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Cinnamon Pecan Streusel Topped Buttermilk Coffee Cake


It finally occurred to me somewhere along the way that a great hostess gift for a Saturday night dinner party might be a coffee cake that might make breakfast the next morning an easy treat. Nothing like wearing yourself out giving a great party only to face an empty larder the next morning when you’re in no mood to cook. So Rick and I were invited to a BBQ on Saturday night and I baked two coffee cakes- knowing he would be quite grumpy sad if he didn’t get some for his own breakfast too. 🙂 It was easy as … well -coffeecake 🙂


Cinnamon Pecan Streusel Topped Buttermilk Coffee Cake

Makes 2- one for you and one to give away or freeze for later.

Make the topping :

  • 1/2 cup (8 Tablespoons) cold butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons powdered cinnamon
  • 2/3  cup unbleached, all purpose flour
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Mix the flour, cinnamon and sugar together and cut the butter into the mix. Mix in the pecan halves. Set aside.

For Cake:

  • 4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 350F. Using a bit of melted butter and a pastry brush, butter two 9-inch spring-form pans and place a parchment circle into the bottom of each pan, set aside. Mix the flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt together in a medium bowl, set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time and vanilla, mix well after each addition. Add the flour and buttermilk alternately, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix just to combine- Do not over-mix. Immediately divide evenly between the spring-form pans and smooth out to level. Sprinkle half of the streusel evenly over each pan. Place in oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown and a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. Rotate the pans half way through for even baking. 

Hope you enjoy and share the goodness!

I am a writer, artist, gardener, obsessed cook/baker and recipe lover. I spend my time finding new ways to enjoy my life and try to encourage everyone around me to do the same. I like creating a cozy, warm, comforting and inviting atmosphere and hope to share some of that here. Hopefully, I get to learn from others who share my interests too.


  • anita

    I made this coffee cake yesterday morning for a large gathering. I made it in a jelly roll pan which was large enough to hold it all. Everyone loved it!! It was so good! I gave pieces away for “take-home” and even a few to my real estate broker who is helping us find a new home. He says that now I have to bake another for him since he knows I can do that.
    I used half ww pastry flour and half white. Cut the butter back in the cake about half simply because I only had that much butter and I did not want to skimp in the streusel! the cake was still very good.
    Recently I was in Texas and a friend gave me a huge bag of pecans from her tree. My husband shelled them for me fresh as I was putting the rest together. They had the best flavor, were large and full of oil. (plenty of water there this year)
    Thanks for the recipe. I definitely want to use it for leaving a hostess gift and make it in the springform pan for beauty. I am excited to try that.
    The story about Kipling, your beloved Kitty touched my heart. I had a wonderful cat, Shrimpboat, who was with us for over 17 years. He is my “very best kitty friend forever” as I promised him. We had to let him go similarly. That was about 4-5 years ago and my heart is just now possibly able to receive another pet.

  • Gabi

    Hi Amanda,Thanks for your comment. Hope the neighbors love it.The plastic wrapping is just cellophane roll from a local florist or paper supplier with a big old ribbon attached. Happy cooking! Gabi

  • Amanda

    I can’t wait to make this one!! I want to give one as a housewarming gift to our new upstairs neighbors. I love your presentation! Where did u get the plastic wrapping for it?

  • Sacha Iskra

    Holy lord, this is delicious. I can’t find anything to nit pick, and neither can my husband … moist and luscious, and I’m definitely glad that I made the double batch … earlier, I foolishly thought that, well, since I only have one springform pan, I should cut the recipe in half. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  • Lisa

    I just took them out of the oven…if they taste anywhere as good as they smell and look, I will be ecstatic!
    Thanks in advance!

  • Gabi

    Coco- Thanks!

    Marie- Gosh I’d bring you one in a minute I I lived closer!

    April- Thank you!

    Deborah- Thank you too!

    Kevin- Thanks- I’m drooling over your turkey/tomatillo burgers mmmm!

    Dhanggit- hi sweetie- thanks and lots of love!

  • dhanggit

    i am so trying this!! hubby is too tired of chocolate cake..this could be it!! coffee cake!! love your presentation!!

  • Marie

    I can’t tell you how good that looks!! I agree with your husband, I would be grumpy too if there wasn’t any left for me in the morning. A nice cup of coffee and a slice of this = Bliss!

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