This is truly the very BEST streusel coffee cake recipe you’ll ever find. It’s so moist and buttery with rich streusel filling in every bite. You’ll never make another coffee cake after trying this one!
There are certain foods that I like because of what you remember eating as a child. My mom make biscuick coffee cake which I loved with a cinnamon brown sugar streusel but there was never enough streusel. This streusel coffee cake recipe has so much streusel that you might miss the incredibly tender cake surrounding it.
You’ll find some streusel coffee cakes are a little dry with just a sliver of streusel, that is not this recipe. With all the butter, I promise this will not be dry! While Starbucks streusel coffee cake is good, it can’t hold a candle to this coffee cake.
This recipe is my “go to” coffee cake recipe. It has tons of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon on the top that oozes down into the cake so that you get some in every bite. While I love the streusel part, others love the cake part, it’s super moist. You really can’t mess this up, so feel safe ,making it for breakfast or brunch especially when you have a crowd. It makes a lot and is pretty rich from all the butter, so it will go a long way.
I’m not sure why, but sometimes the streusel falls to the bottom and sometimes it hangs out in the middle, and sometimes it stays on top. Despite all the times I’ve made this I can’t figure out why. I promise, it’s fabulous where ever it ends up. I’ve researched this issue and it could be do to the amount of flour. Some think that more flour will keep the streusel from falling, who knows. If I liked it one way more than another, I might do more experimentation but it makes no difference in this recipe.
What you’ll need for a moist coffee cake
- Butter – lots of it, one and a half sticks softened
- Whole milk – you need the real deal for a moist cake
- Egg whites
- Pantry items – flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
What you’ll need for buttery streusel
- Butter – another stick and a half for a total of 3 sticks
- Pantry items – brown sugar, flour, cinnamon
How do you make the BEST Streusel Coffee Cake
Step 1: First make the batter which has plenty of butter and whole milk to keep it moist. Cream the butter and then alternate flour and milk and fold in egg whites.
Step 2: Prepare the amazing streusel topping. Nothing unusual, just butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and pecans. The Streusel goes on the top and as it cooks it falls into the batter or stays on top.
I’ve made this several times, and never managed to get a photo. When I took it to work last week and had several requests for the recipe, I thought it was time to share it on the blog. I made this the first time for Natalie when she was in high school and having a review session with her Euro class. I sent it in with the caveat that they had to get some good i-phone shots. Everyone was too busy eating to take a photo. At least I had an excuse to make it again. Which I have over and over again because everyone is always asking for it.
If you like coffee cake with a brown sugar butter streusel, you can stop searching for the perfect recipe. This coffee cake is great to take to work for a morning meeting or to serve at your next brunch. It’s great slightly warm but still delicious at room temperature.
FAQ’s and tips
I believe the reason that sometimes the streusel sinks and sometimes it doesn’t is do the amount of flour. A little more flour should keep the streusel on top, so if you prefer it that way, be generous with your flour measurements.
Absolutely, this makes a lot so let it cool to room temperature and then freeze. To serve, let it thaw and serve at room temperature or microwave for about 10 seconds.
By gently adding them to the cake batter it helps make a light and moist cake.
More COFFEE CAKE recipes
- Peach Streusel Coffee Cake using fresh or frozen peaches
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake uses strawberry jam, great when there’s no fresh fruit around
- Cherry and Raspberry Coffee Cake, has no streusel but is delicious
Breakfast recipes to feed a crowd
- Try a batch of blueberry streusel muffins
- Sheet pan pancakes are a great way to serve pancakes to everyone at the same time
- Make a batch of cinnamon rolls
- Crispy French toast sticks are a big hit in our house
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Streusel Coffee Cake
- 1½ sticks butter softened (¾ cup)
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1¼ cups whole milk
- 3 egg whites beaten until stiff
- 1½ sticks butter softened (¾ cup)
- ¾ cup flour
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1½ cups pecans chopped
- Preheat oven to 350º. Butter a large 9 x 13 baking pan.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Beat egg whites and set aside
- Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth, about 5 minutes. Add flour mixture and milk alternately until combined. Don’t over beat. Fold in egg whites with a rubber spatula. Spread into pan.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. With a pastry cutter add butter and combine until crumbly. Sprinkle all over the top of the batter.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until no longer jiggly.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- Sometimes the streusel sinks to the bottom and sometimes it doesn’t, it’s great either way.
- Do not over mix the batter and gently fold in the egg whites.
- You can leave out the pecans or use walnuts instead.
- Don’t over cook this, all ovens are different so remove when the center no longer jiggles.
If you make Streusel Coffee Cake, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! I would love to see your creation.