Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake

by Krista on September 24, 2013 · 80 comments

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake {Pumpkin Recipes}

Ok, I officially can’t get enough of pumpkin recipes.  In fact, I may or may not be an addict around fall time.  So when I found out that it was Julie @ This Gal Cooks birthday today AND she was throwing a Pumpkin Bash I was all in!

A Very Pumpkin Birthday

Today I am sharing with you a fun fall treat.  Mike and I like to have the occasional sweet, and our sweet of choice is Delicious Coffee Cake. So I thought since its fall why not turn this already awesome Coffee Cake recipe into a Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake.  Sounds delicious, I know.  Believe me it is!  The best part of this Coffee Cake is that the pumpkin puree makes the cake super moist and light.  Then add the crunchy sweet pecan topping and it is just another dimension of yumminess to the dish.  All you need is a cup of coffee with this cake and it will be your favorite morning yet!

To get started, preheat oven to 350º.  In a stand mixer {use the whisk attachment}, add 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1 cup of packed brown sugar, 3/4 cup of white sugar.

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Next add 3/4 cup of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice seasoning. Mix together until combined.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake 6Remove 1 1/2 cup of mixture and add to a small bowl, this is for your topping. Next add 1 cup of finely chopped pecans {I put mine in a small food processor} and add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir topping and set aside.

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In the stand mixer, add 3/4 cup of milk, 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

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Mix at slow speed until there are no more lumps. Grease and flour a 13×9 glass pan and add cake batter.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake 9Next, evenly spread pecan topping over batter.

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Place in oven and cook for 35-40 minutes. {or until a toothpick come out clean}

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Serve with a nice warm cup of coffee! :)

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Happy Birthday Day Julie, I hope you enjoy your Pumpkin Extravaganza!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake #coffeecake #breakfast #pumpkinrecipes

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert, Holiday, Breakfast, Pumpkin
Serves: 12
  • 2½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • ¾ cup of canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup of finely chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a stand mixer {use the whisk attachment}, add flour, brown sugar, white sugar, vegetable oil, salt, and pumpkin spice seasoning. Mix together until combined.
  3. Remove 1½ cup of mixture and add to a small bowl, this is for your topping.
  4. Next add finely chopped pecans to the topping mixture in the small bowl {I put mine in a small food processor} and then add cinnamon. Stir topping and set aside.
  5. In the stand mixer, add milk, pumpkin puree, egg, baking soda, and baking powder.
  6. Mix at slow speed until there are no more lumps.
  7. Grease and flour a 13×9 glass pan and add cake batter.
  8. Next, evenly spread pecan topping over batter.
  9. Place in oven and cook for 35-40 minutes. {or until a toothpick come out clean}


For More Awesome Pumpkin Recipes that were shared at Julie’s Virtual Birthday Party, take a look below!

{ 70 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy Eikenberg September 24, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Hi Krista! This cake looks incredible! Loving all of these amazing pumpkin recipes for Julie’s birthday! Pinning and buffering! Have a happy day!


Krista September 24, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Thanks Cindy, it was delicious. Totally need to make this one again. I had the perfect subtle amount of pumpkin and awesome in the morning with a cup of coffee. In bliss! :) Thanks for sharing, headed to go check out the other sweet treats for Julies bday! :)


Tahnycooks September 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

I can never get enough pumpkin! I love coffee cake too, so this is a MUST make for me! Thanks for all the extra links to look at too!


Krista September 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Me neither! :) I can’t wait to see more of your pumpkin recipes this week too girl! :) Hope you and the fam enjoy the coffee cake, I know we did. :)


Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor September 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM

This coffee cake is just how I like it with a crushed pecan topping! Pinned!


Krista September 24, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Me too! It is totally the best part of the cake, well, that and the ubber moist pumpkin cake. hehe


Quida September 24, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Hello Krista,

OMG! I love your recipe and I am definitely going to make this for my family this year. By the way, my daughters name is Krista also. :) Thanks for sharing and I will check out your other treats on your blog.


Krista September 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Awesome! I barely know anyone with that name, yeah for Krista’s! :) hehe… Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comments. Hope you and the fam like this coffee cake, after posting it this morning I am craving it again. Probably going to make it again this week. :)


Elena September 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Hey there! Just wanted to say thanks for the follow on Pinterest; I’m happy to be following you back :o) Hope you are having a great Tuesday!



Krista September 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Aww.. your so sweet to stop over Elena! Your welcome, had a great time at your party, such a great idea to have 31 pinners! Thanks for the follow and have a great rest of the day!


Gina September 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Lovely- my family will love this!!! Thanks so much- printing off now.


Krista September 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

NO problem girl. By the way, I used lactose free milk in it. Still tastes the same. :) Hope you and the kiddos enjoy!


