Pumpkin Coffee Cake


I feel like this pumpkin coffee cake recipe needs a disclaimer.

Warning: What you are about to see is disturbing in the best way possible. This coffee cake is so moist and dense, much like a pumpkin pie, that you’ll wonder how life can be so magical. Your eyes will struggle to take in the gloriousness that is the humongous gobs of streusel topping. Ordinary coffee cake will never taste as good to you after eating this one.

There. Now that all the legal disclaimers are out of the way, let’s talk about this recipe.

LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS RECIPE RIGHT NOW.

This pumpkin coffee cake is super moist and dense, kind of like a pumpkin pie. The huge streusel topping is so good, too!

It is, in a word, phenomenal.

I took my very favorite pumpkin coffee cake that I make year after year and I doctored it up into this glorious piece of heaven topped with magical streusel. The streusel. I can’t stop talking about it.

This pumpkin coffee cake is super moist and dense, kind of like a pumpkin pie. The huge streusel topping is so good, too!

I used the streusel recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks – Baked Explorations. It’s not a traditional streusel with oats or softened butter that requires a pastry cutter and a bunch of elbow grease. It’s melted butter, lots of sugar, cinnamon, and flour that gets stirred together. Much easier than cutting things in, in my opinion. It needs to set for a few minutes, so I always make the streusel first, then the  cake, then it’s perfect for crumbling big huge crumbs over your batter.

This pumpkin coffee cake is super moist and dense, kind of like a pumpkin pie. The huge streusel topping is so good, too!

The cake itself is not like your normal cake. It’s a cross between a pumpkin pie filling and a cake, which sounds weird but is actually quite delightful. The cake, thanks to the two full cans of pumpkin, is super moist and dense, like a custard, but not quite so heavy. It’s just really, really good.

Give this one a try and let me know what you think! And don’t be scared off by the long ingredient list or directions – this is really straight forward and uses ingredients you likely have on hand.

This pumpkin coffee cake is super moist and dense, kind of like a pumpkin pie. The huge streusel topping is so good, too!

Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Streusel

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 50 minutes Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Serves 12 pieces     adjust servings


Ingredients

For the streusel

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

For the cake

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. To prepare the streusel, stir together the sugars, cinnamon, salt, and melted butter in a medium mixing bowl until well combined.
  3. Stir in the flour. Set aside while you prepare the cake batter.
  4. To make the cake, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  5. Add the sugars and butter to a medium mixing bowl and beat with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in the eggs and pumpkin until just combined.
  7. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  8. Spread cake batter into prepared pan.
  9. Take the streusel topping in your hands and press together to form large crumbs. Top the cake with the streusel. It will seem like too much, but use it all for the best streusel experience.
  10. Bake for 50 minutes or until a tester inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean.
  11. Cool completely.
  12. Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk to make the glaze. Drizzle over the top before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 714kcal Calories from fat 290
% Daily Value
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 420mg 18%
Carbohydrate 101g 34%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 53g
Protein 8g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g