Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake-sometimes it all about the crumb topping!
Sour Cream Coffee Cake-just look at all that crumb topping!
 The holidays are my favorite time of year. Starting the day after Halloween, I can officially get my bake on. Not that I don’t bake all year long but during the holidays, it becomes a family affair. If you come to our house during the holidays, chances are, you’ll end up in the kitchen making up a batch of cookies to take home. They always say everyone gathers in the kitchen. It’s so true. It’s where all the good stuff is.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake-just look at all that crumb topping!

My kids have been cooking and baking since they could stand on a chair. The kids will dig out their favorite recipes. Each child has a specialty. For my son, he’s the only one allowed to make Buckeyes. The girls both go for the cookies. Mexican Wedding Cookies, Gingerbread Men, Sugar Cookies. There is no end to the baking. I love making cakes. Pound cakes, Coffee cakes, any cake that I can add to a cookie tray.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake-just look at all that crumb topping!

We usually have a cookie baking day. The girls will have friends come over, we’ll throw a little flour on our faces, eat some cookie dough, lick beaters, then when the cookies are done baking, enjoy a few with some ice cold milk. It’s our own private cookie exchange. We’ll package up what’s left in cute containers or holiday plates then deliver our goodies to the bank, to city hall, the police and fire departments. Baked goods just make the best gifts.

Christmas Kids in the kitchen

Everyone has to help clean up too. It’s no fun getting stuck in the kitchen doing all the dishes while everyone else is off playing. Making sure food doesn’t stick is not only important for the quality of the goodies but for ease in cleaning up. Using PAM Cooking Spray makes that easy. Cakes just pop out of pans, cookies slide off trays, and candy doesn’t taste greasy. Did you know that PAM leaves up to 99% less residue buildup than margarine or bargain brand cooking sprays? It ensures that your dishes turn out right with superior no-stick results so you can concentrate on the fun parts of the holidays, not the clean up!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake-just look at all that crumb topping!

This Coffee Cake is perfect for a weekend morning, to take to the office or to leave a slice out for Santa. (I’ve heard from a reliable source that Santa likes more than just cookies. ) Clean slices are a piece of cake making this easy to serve.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake


    for topping
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • for cake
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Using a pastry blender or food processor, combine all topping ingredients except nuts until it resembles coarse sand and clumps together. Stir in nuts, if using, and set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together with mixer until smooth and creamy. Add in eggs, one at a time and then vanilla and sour cream.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to batter until all combined but do not over mix.
  4. Spoon batter into a 9x13 pan sprayed with Pam, gently spread to cover bottom of pan evenly. Sprinkle topping over batter.
  5. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 45-50 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool before cutting and serving.


Sour Cream Coffee Cake-just look at all that crumb topping!

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. I love the simplicity of this, I always find that sour cream makes for the moistest cakes!

  2. I LOVE a good coffee cake and yours looks perfect and classic and SO delicious!

  3. I love sour cream coffee cakes, okay I love coffee cakes in general. It’s the crumb topping that gets me. Your cooking baking sessions with the girls reminds me of those days with my mom as a kid when we used to spend all day baking for the holidays.

  4. Lisa Brown says:

    i will be baking up pies and cookies this season
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  5. Lisa Brown says:

    my tweet –
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  6. I will be baking cookies

  7. My short cut is making cookies in advance and then freezing them, I also tend to do that with scones, fruit pies and pound cakes as well! I also admit sometimes when I am short on time to using ready made frosting.

  8. I’m going to make gingerbread.

  9. I’m going to be baking apple pie and pumpkin pie!

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  11. I’m getting my daughter to make this next week for Thanksgiving morning. This looks perfect!

    You’re the bomb, Joan!

  12. I love to do a makeahead egg/ham casserole for xmas day and sticky buns!

  13. I love too bake all year round.. however during yhe holidays I bake a lot of pumpkin muffins amd cookies. The best recipe of all though is my mamas sugar cookies recipe. We make homemade frosting and the familym loves to decorate them. Its such a joyful time. You are right… all do gather in the kitchen.

  14. Carolyn Tinder says:

    I will be making your Sour Cream Cake in a Bundy pan and putting the crumb and nuts in the middle of the cake instead of on top as you have on your sheet cake. My Uncle fixed his sour cream cake that way, but I lost his recipe in our house fire. . I would use your prize to buy more kitchen cookware. Thank you kindly for the recipe and opportunity to win a prize at the same time!

