This gluten free Pumpkin Coffee Cake recipe is moist and baked with a crunchy cinnamon oatmeal streusel topping. The perfect fall dessert!
This Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake is everything that we love about fall. And like all good things in life, it's best enjoyed with a cup of coffee.
Who among us doesn't love the smell of seasonal desserts laced with cinnamon as they bake in the oven during the chilly fall months? I can never resist a slice of coffee cake, especially when it's topped with an illegal amount of streusel, like this one.
This Pumpkin Coffee Cake is gluten free, but you'd never know it. It's moist, lightly sweetened, and finished with a crunchy oatmeal streusel topping.
You can enjoy this old fashioned dessert for breakfast or an after dinner treat. It's perfect served for brunch during the autumn months, or to guests over the holidays.
It's made from scratch, but is easy to prepare and completely irresistible.
- What Is A Coffee Cake?
- Ingredients For Pumpkin Streusel Cake
- How To Make Pumpkin Coffee Cake
- How To Make Gluten Free Cake Light and Fluffy
- How To Make Oatmeal Streusel Topping
- Are Oats Gluten Free?
- How Long Does This Cake Take To Bake?
- What To Serve With Coffee Cake
- How Long Does Coffee Cake Last?
- Can I Freeze It?
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake (Gluten Free)
What Is A Coffee Cake?
A coffee cake is a moist, single layer cake that is baked with a layer of streusel or with a streusel topping. The streusel is flavored with cinnamon and the cake itself is sometimes made with fruit.
Coffee cake may be drizzled with glaze, but in general is not finished with frosting or icing, and as a result is less sweet than a typical American dessert cake.
It is usually served for breakfast or brunch with coffee or tea. Coffee cake is an old fashioned dessert, the kind you can imagine your grandparents enjoying as an after dinner treat.
I love coffee cake and desserts like it that are not overly indulgent or sweet. This one is made with the addition of pumpkin, which means it's perfect for the fall baking season.
Ingredients For Pumpkin Streusel Cake
Here's what you'll need to make it.
- 1 ¾ scant cups Gluten Free Flour Blend (equals 210 grams) plus ⅓ cup Gluten Free Flour Blend (split)
- 2 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
- ½ tsp. Baking Soda
- ¼ tsp. Kosher Salt (split)
- 1 stick Unsalted Butter (equals ½ cup) plus 5 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter (split)
- 2 large Eggs
- 1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup Sugar
- 1 packed cup Dark Brown Sugar or light brown sugar (split)
- 1 cup Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 cup Gluten Free Oats
- 2 tsp. Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
This recipe calls for a gluten free flour blend, such as Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Flour or Cup 4 Cup. I recommend using a gluten free flour blend such as one of these brands for best results, even if gluten is not issue for you.
How To Make Pumpkin Coffee Cake
This cake is made by preparing the wet and dry ingredients separately and then combining them with pumpkin puree. The batter is then poured into a round cake pan and topped with a layer of oatmeal streusel.
- Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The next step is is to grease and flour a 9 springform pan or any 9 inch cake pan. Generously grease the pan with butter and swirl 1 Tbsp. of gluten free flour in the pan until it is completely coated. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the pan as it bakes.
- In a mixing bowl, combine 1 ¾ scant cups gluten free flour blend (this equals 210 grams of gluten free flour and may be measured using a kitchen scale) , 2 ½ tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. baking soda, and ⅛ tsp. of kosher salt. Stir together with fork until completely combined.
- Add 1 stick of softened, but not melted unsalted butter to a Kitchen Aid mixer and beat for a minute or so on medium speed with the paddle attachment. Alternately, you can use a hand mixer on medium speed.
- To the butter, add ½ cup sugar and ½ cup packed dark (or light) brown sugar. Beat for another 2-3 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract and 2 large eggs and mix for another 30 seconds.
- The next step is to add the flour mixture and 1 cup of pumpkin puree alternately, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Add ⅓ of the flour and mix together. Then half of the pumpkin puree and mix together. Repeat until all the flour and pumpkin is incorporated. The batter will be light and fluffy.
How To Make Gluten Free Cake Light and Fluffy
I've learned a few tricks over the years that help to ensure that gluten free baked goods remain light and fluffy.
It's no secret that gluten free cakes can be dry, dense, and no treat at all, but if properly made, there's little difference at all!
- It's best to use a gluten free flour blend and to measure it by weight. This can be achieved by using a kitchen scale. A kitchen scale is inexpensive, one of the best investments you can make, and is completely worth the cost.
