November 30, 2022

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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake | Chef Dennis


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There is something magical about a Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake. After one bite of this moist, buttery coffee cake packed with cinnamon flavor, you’ll agree that this is The Best Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe!

slice of cinnamon streusel coffee cake on a white plate

Whether you enjoy a slice of this moist coffee cake with a cup of coffee, and if you’re not a coffee drinker a cold glass of milk is a great substitute.

whole coffee cake on a white platter

My homemade cinnamon coffee cake recipe with a crumbly streusel topping is easy to make and a delicious treat for your friends and family.

Another favorite coffee cake is my Banana Crumb Cake.

Ingredients

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Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.

Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed up the cooking process, it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.

*Don’t feel overwhelmed by the number of ingredients; It really is an easy coffee cake recipe made with simple pantry ingredients.

How to make a Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

The first step in making this delicious coffee cake is to make the cinnamon filling and the streusel topping.

Make the Cinnamon Filling

cinnamon filling for cake
  • Add the brown sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and salt to a small bowl.
  • Blend the ingredients together.
  • Add the melted butter to the mixture
  • Mix the melted butter into the dry ingredients until well blended.

Streusel Topping

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  • Add the brown sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, salt to a large bowl
  • Blend the dry ingredients together.
  • Add the cold butter pieces to the flour mixture.
  • Use your hands to mix the ingredients together to form a crumble to make the streusel topping.

Coffee Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
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  • Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or electric hand mixer)
  • Cream the mixture at medium to medium-high speed for 4 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Add the room-temperature eggs 1 at a time to the butter mixture.
  • Mix each egg into the creamed mixture, scraping down the bowl after mixing in each egg.
  • Add the sour cream and vanilla to the mixture (Greek yogurt can be substituted for sour cream)
  • Mix until well blended.
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  • In another bowl, add the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
  • Sift the ingredients together.
  • With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.
  • Mix until just combined. Use a rubber spatula to finish mixing in any flour that has not been incorporated.

Assemble Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

collage showing how to assemble cake
  • Spoon one-half of the batter into the prepared tube pan and spread it out until it’s somewhat even.
  • Add the cinnamon filling mixture on top of the cake batter.
  • Add the remainder of the batter to the pan covering the cinnamon mixture.
  • Top the batter with the cinnamon streusel mixture.
fully baked coffee cake
  • Bake the coffee cake for 50 – 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack for 30- 45 minutes. Carefully transfer the coffee cake onto a serving platter.
slice of cinnamon streusel coffee cake being taken out of whole cake

You’re going to love my Classic Coffee Cake Recipe, and so will your friends and family!

Recipe FAQ’s

Are Coffee Cake and Crumb Cake the same?

The main difference between the two cakes is how much streusel topping is used. Typically crumb cake has a thicker layer of streusel topping than coffee cake. And coffee cake can be made without the streusel topping.

How do you keep streusel from burning?

If the streusel topping looks like it’s getting dark, tent a piece of foil over the top of the cake. This will protect it from the heat of the oven and keep the streusel from getting too dark.

Why is my streusel topping not crumbly?

Over-mixing the topping will result in a pasty, batter-like mixture instead of a crumbly streusel topping. If the butter was too warm, this will also affect the topping and it won’t form crumbs.

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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

My Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake recipe is easy to make and is guaranteed to bring smiles to your table! Perfect for entertaining, the holiday season or just to treat your family to a deliciously moist and buttery coffee cake.

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time1 hr

Total Time1 hr 20 mins

Course: Breakfast Cake, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Servings: 20

Calories: 406kcal

Author: Chef Dennis Littley

Ingredients

Cake

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups sour cream room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Cinnamon filling

  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Streusel Topping

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cold

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Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

  • Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes, until light.

  • Add the eggs 1 at a time, mixing each in well and scraping down the bowl after mixing each egg.

  • Add in the sour cream and vanilla. Mix well.

  • In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.

  • With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter. Mix until just combined.

  • Use a rubber spatula to finish mixing in any flour that has not been incorporated.

Cinnamon filling

  • Add the brown sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and salt to a medium mixing bowl and blend together.

  • Add the melted butter to the mixture and mix well.

Streusel Topping

  • Add the brown sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, salt, and cold butter pieces to a large mixing bowl.

  • Use your hands to mix the ingredients together to form a crumble.

Assembly

  • Spoon one half of the batter into the prepared tube pan and spread it out until it’s somewhat even.

  • Add the cinnamon mixture on top of the cake batter. Add the remainder of the batter to the pan covering the cinnamon mixture.

  • Top the batter with the streusel mixture.

  • Bake the coffee cake for 50 – 60 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.

  • Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack for 30- 45 minutes. Carefully transfer the coffee cake onto a serving platter.

Notes

How to make Cake Flour
To make one cup of cake flour, combine 14 tablespoons of all-purpose flour with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.  Whisk the flour and cornstarch together and then sift the mixture twice. once.
Chef Tip: Start with one cup of all-purpose and then remove two tablespoons.  Add two tablespoons of cornstarch to the flour and this equals 1 cup of cake flour.

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg