Marvelously moist, fall-spiced, and crowned with sweet, buttery streusel topping, this Pumpkin Coffee Cake means business.

A slice of moist Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping and Maple Glaze

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I first baked this coffee cake a few weeks ago, when two good friends and their young children visited us in Milwaukee.

I served big slices for breakfast, with a quiet aside to Mom that it happened to be a healthy coffee cake made with whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt (no need to mention this to the kiddos, of course).

After devouring their slices, both kids went in for another, and the youngest did what I suspect many of us have wanted to do when facing a slice of coffee cake: he ate all of the streusel right off the top in two great, big forkfuls.

Crumb topping lovers, you have your endorsement.

The topping is scrumptious enough to devour in its own right!

healthy pumpkin coffee cake with a bite removed

I’m ALSO going to make a strong case for the cake beneath it.

  • Alive with fall spices and packed with an inordinate amount of pure pumpkin, this coffee cake is anything but an afterthought.
  • Like my Pumpkin Scones, this recipe is sweetened with pure maple syrup—not enough to make you question whether or not you should properly be eating it for breakfast but certainly an amount that registers it as a special treat.
  • A moist pumpkin coffee cake, it has some heft to it, in a good way. It’s tender and plush to be certain, but not so delicate it will crumble or float away.

In other words, its texture is spot-on.

I feel the same way about Healthy Pumpkin Bread. It needs to have some substance to it when you pick up a slice, without being dense or dry.

slices of pumpkin coffee cake with streusel topping

How to Make Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Keep your mixer in the cabinet. This pumpkin coffee cake is easy!

  • All you need is a whisk.
  • For maximum ease, I’ve even ditched the fuss of cutting in the butter (a task that’s never *that* bad but one that I prefer to avoid whenever possible).
  • To make the easy streusel topping, you can use melted butter so it stirs together in a flash.

The Ingredients

  • Flour. In addition to all-purpose flour, I used white whole wheat flour to lighten things up.

Substitution Tip

Instead of white whole wheat flour, you can use whole wheat pastry flour, whole wheat flour, or additional all-purpose flour.

  • Spices. Pumpkin pie spice, ginger, and cinnamon give the cake its richly-spiced fall magic.
  • Pumpkin Puree. The significant amount of pumpkin in this recipe helps keep the cake moist and ensures it has real-deal pumpkin flavor.
  • Brown Sugar. For sweetness and a soft, moist cake.
  • Greek Yogurt. Not only is Greek yogurt a healthy swap, but it also tenderizes the cake.
  • Maple Syrup. Adds natural sweetness and pairs famously with the pumpkin.
  • Milk. I used 1% milk, but you can use any milk you have on hand.
  • Vanilla. Enhances the pumpkin flavor and gives the cake an undeniable coziness.
  • Streusel Topping. Made with pecans, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter. It’s lightly crunchy, sweet, and buttery.
  • Glaze. The vanilla glaze is the perfect finishing touch! It makes the coffee cake taste extra special.

The Directions

  1. Make the topping: Combine the pecans, flour, sugar, and cinnamon together, then stir in the melted butter. Store in the refrigerator.
  2. Make the cake: Whisk the dry ingredients together in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another.
batter for pumpkin coffee cake in a bowl
  1. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Transfer the batter to a baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over the batter.
  2. Bake pumpkin coffee cake at 350 degrees F for 27 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan, then remove to finish cooling.
  3. Make the glaze: Whisk the ingredients together. Drizzle the glaze over the cake. DIG IN!

Dietary Note

To make this pumpkin coffee cake vegan, swap dairy-free yogurt for the Greek yogurt, and make sure to use dairy-free milk. For the streusel topping, use a vegan butter. For the glaze, use a dairy-free milk.

(For more vegan pumpkin recipes, check out my Vegan Pumpkin Bread, Vegan Pumpkin Pie, and Vegan Pumpkin Muffins.)

a close up of slices of streusel topped pumpkin coffee cake

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate coffee cake in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days. 
  • To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave. 
  • To Freeze. Freeze coffee cake in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator. 

