Bite after bite this Lemon Crumb Coffee Cake is a magical breakfast. Sweet lemon cake with a lemon cheesecake filling, crumbly streusel topping and a lemon glaze. Not for the faint of heart!
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Mother Nature is playing a nasty trick on us this week, in the Midwest. We just enjoyed beautiful 70 degree, sunny days! And now today, as I look at the temperature reading of 37 degrees with a wind advisory (welcome to Chicago!), I can’t help but want to curl up with a good book and cup of coffee.
Granted, I pretty much want to do that on sunny days too! (If you follow me on instagram, you’ll see my behind the scenes of the blog…haha, me enjoying a book and the sun)!
You know what would make the moment complete?
A big slice of this Lemon Crumb Coffee Cake. My family knows I have a weakness for breakfast cakes. I can pass on the cookies and brownies, usually with a little will power….but coffee cakes? Game over.
And by adding lemon? I’m a goner. Or should I say, this cake is a goner!?! Not only is there lemon, but a creamy, lemon cheesecake swirl. And a lemon glaze. And the crunchy streusel on top! Hold me.
How to make Lemon Crumb Coffee Cake
I used my favorite Cream Cheese Coffee Cake as my inspiration! But knowing that I will be in Hawaii in one month, I made a smaller batch.
Instead of a big 13 x 9, or two round cake pans…I created the recipe to only make one small lonely cake. If I didn’t already have a freezer full of pastries…I would have doubled the recipe and put one in the freezer after baking! They are so nice to have on hand, especially as summer comes and I don’t want to turn on the oven, but I’ll still want breakfast cakes.
That’s the thing about this recipe. It’s cake. That is TOTALLY acceptable to eat for breakfast. It’s encouraged. And, it’s meant to be eaten with a hot cup of coffee. No wonder I have a weakness, right?
Anyway, this cake would be perfect for Mother’s Day. Or Father’s Day. Or graduation parties. Or Saturday breakfast. Or an afternoon snack, today. You get the idea!! ENJOY!
You could also serve it with a little bowl of homemade lemon curd. Tasty!
If you love lemon, check these out:
Lemon Biscotti: crunchy, sweet, and perfect with a hot cup of coffee!
Lemon Loaf: move over Starbucks, I’ve got my own lemon bread!
Lemon Chia Cake: healthy and delicious, the perfect start to your day!
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Recipe originally published April 23, 2015