The Best Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Tall and luxurious golden yellow Pumpkin Crumb Cake

My favorite Pumpkin Crumb Cake is a classic fall coffee cake enriched with pumpkin and perfectly spiced. This yummy breakfast cake has become a holiday tradition in our house!

A piece of Pumpkin Crumb Cake.

This pumpkin crumb cake is made in the classic new York style!

Wow, I sensed from the aroma coming out of my oven that I was in for a treat with this Pumpkin Crumb Cake, but when I opened the door and got a peak at it, that sealed the deal. It rises up nice and tall, with cracks along the crumb topping that reveal a glimpse of the bright saffron colored cake underneath.

This delicious crumb cake is patterned after my classic New York style Cardamom Crumb Cake, so I knew it was going to be good, but the addition of my favorite fall squash took it over the top. This cake pushes all my buttons. If you love pumpkin like I do I think you’ll be pleased. It’s the perfect little baking project to ease you into fall. And you can eat it for breakfast. Win win.

A tall, fluffy, lightly spiced Pumpkin Crumb Cake

This cake has a luxurious, loose crumb, and a gorgeous golden color.

Pumpkin puree, like mashed banana or applesauce, gives cakes and breads great texture, and that flavor and color screams ‘hello fall!” It’s just sweet enough to qualify as cake, without being too sweet. And the spicing is kept in check too, which is why it works so well as a morning treat.

Pumpkin Crumb Cake in a pan.

This moist pumpkin breakfast cake keeps beautifully for days!

The hardest part about it is waiting the hour for it to cook, but luckily there’s no need to let it cool completely before digging in. I highly recommend this one, it is easy and really wonderful. I wrapped squares of it in plastic and my daughter grabbed one every morning on her way out the door.

A piece of Pumpkin Crumb Cake with a fork.

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Reader Rave ~

“I just made this and it has been attacked while still warm. Awesome recipe, I did sub greek yogurt for sour cream and I did add some cardamom to both the cake and crumb topping, from your other recipe. Too yummy, nice with coffee.” ~ Linda

Tall and luxurious golden yellow Pumpkin Crumb Cake
4.12 from 17 votes

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

My favorite Pumpkin Crumb Cake is a classic fall coffee cake enriched with pumpkin and perfectly spiced.  It has become a holiday breakfast tradition in our house!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Yield 9 -12 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon plus another 1/4 for topping
  • 1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 sticks cold unsalted butter 1 cup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree not pie filling
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Spray a 9x9 square baking dish with cooking spray. I like to line it with sheets of parchment with long ends, so I can lift it out after baking for easy cutting. This is optional.
  • Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade. Pulse to combine everything well.
  • Cut the cold butter into pieces and add them to the processor. Process by pulsing repeatedly until the butter has been incorporated and the mixture has a crumbly texture. About 20-30 pulses, more or less.
  • Remove a cup of the dry mixture and put in a small bowl. Toss with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and set aside for the topping.
  • Whisk the eggs, pumpkin, and sour cream together in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add in the flour mixture and stir just until everything is mixed, but don't over beat it.
  • Spread the batter in the prepared pan, evening it out with a spatula. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over the top.
  • Bake for approximately 55-60 minutes, or until risen in the center and a toothpick comes out clean.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~


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  • Reply
    Betty C Hornsby
    October 15, 2021 at 11:55 am

    5 stars
    Sue, I give the pumpkin crumb cake my highest rating. It was easy, moist and delicious. I may try a bit bigger pan so it won’t be quite as thick. Really great recipe. Thank you so much! I really enjoy your blog.

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    October 20, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    What size can of pumpkin is this?

    • Reply
      October 20, 2020 at 12:13 pm

      15 ounce.

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    Southerner Forever
    October 17, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    5 stars
    This one is a five star favorite in my book! Since I lack a 9 inch square pan, I opted for a 9 inch round instead, and that seemed to work fine. The only changes I made were to add about a scant quarter cup buttermilk and a bit more cinnamon to suite our love of the spice. A good shake of pumpkin pie spice was also added to the topping. This recipe is divine!

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    Delores ANDERSON
    November 3, 2019 at 11:21 am

    I would love to try this crumb pumpkin breakfast, but I do not eat eggs can I substitute yogurt instead of eggs? Love your recipes. Look forward to them in my inbox. Many thanks. Delores

    • Reply
      November 3, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      I haven’t tried that Delores, so I can’t say, sorry. Just today I noticed that Bob’s Red Mill sells a powdered egg substitute, I wonder if that would work. You might have to experiment a bit to get this right for you.

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    October 7, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    OutSTANDING! I thought nothing could top the cardamom crumb cake – this is neck in neck. I so love the subtle pumpkin spice-ness of it. Seriously, I’m not a PS girl, but this was really, really good. My bake time took a little longer (70 min), but it might be because I’m using a thick baking dish. Anyway, as always, you’re recipes rock! This is my favorite recipe blog!

