Old Fashioned Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Saturday, February 6, 2021
Old Fashioned Sour Cream Coffee Cake is the perfect cake with that first cup of coffee in the morning.

The cake isn't overly sweet and the smell alone will make your mouth water with anticipation, it's hard to wait until it cools to eat this.

This coffee cake is all made from scratch and the sour cream keeps it moist and that streusel topping in the middle is just over the top sensational in flavor.

If you haven't tried making this easy homemade style cake your whole family is in for a treat.

Using all simple pantry ingredients this tender and moist cake can be on your table within an hour and if you love easy recipes try our 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake it's so moist and delicious.

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this is an all made from scratch sour cream coffee cake with streusel

this is a slice of coffee cake made from scratch with cinnamon streusel in between two layers

Coffee Cakes

This coffee cake is moist, tender, and bursting with flavors with a yummy addicting streusel.

I always remember that cinnamon smell waking up in the morning and that first scent of coffee that made your mouth water for some.

The name comes from the fact that it is served with coffee, not because it has coffee in it which is always asked by many in my comments.

My mom made this cake often and she loved to bake everything from scratch and this was surely a family favorite recipe.

this is a collage of how to make old fashioned coffee cake and step by step

Ingredients for Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  • flour
  • butter
  • cinnamon
  • sour cream
  • brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • vanilla
  • eggs

Old fashioned coffee cake with a cinnamon crumb topping


  1. Always preheat the oven
  2. use both baking soda and baking powder in this recipe
  3. the butter should be at room temperature
  4. line the pan with parchment paper or heavily grease with butter
  5. nuts are a great addition to the streusel or pumpkin seeds for food allergies
  6. do not overbake this cake and use the toothpick method

this is coffee cake cooling showing the toothpick method that it is cooked all the way through

More Recipes to Try

Banana Streusel Cake

Hummingbird Cake

Coconut Flour Coffee Cake

mixing the batter for coffee cakes

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Adapt Away

You can add any dried fruits nuts or even chocolate chips.

One combination we loved was chocolate chips and coconut.

But, whatever cake below you decide to make, they are great plain or with adaptions.

Basic recipes are just that, a guideline to your creativity!

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Old Fashioned Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Old Fashioned Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 55 HourTotal time: 55 H & 15 M
This is an all made from scratch old fashioned sour cream coffee cake layered with streusel. The cake is moist and very delicious with a good cup of coffee or other hot beverage.


  • Streusel Center and Topping: 
  • 1 3/4 cups flour 
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar 
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  •  1 teaspoon of any kind of coarse salt (I use pink)
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold  butter, cut into small pieces 
  • Optional  Additions: 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans or other nuts you prefer,  or substitute nuts for 3/4 cup coconut,
  • Place all the above in a bowl using a pastry cutter and blend all together to make a coarse-looking mixture then set it aside.
  • Cake Batter:
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  •  2 cups flour 
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a deep pan with parchment paper, I use a 12 x 8 rectangular or 9 x 9 casserole style pan. (You can also use a small bundt pan.)
  3. Cream the butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Beat in eggs, sour cream, and vanilla.
  5. Gently stir in the flour mixture, leavening agents, salt.
  6. Just blend this mixture until evenly combined.
  7. Spoon half the batter into the pan. 
  8. Add the streusel mixture evenly over the batter. 
  9. Top with remaining batter, and spread evenly patting down with a spatula.
  10. Add the rest of the streusel topping mixture evenly over the top.
  11. Bake the cake for around 55 minutes and use the toothpick method in the center to see if it comes out clean.
  12. Cool completely before cutting.
  13. I store leftovers tightly covered in a plastic container.
  14. Note:  This cake can also be glazed with powdered sugar and water icing using 1 cup of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk.

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Sour Cream Coffee Cupcakes

Banana Zucchini Bread

Apple Brownies

this is a slice of scratch coffee cake with a palm tree mug of coffee in the background

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2013. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. My kind of coffee cake..esp. when the batter mixed with tangy sour cream. Just irresistible!

  2. How did you know I had sour cream left over too! This will be our Sunday morning treat! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Yup, it's like you posted this just for me. I'm the type that leaves a container of sour cream even if there are just a few tablespoons left because you just never know when you only need a few tablespoons...or a half cup....of sour cream. I love the look of this!

  4. Oh, yum. Coffee cakes are my absolute favorite!

  5. I love sour cream in coffee cakes. (Truth be told, I could eat sour cream with a spoon, like some people do with peanut butter. Wait . . . I do that, too.)
    This is a perfect size for me and Mr. Rosemary!

  6. I like the simplicity of your dishes and "watering down" a stream every time I see the picture .... thank you for your always beautiful ideas
    kisses from Italy;)

  7. Oh yeah, this is a lovely coffee cake.

  8. Soft, tender crumb with a crunch streusel...definitely a favourite!

  9. Oh man, that crunchy top! My kind of coffee cake for a delicious morning breakfast or snack.

  10. I love coffee cake - haven't had it forever - definitely saving this one to make!

  11. This looks so light and fluffy! The streusel topping looks delish!

  12. Perfect recipe so yum. Love the crumbly texture and this is such a lovely recipe too. I just want to grab a bite.

  13. This coffee cake looks amazing!

  14. I made the cake this morning. WOW! The taste is amazingly delicious. I have a feeling that it will not last until tomorrow. :)

  15. I've been enjoying this coffee cake for breakfast over the past few days! Its so delicious

  16. These pictures made me so hungry that I had to make it. Was so delicious and just like the pics here.

  17. The cake makes me so hungry, that I had to make it. Turned out perfect. Just like the pics here.

  18. Oh boy does this sound marvelous! The layers of strudel just brings this all together.

  19. I love to add sour cream in my cakes. So delicious and moist.

  20. Nothing beats a good coffee cake, especially with sour cream! Makes it so so moist and tender!

  21. The streusel topping is everything my dreams are made of!

  22. This coffee cake looks absolutely perfect! I wish I had a slice of this right now. :)

  23. What a great coffee cake recipe - love that streusel layer in the center! Yum! I love the idea to add pumpkin seeds for crunch, too. Thanks for another winner from What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine.

  24. Yum! I always want to eat all the topping off a coffee cake. Maybe I'll make one just for myself so I can! Thanks for the recipe.

  25. Love a good old fashioned coffee cake with lots of crumb topping. This looks right up my ally! Can't wait to try the recipe out!


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