Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

With the weather turning colder over the weekend, I found myself reaching even more often than normal for a warm mug of tea (or on the rare occasion coffee), to snuggle up with.  That got me thinking that a coffee cake might be the perfect weekend baking project.  Coffee cake conjures up the flavors that pair so perfectly with fall ~ cinnamon, cloves and all of the warmth that you crave when the leaves start to turn.

Curiously, if you look up recipes for “coffee cake”, you will find that the ingredients are all over the map. Some have sour cream, some have yogurt, some have a streusel topping, some have an icing drizzle, some have only a touch of cinnamon, some have a lot of cinnamon, some have espresso powder, some have fruit. I then became intrigued ~ what is it that makes a coffee cake truly a coffee cake?   When I googled “coffee cake definition”, this is what came up:

Coffee Cake Defined

No wonder the recipes are all over the map!  Sounds like the only essential requirement is that the cake pair well with coffee.

Since the month of October is themed by all things pumpkin (and can you believe its more than half-way over?), I decided to try a pumpkin coffee cake recipe.  This recipe by Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction caught my eye on pinterest.  Not only were the photographs enticing, but the combination of the pumpkin cake and cinnamon streusel topping sounded delicious.  Sally is clearly gifted at developing recipes. I followed the recipe with a few changes and it turned out great.  I did not ice the cake, but instead included another little surprise, which I note below.

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What You’ll Need:

Crumb Topping:

1/2 cup of all purpose flour

5 tbsps of unsalted butter (I added some butter here to Sally’s recipe because I felt the topping was too loose when I put it all together)

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsps ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Cake

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsps ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (Ghirardelli 60% dark chocolate cacao baking chips are the bomb if that’s an option for you)

What You’ll Do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 9 baking pan (or spray with nonstick spray).

Make the crumb topping by combining the above ingredients until crumbs begin to form.  I added butter here as noted above because the topping felt too loose to me.

Next, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients except for the chocolate chips.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined.  Pour the batter into the pan until the bottom is just covered (about 1/2 the batter).  Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the batter.  Pour the remaining batter over the chocolate chips.  Finally, pour the crumb topping over the top of the batter and press the crumbs lightly into the batter.

After 30 minutes, pull out and do the toothpick test.  Sally advises that one or two crumbs are ok, but if there is wet batter on the toothpick, bake for 5 more minutes.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

This pumpkin coffee cake will make your house smell amazing and its the perfect fall treat to go with your coffee or tea.  And Sally notes that it freezes well too, so feel free to put some in your freezer and enjoy in small doses over the next few months.  Thank you Sally for this amazing recipe!

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Do you have any favorite coffee cake recipes?  Share them with me!

4 thoughts on “Pumpkin Coffee Cake

  1. I just bought my first set of bakeware, EVER. So freakin excited I don’t know what delightful recipes of yours to try first!

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