Sour Cream Coffee Cake

My niece Heidi and her husband Mark came to stay with us this weekend.  Heidi, along with my daughter Courtney, loves my coffee cake so I thought I would make a new one for them this weekend.  This is similar to the other coffee cake that they love but is a different shape and the streusel is in the middle instead of on top, tastes pretty similar though.  This recipe came from the December 18, 2009 issue of “All You” magazine.


1 cup walnuts or pecans, very finely chopped (I used walnuts)

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of salt


2 cups cake flour (I didn’t have any cake flour so found this substitution on the internet – 1 3/4 cups flour plus 1/4 cup cornstarch)

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature

1 cup sour cream, at room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla


1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1  Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 12 cup Bundt pan or tube pan.  Make streusel:  In a bowl, combine nuts, both sugars, cinnamon and salt; set aside.

2  Make cake:  In a bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder and salt.  Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat both sugars and butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in eggs 1 at a time, mixing after each addition, then beat in egg yolk.  Beat in 1/2 of the flour mixture, until just combined.  Stir in sour cream and vanilla, then fold in remaining flour mixture.  Do not overmix.  Batter will be thick.

3  Spread 2/3 of batter evenly in pan.  Sprinkle streusel over top then top with remaining batter, gently spreading batter until streusel is entirely covered.  Bake until a cake tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 – 40 minutes.  Let cake cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out of pan onto wire rack to cool.

4  Make glaze:  Sift powdered sugar into small bowl, add milk and vanilla and mix with a fork until smooth.  Drizzle glaze over top of cake, allowing some to drip down sides.

2 thoughts on “Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  1. This sour cream coffee cake looks divine. I absolutely love this recipe, it reminds me of when I grew up. I can’t wait to make this. Very nice post and thanks for sharing this.

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