Delicious Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe for Breakfast

As I stand here, in the cozy corner of my coffee shop, aroma of freshly roasted beans fills my senses. Suddenly, my thoughts drift to a wonderful recipe that I would love to share with you today. Friends, caffeine addicts, and foodies – do not leave your kitchen before trying this scrumptious Streusel Coffee Cake recipe!

When it comes to comforting desserts, few can compete with coffee cake. This delicious and heartwarming treat embodies everything we love about homemade baked goods. It’s warm, tender, cinnamon-spiced, and topped with a buttery streusel that’s nothing short of divine.

Let me walk you through this simple yet irresistible recipe. The buttery cake studded with cinnamon sugar is sure to make your house smell like a cozy coffee shop on a rainy day. Paired with your favorite hot beverage or enjoyed on its own, this Streusel Coffee Cake will satisfy the sweetest of sweet teeth.

So buckle up, grab your aprons and let’s start baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Streusel Coffee Cake
Streusel Coffee Cake

This streusel coffee cake recipe will make you fall in love with its moist and soft texture, sweet cake batter, and crumbly topping. Trust me, as a barista, I know a thing or two about making tasty treats to pair with your coffee.

First of all, the ingredients are spot-on. The combination of cinnamon and brown sugar in the streusel topping adds a warm and cozy flavor that pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee. The baking powder helps give this cake a light and fluffy texture, making it easy to eat and enjoy. Plus, you can substitute some of the ingredients if you like! Canola oil for margarine if you prefer, skim milk instead of whole milk, raspberry or blueberry instead of apple in the streusel topping… It’s all up to you!

Secondly, this recipe is easy to follow! Even if you’re not an experienced baker, this recipe won’t intimidate you with difficult steps or complicated ingredients. Simply mix the wet ingredients together in one bowl, mix the dry ingredients in another bowl and combine everything until smooth. Then just sprinkle the cinnamon streusel over the top and bake it in the oven for less than an hour – it’s that simple!

Finally, this delicious cake can be customized to suit any taste or occasion. Make a half-cake or double the recipe for larger gatherings. Swap out the apple streusel for a different fruit or add some pumpkin puree for seasonal flavor. This cake works perfectly as dessert after dinner or as a snack with your morning coffee. Plus, it lasts well even when stored properly – it won’t go stale quickly.

So why wouldn’t you love this amazing coffee cake recipe? It’s easy to make, customizable and absolutely delicious! Give it a try today and never look back- Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

Ingredient List

 The aroma of freshly-baked streusel coffee cake filling the kitchen
The aroma of freshly-baked streusel coffee cake filling the kitchen

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this amazing Streusel Coffee Cake:

Streusel Topping:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup margarine, melted

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup skim milk

Cinnamon Streusel:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold margarine

The ingredients in this recipe will give you a light and fluffy coffee cake, with a delicious cinnamon flavor that pairs perfectly with your morning coffee. Remember to use the best ingredients for an even better outcome!

The Recipe How-To

 Layers of cinnamon-infused streusel intertwined in every bite
Layers of cinnamon-infused streusel intertwined in every bite

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare cake batter: In a large bowl, I’ll combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a bowl. Then, I’ll mix them all together.

In another bowl, add 1 egg, 1 cup of skim milk, 1/3 cup of canola oil, 1/4 cup of nonfat sour cream, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and mix well.

Next, I’ll gradually pour my wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.

Make cinnamon streusel: In a medium mixing bowl, I will combine 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar,2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and 1/3 cup melted margarine. Using your fingers or a baking spatula, I will gently knead this mixture until it forms crumbs.

Assemble the cake: Grease an eight-inch pan with margarine or use parchment paper to prevent sticking. Pour half the cake batter into the prepared pan. Then evenly sprinkle half of the cinnamon streusel on top of the batter. Repeat with the remaining batter and last half of the cinnamon streusel.

Bake! Bake! Bake!: Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown on top and inserted toothpick comes out clean in center. Let it cool off for at least 10 minutes before serving.

This cinnamon-streusel coffee cake is perfect for breakfast served alongside some warm brewed coffee or apple cider!

Substitutions and Variations

 Crumbly and buttery streusel topping on a moist and fluffy cake
Crumbly and buttery streusel topping on a moist and fluffy cake

In my years of experience, I’ve learned that one of the joys of cooking is the ability to experiment with different ingredients and make something new. Here are some substitution and variation ideas for your Streusel Coffee Cake that I think you’ll enjoy.

Firstly, you can try swapping out the margarine or canola oil for unsalted butter, which will lend this cake a rich and creamy flavor. Another variation would be to replace nonfat sour cream with plain yoghurt or Greek yoghurt for a tangier taste. If you prefer to skip dairy altogether, go for almond milk instead of skim milk.

Looking to spice things up? Instead of using plain cinnamon in your streusel topping, try mixing in 1/4 cup of ground pecans or walnuts. You can also create a fruity variation by swapping out the cinnamon sugar filling with fresh blueberries or raspberries mixed with a tablespoonful of sugar.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even make an apple streusel coffee cake by incorporating 1/2 cup finely diced apples into the batter prepared with cinnamon sugar mixture sprinkled over it. Or maybe you’d like to mix things up with a pumpkin crumb coffee cake by adding 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree and toasted pecans on top of the batter before baking it.

For those looking to cut down on sugar intake, decrease the amount of brown sugar in half and replace some (or all) granulated sugar with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.

No matter how you choose to make your coffee cake, don’t be afraid to experiment! The best coffee cakes come from those who are willing to give new ingredients and ideas a chance.

