Nutty Coffee Cake Recipe

Why have a regular coffee cake when you can have a nutty coffee cake? Though the word "nutty" may invoke images of chopped pecans or walnuts going into the batter, this nutty coffee cake actually takes a much subtler approach. "This recipe utilizes a cup of almond flour in place of solely all-purpose flour," recipe developer Jaime Shelbert explains. "It lends a beautiful texture and offers extra nutritional benefits." Not to mention, a subtle nutty flavor!

Now, no coffee cake would be complete without that crumbly, streusel top, and this recipe is no exception. You'll enjoy layers of coffee cake and crumbles, which happen to pair perfectly with a hot beverage. "Pair [this coffee cake] with your favorite specialty coffee drink, black coffee, tea, or milk," Shelbert suggests. She also notes that this cake makes for a great snack, dessert, or even breakfast — it's more versatile than you may expect a sweet treat to be. This nutty coffee cake is incomparably better than anything you could buy from the store, a reality you'll confirm as soon as you take that first sweet bite. 

Gather the ingredients for nutty coffee cake

To make this nutty coffee cake, you'll start with all-purpose flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, almond flour, baking soda, and granulated sugar. You'll also need some unsalted butter, applesauce, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. 

Prep your pan and make the streusel

Preheat your oven to 350 F and grease either an 8x8- or 9x9-inch square baking pan. 

Next, you'll focus on making that crumbly streusel topping. In a bowl, add 1 cup all-purpose flour, the brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt, then give everything a good stir. Add in 6 tablespoons melted butter and stir it up again — this time, sugary crumbles should form. Set the streusel aside for a bit as you work on making the cake batter.

Mix up some nutty coffee cake batter

To make the cake batter, start with the dry ingredients. Into a large bowl, add the remaining all-purpose flour, the almond flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Whisk these ingredients together, and set them aside for a minute. In the bowl of a mixer, add the applesauce, ½ cup melted butter, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix until these ingredients are thoroughly combined. Finally, dump the dry ingredients right into the bowl with the wet ingredients, and stir until they're just combined, forming a cohesive batter. 

Layer the cake and bake it

Now, it's time to assemble the cake into layers. Start by pouring half of the cake batter into your prepared pan, then sprinkle half the crumble mixture on top. Pour the remaining batter in, then finish it off with the remaining crumble mixture on top.

Pop the coffee cake into the oven and allow it to bake for 35-40 minutes. There are two ways to tell if it's done: First, the top should be nice and golden-brown. Second, you can insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake — if it comes out clean, the cake is good to go.

Enjoy your nutty coffee cake

Once your cake is done baking, you're ready to dive into the warm, homemade goodness. "This coffee cake is moist and delicious and the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee," Shelbert describes. "The crumble topping adds the best cinnamon-sugar flavor and a bit of crunch." She also notes that you could take things to the next level by mixing together powdered sugar and milk — which creates a simple glaze — to drizzle over the top. Also, if you happen to enjoy this coffee cake for breakfast, she says that you can "round it out with something containing protein, such as eggs or unsweetened Greek yogurt." With one bite of this nutty coffee cake, we think you just might go nuts for it.

Nutty Coffee Cake Recipe
5 from 33 ratings
If you like a touch of nutty flavor in your desserts, but not too much, you'll love this subtly nutty coffee cake recipe featuring a little bit of almond flour.
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Total time: 50 minutes
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ + a pinch of salt, divided
  • ½ cup + 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease a square baking dish (either 8x8- or 9x9-inch).
  2. Make the streusel by combining 1 cup all-purpose flour, the brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Stir or whisk to combine. Add 6 tablespoons melted butter and stir until a wet crumble forms.
  3. Make the cake batter by combining the remaining ¾ cup all-purpose flour, almond flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Set the dry ingredients aside.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients by adding the applesauce, remaining melted butter, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla to the bowl of a mixer. Mix until blended, about 1 minute.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour half the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Top with half the streusel mixture, spreading it to cover the batter. Repeat with the remaining batter and streusel mixture.
  7. Bake the coffee cake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden crisp and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Calories per Serving 429
Total Fat 25.5 g
Saturated Fat 12.2 g
Trans Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 88.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 45.0 g
Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
Total Sugars 23.0 g
Sodium 179.3 mg
Protein 7.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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