Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

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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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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.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, cinnamon crumb coffee cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yields 1 9-inch square cake
Calories 157 kcal
Author Jen Sobjack

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk room temperature

Instructions

  1. This recipe is from Go Go Go Gourmet. Please visit her site for full instructions.

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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35 Comments

    • Carrie

      Can you make it the night before and then bake it in the morning? Or can you just make it the night before and warm it up in the morning ? My husband isn’t great waiting 45 min for breakfast lol

  • Amanda

    I really wish this had been my breakfast this morning. It’s putting my toast to shame! There’s nothing like coffee cake and a cup of coffee. That crumble topping is calling to me!

  • Medha

    This is gorgeous! Before dance camp every summer, I’d make my mom drop me off early at the Starbucks right next door and order a large unsweetened iced green tea and a classic coffee cake. Every. morning. Gotta give this a go- pinning! 🙂

  • Kelly

    This coffee cake looks so amazing, Jen! I love that sky high crumb topping and the ribbon in the middle is just perfect! Heading over to check out the recipe!

  • marcie

    The crumble on this coffee cake looks AMAZING! I love cinnamon, and this definitely looks like it has big cinnamon flavor. I need this with my coffee tomorrow!

  • Lizz

    Is the cinnamon crumb topping very sweet? I’ve made a different recipe before but the topping was way too sweet to eat. Looks good though!

  • Brooke

    Unfortunately the GoGoGo Gourmet site has been down all day, no matter what browser I used, despite me being able to see it yesterday. I will have to try this another day… :o(
    Perhaps it might be a good idea to add the entire recipe here, and then also add a link to their site. Just an idea. :o)

    • Jen Sobjack

      I’m sorry you couldn’t get to the recipe. Sometimes these things happen but I assure you she is working to get the situation resolved. I will never post the entire recipe on my site because it isn’t my recipe. If I did post the entire recipe, there would be no reason for anyone to go to her site for her own recipe. That simply wouldn’t be fair to her!

    • Jen Sobjack

      I’m sorry you couldn’t get to the recipe. I assure you she was working hard to get the situation resolved and her site is back up. If I did post the entire recipe, there would be no reason for you to go to her site for her own recipe. That simply wouldn’t be fair to her!

  • Joe

    Made this with diced walnuts mixed in to the filling and topping. Also used buttermilk instead of regular milk. Bomb dot com 🙂 Great recipe!

  • Coleen Goree

    My husband right now has many food sensitivities so I subbed gluten free flour, ripple pea protein milk and a pinch of xanthum gum. Since i have chickens and all sizes of eggs i used a large and small (bantum) egg. I usually add just a little extra milk so hopefully it takes the gummyness out. I also used oil since butter is out. 😄 I love subbing- i put some Brazil nuts in the topping as well. I’ll let you know how he likes it… And he did like it! Thanks for a great base

    • Jen Sobjack

      Hi Nicole! I don’t ever recommend using salted butter since there is no way to know how much salt is in it. Every brand is different and the cake could come out too salty. It’s really up to you if you want to chance it.