Spiced Sour Cream Coffee Cake

April 12, 2012


I haven’t made coffee cake in ages. I actually haven’t thought of coffee cake in ages. When I was young, my dad made coffee cake regularly on the weekends. He’d pull a well-worn box of Bisquick from the cabinet, add a splash of milk, a dash of cinnamon and, before long, our whole house would smell of buttery coffee cake. I loved those mornings.

This Sunday, I decided to try my hand at coffee cake from scratch. I added pecans as well as garam masala and cloves for a richer flavor. The result was almost as good as my Dad’s (Dad’s recipe gets nostalgia points). You could substitute walnuts for the pecans and skip the spices if you prefer a dressed down version.



For the topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup chopped pecans 
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
For the cake:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
2 (generous) Tablespoons sour cream
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

First, prepare the topping. In a mixing bowl, combine all topping ingredients blending with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.


In a separate mixing bowl beat the egg and combine with the sugar, vanilla, and melted butter. Slowly add in the 1 1/2 cups flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.


Then add the sour cream. (If the batter is stiff, add a splash of milk.)


Pour the batter into an oiled 8-inch square pan or a parchment lined  loaf pan (I put a tiny drop of oil on the parchment before pouring the batter on top). Sprinkle topping crumb mixture evenly over batter and pat it gently into the top.


If using a square pan, bake for 25 to 30 minutes. If using a loaf pan, bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until done. Serve warm.


Not bad for a Sunday morning.


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Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

That thick layer of topping looks delicious!!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic April 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I’ve actually never made coffee cake but I do love it. Gorgeous pictures!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Give it a shot and thank you!

Aparna B. April 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

Yum! Great idea putting garam masala in it! I imagine it gives it a nice smokey/deep flavor! I used to think coffee cake was flavored like coffee haha. I still don’t get it, though! It’s a cake you’re supposed to eat with coffee or tea?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I think it’s meant for coffee, but would be delicious with tea as well.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 12, 2012 at 8:28 am

I love coffee cakes! This one looks incredible – I really love that you added garam masala to it. I’ve been putting Indian spices in everything lately!

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