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Ultimate Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Debbe1's picture

Ultimate Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake


1 and 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups cake flour or white lily all purpose

(Substitute for cake flour, measure 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, minus 1 tablespoon, and add 5 tablespoons cornstarch)

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon sea or kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Optional: Add 1 tablespoon orange or lemon zest to the batter


Streusel Topping:

1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 stick butter, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Optional: 3/4 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar for 5  minutes, add eggs, one at a time, sour cream and vanilla beat until thoroughly mixed. Sift dry ingredients in a separate bowl. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch non stick tube pan with a removable bottom. Make the streusel by combining the ingredients, in the bowl you used to sift the flour, with a fork.  Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with a spatula. Sprinkle with 3/4 of the streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out, and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Press down lightly. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.  Don’t over bake; test ever 5 minutes starting at 50 minutes!  Let cool, on a rack, for at least 30 minutes before removing from pan.


Cake is moister the next day. Plan accordingly.


EvaB's picture

And of course likely to blow my sugar levels, but may just have to try it out. I know I can feed it to my DH but don't think I'd be doing him any favours there! LOL

Debbe1's picture

It makes a huge cake, but it freezes well. I always give some to my coworkers, so it is not in the house calling to me:)