Moist and Tender Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe

This pumpkin coffee cake recipe is a delicious and flavorful way to start your day with a pastry and a cup of joe. With the perfect balance of moist cake, irresistible streusel crumb topping, and warm spices, this recipe is a must-try for pumpkin lovers and coffee enthusiasts alike.

The aroma of freshly-baked pumpkin coffee cake will lure you right into the kitchen, and the taste will awaken your senses. This recipe is simple yet exquisite, perfect for an easy breakfast or brunch treat, or even as a dessert after dinner.

Not only is this recipe incredibly tasty, but it’s also versatile. You can easily switch up the toppings and ingredients to create new variations of this classic dessert. Whether you prefer traditional coffee cakes with cinnamon or more unique flavors like pumpkin cream cheese or vegan pumpkin crumble, this recipe has got you covered.

So don’t wait any longer, grab your apron, gather the ingredients, and get ready to indulge in this delightful pumpkin coffee cake.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Delicious Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Delicious Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Dear coffee and cake lovers,

If you’re looking to satisfy your cravings for a delicious treat, why not try out this pumpkin coffee cake recipe? Trust me, this is the perfect dessert for any coffee-lover who enjoys a spicy, sweet and buttery crumb topping to complement their morning or afternoon cup of joe.

Firstly, the use of pumpkin puree in the batter adds a subtle sweetness and a moist texture to the cake. Secondly, with the perfect combination of pumpkin pie spice mix – including cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg – this cake will satisfy all your fall flavor needs. Lastly, with delicious streusel crumb topping, your taste buds will be taken on an unforgettable culinary journey.

But, don’t just take my word for it; here are some more reasons why you’ll love this recipe:

1. Easy to Make: With only a few basic ingredients needed such as flour, baking powder and eggs, almost everyone can get started with ease.

2. Customizable: The recipe offers numerous ways to customize variations by choosing different ingredients such as almond flour or healthy pumpkin streusel for vegan pumpkin crumble. This means you can tailor it to your own tastes and dietary requirements.

3. Make-Ahead Recipe: As someone always on-the-go, I understand that preparing something in advance is always welcomed. This pumpkin coffee cake does not disappoint! You can easily pre-make this for an event or even store it in the freezer for later use when you crave pastry late at night.

4. Warm and Comforting: This seasonal coffee cake smells amazing in the oven while baking which gives us comfort during chilly autumn months using spices such as cinnamon and allspice.

5. Perfect Dessert Anytime: Not only does this cake pair perfectly with your morning coffee or tea but also makes an excellent dessert option anytime throughout the day ahead.

So what are you waiting for? Try out this delicious recipe today and experience the fantastic mix of fall flavors in one bite!

Ingredient List

 Warm up your day with a generous slice of this pumpkin coffee cake
Warm up your day with a generous slice of this pumpkin coffee cake

Here’s a list of all the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious pumpkin coffee cake:

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Don’t worry if you don’t have all these ingredients on hand. I’ll also give some advice later on some substitutions you can make.

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge in the perfect balance of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin flavors
Indulge in the perfect balance of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin flavors

Step 1: Preheat the oven and prepare the pan

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch (22 x 33 cm) baking pan. Set it aside.

Step 2: Make the crumb topping

In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Stir in melted 3/4 cup unsalted butter until crumbly.

Step 3: Prepare the batter

In a large mixing bowl, mix together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

In another mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup canola oil, 2 eggs at room temperature, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.

Add in 1 2/3 cups pumpkin puree and stir until combined.

Fold in the dry ingredients mixture into the wet ingredients mixture until well combined.

Step 4: Assemble the coffee cake

Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle half of the crumb topping over it. Spread out the remaining batter evenly over it. Add the rest of crumb topping on top.

Step 5: Bake

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.

Step 7: Serve and Enjoy

Serve warm or at room temperature with a dusting of powdered sugar on top.

Enjoy this delicious Pumpkin Coffee Cake with a cup of freshly brewed pumpkin coffee for a delightful fall treat.

Substitutions and Variations

 A slice of happiness in every bite
A slice of happiness in every bite

When it comes to making pumpkin coffee cake, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try to make the recipe your own. Here are some options to consider:

– Gluten-Free: For a gluten-free option, try substituting the all-purpose flour with an equal amount of almond flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour. You may also need to adjust the baking time and temperature accordingly.