  15. This sounds exactly like the one I was looking for that I made years ago. It will definitely be on the breakfast table this weekend. 🙂

  16. This sounds like the one I was looking for. I made it years ago and we loved it. This will definitely be on my breakfast table this weekend.Thank you. 🙂

  17. Some of the cookies I will be making: thumbprint cookies; a salted caramel shortbread bar; oatmeal tassies; peanut butter brownie cups; and peanut brittle to give as gifts; Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

  18. courtney b says:

    sugar cookies and probably just a couple pies 🙂

  19. courtney b says:
  20. Looks delicious,adding choc chips to mine..

  21. my family loves coffee cake and this will be a wonderful addition to the Christmas morning eats

  22. i will be baking alot of cookies

  23. This coffeecake looks amazing. Thanks for sharing our baking stories 🙂

  24. This coffee cake looks amazing! This is awesome because I have sour cream that i need to use up!

  25. Hi Joan I haven’t spoken in some time……….So stopping in today to say “hello” and that coffee cake looks great. glad to see that you are still baking/cooking and blogging. Many from my start days are not doing it anymore. Have a great Thanksgiving Pinning that cake Andi thewednesdaybaker

    ps don’t put me in the giveaway I am all set……..but, good luck someone will be very happy to win that visa card.
    But I will be making cookies for sure……………

  26. We love our roll out sugar cookies! It’s a family tradition that we never skip.

  27. amy pugmire says:

    Homemade cinnamon rolls, Pumpkin nutella bread. Lots of cookies and candy 🙂

  28. amy pugmire says:
  29. Kim Henrichs says:

    That looks so good!! I’m making chocolate crinkle cookies this weekend, and pumpkin pie next week!!

  30. Kim Henrichs says:
  31. Haven’t made a coffee cake since high school, a long time ago, but my favorite one was made with sour cream. This recipe takes me back to those days.

  32. I always make fudge and peppermint bark.

  33. Chocolate bark!

  34. My parents often request coffee cake when I let them decide what I should bake. Totally appropriate for breakfast because coffee is for breakfast 😉

  35. Susan Smith says:

    I’ll be baking cookies and fudge.

  36. Susan Smith says:
  37. We would be baking up gingerbread cookies and pumpkin pies this holiday season.

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  39. I love holiday baking, I’m making this coffee cake right now!

  40. I will be baking cookies this holiday season – chocolate chip & peanut butter for sure and maybe some others

  41. Cookies, cookies, and more cookies!

  42. Cinnamon rolls, for sure! Yum!

  43. We’re going to try baking raspberry chocolate meringues this year. Should be interesting!

  44. Stephanie M. says:

    I love coffee cake, and this one looks so delicious. I’ll probably be baking this pretty soon, and usually for the holidays I whip up a batch of my favorite pumpkin cookies.

  45. Stephanie M. says:
  46. I will be baking cookies, cookies, and more cookies!

  47. Mostly I will be baking pies (apple, pecan, pumpkin) but also myriad cup cakes and several bundts are expected as well (and some mini bundts) – bring on the Pam!

  48. courtney b says:

    xmas sugar cookies…. and maybe some pumpkin pie!

  49. courtney b says:
  50. Pies, cut-out cookies and caramel brownies!

  51. amy pugmire says:

    I am going to be making pumpkin sheet cake! Its our favorite!

  52. amy pugmire says:
  53. Marianne Sue says:

    I’ll be baking cookies and this coffee cake. I’ve wanted to try a coffe cake recipe. My daughter is having some friends over, so today will be perfect.

  54. I bake all year round. I like making cookies and brownies for the fire dept, where my husband is a lieutenant. This year I am also making cookies and brownies for a cookie exchange at a hospice house. And of course I’ll be baking and candy making for the fire dept gifts! Brownies, mint brownies, dark chocolate cruising oatmeal cookies, soft gingerbread drop cookies, peanut butter balls, etc. I love it all!

  55. Pies, apple, cherry, pumpkin, & chocolate pudding. Cookies, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, & sugar cookies. Fudge, chocolate & peanut butter. Thank goodness all of this does not stay in my house!

