Pumpkin Coffee Cake

photo of a pumpkin coffee cake

I was going through my computer files and came across a file of pictures of this pumpkin coffee cake that I made a while back but completely forgot to post about.
photo of a pumpkin coffee cake with a slice removed
Pumpkin, streusel, cake. So good. Everyone in my family loved this cake.

The actual cake slices ended up having a bunch of holes. I’m not quite sure what happened. It wasn’t pretty to look at but since we just ate it at home it didn’t matter too much. It still tasted really good though. This was one dessert that was gone within two days. I’ll have to make it again later to see if I can get rid of all the holes.
photo of a slice of pumpkin coffee cake

It’s pretty easy to put together. Just make sure you put enough streusel in the middle layer. I thought I put enough in the middle layer but I ended up having way too much for the top of the cake.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

This pumpkin coffee cake is topped with a sweet streusel topping.


For the Streusel

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Pinch kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp 3/4 stick cold unsalted butter cut into small chunks
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For the Batter

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 8 tbsp 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan or a 9-inch cake pan with 3-inch sides.
  2. To make the streusel, in a bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Toss in the butter and, using 2 table knives or a pastry cutter, cut it into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Alternatively, whir the ingredients in a food processor. Stir in the pecans. Set aside.
  3. To make the batter, in a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat together the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until well combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the pumpkin puree and sour cream and mix with the spatula. Stir in the flour mixture. The batter will be quite thick.
  4. Spread half of the batter in the prepared pan. Sprinkle half of the streusel over the batter. Dollop the remaining batter over the streusel and spread the thick batter as best you can. Top with the remaining streusel. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for about 15 minutes. Remove the sides from the pan and slide the cake onto the rack.


Recipe from William Sonoma

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4 comments on “Pumpkin Coffee Cake”

  1. This looks great! I love pumpkin bread and coffee cake and I can’t believe I’ve never thought to put the two together like this!

  2. hi! would love to make it! it looks so moist and delicious! since it’s called pumpkin and coffee cake, how come there’s no coffee in the recipe? is it so called “coffee” just because of its color? thanks!

    • Coffee cake is a type/name for a kind of cake but it doesn’t contain any coffee. It’s called coffee cake because it’s usually eaten with coffee.

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