Welcome coffee lovers! As a barista, I have always been fascinated by the wonderful aromas and unique flavors of coffee. Today, I am excited to share with you my personal take on a classic coffeehouse dessert – Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake.
This recipe is something special, moist buttery cake infused with cinnamon and topped with a crunchy cinnamon streusel topping that takes it to another level. Whether paired with your favorite cup of coffee or enjoyed as an afternoon snack, this cake is a treat that you can indulge in any time of day.
I love this recipe because it’s easy to make and sure to impress even the most discerning palate. With simple ingredients such as milk, sugar, butter, flour, and eggs, you can create a delightful masterpiece right in your kitchen. No fancy kitchen tools or training required.
So come on over and let’s get baking! I assure you that this Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake will leave your taste buds singing praises, and your mouth watering for more. Get ready to experience the warmth and flavors of a truly irresistible coffee cake that everyone will love.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a coffee cake recipe that will become a household favorite? Look no further than this cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe!
There are so many reasons why you’ll love this recipe. Firstly, the combination of moist, buttery cake with a crunchy, sweet cinnamon streusel topping is unbeatable. It’s like having two desserts in one! This crumbly topping has just the right amount of sweetness and spice to complement the rich flavor of the coffee cake.
Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can have it as a sweet breakfast treat or dessert, or even as an afternoon snack to pair with your favorite cup of joe. The warm spicy cinnamon aroma wafting through your kitchen while it’s baking will make you drool in anticipation!
If that’s not enough to convince you, this recipe is also incredibly easy to make, using no fancy equipment or techniques. And if you’re feeling creative, there are many ways to customize this recipe to your liking, by substituting different ingredients or playing around with the ratios of the filling and topping layers.
But perhaps the best reason why you will love this coffee cake recipe is that it makes for a perfect crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re hosting a brunch or simply looking for something special to share with your family, this cinnamon streusel coffee cake is sure to impress everyone. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable homemade treat that will awaken your senses!
Before we dive into the recipe, let’s take a look at the list of ingredients you will need to make this delicious cinnamon streusel coffee cake. Here’s what you’ll need:
For the Cake:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons water
For the Cinnamon Streusel Topping:
- 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
For the Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Don’t worry if you don’t have all these items in your pantry right now. I’ll also give you some tips on substitutions and variations later on. But first, let’s go through the steps to make this coffee cake masterpiece!
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have gone through the ingredients list and their roles in making this Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake, let’s jump into the recipe.
Time to Get Baking!
Step 1: Prepare the Streusel Topping
In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Add in 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and incorporate with a pastry blender or fork until it forms coarse crumbs.
Tip: Do not overmix as this will result in a dense cake topping.
Step 2: Make the Cake Batter
In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together 3/4 cup unsalted butter and 1 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy, for about 2-3 minutes. Add in 2 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, alternating with 3/4 cup milk. Mix until just combined then fold in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Step 3: Assemble the Coffee Cake
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). In a mixing bowl, toss together the Streusel Topping ingredients from step 1 with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans. Set aside.
Spread half of the Cake Batter evenly into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan or springform pan. Sprinkle half of the Streusel Topping over the batter.
Top with remaining batter covering all parts of the streusel topping then sprinkle with the rest of the topping mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Step 4: Let it Cool Down
Remove the Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Serve warm as is or with a side of fresh whipped cream or extra caramel syrup.
Tip: This dessert can also be served as a breakfast pastry with a warm cup of coffee or tea.
Substitutions and Variations
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are a few ways to mix up this classic coffee cake recipe. Here are some substitutions and variations to try:
– Apple Cinnamon Swirl: For a seasonal twist, replace half of the cinnamon streusel with chopped apples sautéed with butter and cinnamon. Swirl this mixture into the cake batter before baking for an apple cinnamon delight.
– Sour Cream Coffee Cake: If you love the moist, buttery texture of sour cream cakes, substitute the water in the recipe with an equal amount of sour cream. This will add tanginess and richness to the cake that is hard to resist.
– Chocolate Chip Streusel: Add some sweetness and texture by mixing chocolate chips into the streusel topping. The melting chocolate will create pockets of gooey goodness in each bite.
– Brown Sugar Crumb Topping: Swap out regular granulated sugar for packed brown sugar in both the cake batter and streusel topping. The caramel-like flavor and extra moisture from brown sugar will give the coffee cake a new depth of flavor.
– Yellow Cake Mix Base: Betty Crocker or Martha Stewart yellow cake mixes can be used as a base for this recipe. Follow instructions on box for success.
– Bundt Cake Presentation: Making bundt parfaits may make for an even better aesthetic presentation of your delicious coffee cake. Slice some cake into round shapes putting it in a glass jar or serving dish; stack, add whipped cream & sprinkle with crumb topping
Experimenting with different ingredients is part of what makes baking so fun! Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen and make this recipe your own.
Serving and Pairing
There is no denying that coffee cake is the perfect accompaniment to a steaming cup of coffee. It’s a match made in caffeine heaven that never fails to delight the senses. When it comes to serving and pairing this cinnamon streusel coffee cake, there are no hard and fast rules.
