Peach Pecan Coffee Cake

This Peach Pecan Coffee Cake is so good it can double as dessert or breakfast…or both!

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This Peach Pecan Coffee Cake is so good it can double as dessert or breakfast...or both!I’m kinda particular about my peaches.  I only like freestone peaches.  More specifically, I only like southern freestone peaches.  Ok, if you really put me to the test, I only like South Carolina freestone peaches.  (A freestone peach is one where the pit, or stone, can be easily pulled out once the peach is sliced in half.)  I recognize that I might be a little bit biased here, but you know what?  It’s with good reason!  

I spent my summers as a kid with my grandparents in upstate South Carolina, and my grandpa would “ride me down” to the peach orchard at least once a week to pick fresh peaches.  And then we’d sit on the tailgate of his pickup truck and eat peaches.  Another one of my favorite activities with grandpa was riding up to watch the trains.  There was an Ingles grocery store right there in the center of Belton, SC, and we’d drive around back to the loading docks and watch the freight trains rumble by.

This Peach Pecan Coffee Cake is so good it can double as dessert or breakfast...or both!My grandpa was a town magistrate, and Belton is a small town.  Consequently, that meant that my grandpa knew most everyone in town.  Including one of the the local train conductors.

When he realized that I had such a fascination with trains, my grandfather arranged for me to ride in the engine of a freight train from Belton to the nearby town of Anderson (~15 miles).  He followed along in the car and picked me up on the other side.  I’m sure that taking a kid for a ride was illegal or at least highly frowned upon…but hey, it was an experience that I still remember!  And the conductor gave me his hat…a hat which I still have to this day.

This Peach Pecan Coffee Cake is so good it can double as dessert or breakfast...or both!I’ve already been scouting out areas near our house where I can park and watch the freight trains go by.  I’m totally taking Robbie up there once he gets old enough!  I had a huge collection of wooden train tracks when I was a kid, and I’d spend hours building and then rebuilding train routes through the kitchen, down the hall and around the living room.  (If I was lucky, I could get our family dog to take a nap, and I’d build the train route around him.)

My mom has been slowly bringing all of these tracks up to me each time she flies up to visit, so one day Robbie can turn my office (aka our basement) into his own train room.  Also, on a side note, I find it incredibly ironic that I married an engineer who has worked on the design of freight engines.  Ironic…or perhaps just fate?

This Peach Pecan Coffee Cake is so good it can double as dessert or breakfast...or both!I’m fascinated by freight trains, but enough train talk for now.  Let’s go back to peaches…and pecans…and this Peach Pecan Coffee Cake.  As you guys might know by now, I have a thing for coffee cake.  As in, don’t get in between me and the coffee cake.  I’ll push little old ladies out of the way to get to the last slice of coffee cake…and I won’t feel bad about it.  (Ok, maybe I’ll feel a little bad…but I’ll still get that last slice.)

This Peach Pecan Coffee Cake is so good it can double as dessert or breakfast...or both!For this Peach Pecan Coffee Cake, I used my standard coffee cake base, but I folded some fresh peaches into the batter along with some of the crumb topping.  This cake was perfect!  Super moist thanks to the juicy peaches, but with a nice crunch from the toasted pecans.  I made this one Friday afternoon with the thought of serving it for breakfast on the weekend.  But we ended up having some friends over for dinner that night, and I served this Peach Pecan Coffee Cake as dessert.  It worked both ways!  Enjoy!

This Peach Pecan Coffee Cake is so good it can double as dessert or breakfast...or both!

Peach Pecan Coffee Cake

This Peach Pecan Coffee Cake is so good it can double as dessert or breakfast...or both!
Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 496kcal


For the streusel:

For the Cake:


For the Streusel

  • Using a medium bowl, add pecans, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir until well combined.
  • Add the melted butter; stir until well combined.
  • Add the flour; stir until well combined. Set Streusel aside.

For the Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour (or spray with nonstick spray) a 9”x13” baking pan. Set pan aside.
  • In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined; set mixture aside.
  • Using a countertop mixer, cream together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy (~2-3 minutes on medium speed).
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  • Add vanilla, lemon juice and sour cream; mix on low speed until well combined.
  • Add dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on low until just combined.
  • Pour half of the batter into greased pan. Sprinkle half of the Streusel and half of the sliced peaches on top of batter. Pour remaining batter on top. Layer remaining sliced peaches on top of batter. Finally, sprinkle remaining Streusel on top of peaches.
  • Bake at 350°F for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out mostly clean.
  • Place cake on cooling rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

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  1. I love this combination–it’s so creative and sounds amazing! Your fascination with trains is great and I’m sure you’ll pass those interests onto your son. It will be something nice you can enjoy together—that and your love of coffee cake 😉

    1. Hah…I will most definitely be sharing my love of coffee cake with little Robbie! But for now, I’m perfectly ok with him eating mashed mush and leaving the coffee cake for Dad. 🙂 Thanks, Amanda!

