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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This recipe is a classic. It comes right off the package of King Arthur Flour.

  • Servings: 12
Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March


  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 1/2 cup for topping
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make the topping: In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and walnuts; set aside.

  2. Make the cake: Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter, sugar, and eggs until smooth. Add the flour mixture alternating with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.

  4. Spread half of the batter into the prepared baking pan, and sprinkle with half of the topping. Repeat with remaining batter and topping.

  5. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes, then remove sides of pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Serve topping side up.

Reviews (9)

  • vandda 14 Mar, 2015

    This took much longer than 25-30 minutes. I had to bake it for 45 minutes. It was good nonetheless.

  • mxrosefoodie 16 Jul, 2013

    Perfect coffee cake recipe, came out amazing! The flavor is great, only change I will make next time is make about half more of the crumble topping and add it to the very top of the cake.

  • teatime123 23 Nov, 2011

    This cake is delicious! Easy to make, and I brought some into work 4 days after baking and it was still fresh tasting. Now everyday I get asked to bring in more!

  • povd 2 Jun, 2011

    this coffee cake was so delicious!! i took it to my bf's work and everyone ate it all up!!! i want more NOW!!!

  • Azmeena 26 Oct, 2010

    but where is the coffee?

  • Saharp 10 Apr, 2010

    I absolutely loved this cake!i baked it several times and it was so good!Thank you for putting it up!

  • luke278 24 Jul, 2008

    I mixed up the recipe by using yogurt instead of sour cream, wheat germ instead of walnuts, honey (just the batter) instead of white sugar, and whole white wheat flour. It was delicious and a little bit healthier. If you want to jazz it up a bit, drizzle espresso glaze on top (yum)!!!

  • lynap 27 May, 2008

    Very delicious. This was a big hit with my family at Easter. I am adding this to my permanant collection.

  • jamali 7 May, 2008

    This turned out very well. My husband loved it.

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