Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

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Sour cream coffee cake is an easy-to-make Christmas morning breakfast.  This sour cream coffee cake recipe is topped with delicious streusel and can be made in about 35 minutes.

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Piece of sour cream coffee cake on a white plate with a fork.

My family's Christmas morning breakfast tradition is poppy seed kolache and homemade cinnamon rolls.  My husband's is this sour cream coffee cake.   I couldn't possibly ask anyone to give up a beloved Christmas morning tradition, so I asked my mother-in-law for the recipe and added it to my Christmas repertoire.  The recipe my MIL made was from Joy of Cooking (an excellent resource I've owned for many years), but I've adapted it slightly for my tastes.  

Ingredients for sour cream coffee cake on a white marble surface.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 4 eggs

Sour cream coffee cake batter in a silver bowl.

Beat the eggs.  Mix in the sour cream, spices, sugar, and salt.

Add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and mix to form a batter.

Spread the batter in a 9x13 pan.

Ingredients for streusel topping for sour cream coffee cake.

Make a streusel topping for the coffee cake.

Streusel Topping For Sour Cream Coffee Cake:

  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 5 Tablespoons sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Streusel topping for sour cream coffee cake being blended in a silver bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients together.  Add the cold butter and cut in with a pastry cutter or two knives until the mixture is crumbly.

Unbaked sour cream coffee cake with streusel topping.

Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the top of the unbaked coffee cake.

9x13 pan of sour cream coffee cake surrounded by Christmas greens.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-35 minutes (I find that the bake time really varies depending on the oven I'm using and the moisture content in my eggs and sour cream).  A toothpick stuck in the center of the cake should come out clean when the coffee cake is done.

piece of sour cream coffee cake on a white plate.

This can be made the day before if you don't want to bake anything on Christmas morning, but it does come together really quickly and easily, and is amazing warm, too.  If you're baking on Christmas morning, you can speed things along by making the streusel topping ahead of time.  

What is your Christmas morning tradition?

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