Delicious Cheese Topping Recipe – Ultimate Indulgence!

Greetings fellow baking enthusiasts! I am thrilled to share with you a recipe that will sweeten up your day in no time. Get ready to indulge yourself in a rich and decadent cheese topping for your coffee cake recipe. This recipe is designed to take your taste buds on a journey by making use of simple ingredients that are easily available at any grocery store near you.

If you’re looking for an easy but delicious twist to up your standard coffee cake game, this cheese topping is what you need. It adds an extra layer of richness and creaminess that will complement the sweetness of the cake beautifully. And don’t worry, it’s perfectly fine if you have never attempted making any cheese toppings before because with this recipe, anyone can easily make it at home.

So, get your apron on, preheat your oven and let’s get started on creating mouth-watering magic together. Trust me; once you try this cheese topping, you’ll never want to go back to the plain old coffee cake again!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cheese Topping for Coffee Cake
Cheese Topping for Coffee Cake

Do you love a good coffee cake? Do you love cheese? Well, my friend, do I have the recipe for you! This cheese topping for coffee cake recipe will make your taste buds dance with delight.

Why will you love this recipe, you ask? Let me tell you. The combination of cream cheese and cottage cheese creates a smooth and tangy flavor that perfectly complements the cinnamon and nutmeg in the cake. And let’s not forget about the streusel topping – it adds a crisp texture with just the right amount of sweetness.

But wait, there’s more. This recipe is incredibly versatile – you can switch up the fruit filling or even add in some pumpkin spice for a fall twist. Plus, it’s easy to make and even easier to devour.

So go ahead, whip up this delicious cheese topping for coffee cake and see for yourself why it’s sure to become your new favorite dessert. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Ingredient List

 Have your cake and eat it too with this tasty cheese topping!
Have your cake and eat it too with this tasty cheese topping!

Let’s gather the ingredients!
Coffee Cake

  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups (300 g) white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) sour cream

Cheese Layer

  • 2 packages (16 oz, or 454 g each) cream cheese, softened (light or regular)
  • ½ cup (100g) white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened (light or regular)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Crumb Topping

  • Cinnamon Streusel:

    • ½ cup (110 g) light brown sugar, packed
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour


  • Blueberry Cream Cheese:

    • 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened (light or regular)
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • Pinch of nutmeg
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • Raspberry Cinnamon:
      • Add raspberries and cinnamon to the Blueberry Cream Cheese ingredients
      • Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake:
        • Add lemon zest and blueberries to the Blueberry Cream Cheese ingredients
      • Strawberry Cheesecake:
        • Replace blueberries with strawberries in the Blueberry Cream Cheese ingredient
      • Amaretto:
        • Add amaretto and almond extract to the Blueberry Cream Cheese ingredients
      • Raspberry Cream:
        • Replace blueberries with raspberries in the Blueberry Cream Cheese ingredient
      • Pumpkin:
        • Add pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice to the Blueberry Cream Cheese ingredients

Note: For an extra crunch, you can add chopped pecans or walnuts to the streusel or cake itself.

The Recipe How-To

 A dollop of this cheesy goodness takes your coffee cake to the next level.
A dollop of this cheesy goodness takes your coffee cake to the next level.

Now, it’s time to make this delicious cheese topping for your coffee cake recipe come to life. Follow the steps below and enjoy the taste of a warm and comforting dessert that you can share with your loved ones.

Preheat Your Oven

Before starting, preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C) and prepare the pan by coating it with butter or a non-stick cooking spray.

Make the Cheese Filling

In a mixing bowl, whisk together 8 oz softened light cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until it becomes smooth. Add in 1 large egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, then mix again until everything is well-combined. Set aside.

Prepare the Cake Batter

In a separate bowl, whisk 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of white sugar, and 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) until everything is well incorporated. Then, add in 4 eggs until the mixture becomes fluffy.

Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and gradually pour in 1 cup of sour cream. Keep mixing until it becomes smooth.

Assemble the Coffee Cake Layers

Spread half of the cake batter into the prepared pan. Pour the previously made cheese filling over it and spread evenly. Top it off with the remaining cake batter.

Add Streusel Topping

To make the streusel topping, combine 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, and 1/4 cup melted butter in a small bowl. Mix them together using a fork or your fingers until it gets crumbly. Finally, stir in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.

