Iced Pumpkin Coffee Cake

An incredibly moist and flavorful spiced-pumpkin coffee cake, piled high with a crumb topping and finished with a simple glaze.

Iced Pumpkin Coffee Cake - super moist, bursting with fall spices, and easy to make! Recipe by

Happy Fall Equinox! Today, the night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. I’m such a nerd.

No matter what time of day it is though, I could happily gobble up this entire fall-spiced coffee cake. It has got to be one of the best things to have EVER come out of my kitchen. Kevin (who doesn’t even like pumpkin – I know. I KNOW!) actually enjoyed it. It’s the epitome of autumn on a breakfast plate. Or dessert plate… or midnight snack plate.

An incredibly moist and flavorful spiced-pumpkin coffee cake, piled high with a crumb topping and finished with a simple glaze. Recipe on

It took me a couple tries to get this pumpkin coffee cake to be perfect. The first one? Not too pumpkin-y. I want an in-your-face pumpkin explosion. So, I added more pumpkin. The second cake? Not enough crumbs on top! You all know how crumbs are the best part… right?

Third times a charm. This super-crumb pumpkin explosion will have you jump out of bed and race to the kitchen table any morning of the week. Oh, and it gets even better. This is the moistest coffee cake I’ve ever had! You can thank the oil, pumpkin, brown sugar, and maple syrup for that. I loathe dry, bland baked goods. None of that nonsense here.

Iced Pumpkin Coffee Cake - super moist, bursting with fall spices, and easy to make! Recipe by

Let’s see how you can make this beauty at home this fall. You’ll need a round-up of super simple ingredients like flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, oil, and milk. The cake is sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup. Not too much of either though. The crumb topping and glaze sweeten the cake, so there was no need for more sugar in the cake itself. Maple and pumpkin flavors complement each other so well. You will just love it!

There are no eggs in the cake batter. Pumpkin will act as a binder, so there really wasn’t a need for them in this particular coffee cake. That means this cake is vegan-friendly as well. (As long as you are using a dairy-free milk in the cake & icing and dairy-free butter in the crumb topping.)

The batter is super thick. You might question yourself. Did I do something wrong here?! No, you didn’t. The batter is very, very thick.

An incredibly moist and flavorful spiced-pumpkin coffee cake, piled high with a crumb topping and finished with a simple glaze. Recipe on

The crumb topping? Easy-peasy. Flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cold butter. Cut the cold butter in with a fork or pastry cutter until it begins to clump together and form crumbs. Pour that glorious crumb streusel on top of the batter and gently press it down into the cake before baking. The cake takes about 32-35 minutes. It’s easy to overbake this cake because you can’t really see if it’s browning underneath all the crumb topping. Check the cake with a toothpick at the 30 minute mark. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. A few moist crumbs are ok. Wet batter on the toothpick? That cake needs more bake time.

As the cake bakes, make the icing. I recently bought pumpkin spice coffee creamer from Target for my morning java. I mixed the creamer with a little confectioners’ sugar. Boom! Pumpkin-spice glaze to drizzle on top of my coffee cake. If you can’t find pumpkin coffee creamer, no problem! Just use milk instead.

I love cutting into this cake when it’s nice and warm. Pour the glaze on top and watch it drip down the sides and seep into the crumbs. So good, it should be illegal. Kevin’s old coworkers were VERY pleased when he dropped off extra slices to them last week. When they heard the cake was pumpkin-flavored, they literally grabbed pieces with their hands.

An incredibly moist and flavorful spiced-pumpkin coffee cake, piled high with a crumb topping and finished with a simple glaze. Recipe on

Stop reading and go make this coffee cake NOW.


Iced Pumpkin Coffee Cake

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: serves 9
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


An incredibly moist and flavorful spiced-pumpkin coffee cake, piled high with a crumb topping and finished with a simple glaze.



