Pumpkin Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 1 hr

This amazing Pumpkin Sour Cream Coffee Cake is a fluffy and moist pumpkin spice cake topped with a cinnamon crumb topping. It makes a perfect Fall breakfast coffee cake or dessert!

Pumpkin Sour Cream Coffee Cake: an extra moist pumpkin spice cake (made from scratch) is topped with an amazing cinnamon crumb topping! Serve it with coffee for breakfast or for dessert! #Pumpkin #CoffeeCake #Dessert #Cake

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Coffee Cakes (also sometimes called Crumb Cakes) might be one of my favorite things in the world because you get to eat cake for breakfast. Seriously, what is better than cake served in the morning with coffee? I’ll tell you what, nothing. Well, except when you make that cake pumpkin flavored, because then that is just a tiny bit better.

However, to be fair, this Pumpkin Sour Cream Coffee Cake is also amazing for dessert. Or snack. Or lunch. Or 1 am. It’s literally delicious anytime you want to eat it. It just sits on the counter calling your name when you walk by.

This Pumpkin Coffee Cake starts off with a soft, fluffy, but still moist, spiced pumpkin cake. Then, on top of that cake, sits a thick layer of cinnamon crumb topping that bakes into the top of the cake. Each bite is better than the last and I promise you wont want to miss making this recipe! Let’s get started!

Maple glazed pumpkin donuts ingredients in bowls.

Ingredients

There are a few important ingredients needed for this pumpkin cake recipe to be a success. Like most pumpkin baking recipes, you want to use pure canned pumpkin puree — not pumpkin pie filling. This pumpkin cake recipe uses an entire 15 oz can of pumpkin, so no worries about wasting or having any leftovers!!

Streusel Topping

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter: melted

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Butter: softened
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Canned Pumpkin: the one that is just pureed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling
  • Sour Cream
  • Whole Milk: you can also use buttermilk or even evaporated milk.
Pumpkin cupcakes batter in a glass bowl.

Tips For Pumpkin Sour Cream Coffee Cake

How To Keep Cake Moist: Vegetable oil (or canola oil), combined with pumpkin, will keep the cake extra moist. If you are against oil in cakes, you can substitute apple sauce in its’ place. However, know that the cake texture will be fluffier. However, you still have to make sure you do not over bake it. Keep an eye on your cake and make sure it doesn’t over-bake.

Cinnamon Crumb Topping: If your topping happens to be browning quicker than the cake underneath can cook, top the cake lightly with a piece of tinted foil. This will keep your crumb topping from over baking and browning too much.

Pumpkin Pie Spice: I like to use pumpkin pie spice as it’s a great combination of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice to flavor my pumpkin cake. I also included a homemade recipe below for homemade pumpkin spice! However, you can substitute it with plain cinnamon if that is what you have on hand. 

Pumpkin Sour Cream Coffee Cake: an extra moist pumpkin spice cake (made from scratch) is topped with an amazing cinnamon crumb topping! Serve it with coffee for breakfast or for dessert! #Pumpkin #CoffeeCake #Dessert #Cake

Pumpkin Pie Spice vs Cinnamon?

You can use pumpkin pie spice or just cinnamon in this recipe. Either way is delicious! If you do not have Pumpkin Spice on hand, but would like to make it, below is a simple recipe:

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  1. Mix all ingredients together. This recipe will make a little over 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice.
  2. You can double or triple the recipe and save it for any other wonderful Fall recipes or even sprinkle it over your morning coffee!

Can I Use Something Other Than Pumpkin?

If you are not a pumpkin fan, this cake would also be amazing made with a butternut squash puree or a sweet potato puree. As long as they have the same texture as canned 100% pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!) it will work just fine.

Sometimes homemade squash style purees are not as thick canned pumpkin and sadly they will be too much liquid when added to this cake. If this happens to you, try squeezing your puree with cheesecloth to remove some of the excess liquid.

More Reader Favorite Pumpkin Desserts

Pumpkin tends to be a favorite every year around these parts! I have spent almost 14 years now making epic pumpkin desserts for all of you! Here are a few of the crowd favorites:

Pumpkin Sour Cream Coffee Cake: an extra moist pumpkin spice cake (made from scratch) is topped with an amazing cinnamon crumb topping! Serve it with coffee for breakfast or for dessert! #Pumpkin #CoffeeCake #Dessert #Cake

This Pumpkin Sour Cream Coffee Cake is one of my favorite fall time desserts and I am asked every year to share this recipe when I make it for friends. It’s a wonderful cake to serve any time of day, but boy do I love it for breakfast with a cup of coffee.

