Lemon Coffee Cake tastes like spring! The lemon zest filled cake has a moist crumb and is topped with a lemon cream cheese mixture and topped with a buttery crumb topping. It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!
Who can say no to cake for breakfast?! Coffee cake is the perfect reason to indulge a little at breakfast time, and this Lemon Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Filling is absolutely delicious. It has spring written all over it, with the bright and cheery lemon flavoring and the cream cheese layer is irresistible.
Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is not only yummy, but it’s not as hard to make as it might seem. There are three components: the cake, the cream cheese filling, and the crumb topping. This cake also needs awhile to cool, so I would recommend making it the night before so you don’t have to impatiently wait in the morning!
This recipe for Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake is made with pretty standard baking ingredients. The addition of lemon zest and lemon juice adds a bright lemon flavor to the cake and the cream cheese filling.
Baking Soda and Baking Powder
To begin, you make the cake layer. Beat together butter and sugar until nice and creamy. Next, you add the eggs and vanilla extract, followed by lemon juice, lemon zest, milk, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Lastly, fold in the flour. This mixture is poured into a greased springform pan. I love using a springform pan because then the cake easily comes out of the pan.
Next, make the cream cheese filling. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, and egg. Spread it over the cake batter.
Last, make the crumb topping. I just don’t think coffee cake is complete without a crumb topping! Mix together melted butter, flour, sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Sprinkle it over the cream cheese layer. This cake is definitely heavy on the crumb topping!
Bake the cake in a 325 degree F oven for 38-42 minutes. The top should be golden and the cream cheese layer may still seem a little jiggy. Don’t worry – it will set up once it cools. Cool the cake completely, cut into slices, and enjoy!