Andi @ The Weary Chef September 24, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Holy smokes, this looks amazing! I love that sugary topping, Krista! Pinning this one to try for sure.


Krista September 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM

OH, the sugary topping with pecans is the best. We fight over her gets that when it falls in the pan. :) Hope you like it chica! Have a great day.


Meghan @ The Tasty Fork September 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

I wish everyday was a pumpkin party!! This cake looks so good!! I LOVE the topping!


Krista September 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Thanks Meghan! I am right there with you… PUMPKINS forever!


Nora (Buttercream Fanatic) September 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

The only thing I love more than coffee cake is pumpkin-flavored treats. Great recipe, Krista!


Krista September 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

We are on the same page with that girl, nothing better than pumpkin treats in the fall. Thanks for stopping by and the sweet comments!


Claire @ A Little Claireification September 24, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Ok, hello delicious!! This looks so yummy and I can picture having it for breakfast with my coffee!! Pinning now! xo


Krista September 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

haha… you crack me up. When I first read that I thought of the victoria secret commercials when they say. “Hello Gorgeous!” haha.. Glad you can envision having this for breakfast, not go make it and make that vision and reality! Thanks for the pin chica!


Paula September 24, 2013 at 6:41 PM

oh, I really, really like this. This was what I thought I was going to make when I started my dish! :0


Krista September 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Actually they both do look similar, I like the praline topping on yours. :) I guess great minds think alike my friend. :) thanks for the pin!


Kat September 24, 2013 at 7:33 PM

I can’t get enough of the pumpkin either! I just can’t decide which recipe to make first! This coffee cake looks out of this world! Thanks for sharing Krista!


Krista September 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM

haha… I know, there are too many pumpkin recipes to make in one day. Well, selfishly I think you should start with this one. :)


tanya September 24, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Sounds delicious and looks beautiful! I bet it smelled amazing while baking! Great pumpkin recipe!


Krista September 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Oh… I could barely wait for them to come out of the oven. My husband always makes fun of me because whenever I’m baking and it take the food out of the oven I have to it asap. He always tells me to wait till it cools down, I just have no self control. hehe.


Anne ~ Uni Homemaker September 25, 2013 at 1:31 AM

This looks amazing Krista! Definitely will be putting this on my to-bake list. Pinning! :)


Krista September 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Awesome Anne, can’t wait to hear what you think. After all the comments today I am officially hungry for it again so I am making it today too! :) haha


Kumar's Kitchen September 25, 2013 at 4:20 AM

how we wish we could simply get into that pic and devour those lovely pumpkin spiced cake bars…looks divine :-)


Krista September 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM

:) haha.. Thanks Kumar! They tasted divine as well. In fact, making them again soon!


Julie @ This Gal Cooks September 25, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Krista, I love this coffee cake! I bet that topping is AMAZING! Thank you so much for making this for my birthday celebration. It’s getting all the social media love today! :) Have a great day!


Krista September 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Oh girl it is! I could straight up just it that but I have a love affair with pumpkins so I need the cake… hehe. :) Hope you had a wonderful birthday and that your man spoiled you. :) Thanks for all the social media love today sweet friend.


Diane September 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM

This coffee cake looks so yummy! Perfect use for pumpkin!!!


Krista September 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

:) Thanks Diane, it was absolutely delicious and super moist!


Samantha @ Five Heart Home September 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

These look amazing, Krista…delicious sounding recipe and beautiful photos! I’m all about pumpkin right now. :) Pinned and I can’t wait to try!


Krista September 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Awww.. thanks Samantha means alot! I am all about pumpkin right now too, its the fall so why not, right? Thanks for the pin and I hope you and your fam love it! :)


marcie September 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

This looks insanely good, Krista! It looks so moist that it looks like pumpkin bars. Pinning this for sure. I never have enough great pumpkin recipes!


Krista September 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

It is soooo moist. In fact thats the first thing my hubbie said when he tried it, I think the pumpkin aids to that. Thanks for pinning!


Gloria // Simply Gloria September 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Krista, I love how easy these are to put together. I always try to have some pumpkin treats out when I’m hosting Thanksgiving…and this is going to be on my menu/list. Every one will go crazy over these! Pinning!


Krista September 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Absolutely.. pumpkin just goes along with Thanksgiving… they are one. :) Hope everyone loves it as much as we do. I actually made another one yesterday hehe…soooo good and moist!


Consuelo @ Honey & Figs September 26, 2013 at 2:09 AM

This cake looks beyond amazing, what a crumb! And that topping is so calling my name… it sounds awesome! x


Krista September 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM

haha.. thanks Consuelo! It was delicious the topping is to die for.


Dina September 26, 2013 at 7:34 AM

it looks yummy!


Krista September 26, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Thanks Dina, and thanks for stopping by!


Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner September 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Hi Krista, I’m sitting her drinking coffee and would love a slice of this! Great recipe – pinned!


