Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This sour cream coffee cake gets its richness and tender crumb from sour cream and is rippled through with a cinnamon-pecan streusel and drizzled with a white glaze. Excellent for breakfast, coffee breaks, tea time, snacking, and dessert. Oh, and it shuts up kids in three seconds flat!

A whole sour cream coffee cake with a wedge cut from it.

Sour cream coffee cake? Sure, it’s good. But sour cream coffee cake with an easy crumb streusel made from scratch? Even better. See where I’m going here? There is just no way not to enjoy this moist cake. Serve it with a steaming cup of hot coffee for the grown-ups and a glass of cold milk for the kids. (And you can add me into the milk category. I simply can’t resist milk with cake.)–David Leite

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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  • (6)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • Serves 12 to 14
5/5 - 6 reviews
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Special Equipment: 10-inch tube pan


  • For the filling and topping
  • For the coffee cake
  • For the glaze


Make the streusel filling and topping

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, butter, salt, and vanilla, and mash with a fork until it comes together in a crumble. Stir in the pecans.

Make the sour cream coffee cake

Crank up the oven to 350°F (177°C). Position a rack in the middle of the oven, and generously butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan or spritz it with nonstick vegetable spray.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Add the eggs, 1 at a time, blending just until incorporated after each addition. Add the sour cream and vanilla, and mix just until combined.

Remove the bowl from the mixer, dump in the flour mixture, and stir it in by hand just until no dry ingredients are visible.

Spoon half the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing it with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle about half the streusel over the batter. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, again smoothing it. Sprinkle the cake with the remaining streusel. Bake the cake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack until room temperature. 

Cover the pan with a plate, invert the pan, and then remove the pan and the removable center core. Place a platter or cake plate against the cake and invert it once more so it’s right side up.

Make the glaze and drizzle it all over the coffee cake

Whisk the confectioners’ sugar and milk together. If a thinner consistency is desired, add a little more milk. Drizzle the glaze over the coffee cake using a spoon. Originally published December 8, 2015.

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    Coffee Glaze Variation

    • Craving a little extra jolt in your coffee cake? It’s as easy as replacing the milk in the glaze with strongly brewed coffee. It’s sorta like coffee cake squared. Just don’t blame us if you can’t sleep at night.

    Recipe Testers' Reviews

    Eureka! I found it. The sour cream coffee cake recipe I've been searching for. It's super moist, has the perfect density, is not too light and not too heavy with just the right amount of sugar and cinnamon crumb. I love the light cinnamon swirl layer in the middle. I made this for my family and to share with some friends. This sour cream coffee cake will be a showstopper for any gathering or gift.

    I used a Bundt pan and it turned out perfectly. I was afraid the glaze would make the cake too sweet, and I almost didn't make it, but I'm glad I did because it was a nice finishing touch. For the glaze, I used milk, sugar, and a drop of vanilla.

    Two substitutions I made with success: I used walnuts because that's what I had on hand. They were lovely and toasty from the baking time, a perfectly acceptable substitute. I also used Daisy-brand light sour cream, and the cake was still moist and rich, and I was happy to save on some calories without sacrificing taste or texture.

    The cake part of this sour cream coffee cake is moist and the filling and topping is crunchy and delicious. Because this recipe is made in a tube pan, you can definitely turn it over and back to get the topping back on the top; however, its a little messy as the topping is crumbly. This is a really, really minor complaint, but there are a lot of ingredients in this recipe. If I made this again, I would probably cut back on the butter.


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    1. i made this last night and it was delicious! i will make this for all my special events in the future now. the cake came out moist and fluffy and my family couldn’t stop eating!

    2. Hi!!

      This sounds wonderful! I am wondering if this could be safe to ship as a holiday present? Would you recommend that? Also, I have a Nordicware Christmas house pan, it’s 2 small molds in 1, would you recommend making this recipe and splitting it in smaller cakes? thanks so much!


      1. Miriam, this would ship like a dream. I would first freeze it and then ship it frozen. As far as the house cake pan, I don’t want to venture a guess. I’ve tested and made it in the tube pan (others have used a Bundt pan), but I’d be nervous it wouldn’t bake properly in your pan.

    3. Hi- I also posted this recipe link on your Facebook page. It’s so good that I wanted put it here too! I forget where I first came across it but it gets raves whenever I make it. It’s a rather fragile cake so when I make it to bring somewhere I lower the cake flour to 1 cup and increase the AP flour to 1 cup. It also works well made in a 9×13 pan, with the streusel sprinkled just on top if you want. It is just a really tasty coffee cake.

    4. Nice recipe– basically the same as a Martha Steward recipe I’ve been using for years (that’s not a criticism, btw.)

      Two variations to recommend: eliminate the nuts from the streusel. I found they scorched during baking. Second, I add a pint of blackberries, laying them across the batter after it’s been put in the pan and covering it all with streusel.

      Because this is a perfect treat for weekend guests, measure out the the dry and wet ingredients and make the streusel the day before, and put it together in the morning.

      1. A thought on overly toasted nuts: lower the oven rack one or two rungs! That should fix it and as long as you test for doneness, problem solved!

      2. PF, not taken as a criticism! Only so many ways to make a sour cream coffee cake. I didn’t find the nuts scorched, though.

        What I also do is soak raisins in coffee or water until soft and sprinkle them over the first layer or streusel, as you do with the blueberries. And I love your idea of pre-measuring. I do it often these days–especially with the holidays coming.

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