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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

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One of the first recipes I ever made myself was a Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake that I found in the Pillsbury Cookbook. My infatuation with this scrumptious cake began when one of my parents' friends brought her take on it to our house one Christmas and it became her holiday calling card. I would dream about that cake for the next 364 days until she'd come over again. To me, aside from the aesthetic beauty of a cake baked in a fluted pan, the marbling of cinnamon streusel throughout tender sour cream cake is like the perfect couple in love.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake from Weelicious

When I became an adult, whenever I went to someone's home, I would bring a Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake of my own. It was one of those foolproof recipes in my repertoire and it always seemed to the recipient like I had made something truly special, even though it was beyond easy to make.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake from Weelicious

Many years passed since I last made this cake, but then one day on the drive to school I was telling Kenya a story about this cake and he asked me if I would make one for him. Always one to oblige, I picked up all the ingredients and together we baked it every step of the way. The result was so pretty I took a picture of it to post on Instagram. It wasn't long before I had people asking me for the recipe. It's taken a few weeks to do it, but here it is. Over the years I've made several twists, most notably placing the filling in the center so that every fork full has a luscious bite of caramelized cinnamon walnuts. This cake is a majorly decadent treat, but one that really impresses!

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake from Weelicious

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake  (serves 8-10)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
  • Cook Time: 45 mins,
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One of the first recipes I ever made myself was a Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake that I found in the Pillsbury Cookbook. My infatuation with this scrumptious cake began when one of my parents' friends brought her take on it to our house one Christmas and...

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • streusel filling:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  2. 2. In the bowl of a standing mixer or with a handheld mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  3. 3. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure to fully incorporate before adding the next one. Add the vanilla.
  4. 4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. 5. Alternately add the flour mixture and the sour cream to the butter until combined.
  6. 6. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon and melted butter, and stir to combine well.
  7. 7. Pour half the batter into a greased bundt pan, and smooth down with a spatula as this batter is thick and fluffy.
  8. 8. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture all over the batter in the bundt pan and pat it down lightly.
  9. 9. Pour in the remaining batter and smooth down with a spatula.
  10. 10. Place the bundt pan in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

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  1. lish875

    June 14, 2014 at 8:09 am

    This was absolutely amazing! Very easy to make and turned out perfectly. Will definitely make again. Thanks for this scrumptious recipe! :)

  2. Andrea

    May 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    So good! My mom has been sick with Chemo treatments and I’ve been promising to make her something special. She loves cinnamon anything and coffee cake is on the top of the list. She’s in remission now and I’ve been spending everyday helping her. I told her about your recipe and today she surprised me with a new bundt pan for my birthday, hinting me to make it for her haha. It came out so good! I didn’t have any sour cream and walnuts though so I used Greek yogurt and pecans instead. So delicious!

  3. Hailey

    May 14, 2014 at 9:07 am

    This is the BEST streusel cake ever!!!!! SO easy, so light and fluffy, and such a great cinnamon flavor. My new go-to cake to use as a gift! Thanks for sharing. =)

  4. Kathy

    May 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Yummy! In Texas we would use pecans. Oh, so good.

  5. Ania

    May 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Is it ok to omit the walnuts (allergy reason)?

    • Catherine McCord

      May 13, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Yes! You could use sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds or leave the walnuts out all together!

  6. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    May 7, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Oh so lovely, Catherine. Cake is a Mother’s Day must.

    • Catherine McCord

      May 13, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Thanks sweet Aimee!

  7. Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño

    May 7, 2014 at 4:41 am

    This looks so perfect for Mother’s Day, I think I’ll make myself one! Hope you have a wonderful day with your family! xo

  8. Steven Brogden

    May 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Is whole wheat flour acceptable? Same amount?

    Does another type of pan also work?

    How else can I modify to make it remotely healthier?

    Not sure my kids will get any if they are not home when I make this…

    • Catherine McCord

      May 13, 2014 at 7:44 am

      You could try whole wheat flour (using 1/4 cup less). White wheat flour would be even better. This is really one of those decadent coffee cakes.

  9. Marion Millan

    May 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

    My mom makes one similar to this. So Yummy! What would you replace the sugar with in the cake? I do my best to make things w/o it. i would use organic brown sugar for the filling.

    • Catherine McCord

      May 13, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Organic brown sugar would be amazing! If you try it I would love to see a picture. Just tag me @weelicious!

    • Rubydog

      May 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

      This cake is good and indulgant bc it has sugar in it. Sugar does much more than just sweeten baked goods. The texture of the cake would also be ruined if you didn’t use sugar…why don’t you just make a salad?

      • Catherine McCord

        May 13, 2014 at 7:45 am

        We eat salad everyday and enjoy this cake a few times a year. It’s all about balance ;)

  10. HeatherChristo

    May 6, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I’m not sure if there is anything better in this world than a delicious coffee cake!! This one looks SO good! (especially that perfect cinnamon filling!)

    • Catherine McCord

      May 13, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Thanks Heather! It really is one of my biggest cravings!