Streusel coffee cake, with its inviting aroma and irresistible combination of tender cake and crumbly, buttery streusel topping, is a beloved classic in the world of baked goods. This delectable treat is a perfect companion to your morning cup of coffee or a delightful dessert for any time of the day. Whether served warm from the oven or enjoyed as leftovers, streusel coffee cake never fails to bring comfort and joy to those who savor its sweet, cinnamon-infused layers. In this article, we’ll explore the delightful history, the mouthwatering ingredients, and the simple joy of baking and enjoying a homemade streusel coffee cake.
What You Need
For the Streusel Topping and Filling:
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (e.g., walnuts or pecans, optional)
For the Coffee Cake:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
What To Do
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9-inch round or square baking pan.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Add the cold, cubed butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to blend the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. If desired, fold in the chopped nuts.
In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture, alternating with the 1 cup of sour cream. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix.
Spread half of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle a generous layer of the streusel topping and filling over the batter. Add the remaining batter on top and smooth it out.
Sprinkle the remaining streusel mixture evenly over the top of the coffee cake.
Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow the coffee cake to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, slice and serve. Enjoy your homemade streusel coffee cake!
This streusel coffee cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a delightful dessert with a cup of coffee or tea. The sweet, crumbly streusel topping complements the moist, tender cake, creating a delectable treat for any occasion.