Saturday, February 2, 2008

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

After 2 weeks without a fridge, I am finally back in business! Its amazing how much your life is dependent upon keeping things cold ;)

To celebrate our working fridge, I made a coffee cake. This is a sour cream coffee cake with a pecan-cinnamon streusel. It turned out really good and I highly recommend it. The cake was moist and the streusel added some great flavor. I doubled the streusel recipe and I recommend you do as well. Next time I make it, I would do more layers of streusel instead of just the bottom, middle, and top.

Sour Cream Coffee 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 (I used fat free)
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 (this is doubled from the original):
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional (I used pecans)

For the glaze:
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons real maple syrup


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. (I used a bundt pan)

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.

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 nuts, if desired.

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. (I put it on the bottom, middle, and top, but I think it would be even better with more layering.)

Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Carefully transfer the cake, streusel side up, onto a serving plate. Whisk the confectioners' sugar and maple syrup together, adding a few drops of water if necessary, to make the glaze runny. Drizzle as much as you like over the cake with a fork or spoon.

1 comment:

irys said...

You say to turn it over "streusel side up" but never mentioned putting streusel down in the pan this what you did? and then you put the first layer of batter?