Head on over to Dixie Crystals to get the full recipe I developed for them by clicking the button below:

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Comments

39 Responses
  1. Alice Beef

    Your recipes are really great for me when i am looking for the healthy meals for my son. The taste is so good and he loves to eat so much. Thank you for your sharing.

  2. Heather

    So there is only 1cup flour in cake part?? Is it updated now?? Or is it still 3c flour for cake and 2c flour for topping? Thanks!

  3. Megan Howarth

    This was delicious and perfect for fall and Halloween! Thank you for the recipe which will for sure be a new addition to my family’s breakfasts in the fall from now on.

  4. Kristen

    I followed this recipe to a T, but it took much longer the. bake, and the streusel topping melted into the cake. Also, it was not done in places, but that could be a problem with my oven, not the recipe. I’ll give it another try, because despite its flaws, it is quite good. 

    1. Terry

      I “think” mine cooked for at least 25 extra minutes, and it still wasn’t done! I say think, because I have a new oven, I put this in, set the timer and took a shower. I never heard the timer go off. By my calculations, I was at least 20 minutes late for the timer going off. Checking it, I couldn’t tell if that was goo from the cake, or from the streusel, so I gave it 5 more minutes, worried that I really overcooked it. The streusel was so thick, cake gooey in the center. The streusel also doesn’t appear to be so thick in the photo, as it is in the recipe. I’m making it again tomorrow, however I’m cutting the streusel in half.

  5. Terry

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I’m about to start making it, however I’d love to print it. I don’t see “print”. I hit the print button feature on my phone, and the text isn’t readable it’s so small. Any help is appreciated! Btw, I went to fb to like you, and there’s nothing there, just a blank page. Me?

  6. Kimberley

    Yes, you are rocking your desserts no doubt! This is a keeper recipe…Love, love, love the look of this “kin” & sour cream cake, but the fact you can add chopped nuts to it as well or another type of puree yo so good. This then turns into a carb & protein dessert too! Oh yah : ) yumolla. Have a great day…

  7. Marlen Uriza

    Hi,
    I just saw the video of this recipe and I want to try it. Me I have the full recipe? With all ingredients and procedure.

    Thank yo!!
    Marlen U.

  8. Christine Godin

    I found your recipe on Pinterest, I also watched the video of the cake witch by the way was really desirable as a recipe but I couldn’t find the recipe itself ? So I’m guessing that I’m supposed to subscribe myself in order to get access to the recipe, am I right ? Thank you very much for your help, it’s really appreciated !

  9. Kathy

    Hi Jessica! I am also waiting for the correct amount of ingredients for the topping. I make sour cream coffee cake several times a year and can’t wait to try this one. I got all the ingredients out yesterday afternoon and started to measure everything out when I noticed there was no separate list for the topping. I’m sure it will be delicious!

    1. Jessica

      Hi Kathy! 

      They were having website issues, but all should be resolved now and you should see the two sets of ingredients. But just in case you don’t, here are the streusel ingredients! 

      Streusel Topping
      2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 1/3 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
      1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      1 1/2 sticks butter, melted

  10. Madison Smith

    Hi…Jessica….marvellous recipe and this is perfect for dessert & snacks, it’s look soooo yummy and delicious, but i do’t like pumpkin, so i will make definitely with butternut squash puree…! Thanks for sharing…..!

  11. rita

    need the flour and sugar amounts for the crumb topping and is it included int the cake part?? thanks, looking forward to making this fall dessert.

    1. Jessica

      They were having website issues, but all should be resolved now and you should see the two sets of ingredients. But just in case you don’t, here are the streusel ingredients! 

      Streusel Topping
      2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 1/3 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
      1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      1 1/2 sticks butter, melted

    1. Jessica

      They were having website issues, but all should be resolved now and you should see the two sets of ingredients. But just in case you don’t, here are the streusel ingredients! 

      Streusel Topping
      2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 1/3 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
      1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      1 1/2 sticks butter, melted

    1. Jessica

      They were having website issues, but all should be resolved now and you should see the two sets of ingredients. But just in case you don’t, here are the streusel ingredients! 

      Streusel Topping
      2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 1/3 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
      1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      1 1/2 sticks butter, melted

  12. Martha

    I found the recipe shared on Facebook and want to make it, but having read through it several times it is clear that you have to divide the flour and sugar for use in different parts of the recipe but you never say how much to use in each part. Can you clarify that?

      1. Jessica

        They were having website issues, but all should be resolved now and you should see the two sets of ingredients. But just in case you don’t, here are the streusel ingredients! 

        Streusel Topping
        2 cups all-purpose flour
        1 1/3 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
        1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
        1 1/2 sticks butter, melted

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