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Pumpkin Coffee Cake has a moist, pumpkin-spiced base, thick crumb layer and a beautiful drizzle of icing to top it off! It’s the quintessential start to a crisp fall day with a cup of hot coffee!

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Slice of pumpkin coffee cake with a  forkful taken out

IT’S PUMPKIN SEASON, BABY!!! I love warm weather, but pumpkin spice everything sure makes the cooler temps seem not so bad!

After a couple years of blogging, it’s become pretty clear to me that the vast majority of my followers love pumpkin. For example, my Pumpkin Crisp has been a huge hit!! You all just seem to love a good pumpkin base with a crumb topping! Therefore, I knew that this Pumpkin Coffee Cake would likely go over quite well! 🙂

After some Pumpkin Coffee Cake recipe testing (tough job, but someone’s gotta do it! ha!), I can honestly say that this is the BEST coffee cake I’ve ever eaten. The cake is so moist and there’s just the right amount of streusel on top. And the icing is really just the “icing on the cake!” It’s the perfect finish to an already gorgeous treat!

Slice of pumpkin coffee cake on a white plate and silver fork

What makes a coffee cake a coffee cake?

It’s basically a cake that’s meant to be eaten with a cup of coffee. A coffee cake usually has a moist cake and some sort of streusel topping. A coffee cake isn’t covered in a layer of frosting, but is sometimes drizzled with a simple icing.

Forkful of pumpkin coffee cake

Does coffee cake have coffee in it?

No, not typically. The reason it’s called “coffee cake” is because it’s intended to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee. However, if you’re like me (not a fan of coffee), you can certainly enjoy it just as much with a hot cup of tea or big glass of milk! 🙂

Pumpkin Coffee Cake Ingredients

How do you make a moist coffee cake from scratch?

First, gather your ingredients. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Butter (divided – you’ll use some in the batter and some in the steusel)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar (divided – some in the batter and some in the steusel)
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!) – This is what really helps make this pumpkin coffee cake SO moist!!
  • Milk (or, if you have buttermilk, that would be even better!)
  • Flour (divided – some in the batter and some in the steusel)
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice & Cinnamon
  • Chopped Pecans (totally optional!)
  • Powdered Sugar (be sure to sift it if it’s clumpy at all)

Now you’re ready to bake! First, you’ll make the coffee cake batter (be sure not to over-mix) and pour it into greased 9×13 pan.

Ingredients for pumpkin coffee cake ready to be mixed

Then, you’ll mix the streusel ingredients together and evenly sprinkle it over the batter. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (a few moist crumbs are fine!).

Sprinkling crumb topping over the coffee cake

Lastly, you’ll mix up the icing and drizzle it over the coffee cake. Let the cake cool then cut into squares and enjoy!

Drizzling icing over the baked coffee cake

How should I store the coffee cake?

Once the coffee cake is completely cool, you’ll want to cover your pan with a tight-fitting lid or foil. It’ll be good for a couple days on the counter or several days in the fridge.

You can also cut the cake into squares and freeze in freezer bags or a container with a tight-fitting lid for up to a couple months.

Coffee cake with icing drizzled on top
Is there anything more beautiful that a pan full of crumb topping and a gorgeous drizzle of icing??! Mmmmm!!

My favorite fall recipes…

Pumpkin Churro Mini Muffins – These little minis are scrumptiously spiced and perfectly poppable! Good luck eating “just one…”
Caramel Apple Cobbler – Top a warm serving of cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and this will quickly become a fall fave!!
Pumpkin Crisp – This mash-up between a crisp and a pie is truly the best of both worlds!!
Salted Caramel Apple Crisp Bars – Shortbread crust, tender apples, smooth caramel and tons of crumb topping…yes, please!

Slice of pumpkin coffee cake with a  fork full taken out

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake
5 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Pumpkin Coffee Cake has a moist, pumpkin-spiced base, thick crumb layer and a beautiful drizzle of icing to top it off!


  • 1/4 c butter melted
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 2 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice


  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans optional


  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the butter, oil, sugar and brown sugar until well-combined.
  • Mix in the egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk.
  • Add the flour, salt, soda, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice and stir until just combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and spread it out to an even layer.
  • Next, combine all streusel ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle evenly over the batter.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out mostly clean. (A few moist crumbs is fine!)
  • In a small bowl, combine the icing ingredients and drizzle over the crumb topping.
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. Becca Hemesath says:

    I made this coffee cake a few days ago, and am obsessed with it! This is definitely my new favorite fall and breakfast recipe!

    1. I’m SO glad you like it, Becca!!! It’s one of those recipes that I need to keep out of sight or I’ll finish the whole pan!! haha!

  2. Dianne Riggan says:

    Would this work in a bundt pan?

    1. Hi Dianne – To be completely honest, I’m not sure. A couple tips if you do give it a go…I’d put half of the batter in the pan, then the crumb topping and finally the remainder of the batter. Increase the cooking time and let it cool for 15-20 minutes before releasing from the pan. Once it’s cooled off a bit, use a butter knife to make sure the edges aren’t stuck. Then drizzle the icing on top. If you try it, let me know how it works out! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I made this and took to church …it was so good and there wasn’t any left to bring home