Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel

by Dorothy Reinhold on July 12, 2019

Print This Post Print This Post Sweet and satisfying Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel covers all the bases, including a substantial streusel layer atop plops of jammy goodness. Serve for breakfast, snack with tea, or dessert.

Sweet and satisfying Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel covers all the bases, including a substantial streusel layer atop plops of jammy goodness.

My motto is “any day with cake is a good day.” If that worldview works for you, this is your sweet treat, because it can be served for breakfast (hey, it has jam in it!), a snack with tea, or dessert after a meal. It’s versatile like that, and your day will be all the better for it.

It’s also versatile because you can instantly change up the flavor by using whatever jam you have on hand, or that needs using up, even that jar of gift jam your relatives gave you from their recent travels. I hear it is even good with Nutella instead of jam (and chopped hazelnuts in the streusel), but I haven’t tried that yet. Note to self: Try it!

Spatula holds a wedge of Easy Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel cut from the whole round cake

How to make Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel

Ingredients for Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel laid out on a white marble counter1. Assemble your ingredients and utensils. This is good advice no matter what recipe you are making. For this recipe you will need:

  • Sugar (brown sugar, granulated white and sugar crystals to decorate the top if you like)
  • Cinnamon
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Lemon extract and vanilla extract
  • Baking powder
  • Salt

Brown pottery bowl of Streusel for Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel 2. Mix the streusel. (Can we just agree that the more streusel, the merrier? This recipe has plenty, thankfully.)
Beige batter in silver metal pan for Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel on ShockinglyDelicious.com3. Mix the batter and pour into prepared pan.
Jam dots top of batter for Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel 4. Plop jam on. It’s easiest to do this with 2 spoons — one to dip a bit of jam from the jar, and the other to scrape it off the first spoon.
Hand holding small white spatula swirls jam into cake batter on Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel on ShockinglyDelicious.comSwirl it just a bit.
Hand holds streusel and sprinkles it atop Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel on ShockinglyDelicious.com5. Streusel on top.
Hand holds bag of sprinkles to apply to top of Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel on ShockinglyDelicious.com6. Sprinkles make everything better! A word about these sprinkles…it would be best to use coarse sugar crystals or jimmies instead of these. I learned that the large balls in this mix melt in the oven, so this particular mix is meant more for sprinkling on top of frosting, not for putting into the oven. Live and learn! Still cute, though.
Half a cut Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel on ShockinglyDelicious.com7. Bake and try to keep everyone away from it while it cools.

Closeup of sprinkles on top of Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel on ShockinglyDelicious.com

Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Serves 8.

Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel

Sweet and satisfying Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel covers all the bases, including a substantial streusel layer atop plops of jammy goodness.


  • Streusel Topping
  • 1/4 cup (52g) brown sugar (packed into measuring cup)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (130g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons; 85g) unsalted butter, melted or very soft
  • .
  • Cake Batter
  • 1/3 cup (66g) olive oil (I use a very light colored, mild-tasting version for baking)
  • 1/2 cup (120g) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (66g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup (130g) all-purpose flour
  • .
  • 1/2 cup jam of your choosing (I have tried boysenberry, blackberry and strawberry in this, but use what you like or have!)
  • Garnish: Your choice of colored sprinkles, if you like; I used 1-2 tablespoons “Little Man” from Sweets & Treats


  1. Heat oven to 350F degrees. Butter the bottom and inside of a 9-inch round Spring form pan (I used an Analon pan), and set aside. (This can also be baked in a square 8x8-inch or 9x9-inch pan. An 8x8 will take 35 minutes and cut nicely into 9 square pieces.)
  2. Make the streusel: In a mixing bowl, combine brown and white sugars, cinnamon, flour and salt, and mix or stir until combined. Add butter and mix until streusel forms, sort of like damp sand. I use an electric mixer for this, but you can certainly do it by hand. Put the streusel in a separate bowl.
  3. Make the cake batter: Using the same mixing bowl (no need to wash it), add the olive oil, milk, egg, salt, both extracts and granulated sugar. Mix to combine well. Add the baking powder and whisk in. Add the flour and mix in, just until combined. Do not overmix or your cake might be rubbery.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Stir jam to loosen, and dollop jam over the batter, swirling just a little bit to spread it around a bit if you like. A note about the jam: The cake is quite sweet, so this is an ideal time to use a lower-sugar fruit spread if you have one on hand. Sprinkle all the streusel over the jam-dolloped cake. Pro-tip: I like some bigger chunks of streusel, so as I am sprinkling it over by hand, I squeeze some in my fist to make bigger chunks, which are fun on top. Can you see them in the photos? Toss on some (optional) sprinkles if you are using them, as a final fun flourish.
  5. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes (mine was perfect at 35 minutes), or until the center no longer sinks when you gently poke it. When done, remove from oven and let it rest on a heat-proof surface, about 15 minutes.
  6. Run a knife around the inside edge of the pan, just enough to loosen the cake if it is adhering (but not so vigorously that you scratch the pan), and then loosen the outer rim of the pan. Remove outer rim, and allow cake to cool entirely.
  7. Cut into 8 wedge slices (again, take care not to scratch the nonstick bottom of the pan) and serve!


