Sweeten up your holidays with this Spiced Brown Sugar-Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe!

Coffeecake with Spiced Crumb Topping Recipe

If you're looking for a delicious breakfast treat for overnight guests during the holidays, look no further than this Coffeecake with Spiced Crumb Topping. The rich crumb topping is made with ground cinnamon, mace, and ginger, and is mixed with chopped pecans for added flavor and crunch. This recipe yields 8-10 servings, making it perfect for small gatherings or a weekend brunch.


  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan or 2-inch-deep removable-bottom tart pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.
  3. To make the topping, combine the sugars, flour, and spices in a small bowl or work bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade.
  4. Cut in the butter with your fingers, or pulse on/off if using a food processor, until the mixture forms coarse crumbs. Do not overprocess or the mixture will turn into dough.
  5. Add the chopped pecans, mix, and set aside.
  6. In a separate bowl using a wooden spoon or in the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer, cream the butter and sugars together.
  7. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating until smooth.
  8. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  9. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the creamed mixture in small batches, alternating between the two, until the batter has a creamy consistency.
  10. Scrape half of the batter into the prepared pan.
  11. Sprinkle evenly with half of the topping.
  12. Spoon the remaining batter over the top and sprinkle with the remaining crumb topping.
  13. Bake in the center of the preheated oven until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45-55 minutes (baking times can vary depending on the type of pan).
  14. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan on a cooling rack.
  15. To serve, remove the sides of the pan and peel off the parchment paper.

Originally Post From https://www.ocregister.com/2023/11/06/recipe-spiced-brown-sugar-pecan-coffee-cake-is-a-sweet-indulgence-for-the-holidays/

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