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Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze- A seasonal coffee cake seasoned with pumpkin and spices, a nutty streusel, and a sweet brown sugar glaze.

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

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?

Whole Pumpkin Coffee Cake in a baking dish.

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. (Note: This post was originally published October 19, 2013.)

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?

Coffee Cake topped with glaze in baking dish.

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.

Streusel Topping

A wonderful streusel layer halfway through and on top adds a delightful crunch and extra flavor. The combination of brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, pecans, and melted butter creates a delicious crumb topping that adds texture to every bite. A To make it even sweeter I’ve drizzled some Brown Sugar Glaze on top.

Streusel on top of unbaked batter.
Streusel layer on top of unbaked batter.

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. The flavors only get better after a day or two.


To keep the coffee cake fresh and moist, store in an airtight container. Can be kept at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Piece of Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze on plate.

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

A seasonal coffee cake seasoned with pumpkin and spices, a nutty streusel, and a sweet brown sugar glaze.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
TOTAL: 55 minutes


  • 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
  • ½ cup 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.


Can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 2961IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall, pumpkin

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28 thoughts on “Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze”

  1. Jen Nikolaus

    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. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Yum! This has my name all over it! I love coffee cake and pumpkin. This is the perfect combo!

  3. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    Rescue dogs are totally the best dogs ever! My little guy is seriously the sweetest. And this coffee cake? Totally drool-worthy.

  4. 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!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      2 in the morning must have been really annoying. Hopefully you got back to sleep alright!

  5. Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes}

    Wow, I think I have every ingredient except for the heavy cream. I might have to try this soon (after I go grocery shopping, lol!) Pinned while I was here tonight too!

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  6. I want to wake up to this! Darn smoke detectors — I’ve had that happen. Hopefully you catch up on your sleep tonight!

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  8. Aimee / Wallflower Girl

    This sounds so deliciously warming and comforting, and I like your suggestion of making it in advance (although it might be hard not to eat it all there and then…)

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Yes, that is very true. I do have difficulty staying out of things I have made in advance. 🙂

  9. 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

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thank goodness she lets you sleep in now. Ours is getting a little on the old side so sometimes I worry she won’t get up!

  10. Laura@baking in pyjamas

    That look delicious. I love the glaze on top, yum! Visiting from Saturday Night Fever.

  11. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    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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