Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Cake

This sweet pumpkin spice latte coffee cake is the perfect way to start your day. Full of pumpkin pie spice and just a little espresso powder. It’s like your favorite latte in cake form.

This sweet pumpkin spice latte coffee cake is the perfect way to start your day. Full of pumpkin pie spice and just a little espresso powder. It's like your favorite latte in cake form.

I like to think of myself as a flexible person. I don’t think of myself as freak about routine until my routine is messed up and then I crumble.

My husband had to have kidney surgery last Monday and it has been quite the healing process. To be honest his surgery was way worse than I thought it would be. I figured he would come home, be sore for a day and then start being his old self again.

Yeah, not so much.

This sweet pumpkin spice latte coffee cake is the perfect way to start your day. Full of pumpkin pie spice and just a little espresso powder. It's like your favorite latte in cake form.

We showed up to the hospital last Monday for a surgery that I thought would take around 2 hours. I sat by myself in the waiting room until I was able to hang out with Art in pre-op. We watched boring morning TV and talked about how cold the hospital felt. Every five minutes I would look at him and say “I love you…” and then fight off tears because I was petrified he was having surgery.

I’m so not the strong supportive wife.

Well, I’m supportive I’m just not strong.

You know those sad animal commercials where Sarah McLachlan plays in the background? Those make me cry. Imagine my emotional hot mess-ness when it’s my husband having surgery and not just some kitten that needs a home.

This sweet pumpkin spice latte coffee cake is the perfect way to start your day. Full of pumpkin pie spice and just a little espresso powder. It's like your favorite latte in cake form.

After Art was wheeled off (and I met all the surgeons) I sat in the surgery waiting room for 4 hours. I drank an insane amount of coffee (it was free!) and finally calmed down when I saw one of the surgeons walk into the room. He came over and let out a loud “holy crap that was insane” sigh. He let me know Art was good but that his kidney stone was less a stone and more a boulder.

A few days later we saw the doctor again and he mentioned that they removed 55mm of stone out of Art’s kidney. Holy shit. 55mm? What is that? Like a small hamster? A baby bird? All I know is that if I had a 55mm stone hanging out in my kidney I would have wallowed in pain swearing I was dying. Unlike my husband who would just say things like “Oh I’m fine. I just feel a little crampy. I look forward to having it taken out.” Man, I really need some of his non-freak-out attitudes.

Art is still home (obviously) and will probably not go back to work for another 3 or 4 weeks. He still has 9mm of stone left in his kidney sooooo there is another surgery coming up in 2 weeks.

This sweet pumpkin spice latte coffee cake is the perfect way to start your day. Full of pumpkin pie spice and just a little espresso powder. It's like your favorite latte in cake form.

So while my husband is home my schedule is off. I can’t quite get into my working groove when there is something else in the house. I’m basically like a rich socialite and my days are just running together.

It was only last night that I remembered I needed to make this pumpkin spice latte coffee cake. It’s sweet, full of spice and topped with the best crumbly topping ever. I like to think that eating a big slice of this cake made my husband feel better. It also made me feel better since I knew I would have a recipe ready for today. PLUS I sorta tastes like ever so popular fall favorite Starbucks pumpkin spice latte but in coffee cake form.

Also after typing all this out, I realized that maybe I shouldn’t talk about kidneys and pumpkin spice latte coffee cake in the same post. Is that too weird?

I don’t know.

{Looking for more coffee cake recipes? Try my Apple Pie Coffee CakeZucchini Coffee CakeStrawberry Rhubarb Coffee CakeBanana Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake or my Pumpkin Coffee Cake. Also try some of my blogger friends recipes – marionberry swirl coffee cake with cinnamon whipped cream, banana caramel coffee cake, yogurt coffee cake or this delicious peaches and cream coffee cake!}


Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Cake

This sweet pumpkin spice latte coffee cake is the perfect way to start your day. Full of pumpkin pie spice and just a little espresso powder. It's like your favorite latte in cake form.

Yield: 8x8 pan

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes


For cream cheese mixture:

For streusel:

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-1/3 cup flour

For cake:

  • 1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

For glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon golden syrup (or light corn syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon strong coffee, cooled


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8x8 dish with non-stick spray, set aside.

For cream cheese mixture:
Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and beat together until smooth, set aside.

For streusel:
Mix together brown sugar, sugar and pumpkin pie spice.

Pour in melted butter and flour. Mix together until crumbly and fully combined. Set aside until ready to use.

