Delicious Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

Indulge in the aroma and flavor of our Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake recipe. Whether you are a coffee lover or simply enjoy a sweet treat for breakfast or brunch, this cake is sure to satisfy your cravings.

Baking this delicious cinnamon streusel coffee cake is a delightful experience that will have your home filled with mouthwatering fragrances. This cake is moist, decadent, and has the perfect balance of cinnamon sweetness.

Do not let the long list of ingredients fool you. It’s actually quite easy to make, and with a few simple substitutions, you can easily personalize it to fit your taste buds.

So if you’re laid-back or a go-getter with a passion for baking, take on this recipe and enjoy it while relaxing, sightseeing in the mountains, picnicking at the beach, cooking up dinner party classics, watching movies or just because! Get ready to dazzle your guests with an eye-catching treat that is worth every bite.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake
Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake

Are you searching for a delicious, comforting treat to share with family and friends over a hot cup of coffee? Look no further than this delectable Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake recipe!

Not only is this cake easy-to-make, but it is also both moist and fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness. Whether you’re hosting a brunch or enjoying an afternoon coffee break, this cinnamon-streusel masterpiece is sure to satisfy your cravings.

With layers of cinnamon sugar and pecans throughout the batter, every bite of this delightful cake explodes with flavor. The streusel topping provides an irresistible crunchy texture while the sour cream adds a perfect tang and moisture to the cake.

What sets this recipe apart from others is its sheer versatility. It’s perfect for breakfast, dessert or even as a sneaky snack in between meals. And if you love experimenting with new flavors in your baking, try adding some sliced apples to get a classic apple-cinnamon twist.

So what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients and indulge in the goodness of this scrumptious Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake recipe that may quickly become your next favorite fall indulgence.

Ingredient List

 One whiff of this cake will transport you to a cozy bakery on a brisk fall morning.
One whiff of this cake will transport you to a cozy bakery on a brisk fall morning.

The ingredient list for this Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe is quite comprehensive! You’ll need a combination of dry ingredients and wet ingredients to create the perfect mixture for your coffee cake. Here is a breakdown of what you will need:

Dry Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour – 3 cups
  • Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon – 2 teaspoons
  • Coarse salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Wet Ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter, at room temperature – 1 cup (2 sticks)
  • Granulated sugar – 1 cup
  • Light-brown sugar, packed – 3/4 cup
  • Pure vanilla extract – 2 teaspoons
  • Eggs, large and at room temperature – 3 pieces
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, at room temperature – 1 and 1/4 cups

Streusel Topping:

  • Unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces – 3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks)
  • All-purpose flour – 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Packed light-brown sugar – 1 cup
  • Ground cinnamon – 2 teaspoons
  • Coarse salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pecans, roughly chopped (optional) – 1 cup

You might be intimidated by the vegetable oil-like look that some parts of the batter display but need not fret; it’s only sour cream from the recipe’s wet ingredients.

The Recipe How-To

 Who says you can't have cake for breakfast? Especially when it's this delicious.
Who says you can’t have cake for breakfast? Especially when it’s this delicious.

After gathering all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to get down to business and prepare the cinnamon-streusel coffee cake. Follow these steps to make sure that your cake will turn out perfect.

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven

First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Ensure that the oven rack is set in the middle of the oven, as this will prevent the top of the cake from overcooking.

Step 2: Prepare The Crumb Topping

In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or just by using your hands. Make sure that the mixture becomes crumbly. Stir in chopped pecans and set aside.

Step 3: Mix The Cake Batter

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add in eggs, sour cream, melted butter and vanilla extract into the dry ingredients. Mix well until batter becomes smooth.

Step 4: Mix The Cinnamon Filling And Pour The Batter

In another small mixing bowl, whisk together ground cinnamon and brown sugar. Then pour half of your coffee cake batter into a greased or buttered 9-inch square baking dish, smoothing it out so that it forms an even layer. Sprinkle half of your cinnamon streusel topping over it. Pour the rest of the cake batter into the dish and sprinkle with remaining topping.

Step 5: Bake The Cake

Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Your cinnamon-streusel coffee cake is now ready to be enjoyed!

Substitutions and Variations

 A slice (or two) of this cinnamon-streusel cake is the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee.
A slice (or two) of this cinnamon-streusel cake is the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee.

If you’re looking to mix things up or don’t have all the ingredients on hand, fear not! While this cinnamon-streusel coffee cake recipe hits all the right notes, there’s always room for variations and substitutions.

For instance, if you’re trying to cut back on sugar, consider using a sugar substitute like honey or maple syrup instead of granulated or brown sugar. You could also swap out the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour or almond flour to make it a bit healthier.

If you’re a fan of nuts, try adding some chopped walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts to the streusel topping. This will add a crunchy texture and delicious nutty flavor.

Feeling fancy? Mix things up with an apple streusel coffee cake by incorporating diced apples into the batter and substituting some of the cinnamon with nutmeg. Or, try a cinnamon swirl variant by making a filling/topping with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar.

And for those with dietary restrictions, use vegan substitutes like flax eggs and plant-based sour cream as an alternative to the traditional ingredients. Also, for those who are gluten-free, King Arthur Flour has a great gluten-free flour mix that works well in recipes like this one.

Regardless of your preferences or dietary requirements, don’t be afraid to experiment with this versatile cake recipe. Trust me – it’ll still pair perfectly with your favorite coffee!

