Cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping |

Cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping

My favorite butter cake baked with a twist — a cream cheese filling and streusel topping. Can you imagine? A split cake with custard or frosting layer in the middle is common enough. But a cream cheese filling? What a surprise. And guess what? You don’t need to split the cake. The cream cheese layer is poured right into the pan and it bakes together with the top and bottom layers of the cake. If that doesn’t sound good enough, there’s the cinnamon streusel topping for a light crunch with every bite.

I didn’t invent the cream cheese coffee cake. Google it and you will find several versions in a lot of food blogs and sites. And if you’re about to ask where the coffee is, there is no coffee in this cake. A “coffee cake” is a loose classification of cakes that are meant to be served with coffee. Cream cheese coffee cake with streusel topping

Recipe: Cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping


For the streusel topping:

  • 3 tbsps. of all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsps. of white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. of cold unsalted butter, cut into very small cubes


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare an eight-inch round cake pan. If your pan is not non-stick, grease and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
  3. Prepare the cake batter. Set aside.
  4. In a bowl, lightly beat the cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the egg yolk and sugar. Set aside.
  5. Make the streusel topping by mixing the ingredients together until the texture resembles coarse crumbs.
  6. Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter.
  8. Pour the remaining cake batter over the cream cheese mixture.
  9. Sprinkle the streusel mixture on top of the second layer of cake batter.
  10. Bake at 350F for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean.
  11. Cream cheese coffee cake with streusel topping
  12. Cool the cake in the pan for about 10 minutes. Invert on a plate (the top is dry so nothing will stick on the plate) then re-invert onto a wire rack. Cool for another ten minutes before serving.
  13. Cream cheese coffee cake with streusel topping
  14. This cream cheese coffee cake with cinnamon streusel topping is great when served warm or chilled.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 50 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6 to 8

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Hello, my name is Connie Veneracion. I cook, I shoot, I write. But I don't do the laundry. I don't like housekeeping very much either... (more about me)

9 Responses

  1. Menchie says:

    I must try this!

  2. ailene says:

    hi! i’m back reading your blog. it has been awhile, bed rest due to pregnancy then nanganak, nag-aalaga ng baby and so on and so forth. hehe i have tried baking your banana cake after giving birth but unfortunately, result wasn’t good. it turned out dry, well i overdid the time. my hubby called because the baby was crying and he can’t make her stop, i forgot that i was baking.

    anyway, i’ll bake again and this will be it. it looks so good, especially the cream cheese. yumminess.

  3. ailene says:

    Hi Ms. Connie, Advance Merry Christmas to you and your family. I”ve already baked this cake and yes taste was really yummy. My niece who is very maselan with cakes, he doesn’t like chocolate, love this so much. This is also the cake I’m planing to give away this Christmas as this is ease to bake, no need for frosting… For sure this will be a hit..

  4. ailene says:

    hi! the other night i baked my fist batch of your yummy cake. and this morning the lucky “receivers” told me they loved it! what a morning to start, too many praises! hehehe cheers to your cake ms. connie! :)

  5. Kat Taboac says:

    Hi Ms. Connie, I tried this recipe and was surprised with the difference in the color of my actual cake over the ones you posted.

    My attempt resulted to a darker brown color. And even just 15mins after I put the pan in the oven, I can smell the aroma of burnt sugar due to the streusel toppings.

    I used a black non stick round pan and followed your recipe to the T. The taste is yummy but the color is not that appealing. What might have gone wrong?

  6. I wasn’t there when you baked it so how can I guess what went wrong?

    I can only hope that you weren’t using an oven toaster and / or the source of heat wasn’t on top.

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