Bundt Coffee Cake

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Yes, this is an old old vintage recipe from the 1970s called Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

This is a dense filled rich cake with pecan cinnamon layered between homemade sour cream batter, made from all-natural ingredients.

Mom used to make this at least once a month, years ago and it would be gone the same day, however, this cake stays fresh longer and moist than moist scratch cakes.

It's not an overly sweet cake and you can garnish it with powdered sugar, whipped cream, ice cream or even a drizzle of melted chocolate for extra sweetness.

We serve this plain with a good cup of coffee or tea and it's a delicious cake to start off your day if you're on the go.

The batter is rich and fragrant of cinnamon and the nuts give this cake the perfect crunch.

We love simple old fashioned cakes like this one you may have time my sheet pan coffee cake, Spanish bar cake or another one of dad's favorites almond filled coffee cake.

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Thanks for stopping by and save me a seat in your kitchen when you make this one, it's my favorite coffee cake mom made.

old fashioned vintage cinnamon sour cream coffee cake with a delicious nut filling

Vintage Recipes

I love older recipes.

They always use everyday pantry ingredients.

The cake isn't complicated and perfect when you're a new baker and want to make something special but foolproof and impress your guests.

It's actually a cake mom would take to neighbors also during tougher times going on in their lives or for the appreciation to something they did together.

You can really think back to easier days when reminiscing and how things have changed over the years.

Our lives are busier now, we had each other no cell phones and a totally different style of living.

We had such appreciative neighbors, friends, close family, and this was a cake to discuss the day over with a freshly perked pot of coffee made in an old fashioned pot that wasn't made in a coffee machine!

I love simple easy recipes that give you the memory of the best times in your life, this is one of those.

This is a sour cream coffee cake filled with nuts and cinnamon vintage 1970s style bundt pan cake

Bundt Pan

Mom started out using just a simple tube pan to make this and of course, years later went on to making pretty bundt cakes when they had the money to buy one.

I love the pretty lines that a bundt cake makes, it looks so special especially if you're making it for someone.

this is a bundt pan with sour cream coffee cake batter baking in the oven

Ingredients You Will Need

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  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • sugar
  • butter
  • pure vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • eggs
  • light sour cream
  • powdered sugar for the top
  • Filling
  • dark brown sugar
  • very fine ground pecans and 1/4 cup whole chopped pecans
  • ground cinnamon
  • flour
  • lard or cooking spray

this is showing how to layer a sour cream coffee cake with cinnamon sugar and nut filling layers

Tool for this Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Spatula
  • Nut Chopper
  • Spoon
  • Tube or Bundt pan

This is a heavily greased bundt pan getting batter poured into it

Generously Coat the Pan

I usually use cooking lard or actually shortening.

Take a napkin or paper towel and grab some out of the can, generously coat your pan.

There is nothing worse than a cake that sticks.

I also have used cooking oils if I have a non-stick bundt pan.

Back in the 1970s, everything stuck, so you would use butter, not lard and lots of flour to coat the pan inside.

batter for sour cream coffee cake this is all prepared ready for the pan with a black spatula in it

Freezes Well

As time went on and everyone got this recipe in the family to make, we all realized that this cake was always the first one asked for at a family function.

It freezes well, so I started making them, wrapped it with freezer paper and stored them in the freezer to take to picnics, school functions, funerals, and any events needed in the family.

Again, this was a cake so versatile everyone loved.

Check the tips for more ideas.

these are the ingredients to make a sour cream coffee cake


  • Substitute pumpkin seeds if someone has food allergies or if giving the cake away omit nuts
  • Wrap these in a mini loaf or bundt pans for gift giving around the holiday or when you need a quick dessert
  • This simple cake can be dressed up with whipped cream, cream cheese drizzled frosting or served with ice cream and caramel sauce drizzled on top for a gourmet treat.
  • Chocolate chips can be added to the filling and substituted for nuts

this is all the prep work with eggs, baking powder, sugar, flour, sour cream for a coffee cake


Keep this cake in a covered plastic cake carrier.

I also like to serve this at dinner parties with just whipped cream on with nice thick slices.

