Double-Streusel Coffee Cake

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: If the streusel is your favorite part of a bite of coffee cake, you're in luck. This recipe goes heavy on the streusel, both in the topping and a ribbon throughout the center.Posie (Harwood) Brien

Makes: one 9" x 13" cake
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 55 min


For the streusel

  • 2/3 cup (142 grams) packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups (160 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (113 grams) cold butter, in chunks

For the cake

  • 2 1/2 cups (300 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 tablespoons (170 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (285 grams) Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9" x 13" cake pan.
  2. To make the streusel: Whisk together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in the butter until sandy and crumbly. Set aside.
  3. To make the cake: Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl between each.
  5. Add the flour mixture and the Greek yogurt, alternating between each. Mix just until the batter comes together.
  6. Spread half of the batter into your prepared pan. Take 1/3 of the streusel mixture (or up to 1/2 of it if you want more filling) and sprinkle it evenly over the batter. Pour the remaining batter over the top, spread evenly, and top with the remaining streusel.
  7. Bake for about 55 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs.

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Reviews (13) Questions (0)

13 Reviews

Lauren D. October 14, 2018
It seems that my streusel "melted" into the cake. I reduced the flour by 1/3 cup to replace with rolled oats and then chilled the whole sandy mixture until use. Was there not enough flour?
tamara September 25, 2018
Tasted like flour. I think it's because of the amount of flour in the struesel. Will try it again with less.
Judy September 16, 2018
Could this be made in a bundt pan by putting strudel in the bottom of the pan, then layer batter, strudel and batter?
Author Comment
Posie (. September 16, 2018
Hmm I would worry that the streusel would make the cake stick to the pan.
cosmiccook September 15, 2018
Cooling after cooking. I made a few changes (1/2 recipe since its just the two of us) and even though I hosed up the recipe by dumping the sugar in w flour by mistake, it still came out fine. I added some pecan meal two both streusel & cake. Blueberries to the cake mix. Found out too late no brown sugar but used Belgian candy sugar for streusel and Stella Parks toasted sugar for the cake. I can't wait to try it the RIGHT way creaming butter & sugar together!
cosmiccook September 14, 2018
Can I use whole milk yogurt?
Author Comment
Posie (. September 14, 2018
SandraM September 14, 2018
Made this today. Really lovely cake and the streusel makes it even better. The cinnamon smells wonderful while baking always a nice thing to bake for company. Had a wee taste, but looking forward to a piece with a nice cup of tea. I like the idea of blueberries(as mentioned below) in the time!
Karen September 14, 2018
Could you please let me know how to adapt this recipe for high elevation (6800 feel above sea level?) it seems like the standard “add 2 tbsp flour and extra liquid” just makes things taste bland. Thank you!
Author Comment
Posie (. September 14, 2018
I’d reduce the baking powder by 1/8 tsp, reduce the sugar by 2 tablespoons, add a little flour and increase the oven temp by 25 degrees. Give that a try!
Karen September 14, 2018
I will, thanks!
Lyn July 11, 2018
Wow! ABSOLUTELY delicious.. I sprinkled powdered sugar on top of the streusel..beautiful and moist and stresuel is so stinken good!
Niknud July 19, 2017
I added blueberries to this and it turned out de-li-cous! Rave reviews from the Monday morning crowd here at work.