Lemon Crumb Cake

Bite after bite this Lemon Crumb 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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Lemon Crumb Cake with a creamy lemon cheesecake filling! Perfect for holidays or brunch!

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.

Lemon Crumb Cake with a creamy lemon cheesecake filling! Perfect for holidays or brunch!

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?

Anyways, 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!

Lemon Crumb Cake with a creamy lemon cheesecake filling! Perfect for holidays or brunch!

Lemon Crumb Cake

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:40 minutes


For the cake:

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup milk

For the filling:

  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 lemon, zested

For the streusel:

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

For the glaze:

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk


  1. For the cake, grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt on low until combined. Beat in softened butter until crumbly. Add in eggs, vanilla extract, lemon juice and milk. Beat for about 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. For the filling, beat cream cheese with sugar, egg and lemon zest for about 4-5 minutes. Pour over cake layer, being careful to not let it touch the sides of the pan.
  4. In a small bowl, combine streusel ingredients with a fork. Sprinkle over top of cake. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 38-42 minutes. Cool completely in pan. When cooled, release from springform pan.
  5. Whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake. Serve and enjoy! I like to refrigerate this cake before serving!
** Some people have commented that there is too much streusel for their liking. I personally LOVE the extra crumble on top. Feel free to cut the streusel toppings in half if you prefer.**

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70 comments on “Lemon Crumb Cake”

  1. Jena

    This turned out so amazing!!!! Everything was perfectly proportioned and so delicious! Everyone loved it at Easter brunch today. I was worried it wasn’t done at 50 minutes but I pulled it out as to not overbake and it was absolutely perfect! I tried to post a picture link with my finished product but am not sure if it came through. Make this cake!!!!

  2. Just would like to check. To make in 9×13 cake I just double entire recipe?
    Cake looks and sounds amazing. 

  3. Kimm

    Its in the oven as I’m typing. I started smelling a burning smell and looked in the oven and some of the dough has leaked out the bottom. It doesn’t say to line with parchment paper but maybe I should have. Either way I think it will be fine. I’m so excited to try it!!!

  4. Megan

    Do you think I could add blueberries into the batter?? This looks amazing…

  5. Heather

    At which point in the process of making this can you freeze? will the crumble be soggy when it comes out of the freezer? Glaze before or after freezing?

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