For those who prefer a classic approach, simply serve a warm slice of this moist, buttery, and perfectly spiced cake alongside your favorite cup of coffee. The cinnamon-sugar topping combined with the fluffy vanilla cake will make for a delightful morning treat.
If you’re looking to mix things up, try serving it with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The creamy sweetness will enhance the flavors of the warm cake and lend it an indulgent touch.
For an added flavor boost, you could also pair it with a flavored latte or cappuccino. Whether you prefer a pumpkin spice latte or a caramel macchiato, the rich and complex flavors of these espresso-based drinks are sure to complement the cinnamon aroma of this cake.
If you’re feeling adventurous in the kitchen, try making an apple cinnamon swirl for your next brunch party. Simply slice some fresh apples and mix them with cinnamon sugar, then spread them over half of the cake batter before pouring on the remaining batter. Top with streusel topping and bake as directed. The result is an apple-studded dessert that’s perfect for autumn gatherings.
In conclusion, there is no shortage of ways to serve and pair this delicious cinnamon streusel coffee cake. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with one’s favorite hot drink or dessert topping, this recipe has something to offer for everyone.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
If you’re short on time but still want to enjoy a fresh slice of Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake in the morning, you’ll be glad to know that this cake recipe is a perfect make-ahead option. You can prepare the cake batter and streusel topping ahead of time and store both separately in the fridge overnight. This way, all you have to do in the morning is mix the two together and bake.
Once baked, you can store any leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. If you need to store it for longer, it’s best to keep it in the fridge wrapped tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. The cake will stay moist for up to five days in the fridge. To reheat your slice of heaven, pop it in a microwave oven for 10-15 seconds, or warm it up in a conventional oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5-10 minutes.
Another option is to freeze your cinnamon streusel coffee cake for future enjoyment. Wrap individual slices with plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to three months. When you’re ready to devour them again, take out the desired number of slices and thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Keep in mind that reheating might slightly affect the texture and moistness of your coffee cake, but if stored correctly, it will still be delicious!
Tips for Perfect Results
If you want to make sure your cinnamon streusel coffee cake comes out perfectly, there are some tips you should consider. Here are some simple yet helpful tips for achieving moist, buttery, and delicious coffee cake.
First off, it is recommended that all the ingredients are at room temperature before you start baking. This way, they’ll mix better and have a better reaction when baked together. It is also important to properly measure all of the ingredients since even slight variations can affect the result. Make sure to scrape off any excess when leveling flour or sugar.
When mixing the cake batter or the streusel topping, refrain from overmixing. Doing so can result in a dense or tough cake texture. Mix until everything is just incorporated, but don’t overdo it. Always sift your dry ingredients to avoid lumps and ensure even distribution of flavor throughout the mixture.
Pay attention to oven temperature and timing! Generally, a preheated oven set at 350°F would do the trick but every oven varies in temperature. So adjust accordingly depending on what works best for you since baking time and temperature can significantly impact the outcome of your cake.
If possible, try to avoid using substitutes for certain ingredients in this recipe as they may change the texture and/or flavor profile of your coffee cake. To maintain that perfect cinnamon streusel taste in your coffee cake, stick with the exact measurements and specific ingredients listed in this recipe.
Lastly, make sure your cinnamon streusel coffee cake completely cools down before adding any powdered sugar or frosting on top so that it doesn’t melt away into a gooey mess. Cut them into slices only when cooled down to room temperature for easier serving.
There you go – some practical tips that can help you bake a perfect cinnamon streusel coffee cake! Enjoy baking and savoring every bite of your masterpiece.
In conclusion, this cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe is the perfect addition to your breakfast or brunch table. It’s moist, buttery and bursting with flavor that will surely leave everyone craving for more. With simple ingredients that are readily available in your pantry, you can whip up a batch of decadent cakes in no time.
This recipe is so versatile that you can make variations according to your preference. From apple cinnamon swirl to streusel apple cake and bundt cake, the possibilities are endless. And with the tips and recommendations that I’ve included in this article, you can ensure perfect results every time.
So next time you’re looking for a sweet treat or hosting a brunch, give this cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe a try. Your taste buds and your guests will thank you. Trust me: one bite of this delicious coffee cake and you’ll be hooked!
Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe
- 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
- 1 (4 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1/3 cup oil
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 cup soft butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons soft butter
- 3 -4 tablespoons milk
- Combine all ingredients for cake and mix well.
- Grease a bundt cake pan and pour half of cake batter into pan.
- Combine all filling ingredients and sprinkle half evenly over batter.
- Top with remaining batter, then sprinkle the rest of the filling mixture over the top of the cake.
- Bake at 375° for 45 to 50 minutes or until done.
- Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes, then turn over onto a plate and remove from the pan.
- Cool cake completely.
- For glaze, mix together butter and vanilla, then add powdered sugar.
- Whisk in milk a tablespoon at a time until glaze is desired consistency.
- Pour glaze over top of cake and let it run down the sides.
- Allow glaze to firm before serving.