How to make the World’s Best Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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The World’s Best Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Crowd-pleasing sour cream coffee cake will be your go-to breakfast treat or dessert! We’ve experimented to make it the world’s best sour cream coffee cake.

Great Sour Cream Coffee Cake

What makes a coffee cake great? It’s moist, sweet, but not too sweet. Finding just the right balance between decadently rich and light enough to be eaten for breakfast is the key to it all, am I right?

The magic ingredient is of course the sour cream. Add the sprinkling of nuts and cinnamon sugar which adds texture and flavor. And suddenly you’ve stumbled upon the perfect morning crowd-pleaser. Serve it in a pretty Bundt form and you have a delightfully yummy, ridiculously easy coffee cake every time.

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Story of the World’s Best Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I can’t remember when I first made this sour cream coffee cake, but Julie and I have been obsessed with desserts, cookies, muffins, quick breads and baking ever since we were little.

The very first time I made this I was curious and somewhat hesitant about what the sour cream would be like. I had been making cheesecakes for a long time which used cream cheese, however, and thought this might be similar. I was right. It was amazing.

Over the years I wrote and re-wrote this recipe on different scraps of paper, and finally entered it in my little blue book of “favorites”.

I tried it out with different gatherings. It was my go-to bring-along recipe because I knew it was always a fan favorite.

Experimenting to Discover the World’s Best Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I tried experimenting in all kinds of ways:

  • swapping out different nuts
  • adding almond extract
  • experimenting with slightly more sour cream
  • using slightly less flour
  • a little more this or that.

I liked adding the nuts & cinnamon mixture to the middle so that it wasn’t just on top. But too much made it too sweet.

In the end, this sour cream coffee cake is a simple recipe.

Some variations I recommend:

  1. Play around with the nuts you like.
  2. Try adding nutmeg.
  3. Experiment with clove or allspice if you want more spice. Especially for Christmas.  

Ingredients

Batter:

Dry ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup Flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

Wet ingredients

  • ½ cup Butter, melted
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 Large Eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Sour Cream

sour cream coffee cake in bundt pan ready to bake

Middle Crumble Layer & Topping

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe Step-by-step

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Mix crumble layer ingredients and set aside.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, add all the wet ingredients together and mix with electric mixer until well blended. Add in dry ingredients little by little until well blended.
    4. Use an 8 or 9” springform pan or a Bundt pan. Butter and flour your pan of choice.
    5. Add a thin layer of batter to the bottom.
    6. Next add a thin layer of crumble.
    7. Add a second layer of batter. It’s not essential that the second layer cover the entire first layer. Don’t worry.
    8. Finish by using all the extra crumble and sprinkling all the topping.
    9. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Be careful not to overbake or the coffee cake can become dry. Bake just until the center is set.

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cinnamon crumble sour cream coffee cake

World’s Best Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Moist, not too rich, with nuts and cinnamon, perfect for breakfast or snacking

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time50 mins

Total Time1 hr

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

Cuisine: American, French

Keyword: cake, cinnamon, coffee cake, sour cream

Servings: 8 people

Calories: 412kcal

Cost: $8

Equipment

  • mixing bowl

  • electric mixer

  • springform pan or bundt pan

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Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream

Middle Crumb & Topping

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • Mix the crumble ingredients together and set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl, add all the the wet ingredients together and mix with electric mixer until well blended. Add in dry ingredients little by little until well blended.

  • Use an 8 or 9” springform pan or a bundt pan. Butter and flour your pan of choice.

  • Add a thin layer of batter to the bottom. Next add a thin layer of crumble.

  • Add a second layer of batter. It’s not essential that the second layer of batter cover the entire first layer, don’t worry.

  • Finish by using all the extra crumble and sprinkling all the topping.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Be careful not to overbake or the coffee cake may become dry. Bake just until the center is set.

Notes

Note: You can add different nuts according to your preference. You can increase the amount of crumble if desired. You can also try different spices like adding a bit of nutmeg or allspice. Another fun variety would be to try almond extract instead of vanilla.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 2mg

Make it Your Own

Have fun with this recipe. Make it our favorite way, and then have fun playing around with it, and make it your own. We hope it brings you and your families as much enjoyment as it has ours over the years. Let us know which variations you try and end up loving. Blessings from our homes to yours,

jodie & julie

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