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Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

Homemade Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake is one of my favorite holiday traditions. During the holiday season, I make this coffee cake at least three times, it’s that good. And for me, I could eat this coffee cake every morning, not just during the holiday season and I would be one happy girl!

This cinnamon pecan coffee cake is super easy to make, I have been making it with mom since I was a little girl. I love that it’s filled with all the cinnamon flavor we all love in a traditional coffee cake with a crunchy pecan topping that is to die for. Sprinkle with some powdered sugar and enjoy with your favorite coffee.

Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake


 This coffee cake is made with sour cream which makes this cake super moist. But just make sure you use regular sour cream, not the “Light Sour Cream”… because it really does make a difference in my coffee cake recipe.

I used chopped pecans in my recipe this time but you can use walnuts, macadamia nuts, or even chopped almonds. I like to use a different type of nut each time I make this coffee cake but my favorite is chopped pecans.

The easiest way to sprinkle the powdered sugar on top of this cinnamon pecan coffee cake, is place a little less than 1/4 cup of powdered sugar in a sifter and gently tap the side of the sifter over top of the coffee cake. Cut the coffee cake into squares and enjoy!



Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

Yield: Serves 12

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

★ Make sure to read my BAKING TIPS above before you start baking!

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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, optional
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped or your choice of nuts


PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 9x9 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle with a light dusting of flour onto the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

STEP 1: In a small bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans together to make pecan mixture. Set aside.

STEP 2: Using an electric or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar.

STEP 3: Add beaten eggs and vanilla extract. Set aside.

STEP 4: In a large bowl, whisk together baking soda, flour, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to mixture and combine.

STEP 5: Add sour cream and mix until combined.

STEP 6: Place half of the batter into prepared pan and sprinkle the top of the batter with half of the pecan mixture. Add remaining batter to pecan mixture and sprinkle the remaining pecan mixture on top of batter.

STEP 7: Use a knife to swirl the top of the batter. Bake for 40 minutes. Using a sifter, sprinkle the top of the coffee cake with powdered sugar. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

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Check out more of my Breakfast Recipes

Try this Cinnamon Roll Funfetti Cake, it’s a favorite at our house! ♥

Cinnamon Roll Funfetti Cake

18 Responses to “Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake”

  1. Michelle { A Latte Food } — December 5, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Wow…this coffee cake looks amazing! My mom used to make coffee cake every Christmas when I was little and it’s been a comfort food ever since! Pinned and cannot wait to try this!

  2. Andi @ The Weary Chef — December 4, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    This is definitely perfect for anytime of year, Jenn! I love the step-by-step photos. Beautiful job!

  3. Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar — December 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    This looks amazing! I love, love, love coffee cake or anything including cinnamon for breakfast – my total weakness! Love the addition of pecans, yummy!

  4. Trish - Mom On Timeout — December 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Oh I love coffee cake Jenn! This pecan cinnamon version looks divine! Perfect for Christmas morning 🙂 Pinned!

  5. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — December 4, 2014 at 8:58 am

    i would be a happy girl too if I could have this every morning! Looks so tasty!

  6. Ginny McMeans — December 4, 2014 at 12:59 am

    This does look like it would be a good recipe to make with the kids.  A lot of fun and then delicious.

  7. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) — December 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    This  looks amazingly good!!  I want to make it  pronto!

  8. Beth @ The First Year — December 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I want to stop everything I’m doing and make this right now, oh my gosshhh!!

  9. Nancy [email protected] — December 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    This coffee cake sounds divine!

  10. cristina — December 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I love coffee cakes and your cinnamon pecan coffee cake has me hungry, now.  Must smell amazing when baking too.  Nice step-by-step images!

  11. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen — December 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    It’s been too long since I’ve had a slice of coffee cake! I’d love to try this recipe – it looks so easy and delicious! I’ve been going through pecans like crazy lately, and it seems like I’m going to need a few more…

  12. The Food Hunter — December 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm


  13. Jennifer Snyder — December 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Yummmmm!! Can’t wait to try! I’ve recently fallen in love with pecans, so this is right up my alley!:-) 

  14. Melissa Barbakoff — December 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

    This looks amazing! We are having a potluck on Sunday night, I am totally making this!

  15. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — December 3, 2014 at 11:32 am


  16. Anetta @ The Wanderlust Kitchen — December 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I’m such a sucker for coffee cake! Is it breakfast or dessert? Oh, who cares, give me a BIG piece!

  17. Melanie @ Carmel Moments — December 3, 2014 at 9:03 am

    You can never go wrong with coffee cake! Mmm…

  18. Marye — December 3, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I love coffee cake for breakfast or brunch or…. whatever. Cakes like this bring back a lot of memories for me! Thanks for posting. 🙂

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