Camp Recipe: Pumpkin Coffee Cake


A warm fluffy treat to celebrate the fall season, this pumpkin coffee cake is terrific for breakfast, afternoon coffee or dessert.

It is effortless to go overboard with pumpkin spice and turn almost everything into a pumpkin spiced spectacular. This can lead to some definitely bizarre crossover merchandise. Does everyone seriously have to have pumpkin-spiced Pringles? Or pumpkin-spiced sparkling water? Almost certainly not.

Slice of pumpkin coffee cake

We favor to seek out additional intentional approaches to embrace the now hallmark flavor of the season, which indicates discovering anything that is naturally enhanced by the flavor. Initially designed as a baking item, pumpkin spice fits very best with baked goods. This is why we decided to pair it with the soft and crumbly deliciousness of a coffee cake.

We created this complete recipe from scratch at our campsite, just to prove it can be performed. Nevertheless, the far additional affordable method would be to combine the dry components for each the batter and the streusel topping beforehand at house. This way you only have to have to add the wet components to each on-internet site.

Spreading pumpkin coffee cake batter into dutch oven

A single of the factors we like producing this recipe in fall is due to the cold climate. In order to adequately make the streusel topping, you have to have cold butter. Not space temp or cool butter. This process is created less complicated when it is reasonably brisk outdoors. The butter crumbled and flakes rather than melts and smushes. Attempt producing this recipe in summer season when it is outdoors at 90 F and it is just not going to perform.

As a sort of fast bread, the coffee cake does not take significantly time to cook in a Dutch Oven, but you will want a correct ratio of heat. We recommend a 1:three ratio, which for our 10” inch four quart Dutch Oven came out to obtaining five coals on the bottom and 15 on best.

Pumpkin coffee cake with streusel on top

As soon as the coffee cake is baked, it is very best to enable it to cool for a handful of minutes. Nevertheless, 1 whiff of the heavenly smell and we had to reduce out a sample slice promptly.

If you are seeking for a additional subtle way to integrate some pumpkin spiced goodness into your life, this pumpkin spiced coffee cake may be for you!

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Tends to make eight servings, 40 minutes of prep time

Pumpkin coffee cake in dutch oven


Coffee Cake

  • 1 1/two cup AP flour
  • three/four cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/two cup entire milk
  • 1/four vegetable oil

Streusel Topping

  • 1/two cup AP flour
  • 1/two cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/four teaspoon salt
  • four tablespoons butter, reduce into cubes


Whisk collectively 1 ½ cup flour, ¾ cup sugar, 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice, and 1 tsp every baking powder and salt in a significant bowl.

Add in the pumpkin puree, entire milk, and vegetable oil. Wisk to completely blend.

Whisking pumpkin coffee cake batter

Pour batter into a lined 4qt Dutch oven.

Make the streusel topping by whisking collectively ½ cup flour, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and ¼ tsp salt in a modest bowl. Add the butter, then employing your fingers, rub the butter into the dry components till crumbly in texture. Sprinkle more than the best of the batter.

Making streusel topping for pumpkin coffee cake

Cover the Dutch oven with the lid, then location on a bed of five coals. Add 15 coals to the best of the lid. You are aiming to develop an oven of 350F, so you may well have to have to add or subtract coals based on the outdoors circumstances.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cautiously get rid of the Dutch oven from your campfire and lift the cake out.

Appreciate with your morning coffee and perhaps a dollop of whipped cream!


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