  • 1/2 cup (62g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons or 60g) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves*
  • 1 cup (244g) pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) canola or vegetable oil (or melted coconut oil if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup (82g) pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk*

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons pumpkin spice coffee creamer or milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease and lightly flour a 9-inch square or round baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the crumb topping first: In a small bowl, toss the flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon together. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry blender or a fork. Mix to create clumps and crumbs. Set aside.
  3. Make the cake: Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves together in a large bowl until combined. In a medium bowl, whisk the pumpkin, brown sugar, oil, maple syrup, and milk together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until *just* combined. Try not to overmix the batter. It will be very thick. Spoon/pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Spread to make an even surface. Pour the crumb topping evenly on top and gently press them down into the batter.
  4. Bake the cake for 30 minutes. Check the cake’s doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes on clean with a moist crumb or two, the cake is done. If the toothpick has wet batter on it, bake the cake for 5 more minutes. The cake takes 32 minutes in my oven.
  5. Make the glaze: Whisk the confectioners’ sugar and 1 Tablespoon of creamer/milk together until smooth. Add more creamer/milk to thin, if desired. Drizzle over cake. Enjoy cake warm or at room temperature. Cover cake tightly and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


  1. Freezing Instructions: This cake may be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying.
  2. Spices: Instead of nutmeg + ground cloves, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice can be used in addition to the cinnamon.
  3. Milk: I prefer to use buttermilk in this coffee cake. Buttermilk makes the cake even moister than any other kind of milk. I highly recommend it. However, regular cow’s milk or dairy-free milk would be just fine.
  4. Vegan: To keep vegan, use dairy-free butter and milk/coffee creamer.

Keywords: pumpkin coffee cake

This is a MUST try! Moist and flavorful spiced-pumpkin coffee cake, piled high with a crumb topping and finished with a simple glaze!


  1. I made this recipe and added 2 eggs to make muffins. I found that they were perfectly light and fluffy, but could have used more salt, or used salted butter instead of oil which I will try next time.

  2. I made this using Bob’s Red Mill 1to1 gluten free baking flour and it came out GREAT. I just had to add a bit more milk. Even the gluten eaters liked it 😀 and yes, it doesn’t need eggs. The pumpkin works kinda like eggs in the recipe.

  3. Hi Sally,
    I have made this pumpkin crumb cake before and loved it! I was wondering if I can add a cream cheese layer to it? Would that work?

  4. I did 50/50 oil and apple sauce…but then added a 1/4 C of sour cream to make sure it won’t be too low fat 😉 Amazing!! It took about 40 min in my oven. I added 1/4 t of pumpkin spice into the powdered sugar and then 2.5 T French vanilla coffee creamer. I will for sure make this again! Thank you 🙂

  5. This was absolutely delicious. Used dark brown sugar for cake and streusel and definitely added drizzle. Can’t stop eating it. It is a keeper and will definitely be making it many more times!!

  6. I made this cake for a picnic gathering out in the country and it was a great success! Thank you Sally for sharing! I didn’t have the syrope so I tried honey and it was wonderfull. I was worried about the no eggs as well but it’s incredibly moist and rose quite a bit. Will try muffin version next time. Definitely a keepers recipie!!!

  7. Hi Sally, I’m looking forward to making this in a couple days for my husbands office party. However, I’d like to make a 9×13 pan size. Can you list the measurements for this size? Thanks so much!

  8. Great coffee cake. I thought the cake was more fluffy than dense though. When forming the crumb topping, it didn’t clump up as much as I wanted, but I did my best to squeeze it into chunks before scattering over the cake. Luckily after baking it formed a solid, toothsome crumb layer. Baked in an 11″x7″ baking dish and was done after 30 min. Served with vanilla ice cream. Freezing individual portions for enjoying later!

  9. Sally, I love every recipe of yours that I have tried, but I have to tell you that THIS is the cake that made my husband a believer. He has always turned his nose up at anything pumpkin and has never understood the hype. I think it was three years ago when I told him I was making this pumpkin cake and he gave me a look that said, why on earth would you do a thing like that?? Well, he has never looked back and now this is the cake he most requests, even for Thanksgiving! He even tells me we don’t need to wait for fall to have pumpkin cake…hint,hint. I won’t bother trying any other pumpkin cake recipes, because this is honestly the tastiest one I have ever tried. It is equally delicious with a cup of coffee in the morning or with a scoop of ice cream for dessert.
    I have your book and there are so many goodies on my list to try. I’ll be baking your carrot cake this weekend. Thank you for always being a source for such wonderful and creative recipes!

    1. I’m glad to hear this changed his mind and love that he doesn’t want to wait until fall! 🙂 Enjoy the carrot cake and let me know how it turns out!

