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Walnut Crumble Coffee Cake

4.50 from 6 votes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes

Walnut Crumble Coffee Cake

Smell of cinnamon always reminds me of fall and winter holidays and today I am celebrating the flavors of fall with a delightful tray-bake cake filled with autumn goodness ….yummm Wondering what am I talking about? Well, I am referring to this fall-inspired cake that is super flavorful and the crumble coffee cake is enhanced with cinnamon and chopped walnuts. When it’s baking, it’ll make your house smell like fall.. all cinnamon-y. This cake is a beauty and it will melt in your mouth and leave you craving for more.

RECIPE DETAIL – Preparing the cake batter is pretty simple just like any other cake. The basics – sift flour – cream butter and sugar – mix in eggs – fold in dry ingredients and mix until the batter is well blended. The secret lies in the crumble topping…now that’s the yummy part. 🙂

Walnut Crumble Coffee Cake

The topping takes minutes to put together. Prepared with few ingredients right of your pantry like – brown sugar, warm – exotic grounded cinnamon and all purpose flour for thickening. I have used brown sugar to give a caramel-y flavor, but feel free to replace it with regular sugar. Also, I have used melted butter for my topping, but cold butter can be mixed in until coarse crumbs are formed.

A generous crumb topping forms a pretty thick layer on top of the cake and has thick crumbles of butter, brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon – all mixed in. This nice crunchy topping adds both texture and taste that blends perfectly with the flavor of the cake.

Remember to fill the cake pan half way, as this cake bakes into a fluffy and a really tall cake that is good for a large gathering. In one word, it makes an irresistible cake that can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack or for dessert. 

So, if you love cinnamon and walnuts, give this cake a try and I am pretty sure you will love it ♥♥!! Also try out eggless crumble cake recipe.

Try other cakes – Cakes and cookies.

Walnut Crumble Coffee Cake

Walnut Crumble Coffee Cake

4.50 from 6 votes
Autumn flavors assembled in a tray-bake - soft and fluffy cinnamon-walnut coffee cake is loaded with crunchy walnut crumb topping.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 1 SQUARE CAKE




  • 2-1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Soften butter (or you could use 1/2 cup butter + 1/2 cup oil)
  • 3 large Egg whites
  • 1-1/4 cup Whole milk




  • Assemble: ingredients for crumble topping.
  • Melted butter.
  • Assemble: all the ingredients together.
  • Pour butter on top of the topping.
  • Mix it well and set it aside.


  • Prep up the dry ingredients.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together.
  • Set it aside. Preheat oven @ 350 degree F.
  • Assemble: wet ingredients.
  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add egg whites..
  • Add sifted dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
  • Cake batter is ready.


  • Grease a baking pan. I am using a 9 by 9 inch nonstick square springform baking pan.
  • Pour the batter.
  • Add crumb topping.
  • Place it in the hot oven and Bake for 50 minutes or until tooth pick stuck in center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let the cake sit in its pan for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • If using spring-form pan like me, unbuckle it and allow it to cool down completely before removing the base.
  • Slice and devour.
  • Enjoy it hot or cold with ice cream of your choice.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi

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  1. nisha says:

    Liked your reciepes,will try them

  2. Swati says:

    How do you make half of that quantity?

    • Ruchi says:

      Swati, scroll to the end where the ingredients list ends, there is an option saying “CHANGE SERVING SIZE”, enter .5 instead of 1 and it will adjust the recipe accordingly.

  3. priya says:

    Hi is there anything which can replace cinnamon.. Like coffee or can I skip it all together

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for stopping by Priya! You can replace cinnamon with cardamom if you like. FYI, cardamom has a strong taste that may affect the flavor of the cake.

  4. Sonya says:

    What to use instead of egg whites

  5. Mónica says:

    Wowww … delicious!

  6. Shabnam says:

    Hi ma’am

    Just a quick query, in absence of soft brown sugar used in the topping, can I use the regular white sugar?

  7. Ria says:

    Can i replace butter with oil in cake as well as crumb topping..Or can I use salted butter

    • Ruchi says:

      This recipe requires creaming of butter and sugar so please do not replace butter with oil.
      Yes, you can use salted butter. Skip the salt in the recipe.

  8. Soniya Khera says:

    What can be used instead of cake flour…it is not available
    How much coffee to be used

    • Ruchi says:

      Soniya, you can use 2.5 cups of all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup of cornstarch as a substitute.
      Coffee cake is a term used for a cake that is topped with a streusel topping and is usually served with coffee. 😊