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Ina Garten's sour cream coffee cake

Last week I bought sour cream intending to use it for a cheesecake recipe. While I did made a cheesecake, I ended up using a recipe that didn't call for sour cream.... poor planning on my part. Anyway... I was determined to use that sour cream for something else because I literally had nothing better to do in quarantine. So I stumbled across this sour cream coffee cake recipe and I have to say it did not disappoint. My dad gave me an A+ on it which is very very rare. Seeing that I made my picky dad like this coffee cake meant I had to share it. It has Steve's approval.

If you don't have a tube pan to make this don't worry because you can make it in a square or rectangular baking pan (just remember to adjust the cooking time). Check out the recipe below if you want to impress your friends and family or simply enjoy a delicious piece of cake with your morning cup of coffee.


For the cake:

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 3 extra-large eggs at room temperature

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the streusel:

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes, until light. Add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.

  3. For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms a crumble. Mix in the walnuts, if desired.

  4. Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with a knife. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out, and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

  5. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Carefully transfer the cake, streusel side up, onto a serving plate.

Recipe from: Food network

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