Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake in a baking dish with pumpkins in background.

There’s nothing better in the fall than sleeping in on the weekend and waking up to a cup of coffee and a delicious piece of pumpkin flavored coffee cake. We still haven’t had to turn our heat on and in the morning the house is just a little chilly. It’s so tempting to stay in the cozy bed, covers pulled all the way up, for an extra 30 minutes, maybe even an hour. Sometimes two. Who’s counting right?

Our kids are teenagers so there’s no chance they are getting up any time before mid-morning on Saturdays. And our dog is the best girl ever. She never tries to wake us up. She’s a rescue dog and as anyone who has adopted a dog from a shelter knows, they are the best dogs ever. So happy to be given a second chance.

Slice of coffee cake on a small white plate with 2 pumpkins in background.

Only this morning we didn’t quite get the relaxing sleep in that we were looking forward to. One of our smoke detectors went off at 6am. They do that periodically, only usually it’s during the day and we can never figure out why. It’s not the chirping noise they do when the battery is low, it’s the full blown alarm. Nothing like waking up to that. Normally it’s just for a couple of seconds, but this time it was a full minute or two and towards the end of that time it sounded like every alarm in the house was going off and we must have at least 10 smoke detectors. So strange. Do you ever have this happen?

But at least a good cup of coffee and a delicious and moist piece of pumpkin coffee cake can turn a bad morning around. This coffee cake is a beautiful earthy color from the pumpkin and it smells of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. It has a layer of streusel with pecans half way through the coffee cake plus more streusel on top. To make it even sweeter I’ve drizzled some Brown Sugar Glaze on top.

Bake it a day in advance so you can have a leisurely weekend breakfast in bed, even if it’s a couple hours earlier than you planned.

Slice of Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze on a small white plate.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12
A seasonal coffee cake seasoned with pumpkin and spices, a nutty streusel, and a sweet brown sugar glaze.
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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9-inch square glass baking dish.
  • Make streusel. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, pecans, and melted butter. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Set aside.
  • Place butter and brown sugar in a bowl for an electric mixer and beat until well blended.
  • Add eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl between additions. Add vanilla extract.
  • Add pumpkin and sour cream and beat just until blended. Add flour mixture and beat just until incorporated.
  • Spread half of better in bottom of prepared baking dish. Batter will be thick. Sprinkle half of streusel on top. Pour remaining batter into pan and spread over streusel. Sprinkle remaining streusel on top.
  • Place in oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until set.
  • For glaze, place brown sugar, heavy cream, and butter in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until sugar and butter are melted. Drizzle over coffee cake.

Recipe Adapted from Williams Sonoma

More Pumpkin Recipes for Breakfast

Pumpkin Spice Bread French Toast

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Waffles

Pumpkin Pancakes with Bourbon Vanilla Maple Syrup


28 thoughts on “Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

  1. I’ve had my smoke detectors go off like this before too! I’ve had to pull out the batteries. So frustrating! I bet this coffee cake made up for it- wow. It looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever! Pinning now… See you again this Saturday!

  2. I love cozy mornings where we get to stay in bed a little longer curled underneath the covers. Eeks, we’ve had that happen to us at once at our last house where the smoke detector went off except it was at 2 in the morning. This coffee cake looks incredible though! I am loving everything pumpkin right now and that brown sugar streusel and glaze sound phenomenal! Especially the glaze, it looks insanely good!

  3. This looks so delicious! I bet it smells amazing as well. Found you at the Daily Blog Boost. Feel free to share this or any other post at my Make it Pretty Monday party which goes live at 8am CDT on Monday. Here is the link to this past week’s party if you want to check it out. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-71.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  5. Wow this cake looks amazing! I love coffee cake as a special weekend breakfast treat – and with the pumpkin and brown sugar??

    Our dog finally lets us sleep in (now that she’s a little older). But as soon as she senses movement then she’s ready to get up and eat! haha

  6. I’m under lots of blankets right now wishing I had a piece of this. Perfect for cozy mornings indeed!
    Sorry to hear about your bad morning. I don’t own a smoke detector, so I don’t have an idea on what it feels like.
    Happy Sunday! 🙂

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