  56. nannypanpan says:

    I will be making oatmeal raisin cookies for my dad, super sprinkled cupcakes for my son and a special cake for my daughters baptism

  57. We have so many Christmas baking traditions- decorated sugar cookies, wreathes made from cornflakes, Chex Mix, etc. 🙂

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  58. Wild Orchid says:


  59. Wild Orchid says:

    I will be baking lots of sugar cookies.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  60. Erika Zavala says:

    I cannot wait to try this recipe, sounds super simple. My parents don’t eat chocolate (poor things) so this will be perfect for when they come over 🙂

  61. Danielle F. says:

    I always make homemade apple and cherry pie for the holidays.. love making them and my family loves eating them.

  62. i will make pecan pie

  63. Wanda McHenry says:

    Besides the cookies, I’ll be baking up a Bacardi Rum Cake for Christmas day!

  64. Wanda McHenry says:
  65. Mindy Merenghi says:

    Gingerbread cookie men 🙂

  66. I’m known for cheesecake in my family, so I’ll be baking quite a few of those this holiday season!

  67. I love making cookies. Lots of cookies

  68. Making flourless chocolate torte and Snickerdoodles

  69. Cookies and party mix and fudge!

  70. Rebecca Graham says:

    I will be baking red velvet cupcakes.

  71. Chocolate torte, chocolate peanut butter cake and sugar cookies

  72. i will be making cookies!

  73. maria cantu says:

    I will be baking pies and cookies.

  74. I don’t actually do much baking of sweets this time of year, but I do love to make my veggie bbq meatballs and smoked gouda fondue! yum!

  75. I always bake Pecan Butter Ball cookies for the holidays

  76. My daughter does all the baking – cookies of course, and hopefully bread pudding!

  77. I baked Panettone and lots of different cookies for the holidays.

  78. Lisa Voyce says:

    Since my boyfriend is a hunter, we usually always throw some deer in a crock pot with onions and garlic. Adds a different choice from turkey or ham.

  79. I baked up some chocolate peppermint bread and cookies

  80. I bake everything…cakes, cookies, pies….mmmmmm WE have a very large gathering to feed

  81. Cindy Merrill says:

    This Holiday season, I like to make fruit crisps using apples or blueberries; so delicious at a Christmas brunch or for a late New Year’s eve snack!

  82. Shannon Baas says:

    I’m making peanut butter blossoms.

  83. erica best says:

    i used baking pam for my pound cake

  84. erica best says:
  85. kathy pease says:

    We made all kinds of goodies crumb cake,pumpkin pies,cupcakes.brownies,and cookies

  86. kathy pease says:
  87. I will be baking red velvet cupcakes.

  88. Theron Willis says:

    Baking Holiday Ham.

  89. I made Pistachio Pudding cookies with maraschino cherries – oh yum!
    Thank you.

  90. Sheila Vives says:

    I am going to be baking up this Sour Cream Coffee Cake. It is perfect to serve to our co mpany

  91. Sheila Vives says:
  92. cookies and an apple pie

  93. Francine Anchondo says:

    I made some sugar cookies and Andes mint cookies.

  94. I’ll be baking sugar cookies!

  95. Stephanie V. says:

    my famous oatmeal chocolate chip frosted cookies!!

  96. I will be making pies and cakes.

  97. Lauren-Olivia Wood says:

    I will be baking all my grandmother’s most famous recipes!

  98. I baked peanut butter cookies for xmas

  99. My husband and I bake rum cakes every year for family and friends.

  100. I baked Pumpkin and Pecan pies.

  101. Just some rolls and cookies

  102. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    I will be making brownies and vanilla cake.

  103. Mendy Dinsmore says:
  104. We made chocolate chip cookies.

  105. Allison Downes says:

    I will be baking a pumpkin roll.

    Thank you for the chance to win!


  106. Allison Downes says:



  107. Stephanie Larison says:

    Sugar cookies, to decorate with my daughter.

  108. Sue Barney says:

    Chocolate Peppermint Cake and Cream Cheese Sugar cookies with peppermint frosting 🙂

  109. I made chocolate drop cookies & mint bark for the holidays.

  110. I baked a few premade cookies orange cranberry

  111. tina reynolds says:

    I made candy pumpkin pies and cheesecake

  112. tina reynolds says:
  113. I love fixing gingerbread fudge. 🙂

  114. I made a tasty pumpkin bread.

  115. Margaret Smith says:

    Sweet Breads that we made to give out to friends and family. Cookies and pies.

