Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze

Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

There’ s really nothing better on a weekend morning than a freshly baked coffee cake. A acceptable reason to have cake for breakfast? Count me in! 😀 This recipe has quickly become a favorite in our house ever since Chung-Ah from Damn Delicious blogged about it in December. Moist and tender cake with a cinnamon streusel topping that’s finished off with a brown sugar drizzle. The house smelled amazing from the moment I started making the crumble topping until I pulled the warm, golden cake from the oven.

 Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

The crumb topping is what really makes this coffee cake stand out from the rest! It’s absolutely incredible. And really that’s what make a coffee cake anyway, right? The crumbles are big, fat, clumpy, crumbly, fabulousness!

Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

The Greek yogurt is a nice addition and keeps the cake moist and slightly tangy. If you do not have Greek yogurt you can substitute it for sour cream. The blend of the cake flour and all purpose flour give this cake a light and soft texture, so you are guaranteed coffee cake bliss each and every time you make this recipe!

Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze


For the Crumb Topping:
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Cake:
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Greek yogurt, room temperature

For the Brown Sugar Glaze:
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons water


To make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, cinnamon, and melted butter together. Mix in flour until absorbed. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet;set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9x13 inch square baking pan and set aside.
To make the coffee cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
In stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and brown sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down sides and bottom of bowl with rubber spatula. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, about 20 seconds, and scraping down beater and sides of bowl as necessary. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Reduce speed to low and add one-third flour mixture, followed by half of greek yogurt, mixing until incorporated after each addition, 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat, using half of remaining flour mixture and all of remaining greek yogurt. Scrape bowl and add remaining flour mixture; mix at low speed until batter is combined, about 10 seconds. Remove bowl from mixer and fold batter once or twice with rubber spatula to incorporate any remaining flour.
Pour mixture into prepared pan, spread into corners, and level surface with rubber spatula. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the batter. Bake until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Let the cake cool on a wire rack while you prepare the brown sugar glaze.
To make the glaze: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons water. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze evenly over the top of the cake.

Source: adapted from Damn Delicious, originally adapted from Buns in My Oven and Emeril Lagasse

17 Responses to “Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze”

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    Julie @ Julie's Eats & treats — April 8, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    Oh look at that crumb topping! This looks fabulous 🙂

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — April 8, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    Yum! This is one of our hand-down favorite treats!

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    Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier — April 8, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Yum! I love a good coffee cake!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — April 8, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Love how thick the crumb topping is! Yum!

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    Ashley — April 8, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    Looks glorious! I am now starving…

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — April 8, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    Sign me up for coffee cake bliss!! YUMMO

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    Laura Dembowski — April 8, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    Coffee cake is the best! Love the heaping helping of crumb topping as well as the addition of a glaze.

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    The Male Baker — April 8, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    What a bunch of crumbly goodness! Can’t wait to bake it!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — April 8, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

    Coffee cake is one of my favourite things to bake! I feel in love with this when Chung-Ah first posted it but haven’t made it yet. Your gorgeous version makes me want to run into the kitchen right now to bake it!

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    Lisa Z. @ Culinary Bites by Lisa — April 9, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Your pictures always look great. I love anything that includes brown sugar!!

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    Cantstopbaking — April 11, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    I love all your variations of coffee cake. The coffee flavored one was a huge hit! My kids love coffee cake, so I cant wait to try this one.

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    lookingforpemberley — April 11, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    Thank you for posting again- looks wonderful 🙂

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — April 12, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    Oh yum, this looks delicious – I love the look of the crumble topping!

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — April 13, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    Big fat crumbs and brown sugar glaze? It’s so much of a good thing. I love it.

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    Brenda — April 14, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    I made this cake for our snack at church today and everyone loved it! That crumb topping is pretty amazing. I used half and half instead of water for the glaze and it made it like a caramel topping.

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    JoiaRox — May 25, 2013 @ 6:03 am

    Was looking for something breakfast-y to bake for a three-day weekend with visitors – this was perfect! I thought I had purchased all of the ingredients I needed, but found I was just about out of cinnamon when I started mixing ingredients together. I didn’t put the full amount of cinnamon called for in the topping (still yummy!) and substituted ground cloves in the cake itself (half the amount called for if using cinnamon) because I had used all of my cinnamon in the topping. LOVE IT! The ground cloves add another layer of superb flavor!

    Enjoying my second piece (on the second day) right now – it’s still moist and scrumptious!

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