Delicious Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe for Breakfast

Welcome, coffee lovers! Sit back, relax and let me introduce you to my latest creation: Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake. This rich cake is the perfect accompaniment for a cup of old-fashioned coffee. Whether you’re an early-morning riser or a late-night studier, this recipe is sure to give you the energy boost you need to power through your day.

But what sets this coffee cake apart from others? Two words: streusel topping. This classic crumbly topping is a game-changer in any recipe it’s added to. And when combined with the buttery goodness of our cake recipe, it forms the perfect coffee cake treat that will leave you wanting more.

Trust me, as a barista, I know how to make good coffee. But I also know how important it is to have the right pairing. This is why I’m excited to share with you this recipe that is bound to elevate your coffee experience to new heights.

So join me in the kitchen and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake
Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake

If you love coffee cake, you’re going to adore this Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe! This cake is the perfect treat for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon snack with a hot cup of old-fashioned coffee. Trust me; once you try it, you’ll fall in love!

Made with delicious ingredients such as unsalted butter, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon, this cake is guaranteed to please your taste buds. The streusel crumb topping adds texture and depth of flavor that perfectly complements the soft and fluffy cake base. Baking powder and cake flour make the cake thicker with a generous layer of streusel topping that makes every slice worth savoring.

The main difference between a regular cake and a streusel coffee cake is the crumbly topping. This style of crumb paving creates the ultimate crunchy goodness that will make every bite worthwhile. Moreover, this recipe has sour cream in it that pairs excellently with the sweetness of the cake.

This recipe is also really easy to whip up at any time. It will only take you an hour from start to finish, but the result will feel like you spent much longer baking! You can enjoy this coffee cake warm or at room temperature. You can even store leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days.

In conclusion, I know from experience you’ll adore this Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe because it has everything you could want in a sweet treat: deliciousness, convenience, versatility, and satisfaction!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the ultimate breakfast treat with this Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake!
Indulge in the ultimate breakfast treat with this Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake!

Here is a detailed list of ingredients that you will need to make this delicious Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe:

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Cake:

  • 4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

For the Streusel Crumb Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled

These ingredients are all straightforward and easily available. You probably already have most of them in your pantry or kitchen. Once you have these ingredients in hand, you are ready to proceed with the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Each bite of this cake is packed with the perfect balance of sweet and crumbly flavors.
Each bite of this cake is packed with the perfect balance of sweet and crumbly flavors.

Alright folks, it’s time to get down to the good stuff – making this amazing Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake recipe! The ingredients are all laid out and ready to go, so let’s dive in.

Making the Crumb Topping

The crumb topping is what takes this coffee cake to the next level. To start, mix together 2 cups of flour, 2/3 cups of granulated sugar, 1/3 cup of packed light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt.

Next, add in 1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) of unsalted butter, melted and still warm, and use your hands or a spatula to mix everything together until large crumbs form. Set this mixture aside for later.

Prepping the Cake Batter

In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients including 3 cups cake flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt.

In another mixing bowl, beat together wet ingredients including 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature, with 2 cups granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Then add in 4 large eggs (also at room temp), one at a time, followed by 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

Finally, alternate adding flour mixture and 1 cup of whole milk, with a third of the flour mixture first followed by half of the milk. Continue to alternate until all ingredients are mixed well.

Layering the Batter

Spread half of your batter evenly into your greased springform pan or baking dish. Sprinkle half of your crumb topping on top of that layer. Spoon the remaining batter on top then sprinkle with remaining crumb topping.

Time To Bake

Set up your oven rack to be able to fit your pan in. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for a good hour or until your cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the coffee cake.

The Grand Finale

Oh yes, you’ve done it! You have officially made a delicious Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake that is sure to impress all those who try it. Let the coffee cake cool for 20 minutes before serving slices up, adding whip cream or fresh berries on top if you please.

Congratulations and enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Golden, crispy crumb topping paired with a moist, fluffy cake base takes this classic dessert to the next level.
Golden, crispy crumb topping paired with a moist, fluffy cake base takes this classic dessert to the next level.

Are you feeling adventurous? Do you like to experiment with your baking? Here are some ideas for how you can tweak and modify this already delightful coffee cake recipe.