Meal Prep Tip

Prepare and bake the coffee cake as directed. Once it’s completely cooled, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then serve warm.

a slice of easy pumpkin coffee cake with streusel and glaze

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A slice of moist Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping and Maple Glaze

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We’ve already baked this for breakfast twice now (all in the name of getting the spices juuuuust right, of course).

Even with all of these tempting healthy pumpkin recipes, I am by no means ready to call it our last batch.

Once you try this coffee cake, I suspect it will become a fall habit of yours too!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use a Bundt Pan?

I do not recommend making this recipe as pumpkin bundt coffee cake, as it will not yield enough batter and I fear with its mega moisture content, it won’t rise properly. If you’d like a bundt coffee cake recipe, check out this Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake and Grandma’s Butter Bundt Coffee Cake.

Can I Bake This Recipe as Muffins?

While I haven’t tried making this recipe as pumpkin coffee cake muffins, I do think this could work nicely. Bake the muffins at 400 degrees F for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. These Coffee Cake Muffins are another scrumptious choice.

(Pumpkin muffin fans, don’t miss my Healthy Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins too.)

Can I Use a Different Glaze?

Yes, you can use a different glaze if you prefer. I think the maple glaze from this Pumpkin Scones recipe would be tasty.

A slice of moist Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping and Maple Glaze

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

5 from 8 votes
An easy recipe for moist, healthy pumpkin coffee cake with irresistible brown sugar streusel crumb topping. Perfect for fall with warm spices!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 28 mins
Total: 50 mins

Servings: 12 slices (1 8-inch square cake)

Ingredients
  

FOR THE STREUSEL TOPPING:

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar light or dark (use 1/4 cup for a slightly less sweet topping)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

FOR THE COFFEE CAKE:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

FOR THE GLAZE:

  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons milk or half and half or pumpkin spice coffee creamer
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs two sides like handles. Coat with nonstick spray.
  • Make the topping: In a medium bowl, stir together with a fork the pecans, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pour the melted butter over the top. Stir until evenly moistened. Place in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the cake.
  • Make the cake: In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice cinnamon, and ginger.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, brown sugar, oil, yogurt, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla until evenly combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. With a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir gently, just until the flour disappears. Do not overmix. The batter will be very thick.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top.
  • Remove the topping from the refrigerator and sprinkle over the top of the batter.
  • Bake the pumpkin coffee cake for 27 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean with just a few crumbs of batter clinging to it. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. With the parchment handles, lift the cake out of the pan for serving or to let finish cooling.
  • Make the glaze: Whisk together the powdered sugar, 3 teaspoons milk, and vanilla extract. The glaze should be smooth and somewhat thick but still pourable. If it's too thick, add more milk 1 teaspoon at a time; if it's too thin, add more powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Drizzle over the warm cake. Slice and enjoy.

Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate coffee cake in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days. 
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave. 
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze coffee cake in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 12)Calories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgPotassium: 148mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 3280IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg

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    1. Gina, I use either the base of a little whisk or the tines of a fork! I think it helps to let the initial “gush” of glaze run into the bowl, then once is slows down, drizzle on the cake from there.

  1. If you didn’t want to buy maple extract, could you use some quantity of maple syrup instead of some of the brown sugar and change the amount for the glaze?

    1. Jessi, if you prefer to not use the maple extract, I’d honestly just leave it out. Add more maple syrup/brown sugar will affect the outcome of the cake (and not in a good way!).

    1. Chris, I’m afraid maple syrup is what is going to give you the best flavor, as the maple does really shine in this recipe. That said, if you don’t mind less of a maple taste, honey will work too!

  2. Hi Erin,
    here in Germany, we don’t have canned pumpkin puree as a staple in supermarkets. I have a very powerful kitchen machine, though, so I can make it myself. One question though: is it cooked or raw? Also, what is in the spice mix you use? Cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe cardamom? Thanks so much, I will report about the German version!
    Sophie

    1. Sophie, I love that this recipe made it to Germany! 1) The pumpkin puree is raw and 2) For every one teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice in a recipe, I like to use 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, then a pinch each of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves (or allspice). I hope you love it!!