– Vegan Pumpkin Crumble: Replace the butter in the crumb topping with vegan butter or coconut oil, and use a flax egg instead of regular eggs in the cake batter.

– Buttermilk: If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Let it sit for a few minutes until it curdles, then use as directed in the recipe.

– Streusel Topping: Mix it up by using a different type of streusel topping. Swap out the brown sugar for granulated sugar, or add in chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts.

– Pumpkin Cream Cheese: Add a layer of pumpkin cream cheese between the cake layers for an extra burst of flavor.

No matter which substitution or variation you go with, be sure to experiment and have fun with it! The best part about baking is getting to be creative and trying new things.

Serving and Pairing

 Make your morning routine a little sweeter with this pumpkin delight
Make your morning routine a little sweeter with this pumpkin delight

Once you’ve baked this delightful pumpkin coffee cake, it’s time to serve it up and enjoy! For the perfect pairing, I suggest brewing a cup of warm coffee with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The coffee flavor is enhanced by the spice blend in the cake, and it adds another layer of richness to your experience.

You can also transform this coffee cake into a decadent dessert. Serve slices with a generous scoop of pumpkin ice cream, or top the cake with a dollop of whipped cream dusted with cinnamon for an extra indulgent treat.

If you’re looking for a more wholesome option, pair this cake with a freshly-pressed apple cider for a fall-inspired pairing. Or enjoy slices of coffee cake alongside a classic fruit salad made up of sliced apples and pears.

Whatever your preference may be, be sure to take your time savoring each bite of this delicious pumpkin coffee cake. Indulge in all the flavors of fall, and don’t be afraid to experiment with new combinations. With this versatile coffee cake recipe, the possibilities are endless!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sink your teeth into this moist and tender coffee cake
Sink your teeth into this moist and tender coffee cake

Ah, the joys of coffee cake. It’s a treat that both comforts and invigorates the soul, and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as savoring a warm slice with your morning cup of joe.

But what if you could have that same delicious cake anytime you wanted? Well, with this pumpkin coffee cake recipe and a few tips on make-ahead, storing, and reheating, you can!

First things first- let’s talk about making ahead of time. This recipe is perfect for preparing in advance because it only gets better after a day or two. Simply bake the cake according to the recipe, let it cool completely, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Now, onto storing. If you’ve already cut into the cake and want to preserve it for longer than three days, you can always freeze it. Just cut the cake into slices or leave it whole if you prefer, wrap each piece tightly in plastic wrap and store them all together in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 2 months.

When you’re ready to reheat your make-ahead or froze pumpkin coffee cake, simply take out the desired slice(s) from the fridge or freezer and microwave it (or them) for about 20 seconds until they are warmed through.

But wait! If you want to make this dish ahead of time while avoiding time-consuming baking preparations, know that there are countless creative variations. You can turn this recipe into gluten-free pumpkin cream cheese streusel cake by switching out regular flour with almond flour and making a homemade cream cheese frosting. You could also try veganizing this dish by creating a pumpkin crumble by mixing your favorite vegan granola with melted butter or coconut oil.

Whatever variation you choose, don’t be afraid to experiment with this recipe-it’s versatile enough to be made over and over again without becoming monotonous.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A flavorful treat for any pumpkin lover out there
A flavorful treat for any pumpkin lover out there

To achieve perfect results when making this delicious pumpkin coffee cake recipe, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. First and foremost, make sure that your ingredients are at room temperature before beginning the recipe. This will ensure that everything combines smoothly and evenly in the mixing process.

Secondly, when measuring your dry ingredients such as flour and sugar, be sure to spoon them into your measuring cup and level them off with a knife. This will ensure that you are using the correct amount of each ingredient and will prevent any inconsistencies in the final product.

It is also important to mix your wet and dry ingredients separately before combining them. This will prevent any lumps or clumps from forming in the batter and ensures an evenly mixed batter.

When it comes to baking your pumpkin coffee cake, make sure to preheat your oven to the correct temperature before beginning. Baking at the correct temperature is essential for achieving an evenly cooked cake. You can use a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake to check whether or not it is done – if it comes out clean then your cake is done baking!

