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Two Peas and Their Pod: Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I am not a coffee drinker. I love the smell, but I have never been a coffee person. Come to think of it, the only beverage I do drink is water. The perfect thirst quencher! I used to have an occasional Diet Coke or Crystal Light lemonade, but six months ago I went cold turkey. I will spice up my water with a lemon or lime, but that is as wild as I get:)

I do enjoy a good coffee cake though, maybe because there is no coffee actually involved:) My blogging friend, Beth Lipton, of
CookiePie (who is also the food editor for All You magazine) just came out with a fabulous baking cookbook, You Made That Dessert?. The book is filled with sweet treats-cookies, pies, cakes, puddings, etc. I didn't know what to try first, until I saw the sour cream coffee cake. BINGO!

I made the cake on Saturday and it was fantastic. The cake was very moist, thanks to the sour cream and butter. The cake is simple to make, but pretty enough to serve to a crowd. The cinnamon sugar ripple and cinnamon glaze really make this cake shine. The cinnamon flavor is perfect for fall too.

I took the cake to a party on Saturday night and came home with an empty platter. There wasn't even a crumb leftover. It was a hit!

I can't wait to try all of Beth's recipes in
You Made That Dessert? The book is available now and has more than 100 dessert recipes that are EASY to make. I love the baking tips and tricks Beth shares in her book. This is a great book for beginning or experienced bakers. If you like desserts this book will be your new best friend:)

To view other great recipes from
You Made That Dessert?, visit the following blogs. Just a warning-you will be craving sweets after you read these posts:)

Recipe Girl
The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch
Cookie Baker Lynn
Under The High Chair

Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Recipe from "You Made That Dessert?" by Beth Lipton
(Printable Recipe)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup of sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 1/2 teaspoons milk

1. Make the cake. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously mista 10 inch tube pan or a 12 cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring them together with a fork.

2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating until well mixed before adding the next one. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula after beating in the second and third eggs.

3. Using a flexible spatula or wooden spoon, stir in half the flour mixture until almost mixed in. Mix in the sour cream and vanilla all at once, then stir in the remaining flour mixture, taking care not to overmix. Using the flexible spatula, scrape the bottom of the bowl to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated. In a small bowl, stir the brown sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon together with a fork.

4. Pour half of the batter into the pan, and use the spatula to spread it evenly. Sprinkle the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture evenly over the batter (use your fingers). Spread the remaining batter over the brown sugar mixture. Bake the cake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

5. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a shart paring knife along the outside of the cake, inside the pan, to separate the cake from the sides of the pan. Place the wire rack upside-down over the top of the cake pan and, holding on firmly to both the cake pan and the wire rack, quickly invert them so that the cake comes out of the pan and onto the rack. Gently lift the pan away, and let the cake cool for at least another 30 minutes.

6. Just before serving, make the glaze: In a small bowl, using a fork, mix the confectioner's sugar, cinnamom, and milk. Use a fork to drizzle the glaze over the cake.

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Blogger Jennifer said...

My husband is the same. He will eat things with coffee but not really drink it. This cake looks wonderful. Your friends cookbook, Beth, sounds like a good one!! Thanks for the links and sharing!

4:30 AM  
Blogger Aimée said...

Oh, so pretty! Wish I dad a slice of that to go with my coffee right now!

I'm so enjoying Beth's book--it's TOO hard to decide what to bake!

6:06 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That cake is beautiful and must be deliciously moist!



6:06 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I'm going to have to take a look at this book - I love dessert! Looks like a great recipe!

6:12 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Gorgeous! Looks totally tasty too. I really only drink water and coffee ;). Its funny- I enjoy coffee cakes...but don't like them with coffee. I think coffee deserves to be enjoyed on its own haha.

Hope the belly is feeling better today

6:15 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

I love sour cream coffee cake and this would sounds wounderful. Beautiful too!

Good for you on going cold turkey with the diet drinks. That is great! I have too and I believe our health is much better for it. :)

6:17 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Oh, I love a good coffee cake too!

6:24 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Beautiful coffee cake! I will definitely keep my eyes open for that cookbook!

