Indulgent Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

Coffee cake is one of those delicious treats that I can never get enough of. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea, whether you’re having it for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. And this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake With Cinnamon Streusel Recipe is one of the best coffee cake recipes out there.

Imagine sinking your teeth into a buttery and fluffy cake with pockets of sweet and tangy cream cheese filling, and a fragrant cinnamon streusel topping that’s crispy on top and moist in the middle. The aroma alone will make your mouth water.

What I love most about this recipe is how easy it is to make, even if you’re not an experienced baker. All you need is a few basic ingredients, and you’ll have a delicious coffee cake that everyone will love.

So, if you’re looking for an indulgent treat that’s perfect for any occasion, look no further than this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake With Cinnamon Streusel Recipe. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake With Cinnamon Streusel
Cream Cheese Coffee Cake With Cinnamon Streusel

Do you crave a sweet and indulgent treat to accompany your morning coffee or your afternoon tea? If the answer is yes, then look no further than this cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel recipe. Trust me, you will love this recipe!

What’s not to love? A moist and buttery cake with a rich cream cheese filling, topped with a generous layer of crunchy cinnamon streusel. The combination of flavors and textures is simply heavenly.

This coffee cake is perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s for breakfast or brunch, an afternoon snack, or a dessert for your dinner party, it’s guaranteed to impress your guests. And if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth at home, this coffee cake is an ideal choice – easy to make and even easier to enjoy!

So if you’re craving something sweet, don’t hesitate to give this recipe a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredient List

 A delicious treat for a lazy morning
A delicious treat for a lazy morning


Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to make this delicious cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel recipe:

  • 1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk
  • For the Cream Cheese Filling:
    • 8 oz (225g) cream cheese, softened
    • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Cinnamon Streusel:
    • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar, packed
    • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
    • 3 tsp ground cinnamon (or more or less, to taste)
    • 3/4 cup (12 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Make sure to gather all the ingredients before starting to prepare your coffee cake.

The Recipe How-To

 A perfect pairing for your favorite cup of coffee
A perfect pairing for your favorite cup of coffee

Now that you’ve got your ingredients gathered, let’s get started with making this delicious cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel. Remember to preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease a 9-inch square baking dish.

Making the Streusel Topping

First things first! We’ll start with the streusel topping. In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.

Then, add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (softened) and use your fingers or a fork to mix everything together until it looks like coarse crumbs. Set it aside while we make the coffee cake batter.

Making the Cream Cheese Filling

To prepare the cream cheese filling, beat together in another small bowl a package of cream cheese (room temperature), an egg, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract until it becomes smooth.

Preparing the Cake Batter

In a separate bowl, cream together 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter and 1 cup granulated sugar until they become light and fluffy. Beat in two eggs, one at a time.

Next, mix in 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, baking soda (1/2 teaspoon), and baking powder (2 teaspoons) into the mixture until everything is evenly combined. Add in 1 cup buttermilk and 2 cups all-purpose flour. Mix them together until they are evenly incorporated.

Assembling Your Coffee Cake

Now it’s time to layer our coffee cake.

Pour half of your cake batter into the prepared pan we lined earlier. Spread it using a spatula until it is smooth.

Next, spread out your cream cheese filling mixture over the batter evenly. Pour the remaining cake batter over the filling and spread it out evenly.

Finally, it’s time to add our streusel topping. Crumble the previously prepared cinnamon streusel topping over the top of your coffee cake batter.

Baking Your Coffee Cake

We’re almost done! Bake your coffee cake in the preheated oven for approximately 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

Once done, allow your cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel to cool on a wire rack. Once completely cool serve warm as is, or with whipped cream. Enjoy every slice of this deliciousness!

Substitutions and Variations

 Can you resist this heavenly cream cheese swirl?
Can you resist this heavenly cream cheese swirl?

If you are looking to spice things up, the Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Recipe is an incredibly versatile recipe that can be customized to your specific taste preferences.

One option is to swap out the cream cheese filling with chocolate, blueberries or pumpkin puree, which will turn the coffee cake into a decadent dessert that is sure to please. Simply mix together your chosen ingredient with sugar and cream it until it is smooth, then spread over the first layer of the cake before adding the streusel topping.

Alternatively, you can change up the cinnamon streusel topping by adding pecans or walnuts for added texture and crunch. This nutty touch will provide a depth of flavor that will elevate the coffee cake to new heights.

For those who are unable to consume dairy products or have a lactose intolerance, you can substitute butter with coconut oil for a delicious flavor that is still incredibly creamy.

Furthermore, if you want to make this coffee cake recipe gluten-free, simply switch to using gluten-free all-purpose flour instead. You can also cut down on sugar by swapping out some of the granulated sugar for brown sugar or substituting some of it with unsweetened applesauce.

With just a few tweaks here and there, you can turn this classic recipe into something entirely new and personal. So take this opportunity to experiment with flavors and ingredients and create a truly unique dish that everyone will love!

Serving and Pairing

 Indulgent and cinnamon-y crumb toppings for a cozy day
Indulgent and cinnamon-y crumb toppings for a cozy day

The cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel is a perfect dessert to serve with a hot cup of coffee or tea. The cake is equally delicious when served fresh from the oven or at room temperature, making it a versatile dessert option.

For an elevated presentation, serve the cake on a decorative cake platter and dust it lightly with powdered sugar. For added flavor, pair the coffee cake with fresh fruit like slices of juicy strawberries, blueberries or raspberries.

If you’re hosting a brunch, this coffee cake is sure to impress. Offer it as part of a larger spread that includes savory breakfast dishes such as quiches, omelets and breakfast burritos. Compliment this sweet coffee cake with something tart like fresh squeezed orange juice, which will provide the perfect balance between sweetness and acidity.

