Make Your Morning Magical with Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake

Welcome to my recipe for Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake! This delightful cake is the perfect addition to any breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea party. The combination of tangy cream cheese, zesty lemon and warm coffee flavors creates a taste sensation that will have you coming back for seconds.

This easy-to-follow recipe is perfect for those who love to bake and those who are new to baking as well. In just a few simple steps, you can create a moist and flavorful Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake that will be the star of any gathering. Whether it’s a special occasion or just an everyday treat, this cake is sure to impress.

So why not gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and let’s get started on making this delicious Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake
Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake

Are you in search of a delectable dessert or morning treat? Look no further than this Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake recipe. Trust us, you’ll love it!

Imagine biting into a warm, moist coffee cake with swirls of tart lemon cream cheese filling and a sweet crumb topping – is your mouth watering yet? The combination of citrus and cream cheese creates an irresistible tangy-sweet flavor that will leave you craving more. And don’t forget about the blueberry cream cheese variation – a fruity twist that takes this classic recipe to the next level.

But this recipe isn’t just tasty – it’s also easy to make. With simple ingredients like all-purpose flour, sugar, eggs, and cream cheese, even novice bakers can whip up a delicious dessert or breakfast treat with minimal effort. Plus, the recipe includes tips for perfect results and make-ahead instructions for busy schedules.

Don’t settle for ordinary pastries or desserts when you can impress your guests (or simply indulge yourself) with this Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake. We guarantee it will become a staple in your recipe collection.

Ingredient List

 A bite of heaven with every slice.
A bite of heaven with every slice.

Get Your Ingredients Ready

Before starting to make the lemon cheese coffee cake, make sure you have gathered all the necessary ingredients. Here is a list of what you will need along with some important notes on them.

For the Cake Batter:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about one lemon)
  • 8 oz unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Crumb Topping:

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup

For the Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Lemon curd (either homemade or store-bought) for extra lemon flavor!
  • Blueberry jam or preserves to serve on top.

The Recipe How-To

 Who knew coffee cake could be so zesty?
Who knew coffee cake could be so zesty?

Here’s how to make this delicious Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe!

Step 1: Make the Cake Batter

First, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, and ½ teaspoon of salt.

In a separate bowl, beat 8 oz of softened cream cheese and 1 cup of unsalted butter together until smooth. Gradually add in 3 eggs, one at a time, followed by 2 tablespoons of lemon zest and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Next, add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture in three parts, alternating with ¾ cup of milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix well between each addition.

Step 2: Make the Cream Cheese Filling

Combine 8 oz of softened cream cheese with ½ cup of powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Mix well until smooth. Set aside.

Step 3: Make The Lemon Crumb Topping

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, and 2 teaspoons lemon zest. Add in melted butter and mix until it comes together into small clumps. Set aside.

Step 4: Assemble and Bake The Cake

Pour half of the cake batter into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over top of the batter.

Next, pour the remaining cake batter over top of the filling layer. Use a spatula to distribute it evenly across.

Sprinkle the crumb topping over the cake surface.

Bake in preheated oven for approximately 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the topping is lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before serving.

Enjoy your delicious and flavorful Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect balance of sweet and tangy.
The perfect balance of sweet and tangy.

When it comes to coffee cake, the possibilities for substitutions and variations are endless. Here are a few ideas to help you put your own spin on this lemon cheese coffee cake recipe:

– Instead of lemon zest and lemon juice, try using orange zest and orange juice for a sweeter, slightly different citrusy flavor.

– Swap out the cream cheese filling for a blueberry cream cheese filling. Fold fresh or frozen blueberries into the cream cheese mixture before layering it on top of the cake batter.

– If you’re feeling adventurous, try making a lemon blueberry cream cheese coffee cake. Combine some lemon curd with fresh or frozen blueberries, and swirl that mixture into the cream cheese filling.

– For an extra boost of protein, substitute some or all of the all-purpose flour with almond flour or coconut flour.

– Use substitutions for some ingredients if you have allergies or preferences, for example replacing butter with oil or vegan butter for a dairy-free option, swapping granulated sugar with brown sugar for more flavor or using greek yogurt instead of sour cream

– Experiment with different crumb toppings by combining various nuts, spices, and sugars. Try adding cocoa powder, cinnamon or nuts such as almonds or walnuts.

Whether you stick to the original recipe or get creative with substitutions and variations, this coffee cake is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

Serving and Pairing

 I'll take my coffee cake with a side of sunshine!
I’ll take my coffee cake with a side of sunshine!

This Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe makes for a delightful sweet treat that is perfect for any occasion. It can be sliced into small squares and served as a dessert or cut into big slices and enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast.

To elevate the taste, cut a slice of this lemon coffee cake and warm it in the microwave for about 15 seconds. The slightly melted cream cheese filling and crumbly topping make every bite incredibly delicious.

