If you’re looking for the best sour cream coffee cake recipe on the planet, guess what? You’ve found it. This recipe is SO good that I dream about it at night. This cake is super flavorful. It’s perfect with a cup of coffee or tea, or even as a quick snack in the afternoon.
Course Afternoon Tea, Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword breakfast, cake, coffee, snack
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 50minutes
Total Time 1hour10minutes
Author Stephanie Stiavetti
8-inch cake pan with removable bottom (cheesecake pan or springform pan — see video)
Optional: small squeeze bottle for drizzling glaze
Walnut Streusel (below)YOU NEED THIS BEFORE BAKING!!
Vanilla Lemon Glaze (below)You can make this while the cake's in the oven
Walnut Streusel Ingredients
Vanilla Lemon Glaze Ingredients
Sour Cream Coffee Cake Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease the bottom and sides of an 8-inch cheesecake pan generously. (A cheesecake pan is just a cake baking pan with a removable bottom — an 8-inch springform pan will also work). Place a parchment round in the bottom of the pan, if you’ve got one. This will make your sour cream coffee cake FAR less likely to remove from the cake pan.
Stir together sugar, melted butter, lemon zest, and vanilla. Stir in beaten eggs until well combined.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir these dry ingredients into the butter and egg mixture.
Stir buttermilk, milk, and sour cream into flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Do not overmix! This will make the crumb of this sour cream coffee cake more firm than it should be.
Pour coffee cake batter into prepared pan and smooth the top flat with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with walnut streusel, making sure to create an even layer.
Bake until internal temperature is 200°F (93°C), 50 to 55 minutes, rotating the cake halfway through baking. Let cake cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan.
Drizzle with glaze before serving. The easiest, most attractive way to do this is to put the glaze in a small squeeze bottle, and run strips of glaze across the entire coffee cake in a back-and-forth motion. It looks great this way!
Walnut Streusel Instructions
Stir together all dry ingredients. Stir lemon zest into melted butter, then stir butter into dry ingredients until it is crumbly.
Use your fingers to finish mixing the butter into the dry ingredients, created different sized crumbled for the cake. Spread crumbles over top of sour cream coffee cake before baking.
Vanilla Lemon Glaze Ingredients
Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl until there are no lumps. If you’d like your glaze a little thicker, you can add another few tablespoons of powdered sugar.
Drizzle the glaze all over your sour cream coffee cake. The easiest, most attractive way to do this is to put the glaze in a small squeeze bottle, and run strips of glaze across the entire coffee cake in a back-and-forth motion. It looks great this way!
If you’ve got some extra sour cream you want to use up, this is the best way to use it.You can also use vegetable oil instead of melted butter.If you don’t have sour cream, you can easily substitute plain yogurt. If you’re feeling fancy, you can stir ½ cup candied citrus peel into the batter from this sour cream coffee cake recipe.Also, feel free to spice up this cake with your favorite spices. Add 2 teaspoons total of some combo of the following:
A touch of clove (not too much... it can be overpowering)