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Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

With a thick cinnamon streusel topping over fluffy, buttery cake and a ribbon of melty cinnamon through the center, this Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake is going to be a hit at your family breakfast.

Two slices of cinnamon crumb coffee cake stacked on white fabric.

Easy Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

This classic coffee cake recipe is from Jacqueline at Go Go Go Gourmet, a food blog dedicated to busy moms who enjoy baking, cooking, and entertaining.

The coffee cake is buttery, light, fluffy, and features a sweet ribbon of melty cinnamon through the center.

It's everything a good breakfast cake should be. And it's piled high with a thick cinnamon streusel topping that offers a lovely texture contrast.

It's similar to my cinnamon sour cream coffee cake except this one is butter based. It's so buttery tender, it practically melts in your mouth!

Perfect for enjoying alongside a cup of hot coffee. Truly the best crumb cake recipe.

Sweet carbs are actually one of the things I really enjoy for breakfast. If you are like me, you may also want to try these whole wheat banana muffins and peanut butter and banana coffee cake!

Sliced cinnamon crumb coffee cake on a white tea towel.

An old-fashioned crumb cake recipe

Every baker should have this easy crumb cake recipe on hand. The batter is thick and ultra rich.

It yields a super soft crumb which is perfect for a cake that you are going to eat for breakfast. Butter and an egg leave the cake fluffy and tender with tight crumbs throughout.

The butter is creamed with the sugar which provides the moist, cakey texture that is so well loved about this coffee cake.

There's a ribbon of sweet cinnamon through the center of the cake and thick crunchy cinnamon streusel over the top. Both the filling and topping are made with brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and softened butter.

Cinnamon swirl coffee cake on a white tea towel.

Work the softened butter into the dry ingredients with your fingertips or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. It's important to use softened butter in this recipe.

Softened butter is easier to work into the dry ingredients, making sure each granule of sugar, flour, and cinnamon are coated with buttery goodness.

How to make cinnamon crumb coffee cake

Step 1: Make the cake

Prepare the batter and spread half in the bottom of a 9-inch square cake pan.

coffee cake batter in a glass bowl
coffee cake batter in a baking pan

Step 2: Make the filling

Prepare the filling and sprinkle it over the batter in the pan then top the filling with the remaining batter.

cinnamon swirl filling in a glass bowl
cinnamon swirl filling over coffee cake batter in pan
coffee cake batter over cinnamon swirl filling
smoothing coffee cake batter over filling in a pan

Step 3: Make the topping and bake

Make the topping and sprinkle it evenly over the top of the batter. Bake the coffee cake for 45-50 minutes in a 350°F oven.

topping for coffee cake in a glass bowl
sprinkling topping over coffee cake batter in a pan
unbaked coffee cake in a pan

Common questions about Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Can you make it the night before and then bake it in the morning?

I’d recommend baking it the night before. Let it cool completely and store it in the refrigerator. You can warm it the next morning by baking it at 300°F for 15 minutes.

Is the cinnamon crumb topping very sweet?

I don’t think it’s too sweet. The cake overall is well balanced. But everyone’s taste is different.

Can I make cupcakes with this recipe?

I suppose you could. They would turn out more like a muffin than a cupcake though.

cinnamon streusel coffee cake sliced on a white towel

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Saturday 13th of June 2020

What can I use in place of egg in this recipe? Thanks in advance

Jen Sobjack

Saturday 13th of June 2020

I'm not experienced in egg-free baking. But if you click the link in the recipe, it will take you to the original author's site and she may be able to advise you.

Shelly Jachetta

Saturday 11th of April 2020

No cinnamon listed in the ingredients. How much?

Jen Sobjack

Sunday 12th of April 2020

Please see the link in the recipe instructions for the full recipe.

Carol Aukerman

Thursday 9th of April 2020

Can you substitute almond milk for regular milk?

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 9th of April 2020

Please visit the link in the recipe instructions to ask the original author about changes to her recipe.

Candie Dickson

Wednesday 29th of May 2019

Hello there Jen. I’m so excited and can’t wait to try this scrumptious sounding Coffee Cake. My dad is 82yrs old and this is right down his Ally. The only thing I do t see the measurements for the Strudel Topping. I see where you told what all it consisted of, I just need to know how much of each. Thank you!! Candie Dickson Texas

Jen Sobjack

Wednesday 29th of May 2019

There's a link in the recipe instructions that will take you to the original author's website for the full ingredient list and instructions.


Sunday 26th of May 2019

Easy and outstanding.

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