Delicious Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

Welcome to my favorite cream cheese coffee cake recipe. If you’re a fan of sweet breakfast treats, then you’re going to love this buttery cake with a tangy cream cheese filling that’s perfect for starting your day on a high note.

This recipe takes the classic cinnamon crumb coffee cake and elevates it with the addition of a luscious cream cheese layer that provides just the right amount of richness and depth of flavor. The top is then topped with a cinnamon streusel topping that’s simply divine.

Whether you’re serving this cake as a brunch dish, dessert or snack, it’s sure to delight your taste buds and leave a lasting impression. So get ready to impress your friends and family with your baking skills and impress yourself with each and every bite of this perfect coffee cake.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Are you looking for the perfect coffee cake recipe? Look no further, because this cream cheese coffee cake is the one you’ve been searching for. This recipe combines the rich flavor of cream cheese with a buttery cake bottom, cinnamon streusel topping, and optional amaretto liqueur to create a delicious and indulgent treat.

One reason you’ll love this recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can serve it as a breakfast pastry or a dessert after dinner. The addition of tangy sour cream ensures that it’s moist and flavorful, while the cream cheese crumb adds an extra layer of richness. Plus, with the option to add amaretto liqueur into the mix, you can customize it to your taste preferences.

Another reason you’ll love this recipe is that it’s easy to make. With simple ingredients like flour, butter, sugar, and baking powder, this coffee cake comes together quickly and easily. The instructions are easy to follow, and there’s even a recipe video available if you need additional guidance.

But perhaps the best reason of all why you’ll love this recipe is how delicious it tastes. The combination of the creamy filling and warm cinnamon flavors makes for a truly irresistible treat. Whether you’re serving it to family or friends, this coffee cake is sure to earn rave reviews.

So, what are you waiting for? Give this cream cheese coffee cake recipe a try today and discover why it’s quickly becoming a favorite among coffee cake recipes.

Ingredient List

“Slice of heaven with cream cheese frosting”

Here is a list of cream cheese coffee cake ingredients and you can easily find them at your nearest grocery store!

For the cake bottom:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream

For the cream cheese filling:

  • (2) 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup amaretto liqueur (optional)

For the cinnamon streusel topping:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

For raspberry sauce:

  • (optional) raspberry pie filling, or make it from scratch:

    • 1 cup frozen raspberries
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • Juice of half a lemon

The Recipe How-To

“Indulge in a delicious coffee cake”

Once you have all your ingredients ready, it’s time to dive into the recipe!

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven
Heat your oven to [350°F/175°C]. Place the rack in the center to ensure even baking.

Step 2: Mix the Batter

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together [1 cup sugar] and [1/2 cup] butter until creamy. Add in [2 eggs], one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Next, stir in [1 cup sour cream] and [1 teaspoon] vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together [3 cups all-purpose flour], [1 teaspoon] baking powder, and [1/2 teaspoon] baking soda.

Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture until everything is combined.

Step 3: Make the Cream Cheese Filling

In another bowl, beat together [8 oz softened cream cheese] and [1/2 cup sugar] until smooth. Add in [1 egg] and stir until well combined.

Step 4: Assemble the Cake

Take half of your batter and pour it into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Use a spatula to level out the batter.

Pour the cream cheese filling over the batter layer then gently spread it out with a spatula.

Now pour the remaining batter over top of the cream cheese layer. Use a spatula to smooth out that layer as well.

Step 5: Add Toppings

To make cinnamon crumb topping, mix together ¼ cup flour, ¼ cup sugar, a pinch of salt and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in small bowl. Cut in 3 tablespoons butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly over cake batter.

Step 6: Bake Your Cake

Bake for about [35-40 minutes] or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Step 7: Serve and Enjoy

Once your cream cheese coffee cake is out of the oven, allow it to cool slightly before serving. It’s best served warm with a cup of [perfect hot coffee] on the side. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

“The perfect treat with your morning coffee”

One of the best things about coffee cake is that it is incredibly versatile. You can customize the recipe to your liking or switch out ingredients depending on what you have on hand. Here are a few substitutions and variations to make your cream cheese coffee cake even more delicious:

– Flavored Liqueur: If you don’t have Amaretto, you can substitute it for any other flavored liqueur like Kahlua or Bailey’s Irish Cream. Just make sure to adjust the recipe accordingly since other liqueurs can be sweeter or stronger than Amaretto.

– Cheese Crumb Cake: To make a cheese crumb cake, simply increase the amount of cream cheese in the crumble mixture and add it into the batter as well.

– Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake: Fold in some raspberry jam into the cheesecake filling before spreading it over the cake batter, and sprinkle with fresh raspberries on top before baking.

– Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake: For a carrot spice cake, use grated carrots in place of flour in a ratio of 2 cups flour to 1 1/2 cups grated carrots, and add some nutmeg and ground cinnamon to the batter for a spiced flavor.

– Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake: Swap out the Amaretto liqueur for cherry brandy and mix in some canned cherry pie filling into the cheesecake filling before layering it on top of the cake batter; then, bake until golden brown.

