Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Easy Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Pumpkin coffee cake is the perfect excuse to have something sweet for breakfast! Enjoy a slice on chilly mornings or make it for holiday guests.

This recipe may start with a box mix, but it has so many flavorful additions that you’d never know the difference!

Instead, you end up with a dense and delicious pumpkin spice coffee cake with a thick sugar crumble on top.

Want another easy coffee cake to try? My blueberry almond recipe comes together in a snap, and this cranberry version is perfect for the winter holidays.

Or, make a batch of my pumpkin pie bombs - they are technically a dessert, but I won’t judge you if you have a few for breakfast instead!

pumpkin coffee cake slice on a plate

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

  • Choose the correct can. Pay close attention to the label - you need puree (not pie filling) for this recipe. Pie filling has added sugar and spices that will affect the flavor and texture of this easy coffee cake.
  • Bring eggs to room temp. This isn’t a requirement, but it can make a noticeable difference in the texture of your baked goods. Simply transfer them to the counter for at least 30 minutes before getting started.
  • Use your favorite creamer. While I prefer ones without a lot of additives, I’ve made this recipe with many different brands and varieties and they all work just fine.
  • Add some crunch! Chopped walnuts or pecans can be mixed into the crumble topping if you would like. Just be sure to place the pan in the center of the oven so the nuts don’t burn.
  • Tip for easy cleanup: Feel free to grease the baking pan if you prefer, but lining it with parchment means one less thing to wash. Plus, you can lift the pumpkin coffee cake straight out of the pan for easier slicing too!
easy coffee cake ingredients

Make It Extra Sweet

Try adding a handful of chocolate chips to the batter or a simple powdered sugar glaze on top.

For extra fall flavor, replace some of the milk or water in your glaze with maple syrup instead!

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
pumpkin spice coffee cake batter

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I use regular cream instead of creamer?

Cream is a bit too heavy for this pumpkin spice coffee cake, but milk or half and half turn out well. You may also need to add a little vanilla to make up for the flavor in the creamer.

Which box mix should I use for this pumpkin coffee cake?

I typically use Betty Crocker mixes, but any brand should be fine as long as the flavor and package size is the same.

How should I store leftovers?

Keep covered at room temperature and enjoy within 2 to 3 days for best results.

You can also freeze individual slices for up to 3 months. Wrap in a layer of plastic and store in a ziploc bag, then thaw on the counter before serving.


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pumpkin spice coffee cake on a plate

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Author: Donna Elick
Easy Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Easy Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Pumpkin coffee cake is the perfect excuse to have something sweet for breakfast! Enjoy a slice on chilly mornings or make it for holiday guests.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 55 MinTotal time: 1 H & 15 M


  • 1 (16-ounce) box pound cake mix
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 6 tablespoons liquid vanilla coffee creamer
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine all of the cake ingredients and beat until combined. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Mix crumble ingredients together in a medium bowl until a thick crumble forms. Use fingers to evenly spread the crumble over the top of the cake batter.
  4. Bake 45 to 55 minutes until a toothpick comes clean from the center.

Easy Pumpkin Coffee Cake close up

Originally published September 2021


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