6:50 AM  
Blogger heidileon said...

I am coffee drinker and a coffee cake lover. Pefect because the cake does looks deliciously coffeish :)

7:17 AM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

I love coffee AND coffee cake - this looks delicious!!

7:18 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

looks delicious! I love the frosting part :)

7:19 AM  
Blogger Smitten Sugar said...

This looks delicious! I love the drizzle of icing on top. I am not a coffee drinker either but love coffee cake :)

7:20 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

mmm it looks and sounds delicious!!

7:26 AM  
Blogger Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

That's a gorgeous cake Maria, just awesome. I love bundts & this has come out so beautifully! Congrats to Beth on publishing her book. How wnderful!

7:29 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

I'm so honored to be on your blog, and so happy you like the book and the cake! Thank you so much!!!

7:29 AM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

Maria, Looks crazy drinker, you! :)

And you know I love anything in a Bundt! :) - mary

7:49 AM  
Blogger Divina Pe said...

That's an awesome cake. I also drink water too in every meal. Sometimes I drink coffee for breakfast. I just couldn't resist when my brother brews coffee. But water is always what I drink. No soft drinks or bottomless ice tea except for herbal or just plain tea. I love coffee in every desserts or cakes. And this is one just irresistible. But it has to be eaten with coffee. Thanks.

7:54 AM  
Blogger HoneyB said...

Looks great Maria!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yummy! I'll take a piece right now, please. :)

9:04 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

Your cake is lovely - the swirl looks just right. I'm not a coffee gal, either, but I'd love a slice of this with tea. So many great recipes in this book - it's hard to pick just one!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

That is certainly my kind of cake and it looks so delicious. It is perfect with a cup of coffee!

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a coffee girl either, water is my favorite drink. I love cakes made in Bundt pans, they are so pretty. This one sounds just delicious!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

that cake really looks like heaven -- and i'm not a coffee person either

10:52 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

i think i'd take the whole thing and eat the entire middle section! cinnamon ripple?? oh holy.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

That is one gorgeous cake. It looks delicious.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Engineer Baker said...

I must admit, coffee is one of my vices :) Unfortunately, the bf doesn't even like the smell! Coffeecake though, both of us love, so this sounds (and looks!) absolutely delicious!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Yum. I would love a big slice with my coffee please. It looks delicious.

11:09 AM  
Blogger CrystalsCozyKitchen said...

I am totally with you about the coffee cake without the coffee. I love the cinnamon swirl. It looks so good! Give me a cold winter day, this coffee cake and a cup of hot chocolate and I'll be a content woman!

11:45 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

I love coffee cake and this one looks and sounds yummy. Thanks for the heads up on the cook book too. I may have to get it!

12:04 PM  
Blogger Katherine Aucoin said...

This looks fabulous and I really like how the sour cream moistens the cake.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Yum, that does look really good. We're quite fond of anything cinnamony! :)

1:04 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

The cake looks great. I have Beth's book on order and can't wait to get it.

1:11 PM  
Blogger pigpigscorner said...

The cake looks so moist!

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Dana said...

What a beautiful coffee cake. It's so great to have recipes like that in your arsenal!

1:41 PM  
Blogger islandgirl1223 said...

I don't have a bundt cake pan. What other size pan could I use to bake this?

1:50 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

hello, cinnamon-sugar swirl. why must you entice me so? great-looking cake, maria--the book sounds really excellent!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone! It really is a fabulous cake and a great cookbook. Add it to your collection:)

Islandgirl1223-You could try a large loaf pan or 8 by 8 pan. just divide in half, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar topping and add other half. If there is too much batter, make muffins with the rest:) I hope it works!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Mini Baker said...

I just found your blog and I love it! You've got so many interesting recipes :)
-Mini Baker

4:43 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

I loooove coffee cake!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Mmm, i'm with you, i don't drink coffee, but this would be perfect with some tea :)

4:46 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Me...I could live on coffee!!
Love the swirl layer!

