Delicious Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

Hello there, fellow coffee lovers. As a barista, I’ve had the privilege of creating countless coffee-based drinks over the years. And let me tell you, nothing beats the warm, comforting taste of a freshly brewed pumpkin coffee.

That’s why I’m excited to share with you my recipe for Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake. This cake is the perfect pairing for your morning cup o’ joe, and it’s bound to give you that extra boost of energy to start your day off right.

With its fluffy texture, warm spices, and delicious streusel crumb topping, this cake is sure to become one of your go-to breakfast treats. And don’t just take my word for it – try out this recipe for yourself and taste the magic of pumpkin spice goodness. So let’s get started, shall we?

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake
Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Folks, let me tell you about a coffee cake recipe that’ll make your taste buds sing with joy: the Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake.

First of all, if pumpkin isn’t already one of your favorite flavors, this coffee cake will change your mind! The warm spices and sweet pumpkin flavor create a cozy aroma and satisfying taste that’s perfect for chilly autumn mornings.

And don’t even get me started on the crumbly streusel topping. It’s downright irresistible! The mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter creates a delightfully crunchy texture that pairs perfectly with the softness of the cake.

But what I really love about this recipe is how versatile it is. Not only does it make for a finger-licking breakfast or brunch treat, but it can also be served as a dessert at gatherings or special occasions. Plus, since it’s a coffee cake, it pairs beautifully with a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee or hot cocoa.

Trust me, this Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake is worth trying. Heck, it might just become a new family tradition in your household!

Ingredient List

 Pump up your morning with this pumpkin coffee cake
Pump up your morning with this pumpkin coffee cake

For those who are about to embark on a savory baking journey, it’s time to gather your arsenal of ingredients that will make the Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake a success. In a large bowl combine 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of baking powder; and 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon – if you love cake with warm spices go ahead and add pumpkin pie spice too.

Next, make the streusel crumb topping that will be sprinkled generously on the top layer of the coffee cake. To make streusel, prepare a small bowl and whisk together 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch of kosher salt then add in 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) unsalted butter softened at room temperature using your hands. Mix well until the topping is crumbly, and set it aside.

The remaining ingredients for this Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake recipe are simple; you will need:
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup (or 1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Make sure to measure all your ingredients precisely to get the best results.

The Recipe How-To

 A match made in heaven: pumpkin and streusel
A match made in heaven: pumpkin and streusel

Now comes the most exciting part, the recipe how-to of this Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake. Make sure to follow these steps carefully to ensure that you have the perfect cake experience.


For the Cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

For the Streusel Crumb Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan with baking spray or butter.

Step 2

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.

Step 3

In another large bowl beat together your softened butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Step 4

Add in your eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Step 5

Add in pumpkin puree and sour cream beating on low setting until combined.

Step 6

Gradually add in the flour mixture until just combined.

Step 7

Make sure to clean the bowl so you can prepare for making the streusel crumb topping which will go on top of the cake.

Step 8

In a small bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt and melted butter with a fork until crumbly.

Step 9

Pour the cake mix into your prepared cake pan making sure the batter is evenly distributed.

Step 10

Cover your cake mix with the streusel crumb topping.

Step 11

Bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.

Step 12

Let it cool down for about 10-15 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

With these instructions, you can create your own Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake with ease. Make sure to follow these basic steps to create that perfect balance of pumpkin flavors in every bite!

Substitutions and Variations

 Breakfast just got better with this pumpkin streusel coffee cake
Breakfast just got better with this pumpkin streusel coffee cake

Well folks, here come the interesting part! What can we add to this delightful pumpkin streusel coffee cake to make it even more scrumptious? And what can we substitute with fewer ingredients or which ones can we change without losing that delicious taste?

Let me give you a few recommendations on variations and substitutions:

Firstly, you can try incorporating nuts in your streusel crumb topping for some added crunchiness. Chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds will do the job. Just mix them together with your brown sugar, butter and cinnamon mixture before you sprinkle it on top of your cake batter. Trust me; this will take your taste buds on a wild adventure!

If you cannot find pumpkin puree in your local store or if it’s not pumpkin season yet, simply substitute it with canned pumpkin. You can find this in most stores these days all year round, and it works just as well.

