After making my Creamy Jammy Coffee Cakes for quite some time, I decided to experiment with pumpkin for fall-themed miniature cakes. These little streusel cakes are made with the base of my Pumpkin Bars; they bake up moist and flavorful, and pair beautifully with the cream cheese and pecan streusel.
I definitely love that combination, as I have a much loved recipe for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel, too. I must admit I do prefer them in this larger form: there is a significant cream cheese layer, and the streusel stays put much better.
I use 4 inch [5 cm] springform pans to make these mini cakes, so they bake up with perfect edges, and release easily. I have not tried making these in a 9 by 13 pan [23 by 33 cm] or muffin tins, but if you do experiment with those, leave a comment below and let us know how it turned out!
How to Know When Your Mini Cakes are Done Baking
The only tricky part about these cakes is knowing when they are done; the cream cheese layer stays wet throughout baking. Stick a wooden skewer into the cakes all the way to the pumpkin base to check on the cake layer – if there is still wet pumpkin batter on the skewer, it will need to bake longer.
How to Store
Creamy Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cakes can be store in plastic wrap or an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Before serving, I like to gently warm the cakes (a few seconds in the microwave works great), just until the cream cheese filling is not longer cold.
More Pumpkin Recipes:
Cream Cheese Pumpkin Coffee Cakes with Streusel
- ¾ cup [180 g] toasted pecans
- ¾ cup [107 g] all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup [65 g] granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup [65 g] light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons [70 g] unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups [284 g] all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Pinch cloves
- 15 ounces [425 g] unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup [240 g] vegetable or canola oil
- ¾ cup [150 g] granulated sugar
- ¾ cup [150 g] brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Filling
- 8 oz [227 g] cream cheese at room temperature
- ¼ cup [50 g] granulated sugar
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- Eight or nine 4 by 2 inch [10 by 5 cm] Springform Pans (see notes)
For the streusel
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the pecans, flour, both sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse a few times until combined and the pecans are broken down, 5 or 6 pulses. Pour the melted butter over the top and pulse again until the butter is incorporated, 3 or 4 more pulses.
For the cake
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350F [180C]. Grease eight or nine 4 in [10 cm] springform pans or cake pans, and line the bottom with parchment (if using cake pans, see note). Place the pans on a large sheet pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, mix together the pumpkin, eggs, canola oil, sugars, maple syrup, and vanilla until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until completely combined, making sure to check for any flour pockets in the batter. If needed, whisk the batter to get rid of any lumps; about 30 seconds.
- Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans (see note), using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to smooth the top.
For the filling
- In the stand mixer bowl in which you just mixed the cake batter, beat together the cream cheese and granulated sugar on low speed until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and mix until incorporated, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Divide the cream cheese mixture among the pans and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon, getting as close to the edges as you can (the cream cheese filling will not want to spread beautifully, but it's okay if it gets into the pumpkin batter somewhat.) Divide the streusel between the cakes and sprinkle evenly over the tops.
- Place the cakes on the sheet pan into the oven and bake the cakes until a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the center comes out with no pumpkin cake crumbs (see note), 26 to 40 minutes (less time if making 9, more time if making 8). Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cakes cool until barely warm or at room temperature.
- Remove the cakes from their pans and serve. Alternately, the cakes can be covered in plastic wrap after cooling and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Warm just slightly before serving.