Finally, let your pumpkin coffee cake cool completely before slicing into it. Not only does this prevent burning yourself on hot cake but it also allows the flavors to fully develop within the cake. And don’t forget to enjoy!


Before concluding this recipe article, I want to address some common questions regarding this pumpkin coffee cake recipe that you might have. So without further ado, let’s jump into the frequently asked questions section.

How do you increase the flavor of coffee in a cake?

As a barista, I can give you tips on how to give your baked goods a rich coffee taste in different ways. To start with, you can infuse the batter with coffee through two methods. The first one involves adding instant espresso powder to the batter, which is a hassle-free way of incorporating coffee flavor into your baked goods. Another way is to steep coffee beans into the batter before preparing it, which can give your desserts an extra boldness in coffee taste.

If you want to take your coffee-infused baked goods to the next level, try adding a mocha swirl. Melt chocolate and mix it with coffee, drizzle it onto the batter, and use a toothpick to swirl it around before baking. This will give your baked goods a swirled appearance and a flavorful kick.

For additional texture and a unique taste, why not add a crumb topping infused with coffee? Mix some coffee grounds or instant espresso powder with brown sugar, flour, and melted butter, and sprinkle it over the batter before baking. This will give your baked goods a crispy, crumbly topping with a rich coffee taste.

To finish off, consider giving your baked goods a boozy latte glaze. Mix some coffee with milk, sugar, and your choice of spirit (such as whiskey, rum, or coffee liqueur) to create a glaze with a warm and boozy kick. Drizzle it over your baked goods and enjoy the delicious combination of coffee and alcohol.

What’s the difference between coffee cake and streusel?

When it comes to crumb cake and coffee cake, the distinguishing factor is the amount of streusel topping that is present. In general, crumb cake consists of a thicker layer of streusel topping compared to coffee cake. Additionally, coffee cake has the option of being made without the streusel topping altogether.

Why is my pumpkin cake dry?

When baking a cake, the amount of wet versus dry ingredients is crucial in determining its moisture level. A cake that has too much flour and too little butter will result in a dry taste, while a cake with too much milk and too little flour will taste too wet. It’s important to find the right balance between the wet and dry ingredients to achieve a mouthwatering cake.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

The unique feature that sets coffee cakes apart from other cakes is their streusel topping, which distinguishes them even though they may have a light glaze on top instead of frosting. Various coffee cakes are filled with nuts, fruit, or chocolate, while others contain a streusel swirl.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this pumpkin coffee cake recipe is the perfect treat for any occasion. With its moist cake and delicious streusel topping, it’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you’re a fan of pumpkin or just looking for a change in your morning coffee fix, this recipe will not disappoint.

Notably, you can experiment with the ingredients to match your preferences, whether it’s by swapping canola oil with vegetable oil or opting for a gluten-free version. Additionally, you may try pairing it with coffee blends such as pumpkin spice coffee or any other beverage of your liking to come up with exciting combinations.

In summary, this recipe is easy to make yet satisfyingly delicious, so why not give it a try? Make a batch today and surprise your guests with a slice of warm and tasty pumpkin coffee cake.

Delicious Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Delicious Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe

This recipe comes produces a large amount of coffee cakes or muffins.... freezing these should not be any problem....a very moist, very delicious coffee cake that will stay fresh for days. (makes 3-doz muffins)
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 loaf cakes
Calories 280.2 kcal


  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 7 eggs
  • 3 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup canola oil


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups flour


  • Set oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grease 4 loaf pans or 3 doz muffin tins.
  • For Crumb topping, mix all ingredients until crumbly; set aside.
  • For coffee cake; mix together all dry ingredients.
  • Mix together eggs, pumpkin puree and Canola oil.
  • By hand, combine dry with wet ingredients, until well combined.
  • Pour mixture into prepared baking loaf pans.
  • Sprinkle with crumb topping (as much as you want).
  • Bake for approx 50 mins, or until coffee cake is done.
  • For muffins; separate the batter evenly into paper-lined muffin tins, top with crumb topping.
  • Bake for approx 20-22 mins.
  • Note: this coffee cake can be baked in any size baking pan that you have on hand.

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Serving: 78gCalories: 280.2kcalCarbohydrates: 37.9gProtein: 4.6gFat: 12.5gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 54.7mgSodium: 372.1mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 13g
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