Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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This Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake is a dense cake that is topped with the best brown sugar streusel. It’s an easy to make coffee cake that is perfect for a sweet breakfast treat or for dessert with a cup of coffee.

If you love coffee cake recipes, you should also try this Cinnamon Coffee Cake Poke Cake and my Eggnog Coffee Cake.

Two pieces of Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I love nothing more than a lazy weekend at home, although I can’t remember the last lazy weekend at home that I had. Usually my weekends involve all night baking and all day shooting photos and then cleaning over and over again. Part of a lazy weekend for me involves waking up, cooking a nice breakfast and sipping on my ice coffee.

Every once in awhile I make a dessert or baked good that my boyfriend can’t resist. This weekend it was chocolate cake (coming soon!) and this Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake. He isn’t much a breakfast person (I am the total opposite), so when he woke up and immediately went for a slice of coffee cake, I was thrilled. My coworkers are enjoying the leftovers today. Before we talk about this coffee cake, I need to introduce you to my new BFF.

I was provided a free Ninja Coffee Bar in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I’ve been a long time using of Ninja products. 

A few months ago, I attended BlogHer Food in Chicago where I had the opportunity to see the new Ninja Coffee Bar in action. I spent a lot of time popping by their booth. Typically you can never find iced coffee (my drink of choice) at these sorts of events. Fortunately, Ninja was showing off their new system and I was there to reap the benefits.

Recently, Ninja sent me a Coffee Bar to try out for myself. This past weekend, I slept in and then spent some time learning how to use my new Ninja Coffee Bar.

What excited me most about the Coffee Bar was the numerous settings for brewing coffee. With the Ninja Coffee Bar you can choose to brew a single cup, a thermos or a carafe. Once you pick the amount of coffee  you want to make, you can choose a classic or rich brew, brew over ice or a specialty brew (more concentrated). Of course, I was eager to try the brewing over ice. First I made a carafe, then I made a thermos. The settings on the Ninja Coffee Bar are specially designed so as not to dilute the coffee once the ice is added.

A cup of Ninja Coffee Bar brew over ice

I was very impressed at how lightweight the machine is as well. It takes up a bit more space than my previous machine, but I think it’s worth it. I also noticed it comes with a clock and an option to program a brew time. We all know it’s nice to save a few extra minutes in the morning.

The Ninja Coffee Bar

Some of the unexpected bonus items I received with the Coffee Bar were a milk frother (you know, to make those really fancy drinks), an insulted thermos for hot or cold coffee (straw included) and a recipe book with 100 drinks you can create with the Coffee Bar. Plus it has a self-cleaning function and an easy to clean removable filter. I had high expectations for the Ninja Coffee Bar and it exceeded them with flying colors. I’ve always been a fan of Ninja. I own their Mega Kitchen System and another smaller system, the Master Prep Pro.

This Coffee Cake Has The Best Streusel Topping

Now let’s talk about this cake real quick! It’s a nice and dense coffee cake that is made with butter and sour cream. Each bite is loaded with a brown sugar streusel, and we all know that is your favorite part.

Photo of icing pouring onto Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I Love Eating This Sour Cream Coffee Cake For Breakfast

I love the richness of the coffee cake that contrast the sugary streusel. It was VERY hard for my to prevent myself from slicing off small pieces here and there. Breakfast is my biggest weakness. And let me just clarify that donuts count as a breakfast that can be enjoyed all day long. Ergo, weakness. Seriously though, whenever there is a muffin around, you better believe I am sinking my teeth into it.

This is a relatively easy, classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake. I baked mine in a 9-inch by 13-inch pan, but you can also use a bundt pan. This just so happens to pair wonderfully with a cup of coffee.

Pieces of Sour Cream Coffee Cake

With Valentine’s day quickly approaching, you might want to buy this new toy for that coffee-loving friend.

Two pieces of Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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A slice of sour cream coffee cake with streusel topping

Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large loaves, 10 slices per loaf


With layers of moist and sweet cake, and an addictive cinnamon, sugar and pecan streusel topping, this Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake is a true delight. Perfect to pair with coffee or enjoy as dessert.


For the cake:

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (380g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (192g) sour cream
  • 2 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (3.75g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2.5g) cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the streusel:

  • ½ cup (70g) all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons (82g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons (48g) granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons (11g) cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons (84g) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 cup (116g) chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup (180g) chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch loaf pans, and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Cream room temperature butter and sugar together in a stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Next add the eggs and beat until well incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Next, add sour cream and vanilla extract and beat until well incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients: flour. baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients and beat at a low speed just until flour is mixed. Turn off your mixer and use a spatula and mix by hand until well combined.
  5. Pour 1 cup of the batter into the bottom of each of the pans and spread evenly. Then sprinkle a quarter of the streusel over the batter in each pan. Divide remaining batter evenly between the two pans and top with remaining streusel, half on each loaf.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 45-55 minutes. Check the coffee cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, then the cake is done. Allow to cool completely.


This can also be made in a 10-cup bundt pan and baked for around 60 minutes. Check the coffee cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, then the cake is done. Be sure to thoroughly grease and flour the bundt pan.

  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy coffee cake, cinnamon streusel, snack cake

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23 Responses
  1. David @ MilkFrotherJudge

    My Mom had a “signature” coffee cake recipes. I have this ninja coffee bar and I have made iced tea and iced coffee. It was very cold on first sip from brewing and very refreshing good taste.

  2. Cindy Hoffman

    Hi there Julianne, the sour cake must taste heavenly. I also like the fact that the ingredients are readily available and easy to make. Thanks a lot for sharing this, I will surely try it out come this weekend.


  3. Laura @ Laura's Culinay Adventures

    Every once in a while I need a lazy weekend for my mental health 🙂 . This coffee cake looks delicious!

  4. A

    Can you please tell me how many eggs that is needed.. in the directions it lists eggs but doesn’t list them in the ingredients.. thanks.

  5. Cynthia | What A Girl Eats

    I love a good coffee cake! I don’t drink coffee, but that coffee bar would be heaven for my husbands and daughters!

  6. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    Sour cream, butter and streusel. Woah some of my favorite things! Looks like a fantastic coffee cake!

  7. D Dell

    I forgot to wait until after I eat breakfast to check out your posts! It’s a challenge to look at these pictures and not want to run to the store, buy ingredients, tell my boss I’m going home sick and BAKING away! Yum.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      LOL! That’s especially important that you eat breakfast when I post a breakfast recipe! It doesn’t compare to this! LOL. I am sure your boss would understand if you showed up tomorrow with this! My friend made it with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. She said she loved it!

  8. Jocelyn @Inside BruCrew Life

    We have been enjoying the Ninja Coffe Bar here too. It is such a fun machine and can do so much! And this coffee cake…it looks amazing! Perfect breakfast food right there!!!

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