Firstly, if you don’t have cake flour on hand, feel free to substitute it with the same amount of all-purpose flour. Just be aware that the resulting cake may not be as tender as it could be if made with cake flour. However, it’s still going to taste scrumptious!

If you’re looking to switch up the streusel crumb topping, try using different nuts or omitting them entirely. Chopped pecans, almonds or hazelnuts would add some distinct flavor to the cake. You could also substitute graham cracker crumbs with crushed cereal or pretzels for a salty twist.

In addition, this recipe is exceptionally delicious when combined with other flavors. For example, consider adding some freshly diced apples to the batter and cinnamon to make an apple cinnamon coffee cake. Alternatively, mix in some sour cream to create a moist sour cream coffee cake or cream cheese for a tangy cream cheese coffee cake.

Finally, if you’re feeling bold, try experimenting with different types of milk or sugar. Almond milk and honey would give the coffee cake a nuttier and sweeter taste. Dark brown sugar would enhance the flavor of the cinnamon streusel topping while offering a more robust caramel-like flavor.

Keep in mind that while these substitutions and variations may change the texture, structure, and flavor of this recipe slightly, they won’t alter its essential coffee cake goodness entirely. Remember always to be creative, have fun in the kitchen!

Serving and Pairing

 Can't resist the aroma of freshly baked cakes? This recipe will be your new favorite.
Can’t resist the aroma of freshly baked cakes? This recipe will be your new favorite.

When it comes to serving and pairing this delightful streusel-crumb coffee cake, there are many options to choose from. This coffee cake is the perfect pastry to share with friends during a Sunday brunch or to indulge in as an afternoon treat alongside a cup of hot coffee.

One option for pairing is with a hot cup of old-fashioned coffee. The combination of the warm, comforting drink with the rich, crumbly cake creates the ultimate cozy experience. Another option is to serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which adds a creamy contrast to the texture of the cake.

For those who are feeling adventurous, try pairing it with cinnamon or apple crumble flavored coffees to add an extra layer of flavor that compliments the cinnamon and cardamom in the cake’s streusel topping.

The streusel-crumb coffee cake is also very versatile when it comes to serving. It can be cut into large slices for a satisfying breakfast item or smaller pieces for on-the-go snacks. It can even be used as a dessert at dinner parties when paired with decadent cream cheese or sour cream frosting for added richness.

Overall, this coffee cake offers endless possibilities in terms of both serving and pairing. Its rich and flavorful character makes it a great addition to any breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea time. So go ahead, get creative, and enjoy this delightful treat in whatever way suits your fancy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Aromatic cinnamon and vanilla extract add a touch of warmth to your taste buds in every bite.
Aromatic cinnamon and vanilla extract add a touch of warmth to your taste buds in every bite.

In terms of convenience, coffee cake is a dream. It holds up well when stored and can be made ahead of time if you want to get a head start on breakfast. You can even freeze the cake for longer storage. But what about reheating? No one wants stale, dry coffee cake, nor do they want a reheated version that’s lost its appetizing appeal.

If you’re making the Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake ahead of time, it’s best to let it cool completely before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This will keep it fresh for up to three days at room temperature, or up to five days in the refrigerator. Wrap the cake tightly to prevent any air from getting in and drying it out.

When it comes time to reheat your coffee cake, microwaving can be convenient but also risky because it can easily overcook and dry out the cake. Instead, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and wrap the entire coffee cake in foil, leaving the top exposed. Reheat for about 10-15 minutes or until thoroughly warmed through.

If you’ve frozen your coffee cake, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating as directed above. If you prefer to reheat individual slices more quickly, use a toaster or toaster oven set on low heat for a crispy outside and warm interior.

Lastly, for an added treat, serve your reheated coffee cake with whipped cream or a dollop of sour cream on top. The creamy goodness is sure to balance out the sweetness of this delicious treat! Enjoy every last bite!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Your morning coffee just got better! This coffee cake is the perfect treat to complement your cup of
Your morning coffee just got better! This coffee cake is the perfect treat to complement your cup of

Ah, nothing beats a delicious slice of coffee cake with a steamy cup of coffee in the morning. But, let’s be honest – making a good coffee cake is no easy task. No one wants to end up with a dense or dry cake, or a streusel topping that falls apart before it even makes it into the oven. As a barista and avid baker, I’ve gathered some tips and tricks for perfecting this streusel-crumb coffee cake recipe that will leave you with the most mouth-watering results.