When sharing this rich and flavorful dessert at a potluck or gathering, pair it with a light white wine such as a dry Riesling or Chardonnay. These wines are able to balance out the sweet flavors of the dessert without overpowering them.

However you choose to serve it and whatever you choose to pair it with, homemade cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping will be sure to impress your guests. This delightful dessert is one that everyone will enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready to fall in love with this easy coffee cake recipe
Get ready to fall in love with this easy coffee cake recipe

One of the great things about this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel recipe is that you can make it ahead of time to save time on busy mornings. You can even prepare the cake batter and streusel topping separately, store them in the refrigerator, and assemble the cake when needed.

To make ahead, follow the recipe instructions but stop before baking. Instead, cover the unbaked cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, let the cake sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour before baking as usual.

Storing this coffee cake is also a breeze. You can keep it at room temperature for up to three days in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap. If storing it longer than three days, it’s best to keep it in the fridge for up to one week.

When reheating your coffee cake, preheat your oven to 350°F. Wrap pieces of the cake in foil and warm in the oven for about 10-15 minutes–this will help preserve its moistness and prevent it from drying out. Alternatively, you can use a microwave-safe plate and microwave each slice for only 10-20 seconds.

Just remember not to overheat the coffee cake as this may dry it out, and nobody wants a dry cake!

Tips for Perfect Results

 One bite of this cake will make your day
One bite of this cake will make your day

When it comes to baking this cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel recipe, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you achieve perfect results every time.

Firstly, make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before you begin. This helps to ensure that they mix together smoothly and evenly, which is essential for achieving the perfect texture.

When mixing the batter, be careful not to overmix it. This can result in a tough and dense cake rather than a light and fluffy one. Mix until the dry ingredients are just incorporated, then stop and fold in any remaining bits by hand.

It’s important to use good quality ingredients, especially when it comes to the cream cheese filling. Low-quality cream cheese can result in a lumpy mixture that doesn’t blend well with the other ingredients. Choose a high-quality brand for the best results.

When making the streusel topping, make sure the butter is softened but not melted. This makes it easier to mix and helps create those delicious buttery pockets throughout the topping.

If you’re short on time or don’t have all the ingredients on hand, don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions and variations. For example, you could try substituting sour cream or yogurt for some of the buttermilk in the recipe for a tangy twist.

Last but not least, don’t forget to preheat your oven before baking! This ensures that your cake cooks evenly and stays moist while baking. And remember, every oven is different, so always keep an eye on your cake as it bakes to avoid overcooking or burning.

By following these tips and recommendations, you’ll be well on your way to making a perfectly delicious cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel every time!


Now, let’s move onto section (9) where I’ll answer some common questions to ensure you have all the information you need to successfully make this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake With Cinnamon Streusel recipe.

What’s the difference between coffee cake and streusel?

The amount of streusel topping used distinguishes crumb cake from coffee cake. Generally, crumb cake has a more substantial layer of streusel than coffee cake. Moreover, there is the possibility of preparing coffee cake without any streusel topping.

What are the ingredients in Hostess cinnamon streusel coffee cakes?

The ingredients used in this recipe include enriched flour, sugar, water, soybean oil, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, egg, modified cornstarch, cinnamon, palm oil, tallow, salt, and defatted.

What is the difference between coffee cake and crumble cake?

When comparing the two types of cakes, it’s notable that the primary contrast lies in the quantity of the streusel topping utilized. While crumb cake tends to have a greater amount of topping, coffee cake may still be prepared without it. Additionally, it’s worthwhile to note that in some instances, there’s a variant of crumb cake known as New York-style crumb cake, which generally features much larger crumbs.

Is cinnamon crumb cake the same as coffee cake?

Coffee cake and crumb cake may seem similar, but there are clear distinctions between the two. While coffee cake is commonly topped with a layer of crumbly streusel, crumb cake is essentially half cake and half crumb. And in this recipe, we’re going to dive deeper into making the perfect crumb cake!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Recipe is a perfect treat for all coffee and cake lovers out there. From its buttery and moist cake to its delicious cream cheese filling and cinnamon streusel topping, this recipe will make you want to have more.

You’ll love the rich texture of the cake, the tangy taste of the cream cheese filling, and the crunchy sweetness of the cinnamon streusel. Plus, this recipe is versatile in terms of substitutions and variations. You can easily switch up the ingredients to suit your taste buds or dietary restrictions.

Whether you are serving it for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, this coffee cake will be a hit at any occasion. And if you have leftovers, don’t worry because it’s easy to store and reheat. You can enjoy it multiple times without any loss of flavor or texture.

So what are you waiting for? Make sure to try out this exceptional Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Recipe today! And don’t forget to share it with your friends and loved ones because good food always tastes better when shared.

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake With Cinnamon Streusel

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake With Cinnamon Streusel Recipe

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 596 kcal


For the Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

For the Filling

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg

For the Streusel

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  • For the cake, grease and flour a 13x9 baking dish and set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt on low until combined. Beat in softened butter until mixture is crumbly. Add in eggs, vanilla and buttermilk and beat until fully combined and fluffy! Pour half the batter into baking dish, spreading evenly.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar and egg until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Pour over batter. Top with remaining half of cake batter.
  • For the topping, mix sugars with cinnamon and salt. Add in butter and combine fully. Add flour and mix with hands until fully combined. Pour crumb topping over batter, sprinkling with hands until evenly distributed.
  • Bake cake in a 325 degree oven for about 45 minutes, until fully cooked. Cool completely and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 157gCalories: 596kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 8.3gFat: 31.6gSaturated Fat: 18.8gCholesterol: 131.5mgSodium: 505.1mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 37.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breakfast, For Large Groups
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