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Friday, October 19, 2012

Streusel Layer Coffee Cake

I love the extra richness of baked goods with a sweet streusel topping.

The crumbly topping on muffins, quick breads, pies and coffee cakes adds a layer of flavour and texture that is very satisfying to the palate.

On occasion I replace the top crust on apple pie with a delicious streusel layer giving it a different twist along with a welcome change from the usual.

The recipe for Streusel Coffee Cake has been in my recipe collection for many years, however I can’t remember the last time I actually made it. It's been so long  that I found it hard to remember exactly where the recipe was hiding. It was a happy reunion once I located it as it brought back to memory the different occasions on which it was served.

One thing I haven’t forgotten is how delicious and easy it is to make and how enjoyable it is with a cup of coffee or tea.

A light dusting of confectioners’ sugar dresses it up to serve on the more special occasion of sharing it with someone else.

Streusel Layered Coffee Cake
1½ cups flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
¾ cups sugar
1/3 cup butter (melted)
½ cup milk

Streusel Topping
½ cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons soft butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup finely chopped walnuts

  1. Mix streusel ingredients in a small bowl until crumbly. 
    Set aside.
  2. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl beat together butter, sugar and egg and gradually add milk.
  4. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients until well mixed.
  5. Place half of the batter into greased pan and sprinkle with half of the streusel mixture.
  6. Top with remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining topping.
  7. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.
  9. Dust with a fine layer of confectioners’ sugar before cutting, (optional).

Notes, Tips and Suggestions
  • This coffee cake freezes very well.
  • Also delicious with a thin drizzle of melted chocolate over the top after it has cooled.
  • After greasing pan, line with parchment paper for easier removal of coffee cake.


  1. Butterfingers aka elizabethOctober 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I will simply have to try this recipe myself. I remember when you used to make this with the melted chocolate drizzle. It really elevates it to the next level. Know what kind of coffee this coffee cake goes well with? Bodum made coffee... preferably one that has not smashed to the ground all over your 100% hand woven wool rug. *sigh*

    1. I'm sure a piece of this coffee cake and a cup of Earl Gray Tea will soften your pain.