You can also serve this scrumptious lemon coffee cake with some whipped cream on top or alongside some fresh blueberries to balance out the sweetness. The tartness from the blueberries compliments the slight lemon zest perfectly, making it an irresistible pairing.

This recipe offers great versatility when it comes to serving and pairing options. Be creative with your own choices, experiment with different flavors, and make this mouth-watering dessert yours!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 One slice is simply not enough.
One slice is simply not enough.

This Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe can be prepared ahead of time or stored for later consumption without losing its delicious flavor. When made in advance, complete the recipe as instructed and store the lemon cheese coffee cake tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, foil or an airtight container at room temperature for up to 24 hours before serving.

For longer storage, place the cooled coffee cake in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to three days. To reheat, simply pop the entire cake into the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes until heated through. However, keep in mind that reheating may slightly alter the texture of your coffee cake.

If you don’t plan on consuming the entire cake at once, then slice your lemon cream cheese coffee cake into servings sizes and store them separately wrapped tightly with plastic wrap or foil. These servings will be perfect for satisfying any sweet cravings that may arise throughout the week.

It’s important to note that reheating may soften or melt some of the powdered sugar toppings or crumb topping. But there is no need to worry! Just sprinkle some additional powdered sugar over top, and you’ll have a beautiful addition to any brunch table. Now you can enjoy this indulgent dessert recipe any time that you crave something sweet and satisfying!

Tips for Perfect Results

 It's like biting into a ray of sunshine!
It’s like biting into a ray of sunshine!

Lemon cheese coffee cake is a flavorful and indulgent dessert, which requires a bit of technique and finesse to make it perfectly. Therefore, in this section, I will provide you with some useful tips that can help you create the most scrumptious lemon cheese coffee cake.

Firstly, ensure that all your ingredients are at room temperature before starting the recipe. Softened butter and cream cheese blend much better than their cold counterparts, making the batter smoother and more evenly textured. Eggs at room temperature mix better and contribute to a fluffier cake.

Secondly, sift the flour before measuring it to avoid overly dense baked goods. This method helps remove lumps and adds air into the flour – making it lighter – which results in a better-tasting lemon cheese coffee cake.

Thirdly, do not overmix the batter; instead, use the folding method to ensure the dough stays light and fluffy. The folding technique involves stirring in one direction while maintaining a low speed. Overmixing the batter can lead to a denser texture.

Fourthly, pay attention to time and temperature while baking. Overbaking will leave your cake dry, while underbaking leads to a gooey cake that can be frustratingly sticky. To check if the cake is done, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake; if it comes out clean without sticking any batter or crumbs, your cake is ready.

Fifthly, let your cheesecake cool entirely before serving. Cheesecakes require more cooling time than regular cakes as they tend to deflate quickly when exposed to air directly after baking. Allow it to cool for at least an hour on the countertop before refrigerating it for several hours.

Lastly, store leftovers in an airtight container in a fridge or freezer instead of leaving them open or uncovered on the countertop. Airtight containers prevent excess moisture from getting absorbed by your coffee cake causing staleness or mold.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to accomplish the ultimate coffee cake!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, making a lemon cheese coffee cake can be an enjoyable and delicious experience. This recipe presents endless creative possibilities, from the addition of blueberries to the use of a crumb topping. With careful attention to detail when following this recipe’s instructions, it is possible to create a moist, flavorful, and beautiful-looking coffee cake that will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

Moreover, beyond indulging in its mouth-watering flavors, this lemon cheese coffee cake can serve as a centerpiece for a gathering with family or friends, an impressive brunch or dessert option for guests, or even a thoughtful gift to brighten someone’s day.

In summary, as a barista, I highly recommend trying out this lemon cheese coffee cake recipe. With some practice and a little experimentation, you may discover your own twist on this timeless classic recipe that both you and others will love. So don’t hesitate to roll up your sleeves and bake away!

Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake

Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 375.8 kcal



  • 18 1/4 ounces lemon cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ounce active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm water


  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Preheat oven to 350F; grease 13x9" pan; set aside.
  • to prepare CAKE:
  • combine 1 1/2 cups cake mix, 2 eggs, 1 cup flour, yeast and 2/3 cup warm water in large bowl.
  • Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes. Spread in pan.
  • To prepare FILLING:
  • Combine cream cheese, 2 eggs,sugar, 1 tbsp flour and milk in mixing bowl.Beat at low speed with electric mixer until blended.
  • Spoon filling to cover batter.
  • To prepare TOPPING:
  • Mix remaining cake mix and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling.
  • Bake at 350°F for 40-55 minutes or until golden brown.
  • To prepare GLAZE:
  • Combine powdered sugar, corn syrup and 1 tbsp water in small bowl until smooth.
  • Drizzle over hot coffee cake.
  • Serve warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 89gCalories: 375.8kcalCarbohydrates: 44.6gProtein: 6.8gFat: 19.4gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 96.3mgSodium: 346.4mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 25g
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