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Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is extra lemony, with a creamy filling and a crumbly topping.  Light, refreshing, and delicious; brew the coffee and invite your friends!

There’s just something really satisfying about a good coffee cake.  And grocery stores and bakeries alike know this little fact very well.  Think about how many times you have unexpected guests, or planned guests, and you think about a little sweet treat to serve to them with a cup of coffee.  

Every grocery store (especially the ones in my neighbourhood) always have a large display of coffee crumb cakes.  They know that unexpected guests are a normal part of life and they know how to capitalize on your lack of time.  But, with this recipe, I’m helping you put away with those store-bought crumb cakes and giving you the answer to all of your unexpected guest woes.  Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is here to rescue you!

Cake – especially a crumb topping cake – pairs extremely well with coffee.  I guess that’s why most of these crumb-topped cakes are called coffee cakes even though there’s no coffee in the list of ingredients.  I’ve had the cakes with coffee in them, and even though they are quite delicious, there’s just something about a lemon coffee cake that makes it so worth the effort and the calories.  Add to that a cream cheese filling and I’m in coffee cake heaven!

That’s something I wanted to talk briefly about; that cream cheese layer.  Can you see it in the pictures?  I’ve baked with cream cheese layers before, but more often than not, the cream cheese layer ends up collapsing into the base during the baking process.  The base layer on this cake is so thick in batter form, that it prevents the cream cheese from sinking.  That results in a thick, lemony, creamy filling that puts this particular cake high on my list of go-to recipes.

As for the crumb topping, that’s another story.  Because of the moisture from the cream cheese layer, the crumb topping will not burn or brown too much during a long forty five minute bake time.  But, Dear Reader, the crumb topping is crumbly and oh so delicious.  

Even though I’m sure this Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake won’t last too long in your house – it surely didn’t in ours! – you’ll be happy to know that once the cake has completely cooled, and you’ve cut it into sixteen squares, you can place the squares back into the pan and place the pan in the refrigerator.  I loved how the cake stayed super moist, and the topping stayed crumbly even when refrigerated.  And, the coldness of the lemony cream cheese filling was all the more refreshing as a late summer evening dessert.

Add this recipe to your favourite Pinterest board, print it, bookmark it, or whatever it is you need to do to have easy access.  Once you make this cake for the first time, and sink your teeth into the sweet tartness, you’ll want to have this cake on hand at all times!

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Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen
Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is extra lemony, with a creamy filling and a crumbly topping. Light, refreshing, and delicious; brew the coffee and invite your friends!
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Ingredients

CREAM CHEESE LAYER

  • 1 package cream cheese, 8 ounces, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

CAKE LAYER

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest, about one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

CRUMB TOPPING LAYER

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 x 9 inch baking dish by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Be sure to leave the parchment paper long enough so that it hangs over the pan a little - enough to grab - this will help ease the removal of the cake from the pan.

CREAM CHEESE LAYER

  1. In a bowl, use a handheld mixer to blend together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and lemon juice until well combined and creamy. Set aside.

CAKE LAYER

  1. In bowl, use a whisk to mix together the all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set this aside as well.
  2. Next, in a clean bowl, use a handheld mixer to blend the vegetable oil and sugar. Mix well; at least two full minutes. Then, add the egg and incorporate into the oil and sugar mixture.
  3. Add the yogurt, lemon zest and juice. Blend until well mixed - at least 3 full minutes on medium speed.
  4. To the sugar and oil mixture, add the flour mixture. Use the handheld mixture to blend the two together on low speed. Just mix until combined - do not over mix the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the baking dish and smooth it evenly around the dish. Be sure to get into the corners.
  6. Now, spoon the cream cheese mixture onto the top of the cake batter base. Carefully spread it - do not mix the cream cheese into the batter.

CRUMB TOPPING LAYER

  1. Add the crumb topping ingredients to a small bowl. Use a fork to smash the butter into the flour and sugar to form a crumbly paste.
  2. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the cream cheese layer.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for five minutes before removing from pan. Allow to finish cooling on a wire cooling rack. Cut into 16 squares.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Lovely Little Kitchen

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  1. God this cake was pure heaven on a plate. Was really easy to make as I'm used to making desserts for my restaurant and always looking for great recipes from which I do variations. Awesome thank you.
  2. I just got done making this yummy treat (plus that it smells delightful in the oven too). I had to tweak it with the ingredients I had but it still turned out really good. Thanks for sharing!
  3. Will this recipe work with a 9” tube pan? I don’t have a 9x9 pan and want to make it for a prayer breakfast. It sounds wonderful and am anxious to try and share it. Thanks, Mary
    1. Hi Mary, I have never tried the recipe in a tube pan. You could use a 9x13 Pyrex, but the cake would be a little thinner, which means you will need to cut back the baking time by about 10 minutes. If you do try the tube pan, let me know how it works for you.
    1. Yes, but since Greek yogurt is thick, try using a thicker sour cream - no low fat sour cream. :)
  4. Hi Byron! I'm going to make this lovely lemony crumb cake for my husbands birthday cake today. I am so glad I fond your site and this awesome recipe! I'll let you know how the Birthday Boy liked it! Thank you!
    1. Hi Mary, I hope my reply isn't too late. I've never tried baking the cake in a spring-form pan, but I'm sure it will work perfectly.

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