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Bright and Sunny Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

by Laura

I love to see signs of spring as winter begins to say goodbye. The colors begin to pop up from the bulbs planted in the ground like tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth.

I can feel the earth waking up from its winter slumber. Feeling the warm of the bright sun beaming on my face is something I look forward to. That is one of the reason I love living in Utah. I love being able to experience all of the seasons, no matter how short or long they may be. Winter is a ust for me in order to fully appreciate spring when it comes.

Also, I love to see the change in what I make in the kitchen at this time of year. I love to add a nice pop of flavor to my recipes. One of my favorite ways to do this is with lemon like in the lemon cream cheese coffee cake. That recipe is what I’m going to share with you today.

Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake| realmomkitchen.com

I love lemon!

Lemon is definitely a flavor that I enjoy so much at this time of year. I usually have an entire week full of lemon recipes planned to share with you. Lemon week is in the works to be coming very soon, but I just had to share one lemon recipe with you now!

The beautiful yellow color of lemons makes me smile. It makes me think of sunshine! If sunshine had a flavor, I really think it would be lemon. I love the flavor that you can get with lemon as an ingredient.

It’s bright citrusy flavor helps wake up your tastebuds! Plus, the smell is absolutely refreshing. That is why so many soaps and cleaners are lemon scented! Don’t you just feel fresh and clean when you smell lemon.

Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake | realmomkitchen.com

Today, the recipe is perfect to serve for a Spring breakfast or brunch, or even at a Bridal or Baby shower! This coffee cake has lemon located in every single layer. Firstly, you can find lemon juice and zest in the cake itself. Next, is the filling. There is a nice cream cheese layer there sandwiched in between the cake. It’s like a cheesecake layer. It also has lemon juice and zest in there.

Thirdly, it all gets topped with a sugary streusel topping. It adds a nice little crunch to the top of the coffee cake and guess what? There is lemon zest included in there too. Lastly, there is still one more layer of lemon to finish off this beautiful lemony coffee cake. It gets a drizzling with icing made of lemon juice and powdered sugar.

Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake | realmomkitchen.com



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Bright and Sunny Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake


  • For the filling:
  • 2 (8 oz) pkg. Philadelphia light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • For the cake:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup Breakstone or Knudsen light sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp Calumet baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • For the streusel topping:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice


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