Pumpkin Pie Coffee Cake with Crumbled Pecan Topping

This pumpkin pie coffee cake with crumbled pecan topping will be welcome at any fall breakfast or brunch.

I fought hard against the changing temperatures this year. Pretty as they are, I was not looking forward to the changing leaves. I wanted to close my eyes and stay in August forever, and then September was here, with its back-to-school busy and its cool breeze.

Slowly peaches turned to apples, and as my neighbors’ oak tree in the front yard starts to shift ever so slightly to a shade of red (as opposed to the yellow of last year), I’m remembering that it’s the changing of the seasons I appreciate most about where I live.

There’s something reassuring about life when you see plants go dormant for the winter, burrowing underground and waiting for the sun to warm again and then returning green and vibrant in the spring.

It’s in this seasonality that I find myself breathing deep, and now rather than wishing for August, I am instead looking to extend the mild autumn temperatures, where just a sweater can warm and there is no need yet for bulky winter coats and mittens that make even the smallest tasks like itching your nose awkward.

I will admit I’ve been buying apples for weeks now, stuffing them in lunch boxes and setting them out on the table for the kids to grab as a snack whenever they please, but it’s the pumpkins that make me think of fall.

Truth be told, I live with a husband who is not as interested in pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie fruit roll-ups as I am; however, I caught him going back for a second slice of this moist coffee cake when it was served alongside steak and eggs for dinner last night.

Filled with spices reminiscent of the coming holidays and topped with a pecan crumble topping, intended to caramelize just slightly in the oven, this coffee cake works well as breakfast, but don’t hesitate to call it dessert and serve it with a scoop of ice cream. (I know of a salted caramel variety that would pair nicely.)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the crumbled pecan topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line an 8×8″ square baking pan with parchment. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside. In a stand mixer or using hand blenders, cream together butter and sugar. Add in eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Mix in pumpkin puree, sour cream and vanilla until incorporated. Slowly add in flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, while mixing on a low speed.

Pour cake batter into prepared pan, spreading into an even layer. Prepare the topping. In a bowl combine brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut butter into small 1/2″ pieces and add to sugar mixture, cutting in with a pastry cutter or a fork. Stir in pecans.

Spread topping mixture over cake batter. Bake at 350° F for 40-45 minutes or until top starts to brown lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Makes 9 large pieces.

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  1. Delish! I am going to make this tomorrow…getting company this weekend. I think it’ll be a big hit…thanks!

  2. that looks scrumptious. i’m on a pumpkin bender right now, so i might have to give these a go

  3. My husband loves all things pumpkin – these will have to go on my “to-bake” list.

  4. This sounds amazing, Shaina! Yummy!

  5. This looks absolutely amazing, Shaina! I love all things pumpkin, and this is going on my must-make list right away!

  6. I love the sound of this cake and just printed it from your print button which, I love. I need to get one of those but can’t seem to find the right one for blogger. Are you on blogger by the way?

    Anyway, I know what you mean with husbands. Mine could honestly care less about food and would be happy with a roasted chicken from the grocery store and a salad made from their salad bar.

    However, when I make special dishes, that he claims he could care less about, I notice them gone. We are just the two of us in the house now and the dogs to my knowledge cannot open the refrigerator door yet!! I guess it’s just an act they put on. Gotta love ’em though.

    Great recipe – can’t wait to make it!

  7. Looks amazing! That’s my kind of breakfast!

  8. I love that second close up shot of the topping, it makes me want to dive right in.

  9. Danny keeps asking for coffee cake. He’s going to love you for this.

  10. This looks delicious!!!!!!

    And although it’s still hot & humid here in NJ, I would like to burrow underground and wait for the sun to warm again and then returning green and vibrant in the spring again.

  11. Gorgeous recipe, Happy Baking!

  12. Sounds amazing. I have yet to make a pumpkin coffee cake, and yours looks like perfection!

  13. I feel every bit of your seasonality sentiment. Lovely coffee cake, Shaina.

  14. You make me happy. This makes me happy. You make the world a better place. 🙂 (yes, all that for pumpkin coffee cake… its just that genius!)

  15. Girl! My guys will be all over this they adore anything pumpkin. So breakfast, lunch, supper…gone 🙂

  16. Ooh something different when it comes to pumpkin! Sounds good. And I love your plates – so cute 🙂

  17. I could have sworn I commented on this earlier. If you have two comments from me, I’m sorry.
    I love that this is a coffee cake because to me that means I can eat it for breakfast which = a great way to start the day!

  18. i never thought about mixing peach and pumpkin together but i guess i’ll take your word that it’s good. i’ll try to convince my sister, the baker, to make it

  19. You have perfectly embraced fall with these lovely coffee cake treats. Anything pumpkin swoons me 🙂

  20. I saw this on Jen’s site and though I’ve started to see a LOT of pumpkin dishes; they are usually something I don’t touch til we’re closer to Thanksgiving but this looks easy and so good. I’ve got some puree and I want it for breakfast. Today. Off now to get it in the oven.

  21. Thanks for linking up Shaina! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/great-fall-ideas/

    Have a GREAT weekend!

  22. Looks just perfect to bring in the fall weather. I bought some pumpkin the other day and I will have to try this out!

  23. that sounds DELICIOUS!!!

  24. do you think you could do this in a bundt pan with the pecans on the bottom (so they’d end up on the top when you’re done)?

  25. gotta love this one Shaina . . . anytime a husband (who isn’t necessarily whoopin’ it up over pumpkin) goes back for seconds . . . well, that gets a ‘must make’ from me . . . and seriously, look at that lovely nut topping!!

  26. This recipe looks heavenly! We’d go back for a second slice too! We’re obsessed with pumpkins over at Sam’s Club too and thought you might enjoy this recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding (http://www3.samsclub.com/meals/recipes/pumpkin-bread-pudding-recipe). Top it with a warm caramel sauce for the perfect finish to an autumn evening. – Mille from Sam’s Club

  27. Saw this recipie on Pinterest and just made it… AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Such a beautiful combination of great fall flavors!

  29. This is my kind of cake!

  30. Just beautiful, Shaina.

  31. I’m enjoying this with my morning coffee right now. It’s going to be a great day!

  32. Wow, these look fantastic! I am a huge pumpkin fanatic right now!! What I love about this is how it fuses the beauty of pumpkin with pecan pie!!! I am definitely making this soon! thanks!

  33. I tried this recipe and my family loved it! It was something unique and they enjoyed it with coffee. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  34. And you make your own pumpkin puree! What a great recipe!! I’m going to try this anyway, despite the fact that spring is fast approaching. 🙂

  35. I made this today. The cake took longer than 45 minutes to bake at 350 and it seemed a little wet on the inside and dense. The topping was great. Not a very sweet cake. I will be making this again it is a keeper. The next time I think I will bake it in a 9×13 pan or a springform pan.

    • Thanks, Ray. I’m glad you enjoyed it. With the pumpkin it is a rather moist cake, and baking time could be shifted slightly if oven temps are off or if the pumpkin you used was thinner than what I was working with. I’m glad it still worked for you in the end, and yes, making it in a larger pan would allow it to cook faster for you. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  36. Pumpkin and pecans–yum! Can’t wait to make this. The pictures make me wistful for Willy Wonka’s Smell-O-Vision. Love.


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