Serving and Pairing

 A slice of heaven in every mouthful
A slice of heaven in every mouthful

When it comes to serving and pairing Streusel Coffee Cake, there are plenty of options. The warm, delicate flavor and texture of this cake make it a perfect breakfast or brunch pastry. You can enjoy it with coffee or tea, or even a glass of cold milk.

One option for serving Streusel Coffee Cake is to keep it simple and pair it with a classic cup of coffee. The rich, earthy flavors of the coffee complement the cinnamon and brown sugar notes in the cake. Pairing the cake with a good quality coffee can enhance your overall sensory experience!

Another great idea is to pair your Streusel Coffee Cake with fresh fruit or berries. These colorful and delicious treats add a bright flavor and beautiful pop of color that will compliment the cake perfectly. Slice up some apples, bananas or berries and pile them high on top of your warm coffee cake slice.

If you want to take things up a notch, try adding whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top. The smoothness of the cream will balance out the crunchiness from the streusel topping & provide an extra indulgent taste.

As for presentation, you can serve the streusel coffee cake in various ways including cutting it into thick slices, wedges or cube shapes as per requirements.

In summary, when it comes to sharing a slice of your best coffee cake recipe, there’s no limit! Get creative with how you serve and pair it to bring out its best flavor combinations together.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Pair with a warm cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk
Pair with a warm cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk

For those who enjoy the convenience of meal prep, you can make the Streusel Coffee Cake ahead of time and store it for later. To save time in the morning, prepare the crumb topping, cake batter, and cinnamon streusel ahead of time, then refrigerate separately for up to 2 days.

When you’re ready to make coffee cake, let the ingredients come to room temperature, then mix together only when you’re ready to bake. You don’t want your cake batter too warm or too cold before cooking as this can affect the texture of your cake.

After enjoying your scrumptious Streusel Coffee Cake fresh from the oven, you can store any leftover portions in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. If that timeline doesn’t work for you, you may freeze any leftover slices for up to two weeks by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

When reheating your coffee cake’s individual slices or whole cake prior to serving, I recommend using an oven over a microwave or stovetop because these methods can cause the moisture in the cake to evaporate or become soggy. Instead, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), gently lay your slices on a baking sheet and warm them for about 10-12 minutes until warm with a crisp top. When reheating a whole cake, wrap it with foil and heat for about 10-15 minutes until warmed through. Don’t forget to restrain yourself from completely devouring it immediately after cooking!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect balance of sweetness and spice
The perfect balance of sweetness and spice

If there’s anything I’ve learned in my years as a barista, it’s that attention to detail makes all the difference when it comes to crafting the perfect cup of coffee or, in this case, a delectable streusel coffee cake. While the recipe for this cinnamon-spiced treat may seem straightforward enough, incorporating certain tips and techniques can take your bake from good to great.

To start with, be sure to accurately measure all of your ingredients before mixing them together. Baking is all about precision and even the slightest deviation from your recipe’s measurements can throw off the delicate balance of flavors and textures. It’s also important to use room temperature ingredients when possible, as they’ll more readily blend together for a smoother batter.

When it comes to preparing your cake pan, make sure it’s well greased with margarine or canola oil before adding any batter. This will help prevent the cake from sticking and keep its shape intact.

While stirring together ingredients may seem simple, it’s important not to overmix the batter. Overmixing can lead to air bubbles and tough cake instead of soft moist deliciousness!

For an even more indulgent treat, try experimenting with different streusel variations like apple or raspberry instead of classic cinnamon sugar. And if you prefer your coffee cake on the lighter side, use skim milk instead of whole and nonfat sour cream instead of regular.

Lastly but certainly not least, let your cake cool completely before slicing into it. Not only will this make for neater cuts, but giving the cake time to set after baking allows for flavors to meld together resulting in a tastier bite!

With these tips and tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be well equipped to make the best coffee cakes–whether old-fashioned or streusel or beyond–in town!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this streusel coffee cake recipe is the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet cravings. The combination of cinnamon, brown sugar, and all-purpose flour creates a complex blend of flavors that make each bite more enjoyable than the last. It’s comfort food at its finest- perfect for sharing with friends and family.

With easy-to-follow instructions, substitutions and variations options, and serving ideas, this recipe will undoubtedly become a favorite in your home. Whether you’re looking to indulge in something sugary or serve it up as a breakfast pastry, this cake hits the nail on the head.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your ingredients, put on some music, and start baking. There’s no better time to make memories with loved ones over a warm slice of cinnamon streusel coffee cake.

Make sure to share this recipe with others so they can enjoy it too! You’ll be their hero when they take a bite of this irresistible goodness. Trust me – they won’t be disappointed. Let’s stop thinking about it and start making it – there are some things in life that are just too good to resist.

Streusel Coffee Cake

Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 223.3 kcal


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup nonfat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons margarine


  • reheat the oven.
  • Spray an 8-inch springform pan with vegetable cooking spray and set aside.
  • To prepare topping,in a small bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  • Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in margarine until coarse crumbs form. Set aside.
  • To prepare cake, in a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  • In a large bowl, whisk egg whites, sour cream, milk, and oil.
  • Add flour mixture; stir until just combined.
  • Spoon batter into prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle topping over batter.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
  • Place pan on a wire rack; cool for 10 minutes.
  • Remove side of pan; cool cake completely.
  • NOTES: Fruit toppings give coffee cakes extra flair.
  • After spooning batter into the pan, try arranging thin slices of apple over the top, then proceed as directed.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 88gCalories: 223.3kcalCarbohydrates: 40.9gProtein: 5.4gFat: 4.3gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 169.4mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 14.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Healthy, Low Cholesterol
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