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Moist Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Chai Crumble Topping

Pumpkin spiced coffee cake is made from scratch with a cinnamon swirl and streusel topping made with brown butter, chai spice, pecans and finished with a chocolate drizzle.  This moist pumpkin spice coffee cake recipe with chai crumble topping is one of the best pumpkin desserts that’s scrumptious and easy to make!

moist pumpkin spice coffee cake with chai crumble topping

I know the word “moist” is despised by many, but amongst us foodies I think it’s safe to use only when describing food, particularly cake ;).

That’s exactly what this cake is…moist, tender, and perfectly spiced.

On a side note: John and I are leaving for Nashville on Saturday…I’m SO EXCITED…Just my man and me, good country music, and awesome food.

I’m currently sitting on my couch, planning our itinerary, while having a piece of this deliciously moist (there’s that word again!) pumpkin spice coffee cake with chai crumble topping and a cup of hot tea.

I must say, it’s certainly hitting the spot right now because my house is freezing and we refuse to turn on the heat until at least November (suck it up buttercup, right?).

Easy homemade pumpkin spice coffee cake with sour cream and cinnamon swirl is perfectly moist while the streusel crumble topping is nutty and buttery with a hint of cozy chai spice.

Moist Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Chai Crumble Topping

I wasn’t sure if I should call the topping a streusel or crumble because seriously, what’s the difference?  So I learned something new: it depends on the ratio of fat: sugar: flour.  Therefore, in this recipe, we’re using a crumble :).

Either way it’s amazingly good: brown butter, toasted pecans, chai spice and brown sugar…what’s not to love?

Put it all together and you have the best recipe for moist pumpkin spice coffee cake with chai crumble topping with chocolate drizzle-perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning, an easy thanksgiving dessert or just a sweet fall treat!

Pumpkin coffee cake recipe was adapted from King Arthur Flour, original recipe here.
Chai crumble topping was adapted from Cookie Named Desire, original recipe here.

For more Pumpkin Recipes Try:

Easy 30 Minute Homemade Pumpkin Butter
Creamy Baked Pumpkin Mac & Cheese
Autumn Shepherd’s Pie with Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes
Easy Vegan White Bean Pumpkin Dip with Chipotle

Moist Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Chai Crumble Topping

Pumpkin spiced coffee cake is made from scratch with a cinnamon swirl and streusel topping made with brown butter, chai spice, pecans and finished with a chocolate drizzle.  This moist pumpkin spice coffee cake recipe with chai crumble topping is one of the best pumpkin desserts that’s scrumptious and easy to make!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownbutter, chaispice, coffeecake, easyfalldessert, pecans, pumpkincoffeecake, pumpkinspicecake, thanksgivingdessert
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 1 8"x8" square or 9" round pan

Ingredients

Chai Crumble Topping (recipe adapted from Cookie Named Desire)

  • ½ cup Pecans roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Butter unsalted
  • 1/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 cups All-purpose flour

Swirl Filling:

  • 1/3 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Coffee Cake (recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour)

  • 1/3 cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup Pumpkin purée not pie filling
  • ¼ cup Sour cream or Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger and nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour

Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 1/3 cup Semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp Butter

Instructions

Crumble Topping:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place chopped pecans on baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, checking every couple of minutes so you don’t burn them. Remove from oven and set aside (keep oven on for the cake).
  2. Meanwhile, place butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Continue to melt, stirring or swirling around occasionally, until butter is foamy and you see brown specks (about 5-7 minutes). It should be an amber color and smell nutty.
  3. Combine sugars, spices, salt and flour in small bowl. Add in pecans and melted brown butter.
  4. Mix with fork until you have large clumps. Set aside.

Swirl Filling:

  1. Whisk together sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Set aside.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake:

  1. Lightly grease an 8x8 square baking pan or a 9” cake pan.
  2. Beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, sour cream, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.
  3. Add the flour, stirring just until combined.
  4. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it all the way to the edges
  5. Sprinkle evenly with swirl filling. Top with remaining batter and spread until even.
  6. Top with crumble topping, spreading evenly.
  7. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes, rotating halfway, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool on cooling rack while.

Chocolate Drizzle

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted and smooth (or heat on a double boiler).

  2. Drizzle chocolate on top of cake and serve warm or room temperature.

Recipe Notes

For a quick tutorial on how to brown butter click here!

Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe adapted from: King Arthur Flour
Chai Crumble Recipe adapted from: A Cookie Named Desire

 

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