  116. Margaret Smith says:
  117. I made a few batches of Peppermint Bark. My first time. Not too bad, but needed more peppermint.

  118. soha molina says:

    I will bake a pie.

  119. soha molina says:
  120. Sweet bread and a lasagna.

  121. Alexandra Roach says:

    I would love to make this for a party!

  122. Alexandra Roach says:
  123. Lorayne Gothard says:

    We are baking my husbands homemade apple pie with his homemade whipped topping. Along with pumpkin pie, cheesecake, and rice and broccoli casserole.

  124. Lorayne Gothard says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway


  125. joseph gersch says:

    i will be baking snickerdoodles

  126. A sweet potato cheesecake

  127. tracey byram says:

    pecan pie and peanut butter cookies

  128. Tari Lawson says:

    I baked gingerbread cookies, cocoa snicker doodles and candied pecans.

  129. My husband makes Rice Krispie treats for every holiday meal. Thank you

  130. Shauntea Crutcher says:

    I always bake cookies for my children during the holidays.

  131. Karen Gonyea says:

    The only Holiday baking that I do is the cookies….but I do dozens and dozens and dozens of them and give cookie trays to all of my family and friends 🙂

  132. tweeted, looks yummy! we’ll be baking caramel apples

  133. Natalie yeoman says:

    Ill be making strawberry cake balls

  134. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I baked a lot of cookies

  135. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  136. Nicole Larsen says:

    We’ll be making tons of cookies–choc chip, pb, sugar cookies!

  137. Nicole Larsen says:
  138. Thomas Murphy says:

    I bake Christmas cookies.

  139. Thomas Murphy says:
  140. Tabathia B says:

    I baked a pumpkin pie and a chocolate cake

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  141. Tabathia B says:

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  142. We made gingerbread cookies

  143. Cheesecake!

  144. Veronica Garrett says:

    I will be baking pecan and sweet potato pies.

  145. Beverly Metcalf says:

    I’ll have to try this recipe because I love coffeecake and this recipe sounds really good. I didn’t do as much baking this Christmas. I usually make lots of cookies for the local cookie swap, but I didn’t do that this year. I did make some chocolate fudge and a blueberry pie and some sugar cookies, but that was about it this year. Thanks for having this contest.

  146. Janice Cooper says:

    Strawberry banana trifle and butter cookies

  147. Janice Cooper says:
  148. I made a browned butter sweet potato casserole! It was delicious!

  149. Sarah Hirsch says:

    chocolate chip cookies

  150. Tracie Trump says:

    Love to make cheesecakes during the holidays

  151. Tracie Trump says:

    tweeted about gw as @tmtsweeps on 12/29/13

  152. Terri Egelund says:

    I love coffee cake with a good cup of tea.

  153. Hollie Jahnke says:

    Peanut Butter Blossoms are my favorite Christmas treat!

  154. susan smoaks says:

    i like to bake pumpkin pies

  155. I got together with 4 friends and we made 14 kinds of cookies/candy and had a total blast. We are already starting to plan for Cookiepalooza 2014. 🙂 My fave was the dark chocolate fudge with sea salt.

  156. Paige Chandler says:

    I like to make pumpkin roll.

  157. We made gingerbread cookies

  158. Susan Ladd says:

    I will be baking cookies and more cookies this holidays season. Thanks for this awesome sweep and have a Happy New Year 🙂

  159. Joanna Allison says:

    I’m baking a chocolate pecan pie.

  160. Candy cane cookies.
    Thanks for the contest.

  161. i made pumpkin cake

  162. making apple pie

  163. Unfortunately, no baking for me this year. My oven just died. Usually I make all kinds of cookies and breads.

  164. I absolutely love ginger snap cookies during the holidays!

  165. I always find that sour cream makes for the moistest cakes!

  166. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I have made Scottish shortbread, and dulce de luche cheesecake.

  167. I made several different cookies and banana bread

  168. Soft sugar cookies.

  169. For me, it’s Magic Cookie Bars 🙂 My mom always made them during the holidays when I was a kid and I love to keep that tradition going 🙂

  170. Should there be any coffee in the recipe (or have I missed it). Looks yummy, by the way

  171. this looks so yummy.

  172. There’s no liquid in the cake? It can’t be very moist. Maybe a little milk?

  173. Dora Greece says:

    Just made this. Omg it’s perfect.Amazing texture and as sweet as it should be. Thanks for sharing

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