    2. Actually, to substitute canned pumpkin you would want to bake a small pie pumpkin until it is soft when pricked with a fork (take out the seeds before or after baking). Let it cool a bit then scrape the flesh from the skin and puree it in a food processor or blinder. Measure out 2 cups of puree to replace the one can of pumpkin puree. Enjoy!

  3. Hi Erin! is there any substitute for using maple syrup in this Pumpkin Coffee cake? Also, what other option can one use instead of Greek yorghurt? Here in Kenya we dont have Greek Yorghut, please advise.

    Otherwise i like and appreciate your recipes!We have the lemon frosting cake !the frosting was yummy!

    1. Hi Mercy! For Greek yogurt: you can put regular yogurt in a mesh sieve lined with a cheesecloth. Set it over a bowl and let all the liquid drain out. The thick yogurt leftover will work like Greek! For maple syrup, I’m afraid there isn’t a direct substitute with the same flavor, but you can use honey in the recipe instead. So happy you loved the lemon cake!!

  4. Hi Erin! Please help, we were trying to come up with a good dark chocolate moist cake and we made one for some visitors, tea party, unfortunately it flopped. Please, share your recipe on how to make a good Dark Moist chocolate cake.
    And also ,is their a substitute for using baking soda?

    1. Hi Mercy! I’m afraid I don’t know a good sub for baking soda. It’s one of those things you need. BUT I do recommend this fabulous flourless chocolate torte for the cake you described. AND it doesn’t even need baking soda :) https://www.wellplated.com/flourless-chocolate-torte/

  5. Hope everything’s okay…this is the most recent post I’ve received. Was just wondering if there’s a problem with my computer. Have a nice fall weekend!

    1. Hi Chris, there have been a couple posts since this one…if you’re getting the emails, perhaps check your spam folder? I hope it goes back to normal!

  6. I recently made this coffee cake and brought it to work to share. My co-workers loved it!! the recipe is really easy to follow (even for beginners like me!) and the flavor is delicious! I even got a few texts/messages from people in the office letting me know how much they enjoyed the recipe, so I have passed it along to several people. The maple and pumpkin provide a lot of flavor without going overboard with sugar – the crumble and drizzle on top give it just the right amount of sweetness. This is the perfect fall recipe – try it!5 stars

  7. Could I sub out the whole wheat flour for all all purpose flour? Or what about almond or oat flour? I have everything at home besides whole wheat :)

  8. Hi Jennie! I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy this recipe. I (and many readers) enjoyed the flavors of this coffee cake, so I’m not sure what might’ve gone wrong without being in the kitchen with you. I know it can be frustrating to try a new recipe and not have it turn out, so I really wish you would’ve enjoyed it!

  9. Amazing! This made my home smell like heaven. I added almond extract and it was amazing. For the glaze I subbed 1/3 cup of monk fruit sugar (powdered version)  to make it a little “healthier”.5 stars

  10. I’ve been seeing all these pictures of you on Instagram, loving it! You’re food adventures in SF sound (and look on Instagram) soo good.5 stars

  11. Excellent coffee cake! Very easy to make, made it for my ladies Sunday school class and everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. Which I gladly shared with them. I personally love pumpkin and maple syrup makes everything better.5 stars

  12. This would be a better Vegan recipe if there wasn’t refined sugar and flour. Most Vegans want whole grain and nutritious recipes. That would mean no refined ingredients.

    1. Hi Mona! This is definitely not a vegan recipe. Under the notes there are suggestions to make this vegan, so feel free to adapt it to your needs.

  13. I’m not good with following recipes but managed to bake this without any changes. It came out exactly as advertised. Delicious!5 stars

  14. I don’t like pumpkin. And every fall I try a pumpkin recipe in hopes that it changes my mind. This is the recipe that changed my mind! This coffee cake is just so fluffy, with the most scrumptious texture and the perfect fall flavor. I could eat the entire pan!!

    PS- as a newlywed your cookbook is God’s send. Whenever I need a quick, healthy and delicious meal it’s always the first cookbook I pull out! Thank you!5 stars