Tasty Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

Have you ever craved a slice of cake with your morning cup of coffee? If so, you’re in luck because I have the perfect recipe for you: Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. This isn’t just any ordinary coffee cake – it’s a cake that is sure to impress your taste buds and your guests.

The combination of tangy lemon, sweet cream cheese, and buttery crumbly topping creates a flavor explosion in every bite. Plus, there’s nothing like the aroma of fresh baked goods filling your kitchen.

This cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a sweet treat with your afternoon coffee. Whether you’re hosting a party or just want to indulge yourself, this Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake recipe is the way to go. So get ready to bake and tantalize your taste buds with this scrumptious dessert!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

If you’re looking for a sweet treat to brighten up your day, then look no further than this Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe! This cake is the epitome of deliciousness, with a moist and fluffy sponge that’s infused with tangy lemon flavor throughout.

One of the things that makes this recipe so special is the cream cheese filling layered in the middle. This layer adds richness and depth to the coffee cake, making it feel extra decadent without being too heavy or overpowering.

But what really sets this cake apart is the combination of sweet and tart flavors. The lemon glaze on top gives the perfect balance between sweetness and sourness, making your taste buds dance with joy.

Whether you’re enjoying a quiet coffee break or hosting a party, this Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake will be sure to impress your guests. It’s an excellent dessert option for those who have a sweet tooth but are not into overly sugary cakes. Trust me; everyone will want seconds!

So why not give this recipe a try? You will love this coffee cake for its delightful taste, mouthwatering texture, and simple preparation process that even novice bakers can handle. You don’t need any special equipment, and all ingredients are readily available in your pantry.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for an easy-to-make and crowd-pleasing dessert recipe that combines tangy lemon flavor with sugary sweetness, then look no further than this Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe. It’s perfect for any occasion and will quickly become a household favorite.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite!
A slice of heaven in every bite!

Here are all the ingredients you’ll need to make this Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe:

For the cake batter:

  • 1 and ½ cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (170g) sour cream

For the cream cheese filling:

  • 8 ounces (225g) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

For the crumb topping:

  • ⅓ cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (60g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons (55g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

This recipe can be modified according to your preferences, but I recommend using the exact measurements for a perfect result.

The Recipe How-To

 Treat yourself to a delicious, citrusy delight!
Treat yourself to a delicious, citrusy delight!

Now, let’s get started with making this scrumptious Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe. Follow these simple steps to make the perfect coffee cake.


  • 1 ½ cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream

Cream Cheese Filling and Lemon Glaze:
Cream Cheese Filling

  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon

Lemon Glaze

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Recipe Instructions:
Coffee Cake Batter

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the granulated sugar and the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract and set aside.
  4. In another bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. Gradually beat in dry ingredients alternatively with sour cream to batter mixture.

Cream Cheese Filling

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, granulated sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in egg followed by lemon juice and beat again until mixed through.

Crumb Topping

  1. Combine flour and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add melted butter to the mixture until crumbles are formed.

Assembling the cake!

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9 x 13 rectangular pan with butter.
  2. Evenly spread half of the batter in the prepared pan.
  3. Then, spread cream cheese filling on top of it.
  4. Finally, add rest of the batter over cream cheese mixture- spreading it out evenly.
  5. Sprinkle crumb topping over the top.
  6. Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes, or until fully cooked through.
  7. Take it out and let it to cool down until it is no longer hot.

Lemon Glaze

  1. Make lemon glaze by whisking melted butter, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and lemon juice together.
  2. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake before slicing and serving.

Now that you have perfected this recipe, your guests would love to indulge into this moist and luscious cake over a cup of coffee or tea.

Substitutions and Variations

 A coffee cake so good, you'll forget about your morning cup of Joe!
A coffee cake so good, you’ll forget about your morning cup of Joe!

One of the great things about this lemon cream cheese coffee cake recipe is that it’s so versatile! Here are some substitutions and variations you can make to switch things up:

– Swap out the lemon for another citrus fruit. Try adding lime, orange, or grapefruit zest and juice instead.

– Add in some fresh or frozen berries to the batter or cream cheese layer. Blueberries or raspberries would be delicious.

– For a more indulgent version, drizzle the baked cake with a sweet glaze made with powdered sugar and lemon or vanilla extract.

– Make it a bit healthier by using whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour, using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and reducing the amount of sugar in the recipe.

– You can also make this into muffins by just adjusting the baking time – try filling muffin cups 2/3 full with batter and baking for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

No matter how you decide to customize this recipe, it’s sure to be a hit at your next brunch, tea party, or just as a special treat for yourself!

Serving and Pairing

 A stunning presentation that tastes just as good as it looks!
A stunning presentation that tastes just as good as it looks!

When it comes to serving and pairing this lemon cream cheese coffee cake, there are a few options that work wonderfully.

Firstly, warm up a slice and serve it with a cup of coffee or tea. The slightly tangy and sweet flavors of the cake pair superbly with the bitterness of a British coffee or the subtle sweetness of a raspberry tea.

Alternatively, add some fruit on top for a refreshing twist to your dessert. Blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries would make an excellent addition. Simply sprinkle some fresh fruit on the plated slices and drizzle some additional lemon juice on top for added flavor.

Lastly, if you want to indulge even more, serve the cake alongside a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream. The coldness and unctuous textures of the ice cream work incredibly well with the warmness and slightly crumbly texture of the cake.

No matter how you choose to serve this recipe, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser that will have your guests coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds).

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 When life gives you lemons, make lemon cream cheese coffee cake!
When life gives you lemons, make lemon cream cheese coffee cake!

Once you’ve made this delectable lemon cream cheese coffee cake recipe, you may find yourself wanting to keep some for later. Fortunately, this recipe is quite versatile when it comes to storage and reheating.

