Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is swirled with a ribbon of sweet and tangy cream cheese filling and topped with a buttery, cinnamon streusel topping, making it a perfect breakfast, brunch, or coffee time treat!

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Is there anything better than a big hunk 'o coffee cake? Why, yes, actually...yes, there is. And that something would be a big hunk 'o Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, whose tender vanilla cake is abundantly showered with cinnamon streusel while simultaneously concealing a cream cheese surprise. Because everyone knows that a cream cheese surprise is the best kind of surprise!

Big slice on a plate with cinnamon streusel topping

Seriously, though, I big puffy heart coffee cake, and I adore cream cheese pastries above all others (if given a choice, I will always, always, always pick the cream cheese one). So why not combine these two loves into one delightful recipe that would be perfect for enjoying through the upcoming holiday season?

Get-togethers and gatherings, lazy weekend brunches, overnight houseguests, coffee after dinner...this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping is prepared to meet all of these challenges and more! 😉

Close-up of Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Now, this is a from-scratch recipe, so it does take a few minutes to put together the batter. However, the extra effort is worth it, because using real ingredients in lieu of a boxed mix makes all of the difference in the final coffee cake! In fact, one of my favorite parts of this recipe is the contrast of flavors and textures...moist (thank you, sour cream), sweet vanilla cake, a creamy, slightly tangy filling,and a crunchy, warmly spiced topping. Yep, a hot cup of coffee or tea and a tall glass of cold milk and you're all set!

Slice of Cream Cheese Coffee Cake on a plate with platter in background

So the next time you’re called upon to make a morning time treat — whether there’s a potluck brunch at the office or you’re hosting a playgroup at home — this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping is sure to elicit oohs and ahhs…and it’s guaranteed to disappear in no time!

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Cream Cheese Coffee Cake ~ swirled with a ribbon of sweet and tangy cream cheese filling and topped with a buttery, cinnamon streusel topping, making it a perfect breakfast, brunch, or coffee time treat! |

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is swirled with a ribbon of sweet and tangy cream cheese filling and topped with a buttery, cinnamon streusel topping, making it a perfect breakfast, brunch, or coffee time treat!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 392kcal
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For the Filling:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

For the Streusel:

  • cup flour
  • cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter, chilled and diced

For the Cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Position oven rack in center of oven and preheat to 350. Grease and flour a 9- by 13-inch baking pan.
  • Prepare the filing by using an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese. Mix in the sugar, vanilla, and egg; beat until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • Prepare the streusel by mixing the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor until combined. Pulse in the chilled butter until the mixture is the texture of coarse sand. Alternatively, you may cut the ingredients together in a bowl using a fork or pastry blender.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the softened butter until smooth. Mix in the sugar and beat at high speed until light and fluffy. Blend in the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla. Slowly mix in the flour mixture, alternating with the sour cream, until just combined.
  • Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Pour the cream cheese filling on top. Dollop the surface with the remaining cake batter, smoothing the batter over the top of the cream cheese filling. Then use a butter knife to gently swirl through the batter and filling.
  • Evenly sprinkle the top of the cake with the streusel mixture. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until no longer jiggly and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Place on a rack to cool; serve warm or at room temperature.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 266mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 756IU | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 2mg
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Adapted from Just Baked

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  1. Any plans to adapt this to a Mug Cake recipe? Looks fabulous, but I should not even be LOOKING at the pictures. Diabetic, but I diet control. Can have occasional treats, but this whole cake would not stand up to the temptation to eat it all in a day or two. sigh.

    1. I enjoy creating mug cakes, so I can definitely add this idea to my list of possible recipes, Darlene! Might not be able to get to it for awhile, though, as my editorial calendar is currently pretty full. Have you seen the Snickerdoodle Mug Cake recipe on my blog? It has a cinnamon thing going on kind of like this one...maybe it could tide you over for awhile? 🙂

  2. I'm with you sista! I'll choose cream cheese anything..EVERY time! ? I will definitely be making this. So glad you shared this awesome...and featured
    ..recipe with us at Weekend Potluck. Pure and simple LOVE!

    1. Me, too, Marsha...cream cheese for the WIN! Thank you so much for the WP's always such an honor. 🙂

  3. Oh Sam oh Sam!! This looks so inviting and beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. We love your amazing recipes. Enjoy a great weekend Friend. XO

    1. Thank you, Marsha...your sweet comments always make my day. 🙂 I hope you are having a wonderful November so far!

  4. Hi, Sam! You've done it again! This sounds just wonderful. Definitely pinning for the holidays (Christmas in Texas!). Thanks so much for sharing!


    1. Yay for Christmas in Texas, Deb! Hope this is a hit with your crew, and hope you've been having a lovely fall! 🙂

  5. Cream cheese + Coffee + Cake should always go together! And there's even sour cream....these are all of my favorite things. Pinned! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Julie! And I totally's hard to beat that combo. 😉 Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great week ahead!

  6. Oh my gosh, I love cream cheese, too. I've never had cream cheese coffee cake - only sour cream. I wish we were neighbors so I could be your taste tester!

    1. Sour cream is wonderful in coffee cake, isn't it, Aileen? Makes it so moist. This swirl of cream cheese adds just a little extra decadence, though...come over and taste test anytime! 😉

    2. Hello!

      I just made this cake and it is amazing. I also made your triple chocolate banana cake yesterday which is also amazing!

      I wanted to know if I should be keeping this cake in the refrigerator and can I freeze it?

      Thank you for your website. I love it and plan to make many more recipes!!

  7. This looks soooo good, my husband is going to thank you for this!
    I can't see how much flour and brown sugar is needed, though, not sure if that's a hiccup on my end or not. Either way, if I have to guesstimate, I will! Can't wait to try it. 🙂

    1. Oh gosh, Jenni...not a hicccup on your end! Looks like the fractions didn't transfer when I copied the recipe into my post from where I had it typed up, and I didn't catch it when I proofread last night. All fixed now! 🙂 Thank you for letting me know, and hope you and your hubby enjoy this recipe if you have a chance to try it!