Featuring a crumbly streusel topping, this spiced pumpkin crumb cake is soft, moist, and bursting with pumpkin flavor.
This pumpkin crumb cake recipe is inspired by another recipe I have on Southern Plate: pumpkin muffins with streusel topping. We love banana crumb cake (which I came up with as a mixture of Mama’s banana bread with Grandmama’s streusel topping) and a can of pumpkin seemed like a great substitute for the bananas.
The result is an aromatic, delicious, and filling pumpkin cake, with just the right amount of sweetness. It’s so soft, moist, and the perfect treat with your morning cup of coffee or a suppertime dessert. Each crumb cake slice is also filled with the most delicious streusel topping, consisting of oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
The combination of pumpkin and cinnamon instantly makes this cake the perfect fall-inspired dessert. Don’t miss the Recipe Notes section below either if you’d like to add a little extra sweet addition to your pumpkin crumb cake, in the form of a vanilla glaze. Yum!
- Canned pumpkin puree
- Brown sugar
Place all of the cake batter ingredients into a large bowl.
Mix until well blended.
In a separate bowl, place all of the streusel ingredients.
Mix streusel ingredients together with a fork.
Pour half of your into a greased 9×13-inch cake pan.
Spread throughout the prepared pan evenly (ish).
Sprinkle with half of your streusel topping.
Pour the remaining over the top and spread evenly.
Sprinkle with the rest of the crumb topping.
Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.
Remove the pumpkin crumb cake from the oven.
Cut in squares then watch out for the stampede of family and friends to grab them a piece of this freshly baked pumpkin crumb cake.
And when you have a chance find a quiet little place to sit, enjoy yourself a little slice of heaven in the form of .
- Store your cake leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- You can also freeze cake slices for up to 2 months.
- Folks have been asking me how to keep the streusel topping crunchy the next day. So for this recipe, I added oats to the mix, giving us a more crumbly texture.
- If you want to go that extra sweet step, top your pumpkin crumb cake with a dollop of whipped cream, a scoop of , or delicious vanilla icing. You’ll need: 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk, and a 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Whisk together and pour over the top of the warm or cooled cake. Enjoy!
- Make sure you’re simply using canned pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling, as it has added sugars and spices, which will affect the crumb cake’s overall flavor.
- If you’re a big fan of cinnamon, add an extra teaspoon to the crumbly topping.
- Speaking of spices, you can also add 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, and a pinch of cloves (or simply one teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice) to the cake batter.
- For a nutty and buttery crumb topping, add 1/3 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the streusel batter.
- You could also add 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips or 3/4 cup of chopped cranberries to the pumpkin coffee cake batter.
- Want to learn how to make your own self-rising flour? See my FAQ page to learn how to make your own.
- To make this a gluten-free , all you need to do is use a gluten-free self-rising alternative. Follow the steps above to make self-rising with .
Enjoy more of my favorite pumpkin desserts:
Pumpkin Praline Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe From Scratch
For the Batter
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1 stick butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
For the Crumb Topping
- 1 stick butter or 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 cup brown sugar dark or light
- 1 cup flour self-rising or plain, whatever you have on hand
- 1 cup oats quick or old-fashioned
- Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Place all the cake batter ingredients into a large bowl. Mix until well blended.1 can pumpkin puree, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup milk, 2 cups self-rising flour, 1 stick butter, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- In a medium bowl, place all the topping ingredients. Cut together with a long-tined fork until well blended.1 stick butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup oats
- Pour 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan, then top with 1/2 of the crumb mixture. Then top with the remaining batter and remaining crumb mixture.
- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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The recipe looks great…..HOWEVER, I wish you had left the commentary separate from the whole recipe. I’ve now put the cake in the oven, having left the butter out completely by accident because I’ve had to page up and down several times (through your camera commentary for all the information……. oh well.
Oh goodness, I can only imagine! The ideal thing to do is to scroll down to the bottom where the recipe is printed in its entirety all in one little place. Hoping you’ll see this and do that next time.
OOOOOHH!! I just made this and it not only made my house smell wonderful, it is delicious!! I can’t wait for my husband and son to try this after dinner tonight.
This recipe caught my eye right off the bat because I love pumpkin . I just knew it would be good. It wasn’t just good but was (is) DELICIOUS! I made it and took it to a Sunday School gathering and it was a big hit.
I wanted to let you know, Christy, that your recommendation of the Mix and Chop utensil was right on. I got one and love it. I even used it to chop up the ingredients for the Pumpkin Cake Topping and it worked like a charm.
Thanks so much for all your recipes and recommendations! God bless you!
This looks delicious…definitely a recipe I’ll test-drive before Thanksgiving comes around. Reminds me of a pumpkin crumb cake
I order around this time of year from a bakery in northern new jersey. Thanks for sharing!
I made the pumpking crumb cake this week and my husband and the girls at work really loved it!
Thanks for such great recipes!
I can’t wait to try this. Our pumpkins aren’t ready yet, but I might have some in the freezer from last year.. 🙂 I am a pumpkin snob. I don’t like the taste of canned so I grow my own for fresh! Thank you so much for the recipes and all your hard work! I received your cookbook for Christmas last year and love it!
HELP…. Where is the “print recipe” button??????