Keep breakfast simple with this easy coffee cake. This Sour Cream Coffee Cake is loaded with cinnamon sugar and has a crunchy streusel topping. It’s a classic coffee cake recipe that you will make over and over again for breakfast or brunch.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
This coffee cake recipe is one that I found in an old church cookbook years and years ago. It’s one of those recipes that you can still taste and drool over even if it’s been years since making it.
It had been a while since I had made one, so I couldn’t wait to make this homemade coffee cake again. One bite and it confirmed to me that this is still the best sour cream coffee cake recipe ever! I’m pretty sure the double filling that I like to add is what makes it so incredible.
Usually I am a big fan of using baking mixes, but I love that this coffee cake because it is actually completely from scratch. And it’s so easy to put together too.
But don’t take my word for it. Try it out yourself! It’s a a classic coffee cake recipe that you will make over and over again.
Ingredients needed for Sour Cream Coffee Cake
This classic coffee cake recipe uses simple pantry ingredients to make a soft, tender cake with a swirl of cinnamon sugar.
For the Cinnamon Sugar Filling
- Brown Sugar – Sweetens the filling.
- Cinnamon – Adds a great flavor.
- Flour – A little bit provides structure to the filling.
- Butter – Unsalted and melted.
For the Coffee Cake
- Butter – Unsalted and softened.
- Sugar – Granulated sugar gives the coffee cake a sweet and tender crumb.
- Eggs – Add moisture to the cake batter.
- Vanilla Extract – Adds flavor.
- Sour Cream – Gives the cake a dense, moist texture.
- Flour – Fluff then spoon and sweep the flour into the baking cup.
- Baking Powder – Provides the lift when the cake bakes.
- Salt – Adds flavor and balances the sweetness.
How to make Sour Cream Coffee Cake
This sweet, buttery, and fluffy coffee cake has a cinnamon crunch that is so easy to make. Homemade coffee cake is the perfect thing to enjoy with a cup of coffee.
- Mix together the topping ingredients with the melted butter in a small bowl. Set it aside to harden and get crumbly, then stir and break apart.
- Beat the softened butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, vanilla, and sour cream and mix again.
- Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture.
- Spread half the batter in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with half the topping mixture.
- Drop the remaining batter by small spoonfuls on top of the cinnamon sugar filling.
- Use a flat or angled spatula to gently spread the batter out, covering the streusel topping.
- Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar topping on top of the batter and bake until a tester comes out clean.
- Place on a wire rack and let cool.
- Serve warm or add a glaze once it has cooled completely.
To Glaze or Not To Glaze
Now if you ask me, you should always add a drizzle of glaze to coffee cakes, pastries, or muffins. It’s just the right thing to do.
But I realize not everyone agrees with me on this. This classic coffee cake is truly delicious with or without the extra glaze step. I just happen to prefer the sweet glaze.
- Whisk together powdered sugar and milk.
- Spoon the glaze into a small Ziplock baggie and cut one tip off.
- Drizzle it across the top of the cooled sour cream coffee cake.
- Nuts – Add 1 cup of your favorite chopped nuts to the batter before spreading in the pan.
- Fruit – Gently stir your favorite fruit into the batter. Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are great choices.
- Greek Yogurt – You can use yogurt in place of the sour cream if you like.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it called coffee cake?
Slices of this moist cake are served for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee.
Does coffee cake have coffee in it?
No, there is no coffee in this classic coffee cake recipe.
Can you make this coffee cake ahead of time?
Yes, it’s an easy recipe to make early in the day or one day ahead of time.
How do you store a coffee cake?
- Counter – Store the coffee cake in a sealed container on the counter for 1-2 days.
- Refrigerator – The coffee cake will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days if sealed tightly.
- Freezer – Cover and wrap the cooled coffee cake and place in a freezer safe bag or container. Freeze for 1-2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature for a few hours.
More easy coffee cake recipes
- Easy Banana Coffee Cake
- Blueberry Cream Coffee Cake
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake recipe
- Apple Crumble Cake
- Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake
- Berry Coffee Cake
- Cherry Coffee Cake recipe
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For the Streusel
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the Cake
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Glaze
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 5-6 teaspoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray.
- In a medium bowl, mix the dry streusel ingredients together. Add the melted butter and stir until it looks like wet sand. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Spread half the batter in the prepared pan. Sprinkle half the streusel over the batter in the pan.
- Drop the rest of the batter on top by spoonfuls and gently spread it out with a flat or angled spatula.
- Sprinkle the top with the remaining streusel. Bake 45-50 minutes.
- Remove and cool.
- Stir together the powdered sugar and milk. Spoon into a small Ziplock bag and cut one tip off. Drizzle over the top of the cake. Let set before cutting.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.
(original photo from January 2010)
*The post for this Sour Cream Coffee Cake was first published on January 26, 201o. The photos were updated July 2019, and it was republished July 2021.