Sour Cream Coffee Cake and Happy Holidays!

Holiday baking is one of my favorite things to do this time of year.  I love all the aromas of cinnamon and cloves, pumpkin and apples, yeast breads and cakes coming from the kitchen and filling the entire house with incredible smells.

Welcoming family and friends into your home and sharing some of these freshly baked goods is a big part of the holidays for me.  Nothing is more inviting than a beautiful coffee cake served with breakfast or as a treat in the afternoon with a cup of piping hot coffee or tea.

The streusel crumb is layered in the middle of the cake is also the topping

This coffee cake make a lovely presentation when entertaining

This particular coffee cake recipe is the one that I use when entertaining because it is so attractive to serve and contains a wonderful swirl of streusel crumb.  Streusel crumb is an ingredient that I love in cakes and pies.  It is sweet and buttery, nutty and spicy and is delightful in a coffee cake.

It will taste even better the next day after you make it

The sour cream adds to the moistness and rich texture of the cake.  The glaze of confectioner’s sugar and maple syrup adds another dimension of flavor.  It is even better the next day after it has had time to sit overnight to let the flavors come together.

Your family and friends will love this rich and buttery coffee cake

I hope you take some time during the busy holiday season to sit down, relax and enjoy a piece of coffee cake with family and friends.  It is a real treat to savor.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and joyous Holiday Season filled with good food, family and friends!

Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


For the coffee cake:
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sour cream
2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the streusel:
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional (I used them)

For the glaze:
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons real maple syrup or more, to desired consistency


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

2. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes, until light. Add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.

3. For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms a crumble. Mix in the walnuts, if desired.

4. Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with a knife. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out, and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

5. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Carefully transfer the cake, streusel side up, onto a serving plate. Whisk the confectioners' sugar and maple syrup together, adding a few drops of water if necessary, to make the glaze runny. Drizzle as much as you like over the cake with a fork or spoon.

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten,

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11 Responses to “Sour Cream Coffee Cake and Happy Holidays!”

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    Judy@Savoring Today — December 23, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    That is just lovely! Makes me want more coffee right now. Of course, I often do, but really it would be grand to have with your coffee cake :)

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — December 23, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    Happy Holidays to you and your family as well!

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    Amanda @ Thinly Sliced Cucumber — December 24, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    I agree, holiday baking is my favorite part of this time of year! This cake looks wonderful and I love the addition of maple syrup! Happy Holidays

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    Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} — December 24, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    This cake looks and sounds great Gwen!
    Happy Holidays to you as well!

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    Chris — December 25, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    This looks like a keeper. Once “that” sour cream pound cake shows up, there is no going back. :) Add the streusel? *Love* Happy Holidays!

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    Nana — February 24, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    I have this baking in the oven as we type,if the taste of the batter is any indication of the flavor of the cake then thumbs up.I am concerned however in getting the cake out of the pan in one piece. The instructions called for a tuble pan, wondering if it shouldn’t have been a spring form pan.We’ll see.

    • Gwen replied: — February 24th, 2012 @ 2:26 pm


      This is a wonderful recipe, so I am sure you will not be disappointed. As long as you have prepared the pan properly, you should not have a problem removing the cake. I would think using a springform pan would be fine, if you choose to use that next time.

      I have made this cake a few times and we never have any leftovers! Please let me know how it turns out.


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    Nana — February 24, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    It’s out of the oven and removed from the pan beautifully, just had to do a couple flip flops.It looks wonderful.Thanks for the great recipe.will let you know how they liked it.

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    Rachel — March 18, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    Hello! This looks amazing and I wanted to make it for a wake.

    I was wondering if I could use a regular bundt pan instead of the 10inch tube pan?

    • Gwen replied: — March 18th, 2012 @ 8:51 pm


      That should be fine. Just be sure to grease and flour the pan well so that it does not stick. One of the baking flour sprays would work well, too.

      I hope that helps!


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    Rachel — March 18, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    Hello! This looks amazing and I wanted to make it for a wake.

    I was wondering if I could use a regular bundt pan instead of the 10inch tube pan?

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