Wake up to a slice of this extra buttery and moist sour cream cinnamon coffee cake! Topped with a brown sugar and pecan streusel, this is my favorite coffee cake ever!
I have a lot of coffee cake recipes on the blog and every one of them tastes great. This simple apple coffee cake tastes like fall or what about an espresso laced coffee cake with chocolate chunks? But this cinnamon coffee cake is by far the best. If you’re wondering why, two of the ingredients might give it away. It uses one and a half sticks of butter and almost a full cup of sour cream. That’s the reason this is the most moist coffee cake you might ever taste!
If you’re lucky enough to have any left after a few days, it’ll still be like the first day it was baked and not dry and crumbly like other coffee cakes you might find.
Ingredients you’ll need for this cinnamon coffee cake
- Flour, all purpose is perfect.
- Baking powder, a pantry staple
- Baking soda.
- Butter, I prefer unsalted and it must be at room temperature.
- 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk.
- Sour cream
- Vanilla, extract is fine.
- Brown sugar, light.
- Pecans, chopped.
Tips for making perfect cinnamon coffee cake
Make sure all ingrediets are at room temperature before you begin mixing.
Use a hand held mixer or a stand mixer to get maximum volume in the cake batter for a lighter coffee cake.
As with the majority of baking projects, always make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl at least twice during mixing.
I’ve made this cinnamon coffee cake in a 9 inch round cake pan as well as a 9 x 13 pan and now this 10 inch tube pan. The bake times will change slightly depending on which one you use.
How to make sure your coffee cake is fully baked
The last thing you want to happen is to take the cake out of the oven early and watch it sink because it wasn’t baked long enough. I like to gently press down on the top of the coffee cake with my finger and if the cake springs back and desn’t leave a dent, then it should be done.
Let the coffee cake cool before slicing it. The smell it creates when it’s baking might make this difficult but it’ll cut much better after it has cooled.
Storing leftover coffee cake
To prevent the coffee cake drying out prematurely, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or in a sealed conatiner and let it sit on your counter top. No refrigeration is required. You can freeze it for up to two months.
Sour Cream Cinnamon Coffee Cake
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp plus 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp plus 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened
- 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
For The Streusel Topping
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 10 inch tube pan.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda and set aside.
- Mix together the ingredients for the streusel and set aside.
- Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the vanilla and the eggs and mix well. Scrape down after two minutes and mix until well incorporated.
- Add half of the sour cream and half of the flour. Mix and then add the rest of the sour cream and flour. Mix well.
- Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle half of the streusel on top.
- Pour the rest of the batter into the pan and spread out evenly. Top with more of the streusel and place in the oven.
- Check the cake after 50 minutes and using a toothpick, look for it to come out of the cake clean with no crumbs or wetness or press gently on top. If it springs back the cake should be ready.
Aw such a fun story – I love this cake, with the streusel top it certainly looks like a keeper!
Gorgeous cake!!! You always make such perfect desserts :)
Thanks Sam, I appreciate it :)
So awesome looking! That layer of cinnamon looks amazing!
A perfect tea/coffee cake..love the smooth and moist texture.
Have a wonderful weekend, Gerry.
You too Angie and thanks!
Amazing story-telling! Thank you for sharing all of this, Gerry. Loved it. My husband literally moved in with me after the first date and within 6 weeks I was moving across the country with a guy (him) that I hardly knew. We threw our crap in a Uhaul and ended up at the beach (east coast). Then 5 yrs later we did it again and ended up in San Diego. And we got married on a Tues in a chapel in Vegas by a minister with a mullet and a tail. So many things about your story parallel my own. And I love this coffee cake. I made one this time last year I called Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake and it also has sour cream in the batter. You’re right about it making cakes so moist!
Thanks Averie, I love your own story!
Why did “make William Wallace’s parties seem like a Barbie picnic” make me laugh wayyyy harder than it should have? People were wondering what I was snickering about.
Stupid question – sorry……the recipe calls for 11/2 eggs, how do you half an egg?
Thanks much for your time, truly appreciate it – my husband attends a men’s group at our church, can’t wait to make this for them.
Not a stupid question at all! I crack 2 eggs in a cup and beat them and then use 3/4 of the beaten egg. Sounds crazy but it’s because the original recipe calls for 3 eggs and makes a seriously giant coffee cake. Don’t worry if you don’t get exactly half an egg, it wont spoil this cake :) Hope this helps.
Thank you so much for the response, this is a huge help! I found you on Tasty Kitchen site, very excited to try your recipes. I copied this recipes story onto the back of the recipe, I love recipes that come with “history”, what a great way to go back and re-live the moment without ever leaving your kitchen….ahhhh life is good!!
Wow. This looks just delicious. So tempting…Thanks for sharing.
LOVE the story and will definitely try the cake! I love coffee cakes; moist with sour cream is even better. :)
Just wanted to let you know that this coffee cake was Fabulous! We had it for Christmas Eve and Christmas breakfasts and it was moist and delicious. Definitely making it for regular special occasions, thanks for sharing!
Kelly, thanks! I love the buttery, moist flavor to this coffee cake :)
Made this cake a few days ago. Delicious and the recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing and your great photos!