Streusel Topping Recipe

by Alice Currah on August 17, 2009. Updated November 27, 2010


This last weekend we attended a potluck for our daughters’ swim team.  I brought this sour cream blueberry coffee cake ( a slightly adapted recipe from the one I made here) because I didn’t have any buttermilk for my original recipe.  As a result, the sour cream version is heavenly.  But what I love the most is the streusel topping.  The streusel topping is versatile for any cake or muffin recipe calling for streusel.  Full of brown sugar and cinnamon, the texture of this streusel topping is perfect.  Enjoy!

Streusel Topping Recipe


5 tbs. of cold butter, cubed in 1/2” squares

3/4 cup of AP flour

1 cup of brown sugar

2 tsp. of cinnamon

1/4 tsp. of salt


In a food processor or by hand, mix brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and cold butter until the mixture is crumbly. If mixing by hand, just use your fingertips or the back of a fork. If you are using a food processor just pulsate everything until you get a crumb mixture. For bigger clumps, form little balls with your hand.  Add streusel topping mixture to the tops of your cake or muffins gently pressing everything down.  Bake as directed for your cake.

Sour Cream Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe


2 cups of AP Flour

2 tsp. of baking powder

1 cup of sugar

1 – 1/2 sticks of butter, softened

1/2 tsp. of salt

1 egg

2 tsp. of vanilla extract

1/2 cup of sour cream

2 cups of fresh blueberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8×8 square pan with non stick spray. In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes until light in color and creamy. Add egg, sour cream, and vanilla and cream for an additional 2 minutes. Add salt, baking powder, and all-purpose flour and mix on medium speed.  Mix batter until everything is fully incorporated, approx. 3-5 minutes. Batter will be nice and thick. Gently fold in fresh blueberries and pour batter into pan. Top with streusel topping and bake for 60 minutes or until done.  Enjoy!

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Nutmeg Nanny August 18, 2009 at 10:39 am

I love streusel topping! When I make it I tend to pick it off the top of dessert and pop it in my mouth:)


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 18, 2009 at 11:49 am

This sounds delicious! Most times I could skip the pie entirely and just eat the topping… I will give yours a try!


jenn August 18, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I could never get the streusel topping right. It’s pretty simple, too. I’ve got to give you version a try. Awesome coffee cake. I’d love to have some of that for breakfast!


lisaiscooking August 18, 2009 at 3:43 pm

The streusel topping looks incredible! I would love a piece of this with a cup of tea right now.


Tiffiny Felix August 19, 2009 at 12:52 am

Love it, love it, love it! So great to use for all kinds of yummy things! Thanks! :)


Kamran Siddiqi August 20, 2009 at 9:27 pm

You know that I’m obsessed with anything with a streusel topping! This looks super yumm! And it’s a great way to utilize all of the blueberries that I have. Will have to give your recipe a try.

By the way, did you use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar?


maria August 21, 2009 at 3:11 am

The streusel topping looks wonderful. it can make anybody hungry.


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Megan August 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm

YUM-that coffee cake looks absolutely delicious! I love steusel toppings, you can literally add them to any sweet treat and they’ll always turn out wonderful! I made one with a cup of oats added and poured it over a peach & blackberry crisp-delicious!


susanne Rahilly August 28, 2009 at 11:09 am

I question the use of 5!!! lbs of butter. I can’t imagine that would be way too much?


michelle April 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

tbs is tablespoon.


Donna September 11, 2009 at 7:53 pm

5 Tablespoons not lbs, if that is what you are saying.
I am going to make this for a picnic tomorrow. I know no one else will be bringing it. Can’t wait to try it.


alice September 11, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Yes, its Tablespoons not pounds.. checked to see if I typed it wrong and no I typed it correctly. Tbs=Tablespoons.


smilinggreenmom February 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Oh wow – this looks amaaaazing! I cannot wait to make it, and I think it is a must to use our favorite Kamut Khorasan Wheat flour instead of AP! Just way more nutritional value and the flavor and texture is wonderful! Cannot wait, thank you!


Monica March 12, 2010 at 12:34 am

I made this recipe but put the batter in cupcake tins to make muffins. I made the mistake of using 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter instead of a 1/2 stick of butter. Also, I had a lemon so I put some lemon zest in the batter. The muffins came out yummy, despite my error! I will definitely make this again! Thanks for the recipe, Alice!


EAM May 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I made this on Sunday morning exactly as written and it was AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!


kelda June 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm

i tried the recipe–the batter was too dry. i think it should be 1/2 cup of butter instead of 1/2 stick. that worked.


lemonleen June 26, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Is something missing in this recipe? I added more butter based on the comments here, but the batter was still as thick as cookie dough and the coffee cake was really dry. The directions say “Add egg, sour cream, and vanilla and cream,” but there was no cream listed in the ingredients. Maybe it got left off? Anyway, I wasted an hour and $6 worth of blueberries.


LittleLucy June 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

This is SO yummy! I made the recipe exactly as written, it was very thick, like cookie dough. I also didn’t leave it in the oven for a full hour, i began testing for doness at a half our and after 50 minutes it was done!


Christine August 30, 2010 at 10:56 am

I made this for my “kids” (24 and 13 y.o.) who LOVE blueberry muffins…they both liked it and had the same comment…the topping over powered the blueberry cake part…like it was too much which I was surpised since they usually ask me to add extra crumbs on my coffee cake. I think I will follow the botom of the recipe but use my regular crumb topping that comes out lighter in color and taste….I wish I could have tried it since it smelled and looked wonderful but I am dieting…maybe I will freeze a piece for my “cheat day” lol. Thanks for that nice recipe!..oh and btw lemonlean…it meant TO CREAM not add cream ok?


charzie December 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm

The recipe calls for one and a half sticks of butter, not one half stick.


Liz August 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Alice is it 4 tbs butter for the batter or 12 tbs?


alice August 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Hi Liz,
12 tablespoons.


Amy February 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Another winner! Loved it and your chocolate chip cookies are perfection!

Thanks Alice:)


Marlane June 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

OMG! This is so delicious! I put about 1/2 c more of blueberries and my blueberries were large. We ate it warm. It doesn’t rise really high but it is so good and tasty, buttery flavor. Love it! I did not put the streusel topping in the processor but just clumped it with my hands and it turned out very well.


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