Sprinkle this mixture over the cake batter layer until all parts are covered. Carefully press the streusel topping into the batter and bake for 1 hour or until the cake is baked through.

Let it Cool and Serve

Once baked, remove your cheese coffee cake from the oven, place it on a wire rack, and let it cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

You can enjoy this coffee cake recipe video with blueberry cream cheese, raspberry cinnamon, pumpkin spice, lemon blueberry cheesecake or any other filling that you like. Serve warm and pair it up with a cup of coffee or cinnamon cream to complement its taste.

Substitutions and Variations

 Cheesecake meets coffee cake in this delicious topping.
Cheesecake meets coffee cake in this delicious topping.

If you want to switch things up a bit, here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Fruit toppings: Instead of the cheese topping, try using fresh or canned fruit like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or even pumpkin! The fruit will add a fruity sweetness to the coffee cake that complements the nutmeg and cinnamon flavors.

– Streusel topping: If you’re looking for a crunchier texture than the cheese topping has to offer, try replacing it with a crumb topping made from flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and melted butter. Simply combine these ingredients in a bowl until crumbly and sprinkle on top of the coffee cake before baking.

– Cream cheese layer: For an even creamier coffee cake experience, try adding a layer of cream cheese between the batter and the streusel topping. Simply mix together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and an egg until smooth and spread it evenly over the batter before adding your streusel topping.

– Flavor variations: You can vary the flavor of your coffee cake by swapping out different extracts or spices. Try using almond flavor instead of vanilla in the cheese topping or add in some pumpkin spice for a fall-inspired taste. Lemon zest also works well if you’re looking for something fresh and zesty.

Just remember that any substitution or variation may change the final result of this recipe. We recommend trying them one at a time and sticking to the original recipe first to get comfortable with it. Ultimately it’s up to your personal preference!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready for a flavor explosion on top of your favorite coffee cake.
Get ready for a flavor explosion on top of your favorite coffee cake.

If you are looking for a delicious coffee cake that can be served for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, then look no further than this cheese-topped coffee cake recipe. Its rich and creamy flavor makes it the perfect pairing with your morning coffee, afternoon tea, or after-dinner dessert.

To enhance the flavors of this coffee cake, we recommend serving it warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. For an extra crunch, add some chopped pecans to the streusel topping or sprinkle some crushed cinnamon toast cereal over the cheese layer. You can also try adding some fresh berries like blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries to create a fruity twist to the recipe.

To complement the richness of this coffee cake, we suggest pairing it with a bold and robust coffee blend such as French roast, Italian roast or Colombian roast. If you prefer tea instead of coffee, go for black tea blends such as Earl Grey or Assam. For a sweeter flavor profile, you can choose flavored coffees such as pumpkin spice or amaretto.

With its versatility in serving and pairing options, this cheese-topped coffee cake recipe is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a brunch with friends or enjoying an afternoon snack at home, this cake recipe is sure to impress and delight everyone’s taste buds.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Bring some excitement to your morning routine with this cheese topping.
Bring some excitement to your morning routine with this cheese topping.

Making ahead, storing, and reheating this cheesy coffee cake couldn’t be easier! If you are making it ahead of time, you can prepare it up to two days before you intend to serve it. Simply bake the coffee cake as instructed in the recipe and let it cool to room temperature before covering it in plastic wrap and refrigerating.

When it comes to storing, you have two options. If you plan on eating your cheese coffee cake within the next 24 hours, store it on your counter in an airtight container or cover it tightly with plastic wrap. However, if you want to keep it fresh for longer than a day, store the coffee cake in the refrigerator for up to one week. Just be sure to let it come to room temperature before serving, or reheat in the oven at 350°F for ten minutes.

If you’re looking for an easy way to reheat your cheese coffee cake without losing its texture or flavor, here’s what I recommend: preheat your oven to 350°F and let your coffee cake come to room temperature. Then wrap the coffee cake loosely in foil before placing it in the oven for ten to fifteen minutes. This method will give you a warm, gooey slice of cheesy goodness that tastes as if it were freshly baked!

You can also freeze your coffee cake if you don’t plan on serving it anytime soon. To do this, bake and cool your coffee cake completely before wrapping tightly in plastic wrap and placing inside a freezer bag. You can freeze your coffee cake for up to three months by doing this. When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating using any of the methods mentioned above.

