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Sour Cream Streusel Coffeecake - A classic coffeecake recipe with a sugar, cinnamon and walnut streusel baked inside!

As much as I love apple and pumpkin recipes at this time of the year – sometimes, a simple and classic Sour Cream Streusel Coffeecake is REALLY what I want baking in the oven on a cool Fall morning!

Put on a pot of coffee to brew… because there really is nothing better than the smell of sweet, cinnamon streusel baking in the oven! And – when that streusel is layered in the middle of a moist, dense and lightly sweet coffeecake – I am in heaven!

Sour Cream Streusel Coffeecake - A classic coffeecake recipe with a sugar, cinnamon and walnut streusel baked inside!

Recipes like this sour cream streusel coffeecake remind me of my childhood. Back then, my mother would often make cakes like this (although admittedly hers was sometimes from a boxed mix for convenience) and to this day, a simple, classic coffeecake like this brings me back in time.

And, although this sour cream streusel coffeecake looks very fancy – especially once you’ve sliced it open and can see the swirls of cinnamon, sugar and walnuts inside – this cake is very easy to make!

Sour Cream Streusel Coffeecake - A classic coffeecake recipe with a sugar, cinnamon and walnut streusel baked inside!

Our sour cream streusel coffeecake is also one of those recipes that seems to improve in flavor over time! In fact, the original recipe (clipped from The Boston Globe newspaper years ago) suggested baking the cake, then allowing it to sit overnight before sprinkling with powdered sugar and serving.

If you do decide to let this cake stand overnight – just be sure to let it cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap so it stays fresh. Enjoy!

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Sour Cream Streusel Coffeecake

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


For the Streusel

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

For the Batter

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting


  1. In a bowl, mix together the streusel ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with the baking rack centered in the oven. Grease and flour a 10-inch (12-cup) bundt pan (or use a floured baking spray).
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating for 2 minutes, stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl after 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat at medium speed for 1 minute.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream and baking soda together.
  6. With the mixer on low, alternate adding the dry ingredients and sour cream mixture to the butter mixture – starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  7. Spoon 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan. (The batter will be thick so try spreading it in the bottom of the bundt pan as best as possible.) Sprinkle half of the streusel mixture over the center of the batter – trying as best as possible to avoid having any of the streusel touch the side of the pan. By spoonfuls, add another 1/3 of the batter over the dry streusel – and as best as you can, spread the batter evenly to cover the layer of streusel. Repeat with the remaining streusel and the final 1/3 of the batter.
  8. Rap the pan hard on your kitchen counter once to settle any air pockets in the batter.
  9. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the side of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove the cake from the oven and cool on a rack for 30 minutes. Then invert the cake onto a cooling rack, remove the pan from the cake and allow to cool completely.
  11. Once completely cool, sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar. Slice to serve.

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Sour Cream Streusel Coffeecake - A classic coffeecake recipe with a sugar, cinnamon and walnut streusel baked inside!


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  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

    This looks like the perfect cake for a ladies lunch or shower. Lovely!

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking wrote:

    Letting it sit overnight?! Goodness, no! 😉 And you’re right. Coffee cakes are awesome for fall! All I can think of is apple and maple stuff right now but coffee cake sounds perfect. Especially this one!

  • Ginny McMeans wrote:

    Coffeecakes are my favorite thing in the whole world. Yours looks so moist and perfect!

  • Medeja wrote:

    I would love some with a cup of coffee! Looks really delish!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Medeja!

  • Lora @cakeduchess wrote:

    I do think these coffeecakes are better if you let them sit overnight…but this one wouldn’t get to sit more than 5 minutes! Looks great, Martha. I’d love a slice with my coffee now!

  • Kim Beaulieu wrote:

    I freaking love this one Martha. Coffee cake is always delightful. This one looks like I’d hope my friends didn’t show up so I could hog it all to myself. Keeping it real. ha

  • Maria wrote:

    If one would use yogurt instead of sour cream, would it change the texture of this cake?

    • Martha wrote:

      I think yogurt should work fine Maria!

  • Brenda@SugarfreeMom wrote:

    I love using sour cream in baked goodies! This coffee cake with streusel looks exceptional!

  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

    You can’t beat a really good classic coffee cake and it looks as though you’ve nailed it with this recipe. How I’d love a slice with my cup of tea!

  • Stephanie wrote:

    Yes! This is one of my favorites too! Yours looks absolutely perfect!

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