Krista September 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Well girl! If we lived close I would totally stop over and bring you a piece. I have two pieces left. :) {for reals} Thanks for the pin!


Laura @ The Rookie Cook September 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Oh my goodness, I love coffee cake but pumpkin + coffee cake?? I’m in food heaven! :)


Krista October 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I know right! :) It is absolutely delicious and my husbands new secret {although now its not so secret because I told you} addiction. :)


Kristina @ Love & Zest September 28, 2013 at 7:32 AM

I bet this smells amazing while it’s baking! Looks yummy.


Krista October 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

OH girl, you have no idea! I have to refrain from opening the door early. :) Fall is definitely in the air when this is baking!


Winnie September 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

This cake looks GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD !!
I’d like to grab a slice (or 2)… :)


Krista October 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I’ll share.. you can have as many as you like, as long as you bring one of your amazing cakes!


Elena September 28, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Hey Krista! This recipe looks and sounds fabulous! I’m so glad you shared it at The PINcentive Blog Hop! In fact, you were chosen a winner! CONGRATS! We’d love to have you co-host our next hop and choose our winner! Your post will also be featured this week and it will be pinned a minimum of 31 times! Please contact me to discuss further. I look forward to hearing from you :o)

Hope you’re having a great weekend!



Krista October 1, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Awesome! Super excited to hear that, just sent you an email with more details. :)


Justin September 29, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Drake who? I need some Krista Coffee Cakes. I love the addition of pumpkin and I can’t wait to have a whole pan of these with a pot of coffee. I had to share your post on my, “Whacchoo Bloggin’ Bout” section. So good. I hope mine come out as moist as the ones you baked up.

Justin & Garnet


Krista October 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

haha… Awesome Justin! So glad to hear it. The pumpkin in these is amazing and definitely my husbands new favorite breakfast treat. Thanks for the feature and I hope yours turn out just as moist as mine did! :)


Mari Corona October 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Krista!!! wonderful page will follow via bloglovin. Just printed this tasty looking treat :)


Krista October 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Aww…. your so sweet! So glad to have you as a new follower Mari and I hope you enjoy that “tasty looking treat”. I think I might make another one this week. hehe. :)


Ashley October 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

This looks so delicious! I’m totally gonna try these out. Do they have to be baked in a glass pan?


Krista October 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Oh Ashley, it definitely is. I haven’t made this coffee cake with anything but glass before, but I’m sure you could make it with a dark non-stick pan if you’d like. I would just bake it for a shorter amount of time and keep an eye on it. {metal heats up quicker than glass} Let me know how it turns out!


Sneha Sunil October 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Hey Krista! This looks so homey and comforting – can’t wait to try it! I’m bringing it in today for my coworkers at Starbucks :) Thinking a dash of instant espresso may make this an homage to our Pumpkin spice latte? Oh yes :)


Krista October 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Awesome Sneha! That espresso addition sounds delicious, how’d it turn out?


The Cake Lovers (@thecakelovers75) October 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Pumpkin Coffee Cake is so tasty and easy to make. I tried it last year and we make it a yearly thing at thanksgiving.


Krista October 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

It sure it! I actually just made another one today! Ok… I might be a little addicted. hehe… but fall is in the air. I bet your family loves it when thanksgiving rolls around so they can have that cake!


Sara October 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Thank you for this post – I was craving pumpkin coffee cake but wasn’t sure if it existed! I loved this recipe! The only thing I would have tweaked was to have less flour in the topping, because it felt a little dry. Still delicious though, and just what I was looking for. Thanks!


Krista October 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Sara you can totally make the topping with 1 cup of the mixture from the batter instead of the 1 1/2 cups. My family and I are just addicted to topping so we add 1 1/2 cups which does add more flour on top. :) So glad to hear that you liked it! Yeah for pumpkin coffee cake! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know the verdict! I appreciate it.


Jamie Asper October 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Krista, I just made your pumpkin coffee cake recipe. It’s pretty much AMAZING! Great job. I made it with walnuts instead of pecans as I didn’t have any pecans on hand. LOVE this recipe! I’m pinning this to make every fall now. Have a wonderful day! ~ Jamie


Krista October 30, 2013 at 1:49 PM

haha… thanks Jamie! Yah, I’ve tried it with walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts. They were all good, I just like the pecans the best because there not as salty. :) So glad you liked it and have found your new fall treat! :) Thanks for the pin.


Victoria November 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Love pumpkin all year long! The recipe looks awesome, can’t wait to make it! What topping would you recommend for someone with treenut allergy?


Krista December 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Hey Victoria! Thanks so much for the foodie props, major bummer on the treenut allergy.

I haven’t tried it with these before but here are a couple of options to sub the pecans with, oatmeal, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds. What do you normally use in place of treenuts?


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