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Kefir-pecan streusel coffee cake

  • Author: Chris Dalziel
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cake 1x
  • Category: n/a
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: n/a


A refreshing take on a traditional coffee cake.



Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. soft butter

Coffee cake batter:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour, freshly ground
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups organic sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups kefir*


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. kefir*


Streusel Topping:

  • Mix butter and sugar together until creamy.
  • Stir in cinnamon and nuts and mix till crumbly.
  • Set aside.

Cake Batter:

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together coconut oil and sugar.
  • Beat in kefir.
  • Add vanilla and eggs and beat after each addition.
  • Without mixing, add flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Beat just until the dry ingredients are mixed in with the moist ingredients.  Do not over beat.
  • In a well greased and floured angel food cake tin or bundt pan, spread 1/2 of the batter.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 of the streusel.
  • Spread the remainder of the batter on top.
  • Smooth out the batter surface.
  • Sprinkle the remaining streusel over the top of the batter.
  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • Bake the cake in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
  • Cool on a rack for 10 min.
  • Remove from pan.
  • Continue to cool on the rack until just warm.


  • Melt butter and add powdered sugar.
  • Mix well with a fork or a whisk to remove any lumps from the sugar and achieve a smooth consistency.
  • Add vanilla and kefir.
  • Beat well.
  • The consistency should be smooth and liquid.
  • If it is too thick to drizzle, add more kefir 1 tsp at a time.
  • If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar, 1 tsp. at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.
  • Spread over the top of the cake, while the cake is still warm.
  • Drizzle a small amount down the sides of the cake.
  • Garnish with pecan halves, if desired.

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