afternoon tea.

I’ve made this cinnamon pecan coffee cake recipe so many times that I’ve learned some tips and tricks to achieve perfect results every time. Here are some of my best recommendations:

First, make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them together. Room temperature ingredients mix more easily and result in a smoother and more cohesive batter.

When making the pecan streusel, be sure to use finely chopped pecans. This is important because larger pieces of pecans may cause the streusel to crumble or sink into the batter during baking.

For an extra burst of flavor, add a teaspoon of lemon zest to the batter. This will give the cake a bright and refreshing taste.

Be careful not to overmix the batter. Overmixing can make the cake dense and tough. Mix until just combined, and then stop.

When it comes to baking, every oven is different. Check your cake at the minimum bake time recommended in the recipe using a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done! If not, keep checking every five minutes until it’s ready.

Lastly, once your cake is done, let it cool before slicing. Slicing too early can cause it to crumble or fall apart.

By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to making a perfect cinnamon pecan coffee cake every time!

Bottom Line


My dear readers, it’s time to try out this irresistible Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe! I’ve given you step-by-step instructions, ingredient lists, and a ton of tips to make sure your cake comes out perfect every time. Trust me, once you smell the aroma of cinnamon wafting through your home, you’ll know that it was worth every second spent in the kitchen.

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be made in advance and stored until you’re ready to enjoy it with a cup of your favorite coffee. You can easily experiment with substitutions and variations to make it your own. You simply cannot go wrong with this classic cake recipe that combines the flavors of sweet cinnamon and nutty pecans to create a delicious dessert or indulgent breakfast treat.

So, my coffee-loving friends, I invite you to add this recipe to your collection and share it with those you love. Trust me; they will thank you for it! Just remember to follow my tips for the best results every time. With practice and patience, baking a scrumptious Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake will become a piece of cake!

Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe

I can't remember where I got this recipe- I think it was from an old "Victoria" magazine-but it's simply devine! (Update: This recipe has been proofread and bake-tested with no problems):)
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 357.2 kcal


  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil (or less, if desired- I've used 3/4 cup with equally fine results)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, grated
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese or 1/2 cup light ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350°F Grease and flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan.
  • In a small bowl combine nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together sugar, oil, zest and eggs. Set aside.
  • In blender or food processor combine yogurt and cottage cheese until smooth. Add to sugar mixture.
  • Stir in lemon juice and vanilla.
  • Combine flour and baking powder and gradually stir into sugar mixture until blended.
  • Pour 2/3 of the batter into the pan.Sprinkle with nut mixture. Spoon remaining batter over nuts.
  • Bake 40-45 minutes till done (cake tester comes out clean).
  • Cool 10 min in pan. Remove and let cool completely.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 88gCalories: 357.2kcalCarbohydrates: 42.7gProtein: 4.5gFat: 19.5gSaturated Fat: 1.7gCholesterol: 27.2mgSodium: 113.2mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 29.4g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Brunch, Canadian, For Large Groups, Fruit, Nuts
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