If you’re feeling adventurous and would love to go that extra mile with the flavors in the recipe, try adding some sour cream to the cake mix. Not too much though—just around 1/4 cup should do the job – this will add some tangy flavor and moisture to your batter.

Another neat trick is using maple glaze instead of whipped cream or even frosting. This works wonders for baking lovers who are trying to avoid sugary treats but still want a little sweetness. Mix a tablespoon of maple syrup with some powdered sugar and milk until it forms a smooth consistency, then simply drizzle it over your cooled cake.

Those were some great twists that are sure to make your pumpkin spice coffee cake shine like never before! So what are you waiting for? Get creative with these handy substitutions and variations—that’s how great recipes become greater!

Serving and Pairing

Say “goodbye” to boring coffee breaks with this spiced cake

When it comes to serving and pairing this delicious Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake, there are a few things you can do to really enhance the experience. The first and most obvious is to simply enjoy it with a hot cup of coffee. This cake is specifically designed to pair perfectly with a bold blend of coffee, making it a great dessert option for your morning or afternoon pick-me-up.

But if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, you can also try pairing this cake with other beverages such as warm apple cider or spiced tea. These drinks complement the warm fall flavors of the cake and help to bring out its rich pumpkin spice flavors.

When it comes to serving, this Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake is versatile enough to be enjoyed in a range of different ways. One option is to slice it into small squares and serve them as bite-sized treats at your next gathering. You could also serve larger slices along with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for an indulgent dessert.

For a more festive option, try baking the cake in a bundt pan and drizzling warm maple glaze over the top before serving. This adds an extra layer of sweetness and creates a stunning presentation that’s sure to impress your guests.

Whether you choose to pair it with coffee or cider, serve it sliced or bundled, one thing is certain: this Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake is sure to be the hit of any fall gathering or holiday celebration.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Give yourself a treat with this pumpkin streusel coffee cake
Give yourself a treat with this pumpkin streusel coffee cake

Now, let me tell y’all about the best way to make this pumpkin streusel coffee cake ahead of time, store it, and reheat it like a champ. This coffee cake recipe is perfect for those busy mornings when you don’t have much time to prepare breakfast, but still want something satisfyingly delicious.

To make the pumpkin streusel coffee cake ahead of time, follow the recipe how-to as directed, skipping the baking part. Once you have assembled the cake in your desired baking dish, cover it with a plastic wrap or foil and pop it into your fridge. The crumb topping may lose its crispiness if refrigerated for too long, so if you’re worried about this issue, you can also mix up the streusel crumb topping and keep it separate in an airtight container. Make sure to refrigerate both the cake and the streusel topping for no more than 24 hours.

When you want to bake it, bring it out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature while preheating your oven to 350℉. Once your oven is heated up, remove any plastic wrap or foil from your baking dish containing the coffee cake and bake as directed.

This pumpkin streusel coffee cake can also be stored either on your kitchen counter or in your refrigerator. When storing it on your kitchen counter, ensure that it is wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. If you plan to store it in the fridge, put it in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. With proper storage, this crumb cake should keep well for several days.

Reheating is easy peasy! You can warm individual slices of pumpkin coffee cake in your microwave for a few seconds or heat them in your toaster oven for two minutes. Alternatively, if you’re planning on feeding a crowd or don’t mind have some crispy edges that are absolutely delicious, you can reheat the entire coffee cake in your oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Remember that with careful preparation and storage, the scrumptious pumpkin streusel coffee cake can be on hand to satisfy your cravings any morning of the week!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Keep calm and eat pumpkin coffee cake
Keep calm and eat pumpkin coffee cake

Attention, pumpkin streusel coffee cake enthusiasts! Follow my tips and tricks to ensure the perfect result every time you bake this delectable dessert. Here are some things you should keep in mind:

First and foremost, don’t forget to preheat your oven to 350 degrees before you start baking. Allowing your oven to get up to the right temperature is essential for evenly baked, golden and moist cake.

In addition, I recommend using unsalted butter for both the cake batter and the streusel topping. It will help control the amount of salt in the recipe, making sure it doesn’t overpower the other flavors.

