Sour Cream Coffee Cake: Lovin’ From the Oven

My sister in law makes a killer coffee cake.  It has a ripple of cinnamon through the center.  The cake is buttery and moist.  It’s really wonderful and my husband adores it.  She has never shared the recipe.  I have asked.
So.  I have had to search high and low for something similar.  This is attempt 2,538 in twenty years.  It’s as close as I have ever come to replicating it.  I am not sure I am done trying, but this is a good fall-back.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake: 

3 cups flour
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sour cream
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  Cream the butter and sugar.  Add the vanilla and eggs.  Alternately add the dry ingredients and the sour cream. Pour  half of the batter into a greased 9 inch pan.  
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 stick butter
Combine ingredients in a bowl with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly.  Sprinkle half of the topping onto the batter in the pan.  Top with the other half of the batter and then sprinkle on the remaining half of the topping.  Bake 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.  Tent the cake with foil and bake another 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
~3 Sides of Crazy~

Kristen this looks awesome! I have an recipe of grams that I will try and dig out as we pack and email you. Hers looks the same, but I know the ingredients were a bit different.


Oh, lots of good foods going on over here! This recipe looks delicious as do so many here on you blog!

So nice meeting you! Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving your comment!

Kindly, ldh


Hi Kristen… First time on your blog… this sounds wonderful! I would make this soon… do you think adding some coffee liqueur to this is a good idea?


I wish people would be more open with their recipes!!

My mom makes a fabulous Sour Cream Coffee Cake, and I make a Yoghurt Coffee Cake variation. I really can’t say which one I prefer, they are both excellent. You could leave out the nuts if you wanted to.

Our recipes have more butter, less eggs, a couple other differences from yours, but my mom’s coffee cake is famous with my college friends! Try it and let me know what you think! (attempts #2,539 and #2,540!) Maybe they’ll be even BETTER than your sil’s…wouldn’t that be awesome! 😉

Mary at Deep South Dish

I’d be willing to bet her secret is the Duncan Hines Sock it to Me Cake!

I have an adapted version of it (just called sour cream coffee cake) on my blog, but it’s really an ages old recipe that’s been around forever and you can get it right on the Duncan Hines website. Check it out sometime and see if it’s the one you recognize!