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Pumpkin Coffee Cake is my mom’s coffee cake made with pumpkin for fall breakfast. It also has a thick and crunchy streusel on top!

We could not stop eating this pumpkin coffee cake recipe…no, that’s a lie. I couldn’t stop eating it, ha!

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Table of Contents
  1. Best and ONLY Pumpkin Coffee Cake recipe you need this fall!
  2. How to make Pumpkin Coffee Cake
  3. How do you make a thick streusel topping for coffee cake?
  4. Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe

Best and ONLY Pumpkin Coffee Cake recipe you need this fall!

I’ve alway said, if I make it, fall will come. I say that every August when I post my first PUMPKIN recipe: in the hopes that me wishing for fall, it will actually show it’s head here in Sacramento.

School has started, yet it’s still in the 90s on the regular…and will be until mid-October. Then it will rain on Halloween. It does that every year: hot hot hot COLD. We don’t get a traditional fall here in the Valley and it’s irritating.

This is why, even though most people will scream NO NOT YET when I post my first pumpkin recipe, I do it in August.

I’ve been posting pumpkin on Facebook for a few weeks (y’all are still in love with my pumpkin pull-apart and my pumpkin spice snowballs) so I know people are ready, just like I am.

I give you my first pumpkin recipe of 2018: Pumpkin Coffee Cake!

(But, um, well, this is awkward. It’s not actually NEW: it’s new and improved. You see, I originally posted this recipe in 2011 and recently updated the photos and fixed all the quirky things in the recipe. There’s a really good chance you’ve never seen or tried this before so it’s actually NEW for most of you!)

This EASY Pumpkin Coffee Cake recipe is adapted from my mom’s coffee cake. It’s moist and dense and full of pumpkin spice flavor with a thick and crunchy streusel on top.

coffee cake on a dark blue plate next to a fork

How to make Pumpkin Coffee Cake

I realized after making this that I’ve never posted my mom’s original coffee cake recipe. (OOPS!) I need to do that, but know that her recipe has inspired Banana Coffee Cake, Funfetti Coffee Cake, Peanut Butter Coffee Cake, Mocha Coffee Cake, and even these Mini Crumb Muffins.

(And don’t forget: it even was the source for my single-serve MUG Coffee Cake!)

Easy Pumpkin Coffee Cake is the best fall breakfast and is super simple to make.

This coffee cake recipe starts with canned pumpkin puree. Make sure to use pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix, because you’re going to add sugar and pumpkin pie spice.

Because pumpkin is so wet, this cake doesn’t need eggs or much milk or oil. In fact, the recipe only has 1/4 cup oil in the whole recipe. Because there are no eggs in this coffee cake, it’s easy to turn it into a vegan coffee cake recipe by using a non-dairy milk if you want.

The cake bakes up to be a dense and moist cake, just like a coffee cake should be.

And then…then there is the streusel on top.

Coffee Cake streusel needs to be abundant. There should be a super THICK layer of streusel on top of the cake and the streusel should be so dense it stands alone. (Those are my coffee cake requirements.)

My pumpkin coffee cake version fulfills all my requirements; in fact, I could eat that streusel alone, without the cake!

coffee cake on a dark blue plate next to a fork with a bite taken out

How do you make a thick streusel topping for coffee cake?

Just a few simple ingredients:

  • Melted butter
  • Brown sugar is a must for streusel
  • Flour for binding
  • Cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt – to cut through the sweetness and add a bit of depth to the flavor.

Just stir those together with a fork easy peasy and spread on top of the cake. I absolutely LOVE this coffee cake recipe!

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake

4.73 from 18 votes
Pumpkin Coffee Cake is the perfect fall breakfast with a thick streusel! It’s also an egg-free coffee cake that’s thick and moist and has the perfect pumpkin spice flavor
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Serving Size 1 slice


For the Coffee Cake

  • 2 cups (248g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup (59ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup (118ml) nonfat milk

For the Streusel

  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (31g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Pinch salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9×9” pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Stir in pumpkin, vegetable oil, vanilla and milk until mixed. Pour into prepared pan. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix melted butter with 1/4 cup flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir with a fork to combine. Spread on top of pumpkin cake layer.
  • Bake 30-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted 2” from the side of the pan comes out clean. 
  • Store covered on the counter for up to 2 days or freeze for up to one month.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Please note this coffee cake, as described and showed in photos, is dense, thick and moist. It’s not light and airy like a cake.
The video forgot to add milk. FOLLOW THE RECIPE not the video, as is a good rule for ALL recipes on all sites.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 2485IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword coffee cake, fall, pumpkin

Love coffee cake? How about trying Aimee’s Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, Lindsay’s Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake, or Michelle’s Peach Coffee Cake!

Peanut Butter Coffee Cake has a chocolate chip streusel!


Banana Bread Coffee Cake marries two of my favorite breakfasts!


Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bread is another fall favorite.

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Last Updated on August 9, 2022

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    1. I’m sorry that happened. How do you mean dry? Could it have been over baked? Mine stayed quite moist. It is very dense.

  1. I made this coffee cake today. I followed the recipe as stated. My crumb topping didn’t look anything like your picture once it came out of the oven. It looked more like melted sugar. I’m hoping it will look more like your picture once it’s totally cooled. I’m pretty sure I did everything right.🤷🏻‍♀️ I will update my post. Thank you!

  2. I had to take a couple liberties with this recipe due to ingredients I had on hand. I had to sub whole wheat bread flour for all purpose flour and subbed rolled oats for the flour in the topping. Kids and husband still loved it! Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it with the suggested ingredients.

  3. I’m confused by the comments some people have written that recipe calls for 2 cups flour and then says divided to then say 1 1/2 c for cake and 1/4 c for streusel ….I’m reading 2 cups for cake and 1/4 c for streusel. What’s correct?

  4. Hi! So I really want to make this recipe and I wanted to know if I could use whole milk instead of skim milk period is there a reason why skim milk is better? Also if I made extra streusel could I put a layer of streusel in the middle? Or would that affect the cooking? Thank you!

  5. This recipe is just perfect. My family loved it. I made two, one using gluten free flour instead of the flour in a single batch in an 8×8 inch pan. I made both completely vegan by using rice milk and non dairy olive oil butter Replacement sticks. And the second one I doubled the recipe and put it into a 9×13 inch pan with all purpose flour. Both came out moist and delicious and perfect. Thank you for such a great recipe that my family loved.