Monday, January 6, 2020

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Please join me for a delicious piece of this coffee cake.  I needed to take a coffee cake to a ladies church group, this past Saturday.  We had about 12 ladies in attendance, and I had enough for two ladies to take some home, and I  had plenty to take  home, too. 

I love sipping tea from my Johnson Bros The Ice House, Friendly Village teacup.

This darling Goebel sledding pair was given to me from my beloved dad, back in the late 1970's.  I always bring them out in January.

Yield: I say 16-20+, although Ina says 8-10!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I took this coffee cake to a ladies church group and it was well received.  It served around 12 ladies, and I gave some away and had some to bring home. Individual slicesreheat wonderfully in the microwave.


  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature (I used salted butter, and omitted the salt, below)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs at room temperature (I used 3 large)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour  (or use 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour  + 1/4 cup cornstarch)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (I omitted)
  • For the streusel:
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (I omitted)
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces (I used salted butter)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, (I used pecans), optional
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup


How to cook Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees .  Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan (I used a bundt pan).
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes, until light. Add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 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.
  3. For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms a crumble. Mix in the walnuts (pecans), if desired.
  4.  * See NOTE, below.  Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with a knife. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out, and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes ( start checking the cake at 40 minutes.  Mine took about 45 minutes), until a cake tester comes out clean. 
  5. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Carefully transfer the cake, streusel side up, onto a serving plate. Whisk the confectioners' sugar and maple syrup together, adding a few drops of water if necessary, to make the glaze runny. Drizzle as much as you like over the cake with a fork or spoon.


Since I used a bundt pan, I sprinkled about 3/4 cup streusel on first, then added half the batter, and spread it evenly, then added the rest of the streusel and the remainder of the batter.
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  1. Sour Cream Coffee cake....YUM!! Love that drizzle of icing dripping down the sides. How sweet are those little Goebel sledders. Perfect for a wintry scene.

  2. Oh it has been a long time since I have baked a coffee cake. Alas, this one looks too large for my purposes. I am going back in your blog pages looking for a smaller one suitable for two. Hope that 2020 has begun well...

    1. Wow, Kitty! Your “post index” is an amazing resource and so easy to use. I settled on a scone recipe. Company coming.

  3. Your cake looks so delicious Kitty and how nice there was plenty to serve and send home! I've always found that Ina's recipes serve more than the recipe says too :) Love your pretty JB Friendly Village teacup and sweet sledders too. ♥

  4. OOOOH, looks so yummy! Perfect comfort food for this time of year!

  5. This cake sounds wonderful with a cup of tea Kitty!

  6. Thanks, Kitty! I have beern cleaning out the fridge and I have still good unopened sour cream left over I didn't use for something I was going to make - was thinking of making snowflake cut out sugar cookies but I can't find the energy for that endeavor.....this may do the trick. I should have a few neighbors over to enjoy it.

    Hugs and love. ♥

  7. Sounds like a great cake Kitty! And I love the easy substitution for the cake flour too. Happy January:@)

  8. I'm also a big fan of the JB Friendly Village pattern. My mom has 4 tea sets and 6 mugs. I'm keeping an eye out for the teapot...

  9. Beautiful teacup and delicious cake! I also love those adorable figurines!Hugs!

  10. I'm sure the coffee cake is divine! I just love your figurines..and your tradition of bringing them out in January. Thanks much for sharing! A very happy 2020 to you special friend!

  11. That looks delicious! I just love coffee cake. Pinned.

  12. What a lovely looking coffee cake! Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee! I love the Goebel figurines! I used to sell those at a jewelry store I worked at years ago and I always wanted to collect them. Never did, but they are so darling, aren't they? Whenever I see them, I am still drawn to their charm. Happy New Year and Thank you for the sweet birthday e-card you sent me! Hugs, Sandi

  13. Another winner on this wintry morning, Kitty. We're having snowfall currently, and at a rapid pace (and they didn't cancel school, surprisingly, but as fickle as our weather is, we're to have 73° by Sat!). Your little figurines are perfect, as is the Johns Bros ice house. Stay cozy!

  14. A slice of Sour Cream Coffee Cake would be perfect for these cold rainy January mornings. Love the little figurines your father gave you. Sweet memories.

  15. I love a good sour cream coffee cake! We were fortunate enough to take a huge chunk of one our daughter made for Christmas and devoured it. Barefoot Contessa recipes are always winner! Love those adorable sledders and what a precious memory of your father ♥

  16. Yum, I haven't made a coffee cake in ages! They really are wonderful. What precious little sledders. I think it is fun to have a few winter things to transition from Christmas to Valentines!

  17. Oh Kitty! That cake looks so delicious. I've been thinking about baking something similar though smaller. I bet your kitchen smelled so good while your cake baked!!

  18. Coffee cake sounds wonderful Kitty. Your vignette is lovely especially with the Johnson Brother’s cup.
    Have a happy week. Xo

  19. OH, my, this looks so good! I am looking at ideas for my sweet husband's upcoming birthday cake. This will now be added to the running! Much love to you, sweet friend. :)

  20. Oh this sounds so good! Nothing is better than a homemade coffee cake, I know the ladies loved it! Your sledders are adorable, so cute for January decorating!

  21. Yum, this cake looks delicious. Pinning
    Happy New Year,

  22. Just seeing the picture of your cake makes you want to taste it. I will try to make with your recipe. Thanks.
    I really enjoyed your cup. It is very beautiful.

  23. I have always loved sour cream coffee cake, and this recipe looks especially delicious! How wonderful to share it with others, and still have some leftovers for yourself to enjoy! Such a lovely way to enjoy it beside the fire! Love those darling sledders, definitely perfect for January decor! Many blessings to you :)

  24. The cake looks delicious …
    Love the Goebel sledding pair.
    My good wishes for 2020.

    All the best Jan

  25. Wow, this sounds so delicious, Kitty,(Copied) I believe I have a teapot that looks just like yours, I also enjoy Johnson Bros. dishes.
    Have a great evening.Sue

  26. This sounds wonderful Kitty! I have a sour cream coffee cake recipe that was given to me by a friend, and he makes it for our gatherings at camp. We all love it! It's very different than any coffee cake I have ever had. You sprinkle the top with cinnamon before baking, and the cake is like custard bars.

  27. The coffee cake looks delicious, and the Friendly Village teacup just perfect. Stay warm!

  28. The sledding pair is adorable. I love Friendly Village and that cake looks delicious.

  29. How wonderful. I was looking up sour cream coffee cake after seeing Debbie's post on Facebook. Thanks for sharing Kitty. The tea cup is lovely. I would love a slice of that cake now with my coffee.


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