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Everyone needs a delicious coffee cake recipe in their repertoire, and this cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe is the perfect option. Meaning "something strewn" in Old German, streusel is easy to throw together -- and then to throw on top of this sour-cream coffee cake. The sweet glaze in the recipe is the perfect coffee cake topping.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2011
Total Time Prep Servings Yield






Cook's Notes

For the banana-coconut variation, substitute walnuts for pecans. Add 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3) and 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut to batter at the end of step 4.

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  • MS10814714
    23 DEC, 2018
    Had to make gluten free for my family, so used Nameste flour and follow recipe exactly. Delicious but very rich. Can not figure out how to remove center portion of form pan without losing streusel so just left that portioning and served to my family.
  • symaryann
    5 JUN, 2017
    I made this yesterday and I was very pleased with the cake, it was so moist and just perfect for a cold afternoon coffee break. I just tweak some stuffs in the recipe to suit my personal taste and preference. So I reduced the amount of flour in the streusel toppings to 11/2 c. because I think its just too many. And I add a tsp.of espresso powder on the batter to flavor it. I also add 1/3 c. of w[filtered] milk in the recipe to make the batter a little lose to help it spread faster, I also use walnuts instead of pecans coz' its the only nuts available in my pantry that time. I put it in a Bundt pan that's why it takes sometime to bake and done in 50 min.My husband is not a fan of cinnamon but this is the first time he likes it. it was ohh so yummy..
    • MS10110850
      22 DEC, 2018
      In other words, you can't comment on this recipe.
    • fuzzylogic4271894
      8 APR, 2018
      This sounded nice but trying to print it out was so annoying that I gave up on it. It was impossible to get a clean recipe-only version without all sorts of adverts for various ingredients at Walmart and so on mucking up my copy. I wanted to be able to get just a title, the ingredients and directions but no, all kinds of extraneous nonsense was inserted or attached and finally I had enough!
  • CKL20062600
    25 NOV, 2018
    I have a similar recipe that is my go-to coffee cake for taking anywhere. It is from the Culinary Institute of NY in Hyde Park, NY. However, mine adds chocolate chips (I use the mini sized ones) and I prefer walnuts to pecans. I also double the streusel. Enjoy it a lot!
  • kanaripinkude
    15 NOV, 2018
    The best ever, highly recommend it. It’s delicious.
  • FAW27748218
    20 OCT, 2018
    I have never met a basic coffee cake recipe that wasn't dry and this one was no exception. Dry and crumbly. Sorry.
  • valeriewhite69
    4 JUN, 2018
    SOoooooo, I tried this recipe and somehow misjudged some of the measurents. When it called for a stick of butter, I have a 2Lb block...., there are no ‘cup’ conversions for a stick to my measuring cups. So unsure how much a ‘stick’ is worth in my only measurements that I knew. I think I used WAY too much. The other issue is the salt. I know at least its a ‘pinch’ regardless of the recipe showing an entire container which is for purchase. So that I’d gotten right since it was at least confirmed waaaay down into the recipe. I like many others like to prepare all ingredients ahead of time, so having to scour a recipe for exact measurements isn’t what I’d like to be doing. I don’t think the recipe is at fault, rather whoever uploaded and reviewed it missed a couple of key conversions. Not everyone is going to run out and buy a ‘stick of butter’ for an extorbitant price over a 2 cup block for half that price. I’m not giving up on this recipe, however, I still don’t know what a stick of butter converts to in cups.
      10 JUN, 2018
      1 stick = 1/2 cup
  • bevans215
    29 MAR, 2018
    This was delicious and a big hit. Great breakfast bread for the family.
  • MS11598944
    15 MAY, 2017
    I've made this four times as written and it is by far the best coffee cake I've ever eaten. For those who think there are too many crumbs, just put them on anyway! They bake into the cake to make the most delicious crumbly, crunchy top layer you've ever had. The only bad thing about this cake is that you need serious self control to not eat too much of it. Also, my cake was done after 41 minutes in the oven.
  • ALR12678870DW
    5 JAN, 2017
    Absolutely amazing. Beautiful and delicious.
  • smunleytribpub
    6 APR, 2016
    I give this a solid B. It wasn't really sweet enough and a good thing to remember is to press the streusel into the top a little so everything doesn't fall off when you slice it!! The crumbles are the best part so long as they stay with the cake. Mine was actually a bit dry but I think I overcooked just a bit.

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