For cake:
In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and kosher salt, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer add butter and beat until fluffy. Add in dark brown sugar and mix until blended. Add eggs, mixing thoroughly between each addition. Mix in pumpkin puree.

Alternately add flour and buttermilk to the mixer batter. Mix together until fully combined.

In your prepared pan add half the cake batter and top with little spoonfuls of half the cream cheese mixture. Continue one more time and then swirl the batter to combine the cake and cream cheese mixture.

Top with streusel and bake for 45 minutes until the center of the cake is set and a toothpick comes out clean when tested in the center.

Let the cake cool and drizzle with glaze.

For glaze:
Mix together until combined. If the glaze is too thin add more powdered sugar, if it's too thick add more coffee.

46 Responses to “Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Cake”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I can’t possibly express how badly I want this. It’s my dream!!

  2. #
    debbie — October 6, 2014 at 6:40 am

    The cake looks great and so perfect for fall. I hope your hubby is feeling better soon…poor guy!

  3. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 6, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I probably would have been just as nervous! Hopefully Art’s recovery will not be too painful and the next surgery will go nice and smoothly. Man, if I had that inside of me I would have been freaking out in pain!

  4. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 6, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I’m glad everything went well and I’m sure the next will go just as smooth! And those commercials totally ruin me too. I change the channel every time they come on. As for this coffee cake – I’d be shoveling it my face because it looks amaaaaazing. We need to be neighbors 😉

  5. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — October 6, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Oh my gosh! I hopefully recovery goes well and then the next surgery will be a breeze…I’ll be prayin’!
    Until then. This cake. I want it instead of the coffee I am dranking right now.
    And those commercials? GET ME EVERY TIME!

  6. #
    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — October 6, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Wow, brown sugar, espresso, pumpkin spice, cream cheese; its a perfect combo of every flavor! I would love some of this right now!

  7. #
    Heather // girlichef — October 6, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Uggghhh….the agony! I can’t even imagine. And yeah, I have to change the channel when those commercials come on (due to my delicate emotional sensibilities). Also,this coffee cake is making me well-up a bit, since it looks so ridiculously good, and I know I can’t have a slice for myself right this minute.

  8. #
    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — October 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

    SO glad surgery went okay! Also, this coffee cake looks divine!

  9. #
    Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com — October 6, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Not weird at all. With a cake like this all I was thinking is when can I make it!

  10. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — October 6, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Anything with crumble topping is high on my list!

  11. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — October 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I’m so glad he’s okay – and I would need a boat load of coffee and a whole pan of this to myself to get throug hit!!

  12. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — October 6, 2014 at 8:43 am

    UGH. My husband has been making kidney stones since he was 16, it’s horrible. We’ve had to do the surgery thing once too. I’m sure this cake did provide some comfort because it sounds amazing!!

  13. #
    Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer — October 6, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Love the crumble and the yummy combinations here. Glad the surgery went ok!

  14. #
    Amber Bracegirdle — October 6, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Boy oh boy, Brandy. That is NO JOKE. I’m glad Art is doing okay. I’ll repeat what Kristan told me after I had EJ – when life throws stuff at you, give yourself grace. Lots and lots of grace. You do what you can, and let the other stuff go. I’ll be thinking of you guys! And also, I want cake for breakfast now.

  15. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 6, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Yikes! 55mm? That’s freakin’ huge! I hope the next surgery goes well and his recovery is speedy.

    And I totally feel you. The Army likes to give huge chunks of leave all at once so 3 or 4 times a year, my husband has 2 weeks off and I get absolutely nothing done during that time. Like, I’m kind of dreading the month he’ll get over the holidays because I know I’ll be completely worthless the entire time.

  16. #
    DessertForTwo — October 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Oh, Brandy. I just know you are the strong, supportive wife. You are stronger than you think you are. I’m glad to hear Art’s surgery went well, and we’ll keep him in our thoughts and prayers for the next one, too.


  17. #
    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — October 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

    HOLY CRAP! A 55mm kidney stone?! Art must be Superman, because I can’t even believe he was walking around with a small boulder inside of him and not really complaining. I think you are a strong, supportive wife for the simple fact that you didn’t collapse into a puddle of goo in the waiting room. Coffee cake is the perfect healer–for both of you!