The cake is also delicious topped with fruits and cream.

Get creative, this versatile easy cake can be plain or all decked out!

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More Vintage Recipes

Apple Coffee Cake
Chocolate Torte
Mock Cassata Cake for Easter (cake-mix recipe)
Cream of Coconut Cake
Chocolate Torte
Chocolate Mayo Cake Vintage Recipe 70's
Chocolate Cannoli Cake

Bundt  Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Yield: 12
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 60 Mtotal time: 70 M
This is an all homemade from scratch sour cream coffee cake, mom would make this often in a bundt pan or tube pan. Delicious plain sprinkled with powdered sugar or with whipped cream.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups light sour cream
  • Confectionery powdered sugar for the top
  • Filling
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup very fine ground pecans and 1/4 cup whole chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of flour


How to cook Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bundt pan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix all filling ingredients; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat sugar, 3/4 cup butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and the eggs with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Add in flour mixture mix in sour cream at low speed.
  4. Spread 1/2 of the batter in a pan add the Filling on top of the batter top with remaining batter.
  5. Bake about 1 hour or until a toothpick is clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool 10 minutes.
  6. Cool completely and sprinkle with confectionery sugar.
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sour cream coffee cake, coffee cake, scratch cake, bundt sour cream filled cake, tube pan cake, cinnamon streusel coffee cake
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. YUM! Looks like something I would love to have sitting in front of me this morning!

  2. Looks delicious!Great recipe,i'll try it one day!
    Have a lovely day

  3. Gosh, this looks sooo good...if I wasn't still sticking to my New Year's diet resolution I'd bake one of these up right now! (I can't believe you aren't taking a break from all that holiday baking you did, you're a baking machine!) =)

  4. I've never been much of a baker, kinda had a phobia about it. Seems I bake everything too long... No wonder why I love my bread machine right ;) Anyway I've decided it's time for more baking in 2010. This cake sounds great and I too usually have most of the ingredients on hand. I'll be trying this one out I'm sure. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  5. This cake looks yummy enough to go with a cup of coffee.

  6. I want to board at your home. Delicious.

  7. Now, this is what we all craving for! hehe... Will never refuse for this kind of cakes. Yumm...yumm...

  8. Claudia, that cake looks delicious... love that you didn't skim on the streusel filling! :)

  9. You take terrific pictures! I wish I had your talent. Delicious!

  10. @honeyb

    Thanks for all your wonderful comment!

  11. Given my proclivity to eat batter, looking at these photos I am wondering if there would be any cake left to put in the oven!!

  12. Coffee cake is alwasy my family favourite, My children ask for it very often. But I have never made it with a tube ring. Yours looks fabulous. However I don't see any coffee in the ingredients. Have you missed it out?

  13. Yes yumm. Sometimes the simplest are the yummiest.

  14. this is a great cake, I make one very simmilar.........believe it or not, I can make pound cakes...

  15. Yummy! I really like how you turned it over so it looked like a cake. My recipe has a walnut cinnamon filling in the middle and some on top, but I like the way yours looks much better!

  16. Love the filling in the middle! Looks tasty.

  17. I love this! Streusel filling and all. As always thanks for sharing!

  18. BAD BAD BAD!!!! Bad of me to look in your blog when I am soooo hungry!!! Perfect as always -- love it!

  19. I don't know what I'm more jealous about...the cake or the fact you were sitting by the pool. is SO cold here in NY!

  20. That doesn't look plain to me, the filling sounds wonderful. I love coffee cakes.

  21. This looks like a perfect dessert for the holiday. Love that cinnymony pecan filling.

  22. I just love vintage recipes like this cake. It looks delicious and just perfect to take along to a holiday potluck! My mom has given me a lot of old church hand me down cookbooks full of clippings and hand written recipes from all her family. I feel like it's a treasure trove of vintage recipes every time I delve in looking for something to make.

  23. I recently bought a cook on old vintage style recipes and this is totally on my list to make! I love coffee cake SO MUCH! Being from the South, pecan and cinnamon is a combo I can't resist! YUM!

  24. Your Sour Cream Cake will be a perfect addition to a holiday brunch! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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