Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Happy Monday! We’re kicking off the new week with the best ever brown butter cinnamon streusel coffee cake!

Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Golden, fluffy, and oh so buttery, this is my idea of coffee cake perfection. Featuring a brown butter cinnamon streusel ribbon and topping, this coffee cake is a dream for weekend brunch (and happens to be the perfect anytime snack with your favorite coffee!).

Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Served up warm and dusted with powdered sugar, you’ll love how effortlessly this recipe comes together. If you like, make the brown butter streusel a day in advance (store tightly covered in the refrigerator overnight), and you’ll be one step ahead on baking day.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
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Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


The BEST ever brown butter cinnamon streusel coffee cake!



  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp ice water


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray; dust lightly with flour.
  2. For the streusel, cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a medium brown, about 5 minutes. Pour browned butter into a glass measuring cup and let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Add cooled butter and mix in with a fork until completely incorporated. Add ice water and mix in until streusel is crumbly. Chill until ready to use.
  4. For the cake, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and yolk one at a time and beat well. Combine yogurt and buttermilk in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with yogurt mixture (begin and end with flour mixture).
  5. Spoon half the batter into prepared pan, and smooth with an offset spatula. Tap sharply to reduce air bubbles. Sprinkle 1/2 cup chilled streusel over the cake batter. Spoon remaining cake batter over the streusel, gently smoothing with offset spatula into an even layer. Tap pan sharply, and sprinkle with remaining streusel.
  6. Bake for 40 to 44 minutes, until coffee cake is golden, springs back to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.


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Streusel: The brown butter streusel can be made a day in advance and stored tightly covered in the refrigerator overnight.

Keywords: Brown Butter, Cinnamon, Streusel, Coffee Cake, Breakfast

Brown Butter Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

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Berry Streusel Coffee Cake
Brown Butter Cherry Coffee Cake
Apricot Almond Coffee Cake
Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake

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  1. Hello and thank you so much for this recipe; I have to ask is there any reason the yoghurt and buttermilk are non fat? What if I sub then for full fat yoghurt and buttermilk, if that’s all I have in the fridge at the moment.

  2. This is definitely the best cake I have ever had. I’m a chef and definitely not a baker lol. My boss is a great baker and every time she makes it I swear I promises myself not to eat it… unfortunately I just can’t 😰! Amazing recipe. I did it today at my house and I am delighted how everyone simply loves it! ❤️

  3. This is delicious! I’ve made it twice since finding the recipe earlier this week! The second time, I was able to easily adapt the recipe to use my sourdough starter discard and it worked fabulously! This recipe is a keeper!

  4. I have been eyeing both this recipe and the Classic Sour Cream Coffee cake for awhile. I decided to make this version this morning. It did not disappoint. The browned butter gave it a nice nutty flavour and the cake is a lovely texture. The streusel is tasty with just enough crunch. I added pecans to the streusel because I had them. Will make this again. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I baked this during quarantine. The cake was soft in texture and excellent in taste. My parents said that the quality deserved to be in a bakery // restaurant. It’s an easy recipe to follow. Please try!

  5. Hi! What is taste difference of this recipe and your classic sour cream coffee cake?Trying to figure out which to make 🙂


    1. Hi Tiffany! The recipes are fairly similar, taste wise. The brown butter adds a rich and nutty flavor to this recipe. The classic sour cream coffee cake is baked in a springform pan, so if you don’t have one on hand (or simply want a smaller coffee cake), then this recipe would be best. You can use Greek yogurt or sour cream in this recipe as well. Hope that helps and happy baking! 🙂