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Lemon Almond Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

A moist, light lemon cake with subtle almond flavor. Topped with an almond-lemon streusel and finished with a lemon drizzle.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 546kcal



  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into ½ inch pieces
  • grated zest of 2 lemons
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon pure almond extract


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter slightly softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup lemon curd
  • grated zest of 2 or 3 lemons depending on how much lemon flavor you want
  • 2 teaspoons pure almond extract


  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350. Butter or spray a 9 inch springform pan.
  • Prepare the streusel: Stir together the flour, salt and brown sugar. Add the butter, and using your hands or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is the size of peas. Stir in the lemon zest, almonds and almond extract. Set this mixture in the fridge while you prepare the cake.
  • For the cake: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar for several minutes, until light and creamy.
  • Add the eggs and beat until combined. Add the sour cream, lemon curd, lemon zest and almond extract and beat until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined, being careful not to over mix.
  • Pour the batter into prepared pan (it will be thick), and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the batter. I like to pinch some of the streusel between my fingers to help it "clump" together, as I'm scattering it on top of the cake.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Begin checking the cake at 35 minutes, you don't want to over bake it. Cool the cake completely on a rack and then top with the glaze.
  • For the glaze: Stir the lemon juice and powdered sugar together until smooth. Drizzle over the top of the cake.


To remove the "zest" from a lemon, use a very fine microplane graterĀ and grate just the outer yellow layer of the lemon. Do not grate into the white pith, as that will be bitter.
Cake loosely adapted from King Arthur Flour


Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2.3mg