- Gluten free flour blends absorb liquids more than AP flour. As a result, it's best to reduce the amount of gluten free flour to 120 grams instead of using a full cup, as the original recipe calls for. For instance, this recipe calls for 1 ¾ cups of AP flour, which equals 210 grams of gluten free flour blend.
- It's best to double the amount of leavening agents in gluten free baking, so that the cake achieves the best rise.
- Only bake the cake until it's cooked through and be careful not to overbake it. Gluten free baked goods can overcook quickly, which causes the cake to become dense and dry.
How To Make Oatmeal Streusel Topping
A coffee cake just isn't a coffee cake without a streusel topping and this one has a generous layer of it.
The streusel is made with oats, some gluten free flour, dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar), butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of salt.
- To make the streusel, combine 1 cup gluten free oats, ⅓ cup gluten free flour blend, ½ packed cup dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar), 2 tsp. cinnamon, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, and ⅛ tsp. kosher salt. Mix together until completely combined.
- Slowly drizzle 5 Tbsp. of melted unsalted butter into the mixture and mix together with a fork until it is incorporated.
- The mixture should be chunky and well, streusel-like.
Are Oats Gluten Free?
Oats are naturally gluten free, however, some brands are processed in facilities that also process non-gluten free products. Always be sure to check labels if gluten is an issue for you.
Bob's Red Mill makes a great variety of oats that are certified gluten free and can be purchased at your local grocery store or online.
How Long Does This Cake Take To Bake?
This cake takes about 50 minutes to bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
It may be tested by sticking a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake it done. Feel free to leave it in for a few more minutes if necessary.
As mentioned, it's important not to overcook gluten free cakes, as they may become dense and dry if overbaked.
- To bake, pour the batter into a greased and floured 9" springform pan. If you don't have a springform pan simply use a round 9" cake pan.
- Sprinkle the oatmeal streusel topping evenly over the batter.
- Place the cake pan into the oven and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. A toothpick should come out clean when poked in the center of the cake.
- Remove the cake when finished and allow to cool for at least 2 hours before serving. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the sides and make it easier to slice.
I love to use a springform pan when making single layer cakes like this one. A springform pan allows for the bottom to detach after baking, making it easy to slice and serve.
Any round cake pan will work, though, if you don't have a springform pan.
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What To Serve With Coffee Cake
After the cake has cooled, it may be cut into slices and served.
If you ask me, you can't serve coffee cake without a hot cup of coffee. Of course, you can serve it with tea if you're more of a tea drinker.
You can top this coffee cake with homemade whipped cream, Crème Anglaise, or ice cream if you'd like to turn it into a more decadent dessert.
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How Long Does Coffee Cake Last?
This pumpkin coffee cake should last 2-3 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
In the fridge it should last 4-5 days stored in an airtight container.
Can I Freeze It?
Yes, this cake can be frozen and enjoyed at a later time.
HOW TO FREEZE:
- Allow the cake to cool completely before freezing.
- Wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place the wrapped cake in a heavy-duty plastic freezer bag.
- Label with the date and store up to 3 months.
HOW TO THAW:
- Transfer the cake to the fridge 24 hours before serving.
- The cake may be eaten once thawed or microwaved for a few seconds to heat it up.
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Pumpkin Coffee Cake (Gluten Free)
For The Coffee Cake:
- 1 ¾ scant cups gluten free flour blend equals 210 grams of gluten free flour blend
- 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ⅛ tsp. kosher salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter equals ½ cup
- 2 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ packed cup dark brown sugar or light brown sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
For The Coffee Cake:
- Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract and 2 large eggs. Beat for another 30 seconds or so.
- Add the flour mixture and 1 cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) to the butter/sugar mixture alternately, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture and beat. Add ½ of the pumpkin puree and beat. Continue until all of the flour and pumpkin is added. The batter should be light and fluffy.
For The Streusel:
- Combine 1 cup gluten free oats, ⅓ cup gluten free flour blend, ½ cup packed dark brown (or light brown) sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, and ⅛ tsp. kosher salt to a bowl. Stir to combine. Drizzle 5 Tbsp. of melted unsalted butter into the mixture and stir to combine. The mixture should be chunky and crumbly.
- Pour the batter into greased and floured pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the batter.
- Place pan in oven and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until toothpick stuck into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Remove pan from oven and cool for 2 hours before serving.
- To Serve: Remove the bottom from the springform pan (if using) and cut the cake into slices.