    1. I love a good toasted pecan! Pecans are great in streusel topping not only for their flavor but also the crunchy texture. Definitely get Dave to make this for you this weekend…I think the baby wants it! 🙂

  2. I’m pretty particular about peaches as well…the ones that don’t come off the pit are the WORST! Okay, maybe I exaggerate, but they’re certainly not my favorite. This coffee cake looks like a dream come true – I’m sure it smells absolutely heavenly!

    1. I agree!! I seriously won’t buy peaches if they aren’t freestone. Sometimes I’ll give in and get Georgia peaches instead of South Carolina ones, though…hey, I’m way up here in New York, and I can’t be too picky, ya know? 🙂 And yes, this coffee cake is definitely a favorite in our house. It disappeared way too fast! Thanks, Mara!

  3. Sounds like you have some wonderful memories with your grandfather, David! It’ll be nice to share your excitement for trains with your soon, too. I haven’t thought about peaches as much as you have, just know that I love ’em. But now when I go into the grocery store I will be analyzing them a little more carefully 😉 What a great treat for your friends to have this as dessert, but I bet it would be awesome in the morning with coffee….a nice big piece of it. Pinning!

    1. Yes! It is peach season here, and we’ve been eating tons of ’em lately. (I imagine it’s peach season up in your area…or at least it will be soon?) And yes, I totally ate this cake for dessert one night and then had another slice for breakfast the next morning. Yum! Thank you so much for pinning…you rock, Dawn!

  4. Hi David! This sounds wonderful! We are getting fresh Georgia peaches here and I always have pecans on hand (thanks to our friend who picks them up for me on his travels to and from FL) And I’m with you, I love coffee cakes! We went to Toronto by train on our honeymoon, so I’m big fan of trains! We have coal trains that go through town.

    1. Wow, you’ve got some awesome friends, Dorothy. Anyone who brings you pecans deserves to be a lifelong friend! I wonder if he travels to upstate NY? Hah! I love riding on trains (how fun was your trip to Toronto?), and I’m spoiled once we rode on the high-speed trains in Europe. But honestly, I’m more amazed and fascinated by the good ole freight trains…like the coal trains in your town. I could watch them for hours! 🙂

  5. No – no, it wasn’t ironic – it was fate indeed that you married an engineer who had worked on freight trains! Wanna know something ironic though, my dad and his crew used to inspect the tracks freight trains took in Sri Lanka. David, your Grandpa sounds like one awesome chap!
    And speaking of awesome, this peach pecan coffee cake sounds like an absolute delight – your friends have good taste – I’m not surprised they left behind no leftovers for y’alls breakfast the next day! Better hide this when we come to visit, because guess what y’all won’t have for breakfast the next day?! 🙂

    1. Say what? Your Dad used to work on freight train tracks? How awesome is that? I think that’s just further proof that we were destined to be friends! Laura works on train engines. Your Dad worked on train tracks. I mean we could have almost opened our own railway…hah! 🙂

      Hahaha…I will gladly make you guys a coffee cake when you come to visit, Shashi! But I can’t promise there will be any left by the time you get here. I kinda love my coffee cake. Safe travels, my friend!

    1. Thank you so much, Medha! And yes, I’m right there with ya on the peaches + pecans. 🙂 Hope your summer is going well so far!

  6. Both. And I’m a sucker for anything with streusel. Cool story about your grandfather. My grandfather on my mom’s side was a cool old guy. He was a conductor on a rail line in Texas and prior to that was a Texas Ranger lawman. I loved the old photos he showed me and this Peach deliciousness. #WolfpackBaker

    1. I’m right there with ya on the streusel, Kevin…especially if it involves chopped pecans! So your granddad was a rail conductor and also a Texas Ranger? Now that sounds like one awesome dude…and one dude not to mess with! Thanks for sharing, Kevin! 🙂 #WolfpackTrainWootWoot

  7. Hmm I didn’t even know there were so many varieties of peaches! We don’t get peaches in India, I can write an essay about the different varieties of mango though! But I can see why you like it, I grilled some peaches last weekend and really wished the pit came out easier! This cake looks gorgeous David, I love the streusel!

    1. You know what’s funny, Manali…I didn’t realize there were different varieties of mangoes. We can totally trade info here! 🙂 Definitely try to always get freestone peaches…they’re harder to find, but oh so worth the effort. I hate trying to get that stone out of non-freestone peaches. Oh, and your grilled peaches looked amazing, too!!

  8. David this looks amazing!! I haven’t baked anything with peaches this season and now I think tomorrow I will be buying some fresh peaches and baking! I love coffee cake and love your take on it with peaches! Perfect summer dessert!

    1. I’m right there with ya, Ami! Coffee cake is seriously one of my favorite treats ever, and I’ve been known to have coffee cake for my birthday. But then add in fresh peaches and a streusel filled with chopped pecans? Sign me up for a slice of that one! Have fun baking! 🙂

  9. Your grandpa sounds amazing! How lovely that he took you to a peach orchard and let you ride in the engine. I can completely understand your obsession with peaches – I think I might have one with mangoes 🙂 Your coffee cake looks light and fluffy and just the right thing on a lazy afternoon.

