Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Thick Cream Cheese Coffee Cake has a layer of cheesecake and is topped with a crunchy Cinnamon Streusel. This coffee cake NEEDS to be made for family and friends. I dare you!

Thick Coffee Cake has a swirl of Cream Cheese filling and a generous layer of Cinnamon Streusel

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I love coffee. Maybe I may have mentioned this once or twice on the blog?

I’m not much of a breakfast eater though. Unless of course it involves some sort of pastry or baked good. Then I’m all. over. it.

Making breakfast cakes is totally my jam. I’ve got a whole section on the blog for COFFEE CAKES! But, not going to lie, this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is one of my favorites, with it’s thick filling and crunchy streusel topping!

Not only does this coffee cake have a moist texture, but I’ve added in a layer of cream cheese (don’t question my decisions!) and topped it with a generous helping of cinnamon streusel. The streusel is very necessary. Yes? Are we in agreement here?

How to make Cinnamon Coffee Cake:

  • You’ll want to grease and flour your 13×9 baking dish. Or, this can be made in two 9-inch cake pans (same oven temperature and bake time).
  • Once you make the cake batter and pour it into the dish, you’ll need to make the cream cheese filling. Make sure you start with softened cream cheese!
  • Pour your cheesecake filling onto the cake batter, and get started on your streusel. I like to use my hands to combine the streusel ingredients, but a pastry blender works too!
  • Generously cover your cake in streusel and bake in a 325 degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. ENJOY!

Thick Coffee Cake has a swirl of Cream Cheese filling and a generous layer of Cinnamon Streusel

What do I need to make homemade Cream Cheese Coffee Cake?

  • Decide if you’ll be using a 13×9 or two 9-inch cake pans
  • Have all your ingredients ready before starting.
  • An appetite. This cake is amazing, and you’ll find yourself enjoying slice after slice!

If you love this Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake, here are some more delicious ideas:

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Cream Cheese Coffee Cake recipe:

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

Yield: 16 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:40 minutes

Thick Cinnamon Coffee Cake has a layer of Cream Cheese and topped with a crunchy Cinnamon Streusel. This coffee cake NEEDS to be made for family and friends. I dare you!


For the Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

For the Filling:

  • 2 pkg (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg

For the Streusel:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cup all purpose flour


  1. For the cake, grease and flour a 13x9 baking dish and set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt on low until combined. Beat in softened butter until mixture is crumbly. Add in eggs, vanilla and buttermilk and beat until fully combined and fluffy! Pour half the batter into baking dish, spreading evenly.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar and egg until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Pour over batter. Top with remaining half of cake batter.
  3. For the topping, mix sugars with cinnamon and salt. Add in butter and combine fully. Add flour and mix with hands until fully combined.
  4. Pour crumb topping over batter, sprinkling with hands until evenly distributed.
  5. Bake cake in a 325 degree oven for about 45 minutes, until fully cooked. Cool completely and serve.
**recipe inspired by Cook's Illustrated May 2007**

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Thick Coffee Cake has a swirl of Cream Cheese filling and a generous layer of Cinnamon Streusel

**This delicious Cream Cheese Coffee Cake recipe was originally published on Shugary Sweets on June 9, 2013 and has been republished in April 2018.

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274 comments on “Cream Cheese Coffee Cake”

  1. char

    i was debating on purchasing a keurig, I have such bad luck when it comes to coffee pots. its a family joke, I just can’t keep them working six months. but now that I read about yours, I just have to have one and pray that it will work for me forever. I love ice coffee in the summer and did not know about the kcups. so now I will bake that coffee cake today and go shopping for a keurig. love your site! thank you

    • If you haven’t bought the Keurig yet, you might want to look into the Ninja Coffee Bar. It’s my new favorite coffee appliance. I love that you can still make an individual cup of coffee, but with less environmental waste. It uses grounds instead k-cups! Plus it makes THE BEST iced coffee 🙂

  2. amy guillaume linderman

    going to snow tomorrow…i’m going to make this recipe!  i love my keurig!   coffee and coffee cake is the best

  3. Amanda Morris

    All I want from christmas this looks good that coffee looks yumm!:) <3

  4. Anonymous

    Just made the coffee cake and it’s delicious… yum!! Only question I had after making it is, I had to cook it for 1hour and 15 minutes before it was done… is 325°the right temp?

  5. Sandra in bama

    3c flour in the streusel? That’s more than in the cake batter   is this correct? 

  6. Marlene

    Someone needs to start a  trend for recipes where there are separate threads for comments. One thread for SERIOUS questions and comments pertaining to the recipe itself. I want to know if you made it and if it was good or not and any issues or adaptations that were made. I don’t want to weed through the “that looks yummy” comments to find out if a recipe is worth making. 
    The other thread of comments would be for the “oh it looks yummy” and other such comments that one takes the time to make for what ever reason I’m not sure why. 

  7. Cant’ wait to try this recipe! I

  8. Courtney

    Like one other commenter who sounds like they actually made the cake, I also had trouble with the timing on the bake. Mine was in the oven probably for close to 1 hour and 30 minutes total as well. The problem was that the center just would not set, but by the time it finally did, the streusel got really dried out and the edges were tough and overbaked. The center was good, but the cake is so thick and high, and large, that the timing was very difficult to get right.

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  11. Just want to make this coffee cake and it’s delicious… yum!! The only question I have for making it. Do I need to cook it for 1hour and 15 minutes ? is 325°the right temp? Going to make it on my bestie’s birthday.

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  13. Beverly

    Can Margarine be substituted for butter?

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