  10. I bake all the time, and basically give it away to neighbors and friends. I made this and was told by a few people that it is the best thing that I have ever made, and I bake these (Sally’s) recipes regularly, so that’s high praise. 🙂

  11. I just want to add (if no one else has), that I made this gluten free by using a GF flour substitute for half the flour in both the topping and the cake, and the other half I used almond meal, for added protein. I used semi-solid coconut oil for the topping and liquid coconut oil in the cake, and coconut milk for the milk, AND I somehow forgot to add the maple syrup and only realized it after I put it in the oven, so I added a little bit to the glaze, and wow! It was so amazing! The maple syrup wasn’t even missed in the cake. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe. We ate it all last night and I’m making some more today!

  12. I made this coffee cake this morning and it was SO good! Next time I think I’ll add a little pecan to the crumble. My kiddos and I always make cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, and we’ve now decided to make this each thanksgiving morning! Thanks for the new family tradition!

  13. This will be a go to pumpkin recipe from now on! I love when a recipe is from scratch but not complicated. My toddler and I accomplished this from start to finish in about an hour! When I filed the recipe away in my binder, I found an old one for pumpkin coffee cake with boxed cake mix – and threw that away since this one was tastier and easier. ☺ Thank you, Sally!

  14. Hello ! I wanted to know: if I bake this cake without the topping to make a layer cake, is it sweet enough ? Is it a good option or should I bake “The Best Pumpkin Cake I’ve Ever Had” ? I want to make a swiss meringue buttercream to coat the layer cake…And I don’t want it to be sickly-sweet. I wanted to have your opinion 🙂 .

  15. Sally, I’ve baked several of your recipes over the past couple of years so when I had the thought to bake something pumpkin this weekend I came to your site and found this. Oh my. Seriously good! I did substitute applesauce for the oil and added cinnamon to the glaze (I love cinnamon). I had to get it out my house so I brought it to work. Everyone that got a piece loved it! Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  16. Sally,

    I’m new to your website and am enjoying it very much. Just make the pumpkin coffee cake and oatmeal bars and my husband like them both. Living in Denver it does seem that I will need adjust for high altitude as the coffee cake tested done, was perfectly domed and collapsed upon cooling with a gooey center. Just curious at what elevation do you live/test your recipes at?
    thanks, Karen

    1. Hi Karen, I wish I could help, but I have no experience baking at high altitude. I know some readers have found this chart helpful:

  17. I am dying to make this for Thanksgiving! If I subbed coconut sugar in the cake and the topping would it work or would it be a different result?

  18. I love this recipe and look forward to my 2nd attempt at it. Question – who does double-dark brown sugar in the recipe AND who else prefers light brown sugar in the cake and only dark in the topping? My taste-testers were a complete tie-breaker!

    Also, does it work in your recommended bundt pan?

  19. I made this cake for a friends, one of whom is vegan, but it was loved by everyone! The feedback I got was that they loved the moist texture and spiced flavor. Unlike some of the other comments, mine didn’t even take 30 minutes to bake, but that was the only difference I found from the recipe. It was really easy to make (this coming from someone who doesn’t cook) and worked like a charm!

  20. Just wow! I’ve been craving pumpkin like crazy but didn’t want anything over-the-top or too intensive. I have a vegan coworker who’s birthday is coming up, and was thrilled when I saw how easy this recipe was to adapt to his dietary preferences. This coffee cake was so moist and fluffy, with just the right amount of spice and sweetness. Thank you once again, Sally!

  21. This cake is heavenly PERFECTION! So moist and fluffy with a perfect blend of spices. I took a chance and made it last night for my ladies Bible study where it got rave reviews. Since I’ve made other recipes from Sally’s Baking Addiction, I knew I could trust this one. It came together easily and baked in exactly 30 minutes. I didn’t have pumpkin spice creamer so I substituted the French vanilla I already had and added a little pumpkin pie spice. If you need a fall treat, look no further. This is the one! Thank you, Sally! And, you’re right, I have to restrain myself from eating the whole thing myself!

    1. I can’t see why not! Remember to use less frosting than you think– cake pops don’t require a ton of frosting. Enjoy!

  22. This cake is what fall dreams are made of!! It looks like there’s just the right amount of crumb topping and the pumpkin cake looks so beautifully moist!!

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