Using fresh ingredients is also essential, both in terms of pumpkin puree and spices. Using organic and high-quality ingredients will ensure a more flavorful and nutritious cake.

Another important factor in achieving great results lies in measuring out all ingredients properly. It’s especially important not to under or over-measure flour because it can drastically affect your results. Use leveled measuring cups or spoons for greater accuracy.

If you’re looking to incorporate nuts into your recipe, make sure to toast them beforehand for added flavor and texture. Alternatively, you can also add some maple sugar or frosting as a finishing touch if desired.

Finally, don’t rush when spreading on the crumb topping- be gentle when patting it down on top of the cake batter. This adds both decorative appeal and crunchiness that’s irresistible!

By following these tips, your pumpkin streusel coffee cake will come out perfectly every time- moist, fluffy, and bursting with delicious seasonal flavor!


Now, let’s dive into item number 9: FAQ. You might be wondering about some specific aspects of this recipe, such as ingredient substitutions, baking time adjustments or dietary constraints. To help you navigate any potential question marks, I’ve gathered the most frequently asked questions and provided detailed answers. Keep reading to make sure you can make pumpkin streusel coffee cake like a pro!

Why is crumb cake called coffee cake?

Coffee cake is commonly enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee due to its ability to complement and enhance the coffee’s flavor. It’s important to note that while a crumb cake can be classified as a type of coffee cake, the reverse is not true. This is due to the significant difference in the amount of crumb present in each type of cake, which can impact their taste and texture. Be mindful of these distinctions when ordering from your local bakery.

What makes coffee cake different?

Kaffekuchen, commonly known as coffee cake, is a delicious single layer cake with a sweet cinnamon taste and a crunchy streusel topping. It is made using a simple mixture of flour, sugar and butter. Some versions have a fruity twist and blueberry is a popular choice. Streusel can also be used as a filling in the cake for an extra sweet surprise.

What is coffee cake crumble made of?

The terms crumble, streusel, and crumb topping have similar meanings. They are all toppings consisting of flour, sugar, and butter that can be added to various baked goods, such as muffins, cakes, and pies.

Why does my coffee cake crumble?

When a cake ends up crumbly, it may be due to issues with the dough, which could be linked to excessive gluten present in the cake flour. Gluten is a crucial component of baking and also plays a role in cake-making.

Bottom Line

Now that I’ve shared with you my recipe for Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake, it’s time for you to give it a try. Trust me, this cake will be a hit among your family and friends. Not only does it have a deliciously rich pumpkin flavor, but the crumbly and buttery streusel topping takes it to the next level.

Don’t be intimidated if you aren’t an experienced baker. Follow each step carefully and don’t forget to read the helpful tips I’ve provided for perfect results.

If you’re searching for a dessert to impress at a party or gathering, look no further than this Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake. It can also make for a sweet snack alongside your morning coffee or tea.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, try some of the substitutions and variations I’ve suggested. You may discover new ways to tweak this recipe to better suit your tastes or dietary restrictions.

Overall, this pumpkin coffee cake with its warm spices, comforting aroma, and inviting texture is truly special. It’s a tried-and-true recipe that will become a tradition in your household too. So why not spice up your life and make this Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake today?

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

a scrumptious coffeecake good for anytime of the year. Just be careful that you don't under bake it. I thought I cooked it long enough, but it turned out that I didn't and it was quite soft in the middle. That didn't affect the taste however!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 slices
Calories 291.9 kcal



  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • PREHEAT oven to 350°F Grease and flour 9-inch round cake pan.
  • COMBINE flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly; stir in nuts.
  • COMBINE flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  • SPOON half of batter into prepared cake pan. Sprinkle 3/4 cup Streusel Topping over batter. Spoon remaining batter evenly over Streusel Topping; sprinkle with remaining Streusel Topping.
  • BAKE for 45 to 50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 71gCalories: 291.9kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 3.8gFat: 16.7gSaturated Fat: 9.2gCholesterol: 59.5mgSodium: 280.5mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 16.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, For Large Groups, Vegetable
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