First and foremost, make sure to measure your ingredients accurately. In baking, precision is key. When measuring flour, be sure to spoon it into the measuring cup and level off the top with a knife for accuracy. Using too much flour can result in a dry and dense cake, while not using enough can leave you with an underbaked and gooey mess.

Next, pay attention to the temperature of your ingredients. Be sure to use room temperature eggs and butter in this recipe as they blend together more smoothly than cold ingredients. Room temperature butter also ensures that it blends well with the sugar, creating small air pockets that will help make your cake light and fluffy.

Another helpful tip is to not overmix your batter. Once you’ve added the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mix just until everything is combined – over mixing can result in a tough and chewy crumb. Remember: less is more when it comes to mixing.

Lastly, don’t skimp on the streusel topping. This is what sets apart a great coffee cake from an average one! For a thicker layer of streusel topping like the one in this recipe, tightly pack it into the pan rather than sprinkling it on loosely – this will give you those crave-able crumbs we all love.

By following these tips and tricks, I guarantee that you’ll achieve bakery-worthy results every time you bake this streusel-crumb coffee cake recipe. So go ahead, get your apron on and start baking – a scrumptious cake is just waiting to be devoured!


As with any recipe, there may be questions or concerns that come up during the process of making it. Here are some frequently asked questions and helpful tips to ensure your Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake turns out perfectly every time. So, let’s dive into these frequently asked questions!

What’s the difference between coffee cake and streusel?

When it comes to crumb cake and coffee cake, the distinction lies in the amount of streusel topping used. Crumb cake usually boasts a more generous layer of this topping, while coffee cake can be made without it altogether.

What’s the difference between coffee cake and crumb cake?

There are slight variations in the amount of streusel topping between crumb cake and coffee cake. Crumb cake has a considerably more substantial layer of streusel topping than coffee cake. It’s worth noting that coffee cake can be prepared without the streusel topping altogether. Further, you might encounter a type of crumb cake known as New York-style that features larger crumbs.

What’s the difference between streusel and crumb?

The terms crumble, streusel, and crumb topping refer to the identical topping that is made from a blend of butter, sugar, and flour that can be used as a topping for cakes, pies, and muffins.

What is the streusel on crumb topping made of?

Discover the art of creating the irresistible crumbly topping called streusel. Made with butter, flour and sugar, it’s a delightful addition to baked goods such as muffins, breads, cakes and pies. With an array of possible flavors, this sweet and savory topping will be the talk of the town! Let me guide you through the step-by-step process of making streusel.

Bottom Line

your coffee cake creation with the heavenly aroma of freshly brewed coffee, and there’s no doubting the satisfaction that accompanies it. I hope this recipe inspires you to channel your inner barista and create a cake that hits all the right notes. The streusel topping provides a perfect contrast to the delicate crumb, and every bite is sure to impress your taste buds. With your steaming hot beverage close at hand, indulge in this fabulous recipe for your weekend brunches or mid-day pick-me-ups when you need it most. Trust me; it will be worth the effort. So, with that being said, get ready to whip up an unforgettable streusel-crumb coffee cake baked with love and perfection – enjoy!

Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake

Streusel-Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe

This is a copy-cat for Starbucks - posted by request
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 545.9 kcal


For the Streusel

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Cake

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan, a 9-inch springform pan or an 8-inch square pan.
  • To make the streusel, in a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, and melted butter.
  • Blend well and set aside.
  • To make the cake, sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  • Add the butter, eggs, vanilla, and milk.
  • Beat vigorously until smooth and quite thick, about 1 minute.
  • Spread half of the batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with half the streusel mixture.
  • Spoon remaining batter over the streusel and top with remaining streusel.
  • Bake until cake tests done, about 50 minutes.
  • Cool about 20 minutes, then remove cake from pan.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 144gCalories: 545.9kcalCarbohydrates: 70.3gProtein: 6.7gFat: 27.5gSaturated Fat: 13.3gCholesterol: 89.4mgSodium: 301.4mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 40.3g
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