Pumpkin coffee cake with cinnamon streusel
October 21, 2022 by admin

In the delicious saga that is fall baking and pumpkin treats, here is a simple but delicious cake to warm you right up! There is no actual coffee in dessert, but does it ever go well with it. The cake itself is not too sweet, but the streusel is; this should balance the spices and sweetness as well as the soft and crunchy textures. This comes together so easily, and the kids can have a great time working on the streusel to help!

Here’s a cool fun fact: I wanted to look up the difference between streusel, crumble and crisp, because I had no idea what it was other than vague guesses. A streusel, as seen here, is a clumpy combination of butter, flour and sugar. A crumble is a topping that typically does not include oats or nuts, while a crisp does. Now that I’m reading it out, the streusel and crumble sound pretty darn similar, I believe it’s just the consistency that differs. Correct me if I’m wrong!


  • 2 cups (240g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup (150g) dark brown sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¾ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves


  • ¾ cup (150g) dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup (60g) all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Make cake

Preheat your oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside. In another bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Mix in the pumpkin puree, milk, egg and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Grease an 8×8 inch pan. Spoon in the batter, smoothing the surface with an offset spatula.

Make streusel

Combine streusel ingredients in a medium bowl, mix together thoroughly using your fingertips to rub the ingredients together. Crumble streusel evenly onto the surface of the prepared batter.

Bake 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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