Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake is a delicious combo of carrot cake, coffee cake and a cheesecake. Moist and flavorful carrot cake topped with cheesecake layer and crunchy cinnamon streusel crumb topping is perfect for Easter brunch or any spring breakfast or snack.

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Crumb Topping:

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (56 grams) unsalted butter-room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour

Carrot Cake:

  • 1 ¼ cups (160 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (56 grams) unsalted butter-room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 grams) light brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 7 oz. (200 grams) finely grated carrots
  • 1 large egg-room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste)

Cream Cheese Layer:

  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz. (220 grams) cream cheese -room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line 8 x 8 inches square pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. First, grate carrots and set aside.
  3. To make the crumb topping, whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Using two forks or a pastry cutter, cut in the butter. If the mixture looks sandy, squeeze it with your hands in large clumps, then crumble with your fingers in pea-sized crumbs.
  4. For the cream cheese layer, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add in egg and mix until no lumps remain, then set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until smooth.
  7. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  8. Alternate adding the dry mixture with the yogurt ( ½ of dry ingredients-yogurt-remaining ½ of dry ingredients) and mix until evenly combined.
  9. Finally, mix in carrots. Spread the mixture in a prepared pan.
  10. Gently spread cream cheese mixture on top (don’t go all the way to the edges).
  11. Sprinkle crumb mixture on top of cream cheese mixture.
  12. Bake for 50-60 min or until toothpick comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs attached.

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