Joan’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake

It’s funny how you find things when you aren’t really looking for them. Last weekend we were organizing the basement when I came across my mother-in-law’s recipe for the sour cream coffee cake that she always used to make.

slice of sour cream coffee cake on plate with fork

It’s strange that I happened to come across this recipe now because we’ve been thinking about her a lot lately. It’s a year this month that she passed away, plus it was the first Christmas without her, so our thoughts have naturally been about her.

handwritten sour cream coffee cake recipe

My husband loved her cake, actually he loves anything sweet, so I thought I would bake one for him in remembrance of her.

sprinkling nut and sugar mixture in cake batter

5 from 2 votes

Easy Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350

  2. Beat together butter, sour cream and sugar

  3. Add eggs, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt

  4. Mix well

  5. Combine nuts brown sugar and cinnamon; set aside

  6. Pour 1/2 of your batter in greased bundt or tube pan

  7. Sprinkle nut mixture over batter

  8. Add the rest of the batter over nut mixture

  9. Bake for 50-60 minutes

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My MIL was a good cook but I didn’t see her bake often. She did have this recipe in her cookbook though, for those occasions when she needed to bring a baked good. She wouldn’t bake cookies or brownies, it was always this coffee cake recipe.

I pulled out my trusty bundt pan for my coffee cake but my mother-in-law always used her tube pan. Either way will work. 

sour cream coffee cake cooling in a bundt pan

I think the reason she always returned to it was because it was easy to make and it always got raves when she did make it.

This was the first time I made it and it was really easy. I can’t say it’s particularly good for the waistline but it’s delicious and the hubs enjoyed it. It also brought on all kinds of fun stories about her while I was making it.

slice of sour cream coffee cake with a fork

All around, a really great way to remember Mom. 

Check out some of my other easy sweet recipes.

Favorite Banana Bread with Mini Choc. Chips

Easy Sweet and Salty Nutella Crescent Rolls



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  1. Margaret Robinson
    Monday,January 29, 2018 / 9:06 am

    A very “sweet” story o many levels. Will try this next week when we’ve got a houseful of guests. Thanks – MMR

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 30, 2018 / 2:00 am

      That’s great to hear Margaret. Please let me know how it comes out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Debbie H
    Monday,January 29, 2018 / 10:39 am

    Wow Kristi that looks delicious. In my younger days I baked all the time, now I don’t because I am the only one that would eat it and I definitely don’t need to. However I am always looking for a quick easy covered dish to take to gatherings and this fits the bill. Sorry for your loss but happy you are able to share good memories. Have a great week.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 31, 2018 / 4:12 am

      I don’t bake as much as I used to but I was happy to do this because it brought up some great memories of her, at the perfect time.

      Thanks as always for stopping by to visit. Hope you are having a great week.

  3. Monday,January 29, 2018 / 11:19 am

    It’s always nice to find something that reminds you of a loved one. For my husband’s birthday (the 1st one after he passed) I made a cake and had my sons, DIL, and grandkids over to celebrate with singing “Happy Birthday”. It was a nice way of remembering him and keeping his spirit alive with the grandkids.
    You got me thinking I should do some baking. I might make my famous delicious chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese and peanut butter frosting and chopped nuts on top. The grandkids will be over after school tomorrow so this is a perfect time to make them!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 31, 2018 / 4:19 am

      That sounds like such a special way to remember your husband. I’m sure it helps the grands to remember him too.

      Mmmm, I’m not into sweets but peanut butter frosting sounds so good. I’m sure they loved them.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing MJ!

  4. Marlene Stephenson
    Monday,January 29, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    It sounds good and i will be trying it. Memories are great.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 31, 2018 / 4:13 am

      Memories are great. Thanks Marlene, I hope you get to try it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Christine Agtang
    Monday,January 29, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    The coffee cake sounds delicious! I don’t own a bundt or tube pan. What size should I purchase?

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 31, 2018 / 4:16 am

      Thanks Christine! My husband loved it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I only use a bundt pan, have for years. Mine is 12 cups (you could also go with a 10″ tube pan). Hope that helps!

      • Christine Agtang
        Wednesday,January 31, 2018 / 12:07 pm

        Thank you Kristi!

  6. Tuesday,January 30, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Looks mouthwatering, must make soon. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 31, 2018 / 4:16 am

      Thanks so much Ivory! I hope you get to make it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Thursday,February 1, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    Looks delicious!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 1, 2018 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks so much Sue! ๐Ÿ™‚

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