Maple Walnut Coffee Cake

Maple Walnut Coffee Cake

By: Marsha Maxwell - Food Love Website

Maple, walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon are warm, comforting flavors that make me think of fall, winter, and the holidays. That’s why this maple walnut coffee cake recipe is perfect for this time of year. This recipe brings together two of my favorite things: maple syrup, and sour cream coffee cake with streusel topping. Walnuts add a crunchy texture and a rich, buttery, slightly fruity flavor that absolutely works in this maple cake recipe.

This is a Door County Coffee Fan recipe. It was not made in the kitchens of the Door County Coffee Cafe.


Featured ingredient: Mistletoe Mocha Flavored Coffee

Streusel Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 3 tablespoons butter, melted


Coffee Cake Ingredients:
• 2 cups all purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon table salt
• 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
• 1/4 cup Extra Strong Coffee
• 1/2 cup maple syrup
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 1 tablespoon Powdered milk
• 2 large eggs beaten
• 1 teaspoon maple extract
• 1 cup sour cream


Combine the dry ingredients
Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, and walnuts in a large mixing bowl. A spoon or whisk is the best tool for this. If your brown sugar has lumps, break them up with your fingers.


Combine the wet ingredients
After combining the dry ingredients, combine the wet ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, oil, powdered milk, eggs, Mistletoe Mocha coffee (or any extra strength coffee) and maple extract. Slowly stir in the sour cream.


Glaze Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
• 2 tablespoons maple syrup




  1. Allow the eggs, and sour cream to come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square or 9-inch round pan with cooking spray.
  3. Make the streusel: Combine brown sugar, flour, finely chopped walnuts, cinnamon, and melted butter with a fork in a small bowl. The mixture will be crumbly.
  4. Make the cake batter: Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, and walnuts in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  5. Whisk together maple syrup, oil, powdered milk, eggs, coffee, and maple extract in a small bowl. Slowly stir in the sour cream.
  6. Using a spoon, make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Slowly pour in the wet ingredients. Gently stir until all ingredients are combined.
  7. Spoon the first half of the cake batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle half of the streusel over the cake batter.
  8. Slowly spoon the rest of the batter on top of the streusel. Spread the batter throughout the baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining streusel on top.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (or until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.)
  10. Make the maple glaze: Combine the sugar and maple syrup in a small bowl. Blend the sugar and maple syrup together. The glaze should be thin enough to pour over the top of the cake. If it's too thick, add a little warm water, one teaspoon at a time, until you have a pourable glaze.
  11. Once the cake is baked, let it cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Drizzle the glaze over the warm cake.
  12. Cut into squares or wedges and serve.