With these simple tips, you can make-ahead, store, and reheat this delicious cheese topping for coffee cake recipe with ease!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Who needs icing when you have this savory cheese topping?
Who needs icing when you have this savory cheese topping?

To achieve a perfect cheese topping for your coffee cake, follow these tips:

1. Soften the cream cheese: Make sure the cream cheese is softened properly before mixing it with the other ingredients. This will prevent lumps and ensure a smooth and creamy texture.

2. Use fresh ingredients: Use fresh eggs, butter, and sour cream to enhance the flavor of the cheese topping.

3. Use high-quality cheese: Using good quality cottage cheese and cream cheese is crucial for a delicious cheesecake flavor in the topping.

4. Don’t skimp on the spices: A generous amount of cinnamon and nutmeg can help bring out the flavor of the cheese topping. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations such as blueberry cream cheese, raspberry cinnamon, or lemon blueberry cheesecake.

5. Mix thoroughly: Make sure to beat the mixture thoroughly until it reaches a smooth consistency with no lumps.

6. Add toppings: To add extra crunch and texture, consider adding a streusel topping made from melted butter, sugar, light brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon.

7. Grease your pan generously: Greasing your pan well will prevent any sticking or burnt spots on your cake.

8. Let it cool completely: Allow your cake to cool down completely before slicing it into individual servings. This will help set the cheesecake filling perfectly and prevent any oozing or crumbling of the topping.

By following these simple tips, you can achieve an irresistibly delicious cheese topping for your coffee cake that will leave your taste buds craving for more.


As with any recipe, there may be some questions that come to mind as you read through the recipe instructions. Here are some frequently asked questions about this cheese topping for coffee cake recipe that can help clarify any uncertainties and ensure that your cheesecake coffee cake turns out perfectly every time.

What is coffee cake topping made of?

For the crumb topping, start by mixing sugars, cinnamon and salt in a bowl that is not too big. We need to whisk in melted butter into the mixture. Then pour some flour into the bowl and start stirring with a rubber spatula. Make sure to stop stirring once the mixture is moist. Now, spread this mixture on a parchment paper and let it dry before it’s ready for use.

What can I decorate a coffee cake with?

Here are some ways to add a touch of chocolate and sweetness to your coffee: chocolate fudge sauce, chocolate-covered coffee beans, chocolate sprinkles, and crushed Speculoos cookies.

Which cream cheese is used for cake?

A 226G package of the original Philadelphia Cream Cheese by Kraft.

What’s the difference between coffee cake and streusel?

When it comes to cakes, crumb cake and coffee cake differ mainly in the amount of streusel topping used. In general, crumb cake has a more generous layer of streusel topping compared to coffee cake. Additionally, it is possible to make coffee cake without incorporating the streusel topping.

Bottom Line

This cheese topping for coffee cake recipe is a must-try for all dessert lovers. With its delicious blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla, it’s the perfect way to indulge in a sweet treat. The combination of cream cheese and cottage cheese adds a unique flavor to this recipe that you won’t find anywhere else.

Whether you prefer blueberries or raspberries, this recipe is versatile enough to accommodate your taste preferences. And with so many substitutions and variations available, you can experiment with different flavors until you find the perfect combination.

So why not spice up your coffee cake with this delectable cheese topping? Its irresistible aroma is sure to fill your home with warmth and delight! So go ahead and give it a try, and indulge in the creamy goodness that this recipe has to offer. I guarantee that this will become a staple in your dessert repertoire.

Cheese Topping for Coffee Cake

Cheese Topping for Coffee Cake Recipe

This recipe is from Mrs. Wm. Oberndorfer, from the cookbook "Heritage of Cooking" A Collection of Recipes from East Perry County, Missouri. To find out more about this cookbook read the description from the first recipe I posted from it #38,782.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 gallon of topping
Calories 8693.6 kcal


  • 1/2 gallon homemade cottage cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg


  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Spread over coffee cake dough #40265 after it has risen.
  • Bake as directed in coffee cake recipe.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 2444gCalories: 8693.6kcalCarbohydrates: 604.5gProtein: 485.4gFat: 482.2gSaturated Fat: 288.6gCholesterol: 3455.2mgSodium: 20179.6mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 515.7g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Breads, Cheese, Easy, European, German, Oven
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