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      October 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      I’m so happy you loved this, isn’t the color amazing? Thanks Emily 🙂

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    October 5, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Can this be made in a crock pot?

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      October 5, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      Sorry Kim, this recipe isn’t formulated for that.

  • Reply
    March 27, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Looks delicious! Just checking – how much cinnamon is used in the topping? Under Ingredients it says 1/4, and in the instructions you say 1/8 tspn. Thank you!

    • Reply
      March 27, 2019 at 7:17 am

      That was a typo, it’s 1/4 tsp Janet, thanks for spotting it!

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    Kat Johnson
    May 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    OMGosh my sister just sent me your Lemon Crumb Cake (we both LOVE super Lemony Tart things) and I found this! I love pumpkin too! We have organic canned pumpkin year-round here. Can’t wait to make this!

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    November 15, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I just made this and it has been attacked while still warm. Comments were fantastic! Imagine if they let it sit and get cool.
    Awesome recipe, I did sub greek yogurt for sour cream and I did add some cardamom to both the cake and crumb topping, from your other recipe. Too yummy, nice with coffee.

    • Reply
      November 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Linda, glad you like it 🙂 And I LOVE the idea of the cardamom 🙂

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    October 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I made this, flavor was awesome but came out a bit dry. I noticed no milk in the recipe? Was wondering if it was left off my mistake hence the cake being to dry?

    • Reply
      October 6, 2015 at 11:49 am

      The pumpkin puree and sour cream should be enough, Rook. You can certainly add a bit of milk if you like the next time. Make sure you measure your flour by fluffing it first and then scooping — too much flour might have caused the dryness.

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    September 9, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I made this for my Labor Day party … I could ease my friends and family into the reality that summer is about to be over 🙁 they raved and raved how good it was and that they don’t even like pumpkin ! Well I proved them wrong and actually had to share this recipe with several guests !! Thanks it’s a winner :))

    • Reply
      September 9, 2015 at 7:24 am

      I’m so glad to hear it, there’s nothing better than converting a pumpkin hater 🙂

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    August 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    This cake sounds fantastic! I would be eating slices for breakfast, with plenty of coffee on the side. Yay!

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    Pauline Krygeris
    August 29, 2015 at 5:21 am

    This is the BEST!!! This has to be my favorite pumpkin recipe. Thanks, Sue!

    • Reply
      August 29, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Wow, thanks Pauline!

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    Jean |
    August 28, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Sue, this is gorgeous! And I truly think I can smell the wonderful autumnal aromas — does my computer have smellavision?!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    August 28, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I had lots of roasted pumpkins last days, but still haven’t bake anything with it yet. Your crumb cake looks super duper delicious, Sue.

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    August 28, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Yup! It’s a keeper! I made it as soon as I saw the post this morning! Just had a piece with tea … wonderful!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 28, 2015 at 5:39 am

    I am so glad for pumpkin season. My favourite! This looks perfect. So moist and crumbs are always good 🙂

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    Kaylene @ The Links Site
    August 28, 2015 at 2:35 am

    This looks delicious! We are just heading into spring here in Australia but I have a small amount of pumpkin left from our autumn harvest which I will be using it to make this recipe. Looking forward to having some of this for breakfast!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    August 28, 2015 at 12:16 am

    YUM. I love snack crumby cake like this.. and your pumpkin cake looks so moist and delicious. I wish I had a slice with my tea now.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    August 28, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Can you come down to San Diego with this cake? I’ll pay for gas, ingredients, and then drinks out 🙂 It looks amazing!!

    • Reply
      August 28, 2015 at 6:57 am

      Haha, watch out what you wish for, I might take you up on it!!

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    August 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    This feels like fall has arrived! What a moist beautiful cake Sue.

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    August 27, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    What a good looking cake. Where has the summer gone?

  • Reply
    August 27, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Hi, what do you mean by pumpkin purée? Just blend raw pumpkin?

    • Reply
      August 27, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      I mean the canned kind, Asterina, I find that it’s better than trying to puree fresh pumpkin.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    August 27, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Oh that crumb topping is divine, you’ve almost convinced me to open that first can of pumpkin ;).

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    August 27, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Do you think I could substitute plain greek yogurt for the sour cream?

    • Reply
      August 27, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Yes, sure!

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    Chris Scheuer
    August 27, 2015 at 8:31 am

    This would never last for a week at my house! It looks fantastic Sue and I can only imagine that aroma. I think I can close my eyes and smell it….. mmmm

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    Hannah Kilcoyne
    August 27, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Yayy pumpkin stuff! It’s almost that time of year!

    • Reply
      August 27, 2015 at 8:31 am

      I love it so much I start early…

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        September 13, 2020 at 12:05 pm

        5 stars
        Love crumb cake, love pumpkin and love Fall. Needless to say, cannot wait to make this cake which sounds wonderful!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 27, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Oooooohhhh – this looks so moist and wonderful. Easy too – win, win. This is going on my list of must make recipes! Pinning and sharing cause it looks amazing! You sure have a lucky daughter 🙂

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