The Best Streusel Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe

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Streusel Cinnamon Coffee Cake is a soft and buttery cake topped with a crunchy sugar cinnamon topping.   Cinnamon Coffee cake will remind you of cinnamon rolls with none of the hard work.


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Cake Ingredients:

  • Spray Oil
  • 1 Stick of Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of Sugar
  • 1 Egg slightly beat with a fork
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of milk (I like 1/2 & 1/2)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • Pinch of salt

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup of Flour
  • 5 tablespoons Cold Butter


  1. Pre-Heat your oven to 350℉
  2. Spray a 9×9 baking dish with spray oil.
  3. In a large mixing bowl (using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer) combine the softened butter, and sugar and beat on medium speed until fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until creamy.
  4. Measure the milk and set it aside.
  5. Next, mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon & pinch of salt. (When measuring your flour, first whisk the flour into the container as it tends to settle, you want to dip and measure your fluffed flour.)
  6. Add alternatively in one-third of the flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture. (the batter will be thick)
  7. The Streusel Topping: In a smaller mixing bowl mix the streusel topping and combine the flour, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, and  1/2 cup of brown sugar. (you will have more streusel than you need, but better more topping than not enough. Feel free to not use all of the toppings)
  8. Cut one cold stick of butter into small squares. Add the butter to the streusel topping mixture and cut in with a Pastry Cutter.  (You can also do this with a fork but it will take longer) You want the topping to be a crumbly texture, combined with the butter so you can pick it up with your hand and layer on the cake batter)
  9. Assemble in the 8×8 pan:
  10. Layer 1/2 of the cake batter in your prepared pan. The batter will be thick you may need to take your time to spread it in the pan.
  11. Sprinkle 1/2 of the topping in the pan.
  12. Spread the remaining batter over the streusel crumbles that will be in the middle. (I just drop spoonfuls over the streusel and spread with a knife, as best as I can.
  13. Take the remaining streusel crumbles and layer for the crunchy top.
  14. Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes


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