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Pumpkin Breakfast Cake with a crunchy pecan crumble topping
The reviews are in… everybody LOVES this Pumpkin Breakfast Cake and we bet you will too!
It’s October, and that means it’s pumpkin season. I am so ready, because I love to cook and bake with pumpkin, and create recipes like this Pumpkin Breakfast Cake with Pecan Crumble.
All our “breakfast cakes” are great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, as a light dessert or a midnight snack. With a wonderful soft, moist crumb and a crunchy, sweet crumble top, you and your guests will remember this cake long after it disappears.
Even the folks that don’t usually go all mushy with praise have fallen in love with this cake, and asked for more. We have several different groups of taste-testers: family members, co-workers, neighbors, and drop-in guests. We’ve received enthusiastic thumbs up from everyone across the board. Many commented about how much they love the delicious pecan crumble topping.
Our fire-fighting, obstacle race-running son, who’s usually not a pumpkin lover, even texted his approval noting “that’s pretty freaking good!” He’s often my toughest critic so I feel pretty happy about that feedback.
What is a breakfast cake?
If you’ve followed SRFD for very long, you’ve probably noticed that I have a thing for simple, lightly sweet seasonal cakes that are perfect with coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, or anytime really. Breakfast cakes are made with less sugar than most other cakes, but still have a nice hint of sweetness from fresh fruit or crumble tops. Not as sweet as doughnuts or coffee cakes, our breakfast cakes are easy to make. They can be served slightly warm or at room temperature, and keep well for several days.
This is the kind of treat you’d expect to find at a lovely Bed & Breakfast or Sunday brunch. Weekend baking is a pleasure and this is the kind of treat you’ll want to try next time the family is lingering around the house.
Pumpkin puree is a natural base for this pumpkin breakfast cake.
Pumpkin lends moisture, color and flavor – the big three! And for icing on the cake (so to speak) the toasty pecans have delicious caramel notes from the butter and brown sugar. This is simple cake perfection with autumnal flavors and plenty of spice.
Loaded with pumpkin pie spice in both the cake and crumble top, the warm flavors of fall really shine.
If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice on hand in your pantry, you can easily make your own with ground cinnamon, allspice and ginger. I’ve included the directions for homemade pumpkin pie spice in the notes section of the printable recipe card. No worries!
This cake is very easy to make and you don’t even need a mixer!
You probably have everything you need right in your pantry. If you don’t have a springform pan, it will bake up nicely in a square baking pan too. Well tested and perfected, this is the cake you’ll want to make throughout the season.
The moist, well spiced, tender pumpkin cake and the crunchy, toasted pecan crumble is a match made in pumpkin heaven! Enjoy 🙂
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Pumpkin Breakfast Cake with Pecan Crumble
For the pecan crumble:
- ⅓ cup chopped pecans
- 2 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar lightly packed
- 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
For the breakfast cake:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
- ½ cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup whole milk
To make the pecan crumble:
- In a small bowl stir the pecans, brown sugar, flour, butter, and pumpkin pie spice together until well combined. Refrigerate until needed.
To make the breakfast cake:
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Turn the base of an 8-inch springform pan upside down so you can easily slide the cake off. Lightly spray the pan with vegetable cooking spray. Line the bottom with a round piece of parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, granulated sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Make a well in the center and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl lightly whisk the eggs. Add the pumpkin puree, melted cooled butter, vanilla and milk. Fold together with a rubber spatula until blended.
- Pour the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture and fold together with a spatula until the flour is incorporated. The batter will be thick.
- Gently scoop the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with an off-set spatula or back of a spoon. Set the cake aside and allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes before baking. This step helps give it some loft and puffiness. When ready to bake, top with pecan crumble.
- Bake at 325°F until a wooden skewer comes out with clean, about 55-60 minutes. Tent with foil after 30-minutes to prevent over-browning of the pecan topping.
- Allow the cake to cool on a rack for 30 minutes before removing the sides of the pan. Slide onto a serving plate, cut into wedges and enjoy slightly warm or cooled. Store leftovers in a sealed container at room temperature for a day or two, or refrigerate for longer storage.
- To make your own pumpkin pie spice combine 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon allspice and 1/4 teaspoon ginger.
- If you don’t have a springform pan, you can bake this cake in a 9-inch square pan or a 9-inch springform pan. Reduce the baking time to 40-50 minutes and increase the temperature to 350F. You can also use a high-sided 9-inch layer cake pan but for easy removal I recommend the springform pan. I use a dark, non-stick springform pan for this recipe.
- Freeze leftover canned pumpkin in an airtight container for up to a month.
For another easy pumpkin inspired recipe, try this Pumpkin Dump Cake, made with just 3 ingredients!
Here’s a few more of our breakfast cake recipes you might like:
Blueberry Breakfast Cake – This luscious cake is a deliciously moist, lightly sweet “coffee” cake bursting with juicy ripe blueberries and a hint of lemon.
Raspberry Ricotta Breakfast Cake – A deliciously moist and fluffy, berry-streaked breakfast cake perfect anytime! Made with frozen raspberries so it’s easy to make all year long.
The addition of ricotta adds a creamy tanginess to this cake along with incredible texture. A must try for raspberry lovers.
Cranberry Almond Breakfast Cake – Are you having out-of-town company for the holidays? Do you have every bedroom, nook and cranny filled with your favorite relatives? Sounds like fun!
But I think you’re going to need this recipe because it’s perfect as a breakfast (coffee) cake, snack cake, light dessert after lunch or even a midnight nibble.