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Cinnamon Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Everyone needs a good coffee cake recipe.  This is mine.  

This Sour Cream Streusel Coffee Cake is a quick and easy homemade coffee cake recipe for you to whip up in the morning to serve as a sweet addition to your breakfast or brunch.  

Cinnamon Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cake 

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Traditional Streusel Coffee Cake
Traditional Streusel Coffee Cake
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This recipe makes the traditional kind of cake I picture when I hear someone say, "coffee cake".

You might wonder why we call a cake, like the one I am making today, coffee cake. I wondered, too. It seems several countries claim to have originated coffee cake around the time that coffee was introduced to Europe when sweet cakes began to be paired with coffee.  That was several hundred years ago. According to this post, the term "coffee cake" first appeared in a play in 1850. Now you'll have the answer if the question ever shows up on Jeopardy.

Reasons You Will Love Cinnamon Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cake

The recipe makes nine generous servings. You'll want to make this coffee cake in a 9x9 inch cake pan.  That way you can cut the cake into generous three-inch square portions.  No one wants a skimpy serving of coffee cake!  

The cake is tender, with just the right amount of sweetness.  The streusel filling and topping are made with light brown sugar, which adds a little deeper flavor than you'll get with granulated sugar.  

Walnuts add flavor and texture. Use finely chopped walnuts in the streusel for added texture. My preference is for small little bits of nuts but you may like them a little larger. You can leave them out if you prefer.

The coffee cake only takes 35 minutes to bake.  You can wake up and have a warm coffee cake for breakfast. Once you realize how quickly and easily you can make a coffee cake at home from scratch you won't want to buy one at the store. 

Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cake
You can make this cake and freeze individual portions for a grab-and-go breakfast.  There's no need to pay the high prices charged in the coffee shop for a piece of cake.  Just wrap each portion individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a zip-topped bag in your freezer.

Success Tips for Making Streusel Topped Coffee Cake

Finely chopping walnuts can be annoying. Get yourself a nut grinder to finely chop your nuts. I love my nut grinder because I can finely chop nuts for my baked goods recipes in a snap with no mess.  When chopping by hand the nuts seem to go everywhere.

When you are in a hurry and you need to quickly bring your ingredients to room temperature follow these tips.
To soften your butter, place the butter in a glass bowl in your microwave. Heat for 20 seconds on high and let the butter sit in the microwave while you assemble the remaining ingredients. 

To bring your eggs to room temperature, place the eggs in a bowl of warm water and let them sit while you assemble the rest of your ingredients.

Substitute plain Greek yogurt if you don't have sour cream on hand for this recipe. It won't be a sour cream coffee cake anymore but it will still be delicious.

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What to Serve with Your Morning Coffee

Muffins and quick breads are other options to pair with your morning coffee.  Try these favorites, too.
Breakfast pastries to serve with coffee

Legendary Blueberry Muffins are perfect to make with plump, fresh blueberries.
Cranberry Quick Bread is a tart and sweet combo that can't be beaten.

Cinnamon Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cake

breakfast coffee cake, streusel snack cake
breakfast, snack
Yield: 9 servings
Author: Donna Urso
Cinnamon Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 45 Min
A traditional coffee cake made with sour cream and streusel, perfect with your morning coffee.




  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until well combined. Add the eggs and beat to combine.
  4. Add the flour mixture and the sour cream to the mixture, alternating the flour and sour cream. Mix to combine well.
  5. Mix the streusel ingredients together in a small bowl. Spread half of the cake batter in the baking pan. Top the batter with half of the streusel mixture. Spread the rest of the batter over the streusel layer. Top with the remaining streusel.
  6. Bake the cake on the center rack of your oven for approximately 35 minutes. The coffee cake is done when a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. You may serve the cake warm or at room temperature.

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