These are just a few ideas to inspire your creativity in your cream cheese coffee cake-making journey. Remember not to overload your mix-ins or take up too much space because it might not cook evenly.

Serving and Pairing

“A sweet way to start your day”

Now, imagine slicing into a warm, buttery slice of cream cheese coffee cake with a steaming cup of coffee or tea. A perfect combination, right? This cake is incredibly versatile and can be served as a delicious breakfast treat, dessert or as an afternoon snack.

If you’re serving this for breakfast, consider pairing it with fresh berries, whipped cream or a light dusting of powdered sugar. For a special occasion or sweet treat after dinner, pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or drizzle raspberry cream cheese frosting over the top.

This cake also pairs well with other brunch items and can be served alongside savory dishes like eggs benedict or bacon and eggs. If you want to give it an extra twist, try serving it espresso shots or Amaretto liqueur.

As far as beverages are concerned, you can never go wrong with coffee or tea. But feel free to experiment and find your perfect coffee and cream cheese coffee cake pairing. With its delicate yet bold flavors and creamy texture, this cake will surely complement any beverage you choose.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“A delicious twist on classic coffee cake”

Making this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake ahead of time is a great idea if you’re planning for a special occasion. You can make the cake up to three days before serving, but store it in an airtight container at room temperature for best results.

If you’re looking to freeze the cake, do it before adding the cinnamon cream cheese crumb topping. The coffee cake will last up to two months in the freezer. On the day of serving, take the cake out of the freezer and let it thaw for about an hour. Once thawed, add the cinnamon cream cheese crumb topping and pop it into the oven to reheat, giving you a freshly baked coffee cake in no time.

If you have leftover cake, store it covered on your kitchen counter for up to 3 days. When reheating, wrap a slice in aluminum foil and warm it in the oven for about 10-12 minutes at 350°F (175°C). This will give you that freshly baked coffee cake texture and flavor that everyone enjoys.

Enjoy your Cream Cheese Coffee Cake any time of the day by following these make-ahead, storing and reheating tips.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Layers of fluffy cake and creamy frosting”

To achieve the perfect cream cheese coffee cake, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Use room temperature ingredients: Make sure your cream cheese, butter, and eggs are at room temperature before starting to bake. This ensures that they will mix well together and create a smooth batter.

2. Don’t overmix the batter: Mix the ingredients until just combined. Overmixing can result in a tough and dense cake.

3. Coat your pan well: Use a non-stick cooking spray or butter and flour to ensure easy removal from the pan.

4. Add some texture with the streusel topping: The added crunch of the cinnamon streusel topping gives a nice contrast to the soft and buttery cake bottom. Don’t skimp on it!

5. Let it cool before adding the cream cheese crumb: Wait for the cake to cool completely before adding the cream cheese crumb on top. This prevents it from melting and sliding off.

6. Use fresh ingredients: Make sure all of your ingredients are fresh. Old baking powder or soda can result in a flat cake.

7. Bake at the right temperature: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

8. Allow time for resting: Let your cream cheese coffee cake rest for 10-15 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to develop further.

By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to the perfect cream cheese coffee cake that everyone will rave about!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this cream cheese coffee cake recipe is a must-try for any coffee and cake lover out there! The taste of the rich cream cheese crumb cake topped with cinnamon streusel and amaretto liqueur is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. The texture of the cake is perfectly buttery and moist, thanks to the combination of egg, sour cream, and all-purpose flour.

This recipe is versatile, as you can easily substitute some ingredients or customize according to your taste. Plus, it’s straightforward to make with simple steps and easy-to-follow instructions.

Whether you want to treat yourself to a delicious dessert or impress your family and friends at a gathering, this cream cheese coffee cake recipe is perfect. And, don’t forget to explore other coffee cake recipes that would pair well with your morning cup of joe – such as carrot cream cheese, raspberry cream cheese, or cherry coffee cake.

So what are you waiting for? Grab the ingredients, follow the recipe how-to steps, and enjoy a slice of the perfect coffee cake made in the comfort of your own home. Trust us; once you try this recipe, you won’t be able to settle for anything less!

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

This is a fabulous coffee cake. Cream Cheese adds to the richness and it just melts in your mouth. I like to make this when I have a good friend coming by for coffee, as if I just whipped it up! Impressive and Yummy!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 370.1 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon amaretto liqueur or 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)


  • Grease and flour (or spray with Pam) bottom and sides of a 9-inch spring form pan.
  • Combine flour and 3/4 cup sugar.
  • Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; reserve 1 cup of mixture setting aside.
  • To crumb mixture in bowl add baking powder, soda, salt, sour cream, 1 egg and almond extract blending well.
  • Spread batter in pan.
  • Combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 egg and poor over batter in pan.
  • Sprinkle reserved 1 cup of crumb mixture over all.
  • Bake at 350° 45 to 50 minutes or until cheese filling is set and cake is golden.
  • Cool at least 15 minutes before removing sides of pan slice and serve warm or at room temperature.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 98gCalories: 370.1kcalCarbohydrates: 37.8gProtein: 5.7gFat: 22.2gSaturated Fat: 13.6gCholesterol: 92.9mgSodium: 273.5mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 16.9g
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