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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Originally published: · Last modified: by Viana Boenzli · This post may contain affiliate links · 2 Comments

One question: Who wants cake for breakfast? Me, me, me! And I think you do too. My homemade sour cream coffee cake recipe is also the answer to a great start to a happy day. You’re welcome. 🙂

Coffee Cake (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Coffee Cake (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Each day, you wake up and stumble to the kitchen to make a fresh cup of coffee. But that coffee is lonely and could definitely use a tasty, scrumptious friend to perk you up this early in the morning. Sometimes I feel like treating myself to one of my blueberry muffins, and other times I love to pair my morning brew with a big slice of sour cream coffee cake.

It’s been a favorite since I was a child, wayyyy before I started needing caffeine to help me wake up in the morning. But since I’ve discovered the amazing combination of a steaming mug of coffee and this cake together, I’m tempted to become a morning person. Okay, maybe that’s pushing it. But knowing that this delightfully crumbly, moist, buttery, soft cake is waiting for me in the kitchen…well, let’s just say that makes climbing out of bed a little bit easier.

And who doesn’t love picking off the crumbly top of a coffee cake, savoring each and every yummy piece? My coffee cake recipe is not only deliciously satisfying, but I’ve also added a middle layer of brown sugar, cinnamon, and just a hint of cocoa powder for an extra special treat! Another bonus: You probably already have all the ingredients in your baking pantry, so if you get started now, you’re only an hour away from enjoying your own deliciously homemade sour cream coffee cake.

Coffee Cake (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Jump to:
  • Ingredients
  • Mixing the cake batter
  • Middle filling layer
  • Second cake layer
  • Cake topping
  • Baking
  • 📝 Recipe

Ingredients

Coffee Cake Batter

  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Sour cream
  • All purpose flour
  • Vegetable shortening (for greasing pan)

Filling

  • Light brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa powder
  • All purpose flour

Crumb Topping

  • Butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • All purpose flour

See the recipe card below for full list of ingredients and their measurements.

Mixing the cake batter

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Using a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, blend together butter, salt, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Next, with mixer turning, add eggs one at a time, making sure that each is blended into the batter before adding the next one.

In a separate bowl, using a spoon, mix together milk and sour cream. With mixer turning, alternate adding milk/sour cream mixture and flour to the batter.

Coffee Cake (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Pour half the cake batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish and spread it out evenly.

Middle filling layer

In a small bowl, using a spoon, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and cocoa powder. Sprinkle generously over the first layer of cake batter. This will make the middle filling layer.

Coffee Cake (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Second cake layer

Spread the rest of the cake batter over the top. Since the batter is thick and the middle cinnamon layer is a bit “slippery” and moves around, I will tell you that this part is a bit tricky. What I did was drop big dollops of batter here and there over the top and used a regular spoon to gently spread it out to cover the entire top.

Cake topping

Finally, in another bowl, mix together butter, sugars, cinnamon, and flour to make the crumb topping. Keep mixing it with a fork or spoon until crumbles form. Sprinkle over the top of the cake.

Coffee Cake (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Baking

Bake the coffee cake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.

Coffee Cake (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Enjoy coffee cake warm from the oven, with a steaming cup of coffee. Of course, this cake is delicious at any temperature, but there’s just something about warm cake fresh from the oven that makes it extra special. Share with your family, invite some neighbors over for breakfast, and when your friends ask for the coffee cake recipe, you’ll know where to tell them they can find it.  🙂

Coffee Cake (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

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📝 Recipe

Coffee Cake (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

Who wants cake for breakfast? Me! And I think you do too. My homemade sour cream coffee cake recipe is also the answer to a great start to a happy day.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 45 mins

Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients  

Coffee Cake Batter

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-¼ cups milk
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 3-½ cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • Vegetable shortening (for greasing baking dish)

Filling

  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1-½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1-½ teaspoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour

Crumb Topping

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1-½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • Using a KitchenAid stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, blend together butter, salt, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla extract. 

  • Next, with mixer turning, add eggs one at a time, making sure that each is blended into the batter before adding the next one.

  • In a separate bowl, using a spoon, mix together milk and sour cream. With mixer turning, alternate adding milk/sour cream mixture and flour to the batter.

  • Pour half the cake batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish and spread it out evenly.

  • In a small bowl, using a spoon, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and cocoa powder. Sprinkle generously over the first layer of cake batter. This will make the middle filling layer.

  • Spread the rest of the cake batter over the top. 

  • Finally, in another bowl, mix together butter, sugars, cinnamon, and flour to make the crumb topping. Keep mixing it with a fork or spoon until crumbles form. Sprinkle over the top of the cake.

  • Bake the coffee cake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.

Notes

Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 403mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 813IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 91mg

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