Recipe source: Adapted just slightly from Clemence Gossett, The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories, in Santa Monica, Calif. She has a wonderful newsletter that usually contains an excellent recipe, so get on her mailing list!


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Sea Splash Sprinkles atop Jam Breakfast Cake with Streusel on ShockinglyDelicious.com

Here’s what the cake looks like with Sea Splash sprinkles on top. LOVE this sprinkle mix! (Again, I learned this mix is meant for decorating a frosted cake, not for baking in the oven. Still love it though.)

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert July 16, 2019 at 11:28 pm

This needs to happen at my house very soon!!


Hadia July 16, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Absolutely brilliant and best breakfast ever! This is my kind of cake! I am all about the crumb, and pairing it with jam makes it more festive; so I am definitely seeing this cake happening in my kitchen


Katalina July 16, 2019 at 12:25 pm

This cake is so festive. A must try recipe for this weekend!


Vik July 16, 2019 at 10:41 am

This sounds delicious! Definitely trying this soon


Jacque Hooper July 16, 2019 at 8:27 am

What a fun recipe for breakfast, and easy too! Looks amazing!


Katerina @ diethood .com July 16, 2019 at 5:49 am

Such an amazing breakfast treat!! My family would LOVE it!


Chrissie Baker July 16, 2019 at 1:47 am

Beautiful photos – worthy of a magazine cover. I love your style. Homey and comforting. This coffee cake is fantastic!


Dorothy Reinhold July 16, 2019 at 3:48 pm

Thank you, that is so nice of you to say!


Cheese Curd In Paradise July 15, 2019 at 6:33 am

What a delicious cake! I love the crumb topping with the sprinkles!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert July 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm

I know for sure this would be a huge hit in my house!


Lisa Kerhin July 14, 2019 at 5:37 am

I want sprinkles on all my breakfast cakes from now on!


Dorothy Reinhold July 14, 2019 at 5:21 pm

You and me, both. Best thing ever.


Carole from Carole's Chatter July 13, 2019 at 7:28 pm

for breakfast!


Beth Pierce July 13, 2019 at 5:35 pm

I know what I will be having for breakfast next week! This will pair perfectly with my morning cup of coffee!


Sara Welch July 13, 2019 at 5:18 pm

Nothing like enjoying a sweet treat for breakfast! What a great way to start my day! Looks delish!


Hezzi-D July 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm

These look amazing! I love that you made cake for breakfast!


Dorothy Reinhold July 13, 2019 at 4:43 pm

Let’s start the day out right, eh?


Katerina @ diethood .com July 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

Such an incredible breakfast treat!! YUM!!


Carlee July 13, 2019 at 5:24 am

I would totally spring out of bed if I knew this was waiting for me at the breakfast table!


Dorothy Reinhold July 13, 2019 at 4:43 pm

I got up this morning, thinking there would be some left, but noooooo! My teenager got to it last night.


Catalina July 13, 2019 at 1:09 am

I would like to wake up with this cake! Looks fabulous!


PATRICIA A CONTE July 12, 2019 at 7:14 pm

What a fun breakfast treat! This is something you can definitely celebrate the summer with! Yum (and fun)!


Liz Mays July 12, 2019 at 6:38 pm

Oh delicious! I love a good streusel dessert and this is super pretty. I need to make it!


theresa July 12, 2019 at 6:12 pm

very festive


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