Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crumble Cake


Woohoo! I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys today. This recipe is a spin off of my Blueberry and Peach Crumble Cake, but instead of being all “summerfied,” I decided to “autumnify.” It worked in the form of pumpkiny, spicy goodness. I’m seriously still having dreams about this cake, and you will too. You’ve been warned. I also totally just happened upon the alliteration in the recipe’s name. I love it when that happens! This is the pumpkin cake of your dreams, so move aside pumpkin pie, there is a brand new Thanksgiving dessert just waiting to take over!


I don’t even know where to begin with this recipe. Yes, there are a few steps, but don’t fret. It’s actually one of the easiest cakes you will make. I promise. It just takes a few steps. That’s all!

It’s kind of like a cross between a coffee cake, crumb cake and a streusel muffin. I know it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but once you make it and dive in for the first bite, you will know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

It contains 3 distinct layers, and while I used fruit in the last version of this cake, I skipped the fruit this time and went straight for sugar. Don’t judge me. It was a long weekend, and I had no fresh blueberries on hand. The first layer is a simple pumpkin spice cake. It is then topped with a mascarpone and sugar mixture. On top of that is the best streusely topping you will ever eat in your ENTIRE life!

**Blueberries would be great in this cake by the way, but I may just feel this way because I am obsessed with the pumpkin and blueberry combination lately. Does my Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries ring a bell?**

Beer Love:
So, I of course had to pair this cake with a pumpkin ale, and while we are in season, we’ve got to soak up as much pumpkin beer as we can!
Here are some examples of pumpkin ales I just love:

Nebraska Brewing Company’s Wick for Brains Pumpkin Ale

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale

Crown Valley’s Imperial Pumpkin Smash

Avery’s PumpKYn

Southern Tier’s Pumking

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crumble Cake
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr, 10 min


  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cheese Filling
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Topping
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and situate an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Grease a 10 - 12 inch springform pan with butter or a non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • To make the cake, in the bowl of your stand mixer with paddle attachment fixed, cream together the egg, egg yolk, butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar until combined. Add the buttermilk, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract and beat again until combined.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, and salt. With the mixer set on low-speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until all of the ingredients are combined. Do not over-mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mascarpone cheese, granulated sugar and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Spread the cheese mixture over the cake batter gently, so that it doesn't mix with the batter.
  • Prepare your crumble topping by combining the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the cold and cubed butter and crumble the ingredients together with either a pastry cutter, a fork or your hands until coarse crumbs form. Act quickly, so that the butter does not melt.
  • Sprinkle the crumble on top of the cheese mixture.
  • Bake the cake at 375 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you find that the cake is browning too much through the baking process, you may cover it with foil.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for at least an hour before serving. When cool, combine the confectioner's sugar and milk in a small bowl and whisk until smooth and creamy. Drizzle on cooled cake.
  • The cake will store at room temperature for 3 days. Enjoy!


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  • grandbabycakes

    This cake looks seriously amazing! I wish I could have that slice right now. Pinned!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thanks, girl! ;)

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    Ok Justine, this cake sounds amazing! I love all those layers of deliciousness in there. I’m all about streusel toppings. Can’t wait to make this!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      OMG, the streusel is just the best! Thanks, Natalie!

  • http://bakingamoment.com/ Allie|Baking a Moment

    Oh my gosh- I’m in love with the layers!!!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thanks pretty lady!

  • Janette @ Culinary Ginger

    Yum, this sounds so Autumn-like and looks stunning too.

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Janette!

  • http://hipfoodiemom.com/ Alice Choi

    This cake looks amazing!! A cross between a coffee cake, a crumb cake and a streusel muffin sounds like perfection to me!! Pinned!!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Aw, you are so sweet Alice! Thanks, girl!

  • Laura

    what did you use to make the pretty design on the top? looks like icing but nothing comments on it in the recipe!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Hi Laura! I’m so sorry about that! I didn’t even realize that I didn’t put glaze instructions in the recipe! I’m going to put it in there, but just mix together 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk together until smooth. Once the cake has cooled substantially, drizzle the glaze over top. I hope you enjoy! Thanks!

  • http://ohmydish.com Oh my dish

    Hi ! Just wanted to let you know that we’ve added this recipe to our top 100 recipes for thanksgiving 2015! Check it out: http://ohmydish.com/100-best-thanksgiving-recipes-for-2015/ :)