5:21 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I love my coffee and my coffee cake. Love the look of this coffee cake. I will be making this very soon. I'm going to have to check out Beth's book as well since I love making desserts. Thanks for sharing.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

I'm not a coffee drinker either, but I love coffee cake! This one looks great! Thanks for the heads up on the new cookbook :)

6:42 PM  
Blogger Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

What a yummy treat this is - so moist and delicious!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Miss High Heels said...

I've been quietly obsessed with coffee cakes since having to give up coffee drinking. Any cake with sour cream has a lovely texture. The glaze works really well.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What a gorgeous coffee cake!
I have an espresso in the morning with hubby, out of ritual not of need. Otherwise I am pretty much a water gal.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Bren said...

not a coffee drinker!?!? how do I convert you! :)

8:57 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

I made coffee cake today too, only mine was with a crumb topping. I made it and so badly wanted a cuppa coffee, but had juice instead.

Your bundt looks lovely. I love all the drippy glaze on it.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Ohhh, I love coffee cake. This one looks perfect.

How can you not love coffee?! I wish I could have it injected into my veins.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

what a beautiful coffee cake! Don't you just love how sour cream makes everything more moist?!

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Teanna said...

That dessert looks OUTSTANDING! I go for months only drinking water, but then the Raspberry Green Tea Crystal light always calls my name!

5:27 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Speaking of breakfast cakes, I think this would pass the test also, with or without a good coffee :) I love your glaze on top, and bundt cakes are so portable.

Try spicing your water up with cucumber... one of my favorites :)

6:17 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Cake looks great! I guess I dont have to worry about having enough coffee in our room before Blogher. It's all mine! But you can bring the coffee cake! ;)

6:38 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

beautiful! i would love a slice of that right now!

6:57 AM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

Delicious coffee cake, Maria! The sour cream makes for such a moist cake.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I gave up the diet soda long ago too. Maybe once in a great while...But I found that Whole Foods now carries a SAFE diet soda that is actually quite tasty-no aftertaste at all.
Don't you just love bundt? So easy to use. Love the center swirl, for me, that's the best part.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

My husband loves the smell of coffee but will not drink it like you. Your cake looks perfect with that gorgeous swirl through it. How decadent.

10:00 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

That looks like a wonderful cake! I don't drink coffee either...

10:14 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Looks great. I could use a slice with my coffee!

11:42 AM  
Blogger Kami said...

Wow that looks so good! I love the smell of coffee too but the taste...bleh. Looks like an awesome recipe!

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

have the worst weakness for baked goods containing sour cream. It just makes them so much better!

12:41 PM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

This looks fabulous Maria. :-)

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Barbara said...

I have a similar recipe but have never dripped frosting over it. Recently Ina Garten made something similar and she used maple syrup in her frosting. Sounded good to me.

3:48 PM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Your delicious looking cake is a very good advertisement for that book. I love a good coffee cake too and like you, I don't like coffee. I like the flavor, but not the drink itself. I like coffee ice cream, for example, or a creamy latte, but don't make me drink black or sugarless coffee - yech! Vile, bitter mud.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Oh that looks so good. I haven't had coffee cake in ages. I will have to make this.
I sure it's good with a nice refreshing glass of water, but a nice hot coffee would be good with it too ;)

7:17 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

What a gorgeous cake. I finally got my hubby addicted to coffee. Stay away while you can ;)

8:21 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Oh yum, I just love when I see sour cream in cakes. It just means moist and delicious!!!!!! Looks beautiful too.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

Yum! I LOVE sour cream coffee cake!

9:37 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

I feel like all the coffee cakes have sour cream in them - this looks amazing!

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your coffee cake looks great. I can not live without coffee.

1:57 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

Okay wait; so it definitely says you're from Utah! What was I thinking?!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Jerri said...

Wow! This looks so yummy!

I'd like to invite you to come by for my blogiversary celebration!

10:43 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

I want to make this Maria, it looks fantastic!

7:54 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

I'm not a coffee fan either, but I would DEFINITELY enjoy some of this coffee cake. :o)

5:34 AM  
Blogger Magen said...

It was great meeting you tonight at PW's book signing. I can't wait to read your blog on Friday! :-)

9:31 PM  

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