Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

This is a recipe that I got from my mom. She emailed me some recipes when I first moved to Seattle, and I did a terrible job of transposing them onto recipe cards. I am not sure where she got the recipe from or what the original directions are, but this is how I wrote and make the recipe and it is so fab just this way!

What I love about this Sour Cream Coffee Cake is how moist it is. The addition of all this sour cream adds an interesting flavor and keeps the cake from drying out. If you are in a pinch and don’t have enough sour cream, you can sub in some plain, regular-fat yogurt in place of the sour cream and it will turn out just fine (I actually just made this with 1/2C of yogurt subbed in because I ran short on sour cream and I liked the change!). This recipe is a wonderful balance of sweet and savory, and I absolutely love it!

Whether you are looking for a breakfast cake, or something to serve hot with coffee as dessert to guests, this cake fits the bill. It is relatively simple to make… just a traditional wet bowl/dry bowl recipe. It bakes for an hour, so I love to throw it in the oven as I am sitting down to dinner with guests, so I am pulling it out to serve just as everyone is making room in their bellies after dinner!

Prep Time: 15-20 mins

Cook Time: 60 mins


  • 2 sticks (16 Tablespoons) butter
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts (I use half and half)


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter your Bundt pan and set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream your butter. Slowly add 2 cups of your sugar and eggs. Lightly mix in the sour cream and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift together your flour, baking powder, salt, and one teaspoon of your cinnamon.

Lastly, in a small bowl, mix together your chopped nuts, your remaining 3/4 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.  This will act as a streusel layer in the middle of your cake.

Fold your dry ingredients into the wet.

Pour about 1/2 of your batter into your bundt pan. Then, sprinkle your streusel layer over the cake, and then top with your remaining batter. If you want to make sure that your streusel doesn’t accidentally mix into your batter as you add the rest, add it in dollops and then gently spread the batter to even it out.

Bake for one hour, until a knife inserted pulls out clean.



XO – Abbey Co.
PS- sorry my photography sucks. Natural light I do okay, but after the sun goes down I have absolutely no game and don’t have the tools I need… I honestly don’t even know what I need 😂

15 Replies to “Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe”

  1. This looks great. I want to try this recipe (not sure if I really just want an excuse to buy a Bundt pan!). I am English so I am used to ounces and grams. Could you tell me approximately how is a stick of butter?

    1. Haha you should grab a Bundt pan! I love them because you can throw almost any pound cake or sweet bread in them and it makes them turn out so pretty! I believe one stick of butter is 4 ounces. Since I have started blogging I have realized how backwards it is that us Americans aren’t on the metric system… I wonder if less people use my recipes because they have to convert them! If you do give it a try be sure to let me know. I LOVE this recipe! 🙂

  2. Looks so yum. I find taking my pics with my phone and brightening them up with just editing them can help. So often the food looks SOoooo gorgeous in person but the camera doesnt do justice, no shame in filtering to portrait just how awesome your food is!!

    1. I tried editing these too and just felt like they were so blah! I think part of my problem is the cake was yellow and basic and I have no cool countertop or serving board I could place it on to help my cause. I feel like I need a staging surface like these cookbook writers do!

    1. Be sure to pin it so you don’t forget it! I never remember to make recipes unless I pin them. And seriously give it a try… my coworkers thought it was so good that they didn’t believe I made it! Let me know how you like it 🙂

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