Serving and Pairing

 Your house will smell like a cinnamon wonderland when you bake this cake.
Your house will smell like a cinnamon wonderland when you bake this cake.

Once the luscious aroma of the Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake fills your kitchen, you will want to take a moment to appreciate this masterpiece of flavors. The tender cake, which is speckled with a delightful cinnamon streusel, is meant to be savored in every bite.

If you enjoy your coffee black, prepare yourself for a harmonious coffee pairing experience. The robust flavor of coffee perfectly complements the warmth and decadence of the cake. A hot cup of coffee is sure to elevate your sensory experience when paired with Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake.

For those with a sweet tooth, you might opt for a steaming cup of hot cocoa or chai tea. These indulgent drinks will bring out the natural sweetness found in the cake while adding an extra celebratory touch to your overall experience.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake can be enjoyed at any time and occasion, from breakfast or brunch to afternoon tea. For added indulgence, try serving this delight with whipped cream or cream cheese frosting for an extra special treat. Dust with confectioners’ sugar over the top for an elegant look that harkens back to traditional heritage-style cakes of yesteryear.

This versatile cake is perfect for informal gatherings or large family affairs – it’s easy to make, and nobody can resist its alluring aroma! Serve Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake as a show-stopper dessert or pair it with fresh fruits and berries for a delectable yet simple snack during your break time.

No matter how you choose to serve it, each slice allows you to indulge in the decadently richness of this old-fashioned treat – it’s simply irresistible!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The streusel topping on this cake is so good, you'll want to eat it by the spoonful.
The streusel topping on this cake is so good, you’ll want to eat it by the spoonful.

As a busy barista, I understand the importance of being able to prepare ahead of time. This is why I always recommend make-ahead dishes like this delectable cinnamon-streusel coffee cake. Whether you’re hosting a brunch or just want to get a jump start on breakfast, this cake can easily be made in advance.

To make-ahead, simply bake the coffee cake as directed and once it has cooled completely, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to three days. When you’re ready to enjoy, simply remove from the fridge and let it come to room temperature before serving.

If you have any leftovers, fear not! This coffee cake stores exceptionally well, just keep it wrapped or in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Simply reheat individual portions in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds or pop it into a preheated oven set to 350°F for 5-7 minutes.

Pro-tip: To add some extra pizzazz to your leftover cake, whisk up some confectioners’ sugar with a splash of milk or sour cream until smooth and drizzle over the top. It’s almost like having a fresh-out-of-the-oven slice all over again!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't have a sweet tooth? This cake will change your mind.
Don’t have a sweet tooth? This cake will change your mind.

To ensure that your Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake comes out perfectly every time, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

Firstly, when measuring the flour, be sure to spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off with a straight edge. This will ensure that you don’t accidentally pack too much flour into the recipe, which can result in a dry and dense cake.

Additionally, make sure that your butter is at room temperature before using it. Softened butter will cream more easily with the sugar and result in a light and fluffy batter.

When making the streusel topping, try to keep the butter as cold as possible until you are ready to mix it with the other ingredients. This will prevent it from melting prematurely and ensure a crumbly texture for the topping.

Another important tip is to use fresh baking soda and baking powder. If these ingredients are stale or past their expiration date, your cake may not rise properly or could have an unpleasant aftertaste.

Lastly, be sure to let your cake cool completely before slicing into it. This will prevent the crumb from falling apart and help the flavors to meld together for a more delicious result.

By following these simple tips, you can create a perfect Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake that will impress everyone at your next brunch or gathering.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the cinnamon-streusel coffee cake recipe is an absolute must-try for any baking enthusiast out there. With its rich, indulgent flavors and textures, this coffee cake is the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth while also indulging your love of coffee. Whether you’re looking for a decadent dessert to impress guests or just want a special treat for yourself, the cinnamon-streusel coffee cake recipe is sure to do the trick.

So why wait? Grab your apron and get ready to whip up a batch of this delicious coffee cake today! And don’t forget to experiment with the recipe to make it truly your own by trying different substitutions and variations. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!

Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake

Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

From Martha Stewart Streusel, derived from an Old German word that means "something strewn," is quick and easy to toss together.The topping adds a sweet crunch to the sour cream cake. A basic glaze dresses up the dessert.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 9
Calories 631.8 kcal



  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • coarse salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk


  • 1. Make the streusel topping: Mix together flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or rub in with your fingers until small to medium clumps form. Mix in 1/2 cup pecans. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • 2. Make the streusel center: Mix together remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 cup pecans.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 350. Make the cake: Butter a 9-inch tube pan with a removable bottom. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a bowl.
  • 4. Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour. Continue to beat until well combined.
  • 5. Spoon half the batter into pan.Sprinkle streusel-center mixture evenly over batter. Top with remaining batter, and spread evenly using an offset spatula. Sprinkle streusel-topping mixture evenly over batter.
  • 6. Bake until cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Remove cake from pan, and transfer to parchment.
  • 7. make the glaze: Mix together confectioners' sugar and milk. Drizzle over cake, and let drip down sides. let set for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Coffee cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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Serving: 155gCalories: 631.8kcalCarbohydrates: 77.5gProtein: 7gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 15.6gCholesterol: 92.1mgSodium: 127.5mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 45.8g
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