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arlene's caramel & streusel coffee cake

(8 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Arlene Jacobson
Grand Terrace, CA

I love baking, but most of all I love creating new recipes of my own. My family are my taste testers and love this coffee cake, especially for the holidays.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We just love this light and tasty coffee cake. It tastes like a cinnamon roll. The buttery flavoring with the sweet cinnamon streusel is the perfect pair. The extended mixing time may be a bit of work, but the result is worth every minute! Once baked, the cake is super moist. The sweet and tangy glaze takes this cake to another level.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(8 ratings)
yield 9 -12
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For arlene's caramel & streusel coffee cake

  • 1 box
    extra moist yellow cake mix
  • 1 box
    instant vanilla pudding (small, 3.4 oz)
  • 3/4 c
    vegetable oil
  • 3/4 c
  • 4
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter extract/ flavoring
  • 1 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c
    caramel ice cream topping, heated
  • 1/4 c
    white sugar
  • 1/4 c
    packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    cinnamon (more if you like more cinnamon flavor)
  • 1/3 c
    Bisquick mix
  • 3-4 Tbsp
    cold butter, cut into small pieces... (place in freezer to get them cold)
  • 3/4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    hot milk or cream
  • 1 Tbsp
    melted butter or ( 1/2 tsp butter extract/flavoring if preferred)
  • 1/3 c
    softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp
    vanilla extract

How To Make arlene's caramel & streusel coffee cake

  • Prepping baking dish while oven preheats.
    Preheat oven to 350. (I use the convection setting which takes off about 10 minutes baking time). Spray a 9x13-glass(must be glass) baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Cake batter ingredients in a mixing bowl.
    Add the first 5 ingredients to the mixer in the order given. Beat exactly 8 minutes at medium speed. Add butter and vanilla extract.
  • Batter poured into the baking dish and streusel swirled in.
    Pour the batter into an oiled pan. Sprinkle the streusel mix over top. Take a knife (I use a chopstick…it works great) and swirl the streusel throughout making sure to go only about 1" deep into the batter by making "S" swirls.
  • Caramel drizzled over batter.
    Then drizzle the caramel topping over this.
  • Coffee cake baking in the oven.
    Bake at 350 degrees on the middle rack for 40–45 minutes, or until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. After removing from oven, let sit on a wire rack for a few minutes.
  • Prepared glaze in a bowl.
    For the glaze, warm the milk/cream. Whip cream cheese, adding milk/cream, butter/butter extract, and powdered sugar, mixing well to blend. Add vanilla and stir until smooth and creamy.
  • A slice of Arlene's Caramel & Streusel Coffee Cake on a plate.
    While the cake is still quite warm, drizzle with glaze. Then cool completely on a rack.