If you plan on serving your cake the next day or later in the week, allow it to cool completely before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This will help keep it fresh and moist.

You can also freeze this cake if you want to keep it for an extended period of time. Wrap it well in plastic wrap and then wrap again with aluminum foil before storing in the freezer. When ready to eat, simply let it thaw at room temperature and enjoy.

To reheat a slice of the cake, place it on a microwave-safe dish and heat for 15-20 seconds depending on your microwave’s power. You can also reheat it in a preheated oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes.

It’s important to note that reheating the cake may result in slightly drier texture compared to when it was freshly baked, but it will still be just as delicious.

Having the option of making ahead, storing and reheating this delicious lemon cream cheese coffee cake make it a perfect treat not only for breakfast but also for any occasion.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect balance of tangy lemon and rich cream cheese.
The perfect balance of tangy lemon and rich cream cheese.

To achieve a perfect Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Firstly, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature. This includes the cream cheese, butter, and eggs. This ensures that the ingredients blend together smoothly and evenly without any lumps.

Secondly, when measuring your flour, avoid packing it into the measuring cup. This may result in too much flour and a dense coffee cake. Instead, spoon the flour into the cup and level off with a knife.

Thirdly, don’t overmix the batter once you add the flour. This can cause gluten development and result in a tough coffee cake. Mix until just combined and no streaks of flour remain.

Fourthly, when adding the lemon zest to the batter, make sure to only use the outer yellow layer of the peel. The white layer underneath is bitter and will negatively affect the taste of your coffee cake.

Fifthly, for an extra burst of lemon flavor, brush the top of your coffee cake with fresh lemon juice as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Lastly, allow your coffee cake to cool completely before slicing into it. This will ensure that it maintains its shape and doesn’t crumble apart.

By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to making a perfect Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake every time!


As a skilled chef, I understand how difficult it is to prepare the perfect dish or dessert without encountering any obstacles. With that in mind, here are some frequently asked questions and solutions to help ensure that your Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake turns out perfectly every time!

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

What sets coffee cakes apart from their other cake counterparts is the fact that they come with a signature streusel topping and usually lack frosting. It’s not uncommon to find coffee cakes with some sort of filling such as fruit, nuts, or chocolate accompanied by a swirl of streusel baked within. While some coffee cakes may have a drizzle of glaze on top, it’s the streusel that truly makes them unique.

What is the difference between American and British coffee cake?

The concept of coffee cake differs between British and American cultures. In Britain, coffee cake refers to a cake that has a flavor of coffee, while in America, it refers to a cake that is generally enjoyed while sipping coffee.

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

As a barista, I’m happy to share some tips on making delicious coffee-based baked goods. To infuse your batter with coffee flavor, you can add instant espresso powder to the mix or try a mocha swirl. For a more intense coffee flavor, pack the crumb topping with coffee too. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can finish off your baked goods with a boozy latte glaze. These techniques are sure to elevate your coffee-inspired baking game.

Does cheese coffee cake need to be refrigerated?

If you’re looking to keep this Strawberry Coffee Cake fresh, you’ll need to place it in the refrigerator. Make sure to wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, place it on a plate, and leave it there for up to 5 days. It’s best to consume it in the first couple of days to savor it at its most sublime moistness.

Bottom Line

Now that you have read through the entire recipe, it’s time for me to persuade you to try making this Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe. Trust me; once you experience the flavors in your mouth, you’ll be glad you did.

The cake is moist and tangy from the lemon juice and zest added to it. The cream cheese filling adds an extra layer of richness and creaminess that balances out the tanginess of the lemon. It’s the perfect treat for a lazy Sunday brunch with family and friends or as a dessert at a dinner party.

Additionally, this recipe is easy to make, even for those with minimal baking experience. All the ingredients are readily available in most grocery stores, meaning you can start enjoying this delicious cake almost immediately. Also, it’s highly versatile and can be served warm or cold and paired with coffee or tea.

In conclusion, if you’re a fan of coffee cakes or cheesecakes, then this recipe is meant for you. You won’t regret trying it out. Make sure to follow all the steps correctly and take note of some of the essential tips provided, such as using room temperature ingredients and mixing thoroughly to get a perfect batter every time.

So why wait? Whip up some Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake today and indulge in a sweet treat that will leave your taste buds wanting more. I guarantee it will become one of your favorite recipes!

Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

This is just what you are looking for to go with that hot cup of coffee in the morning ; ) I've made this a few times now and it is simply awesome! I know you are going to love this coffecake. This recipe is very well suited for stay over company. Use either a commercial lemon curd, or try my delicious Recipe #46378. Adapted from Cooks Recipes. Enjoy!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 302.6 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter

For Coffeecake

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg

For Topping

  • 3/4 cup lemon curd
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  • For Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour 9" springform pan or use a 9" to 10" round cake pan.
  • Combine flour and sugar in medium bowl.
  • Cut in the butter with pastry blender or use two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Reserve 1 cup of the crumb mixture to use for topping.
  • To remaining crumb mixture add sour cream, egg, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda and salt; blend well.
  • Spread over bottom and 2" up the sides of the prepared pan. (You are making a crust in this step. To ease spreading, put a little flour on your fingertips).
  • For Filling: Beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and large egg in small mixer bowl until smooth.
  • Spread over batter in pan.
  • For the Topping: Spoon curd over filling; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture and then sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until cream cheese filling is set and crust is golden brown.
  • Cool slightly on wire rack.
  • To serve (from springform pan), remove side of pan; slice coffee cake into wedges.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 80gCalories: 302.6kcalCarbohydrates: 29.1gProtein: 5gFat: 18.9gSaturated Fat: 10.8gCholesterol: 71.2mgSodium: 207.1mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 12.8g
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