    1. Hey, I bet mangoes would go well in a coffee cake, too, Miriam! Heck, any summer fruit would be tasty here. This coffee cake is definitely a favorite around here. And part of the fun is just reliving the memories of peaches and trains from my childhood. Crazy how simple stuff like peaches conjures up awesome memories, right? 🙂

  10. What an awesome memory of your train ride and how fantastic that you still have the hat! My grandfather used to be a RR engineer and he used to take my sister and I to do all sorts of fun train things too. I’m with you on the SC freestone peaches. Don’t be too jealous when I tell you there are some in my future when I go to the farmer’s market outside my office tomorrow! 🙂 Anyhoo – I’d totally mow down some old ladies for this coffee cake too!

    1. No way…your granddad used to be an engineer? How cool is that? I bet you have some great stories from childhood about that. 🙂

      And I might just have to come hunt you down and steal your SC peaches. I’m more than a little jealous about that right now! Don’t worry, I won’t push you down…I only save that move for stubborn little old ladies.

    1. Coffee cake is seriously one of my biggest weaknesses…always has been ever since I was a little kid, too. And I love peaches. They’re one of my favorite summer fruits! So of course the combination sounded like something that needed to happen. Thanks, Nicole! 🙂

  11. I like trains, and that trip sounds great. Unfortunately, I didn’t have anyone to take me on such a ride when I was a kid. I have a little different story though. My father was a captain (cargo ship), and almost 15 years ago a travelled with him once. Originally, that was supposed to be a short (few days) trip between 2 Russian cities. However, the next day we departed, the rout was adjusted, and we ended up stopping in the Sweeden and Denmark’s ports as well – almost a week! That was my first serious trip abroad. By the way, soon after the ship company banned the crew from taking their relatives on board so I never had a chance to repeat this (Don’t worry, this decision was nothing to do with me….I hope so.)

    Love this coffee cake. This name – coffee cake – sometimes baffles me cause I always anticipate coffee as the ingredient haha:) Other way, with or without coffee, this is the perfect summer treat! Some whipped lavender cream would be a great addition, don’t you think so?:)

    1. Wow, that is so awesome that your Dad was the captain of a cargo ship. I bet you could tell some really interesting stories from that week-long trip. 🙂 I’ve never been to Sweden/Denmark area, but it’s been on the list for a while now.

      And yes, I do find it funny that coffee cake doesn’t actually include coffee in it. I think it’s supposed to be eaten with coffee. But I don’t really follow that rule. No coffee required!

  12. What a legend of a chap! I actually reckon out of all transport options (Well, long length ones), trains are the best. (Except overnighters from Barcelona to Paris…)

    Now this cake looks amazing and the infamous Georgia peaches have been on our Masterchef (which makes no sense lol!)

    1. Yeah, I’ve never done the overnight train thing. Not sure how I’d like that one. But I can say the 15-mile freight train ride was pretty awesome…even more so because I was a little kid at the time! Things I don’t understand: how Georgia peaches end up on Australia’s Masterchef. That’s a long way!

    1. Haha…thanks so much, Megan! I totally can’t wait until Robbie is old enough. I tried reading him a book about trains the other night…but he just wanted to eat it. #TrueStory

  13. This looks delicious! There is nothing better than a really good peach. But I have to confess that I have a hard time finding them. The peaches in the store always look and smell good, but I generally feel that the store would frown up my biting into one, and aside from doing that, I’m not sure how to know whether it’s good or bad. Any advice?

    1. Hmmm…good question, Jeff! I have had my fair share of less-than-great peaches after moving up here. The first thing I do is look for ‘southern peaches’ in the store. I may be a bit biased, but I do think southern peaches taste better! Aside from that, I make sure they are good and ripe. I rarely (if ever) find a ripe peach in the store. They are always several days away…so I just stick ’em on the counter for a couple of days. Once you can squeeze them softly and they give a little, then you’ve got a good peach (hopefully). My biggest problem is I usually try to eat them too soon b/c I just can’t wait any longer…and I’m always disappointed! One good tip for this, though, is to put the peaches in a paper bag…they ripen faster in there. But don’t put the bag in the corner of your counter and forget about it. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Smitha…this coffee cake turned out great! And yes, I can’t wait until Robbie is old enough to understand trains and other fun things…haha! 🙂

  14. Hi David! Took me a few days to get around to making this..OMG this is the best coffee cake I have ever eaten! I love all berries and still have a small piece of blackberry cobbler, but this peach coffee cake with the crisp edges is to die for!! Thank you so much for this recipe! 🙂

    1. Yay! I take coffee cakes pretty seriously around our house…like I said, I love them! I’m finally pretty darned happy with the base recipe, so don’t be surprised when this one shows up occasionally in other forms/flavors! 🙂 Also, you’re right…the crispy edges are the best!! So glad you and Gary enjoy it. And thank you so much for coming back and letting me know, too!

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