  18. #
    Cookin Canuck — October 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Yikes….that is one big kidney stone! I’m glad he’s okay. You did make me chuckle with the rich socialite comment – because I am the same way when someone else is at home and I’m supposed to be working. Love, LOVE the look of this coffee cake.

  19. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — October 6, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Wow! That is a huge kidney stone! I am glad the first surgery went well. Hopefully he recovers quickly before the next one! I’m thinking a huge slice of this yummy coffee cake would do wonders. I am loving all the flavors you have going on it!

  20. #
    Ginny McMeans — October 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I am so sorry you and your husband are going through this. You are very supportive and I love your husbands attitude. I hope he is able to eat all of this cake – it sounds fantastic!

  21. #
    Melanie — October 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    What a scary thing. So sorry! But this recipe looks amazing! As usual your photos make me hungry.

  22. #
    foodwanderings — October 6, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    It must be hard. I’ll be thinking of you both and wishing your husband a quick recover post his second op. Must be stressful but this Starbuck’s latte inspired coffee cake looks like sheer comfort!

  23. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — October 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    It’s so tough to be in the waiting room for hubby in surgery,been there, no fun! Glad he is recovering ! Cake looks amazing!

  24. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — October 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    You’re allowed to talk about kidneys and cake in the same post. Anything goes when it’s your blog! 🙂 I’m glad your husband is alright – I’m sure this cake lifted his spirits 🙂

  25. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — October 6, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I’m so glad that your hubby is doing better! HUGS! Hope things keep getting better! Just make him some more of this Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Cake and I’m sure he’ll be ok!!

  26. #
    Julie — October 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Hope Art’s recovery goes well and that the next surgery is smooth!

  27. #
    rebecca — October 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    looks great wish I had a slice now

  28. #
    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — October 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I could take a big slice of this along with my pumpkin spice coffee. And an extra helping of streusel!

  29. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — October 7, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I’ m sorry that you and Art are going through this and I do think you are strong and it’s ok to write it about it with a cake recipe. It does suck to have our loved ones go through surgery and pain. Thinking of you and Art and wish him a speedy recovery. Love your cake, btw.

  30. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — October 7, 2014 at 7:33 am

    WOW! Art must have a really high pain threshold. I’m sorry to hear that he’ll be needing another surgery but I would hope that that one will go a lot easier. Please wish him a speedy recovery and hang in there, Brandy. It’s not easy being a caretaker (no matter how much you love someone). Oh, and I totally get how you feel about the Sarah McLachlan commercials. I hate to admit it but I have to turn the channel when they come on I because I just turn into a blubbering idiot!
    Anyway, back to your recipe…it looks tremendous and that topping takes it over the edge!

  31. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — October 7, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Your poor husband! How miserable. I hope he heals quickly and smoothly!
    Love this coffee cake! Perfect for my morning coffee!

  32. #
    Karissa | Sweet as a Cookie — October 7, 2014 at 9:41 am

    So glad everything went well! This coffee cake looks to die for!

  33. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — October 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

    This is a seriously gorgeous cake! I would love a slice for breakfast!

  34. #
    Joanne — October 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    The.Boy had to get some kind of nose surgery once and I was a total hot mess….so I get it. I hope he’s feeling better!! No more crampiness at least. 😛

    Oh man, this cake! I want a HUMUNGO slice.

  35. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — October 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    This looks amazing! I would love to have a big bite. When my husband is around I get nothing done.

  36. #
    kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — October 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Is it weird that I may want to sleep with this? Yes, it’s weird…but I do. Because I don’t want to share.

  37. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 8, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I hope your hubby has a speedy recovery! I really want a huge slice of this cake with coffee!

  38. #
    kelley — October 8, 2014 at 9:36 am

    HELLO! I thought I was sick of pumpkin recipes but you’ve just proved me wrong. This is amazing. And I want it NOW.

  39. #
    Kim Beaulieu — October 9, 2014 at 12:51 am

    It’s not weird at all. I have IBS and talk about it, so you’re doing good. I am in awe of how calm your hubby was through it. I mean that’s like a small child hanging out in his kidney. He must have a high pain tolerance. Glad it went well, sorry he has another one to come. I hope you’re holding up okay. If not blog about it. Life is messy, it’s okay to share that with people. I’m surprised you can work. And impressed. And this coffee cake is gorgeous. I mean look at it. It’s beautiful.

  40. #
    Isabel — October 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Hope your husband is better and happy to have that rock out of him! I hope he managed to enjoy this mouthwatering and beautiful coffee cake
    Take care


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