Monday, March 1, 2010

Conversation Coffee Cake

My parents were coming to town and I knew I wouldn't be cooking much since my father loves to dine out. Don't get me wrong, he loves my cooking and is always appreciative when I cook for him but he much prefer an evening out and the hoopla that surrounds the experience. I wanted to have something homemade for their visit and I knew exactly what I should make - a coffee cake. My father loves a good cup of coffee and a pastry about as much as he loves dining out and I knew that having a homemade coffee cake would be the perfect treat to have around the house for sharing over a pot of joe and good conversation. This recipe was delicous and we ate it every day they were in town, whether it was for breakfast or a midnight snack.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa

  • 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
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional
For the Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 12 cup 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, walnuts and butter in a bowl and pinch together

with your fingers until it forms a crumble.

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 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

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. Cut and serve.

Click Here for My Adapted Printable Recipe


Anonymous said...

I love a good coffee cake and this looks just wonderful!

teresa said...

delicious! my dad is the same way. except he'll BUY everything we need for a week of eating in, and then eat out all week. he just really likes food!

Stella said...

Hi Elizabeth, this cake looks so moist and delicious, and my Dad would love it too. Funny, I just posted a cake, because it is my Dad's favorite.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum! Your coffee cake looks amazing! I'm sure it was a huge hit. :)

Kathleen said...

You coffee cake looks de-lish!

Victor said...

My colleague at work loves to make coffee-based desserts. Looks very good!

Nadia said...

am i missing something, i couldnt spot coffee in the recipe?
cant wait to try

Elizabeth said...


You didn't miss anything. There isn't any coffee in this recipe. Coffee cake in this instance is used to refer to a desert that is served with coffee, it doesn't contain coffee.

Nadia said...

oops my bad :|
Elizabeth, i tried it today and it turned out great, thanks, ur cream cheese cake is also one of my favorites :)

Woody said...

Can you make this cake sometime soon please?

Kara K said...

Hi! I just made this last weekend for our sunday school class - it was devoured!
Thanks for sharing -

Taylor said...

That looks SO good! I have actually been wanting to try that same recipe from Ina and have been putting it off for weekends...yours turned out so beautifully I am going to make it a "must-do" for this upcoming weekend!

Bryce H said...

Forrest's Friend Karthik told me about an exciting "new recipe" that's coming up for you. I wanted to wish you and Forrest the best of luck with that!!
Take care,