Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake


For me, the best part about any coffee cake recipe is the crispy, crunchy, buttery crumb topping. In this recipe, I significantly increased the amount of crumb topping and hid a layer inside the cake!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
1 8x10-inch coffee cake


Crumb Topping:

  • 1 ½ cups pecans, finely chopped

  • cup white sugar

  • cup packed light brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • teaspoon salt


  • 1 ⅞ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup sour cream or creme fraiche

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter an 8x10-inch baking dish.

  2. Make the topping: Mix pecans, white sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, and salt together in a mixing bowl until thoroughly combined and all components are coated with butter, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Make the cake: Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.

  4. Mix sugar and butter together in a large bowl with a spatula until well blended. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated. Whisk in sour cream and vanilla. Gradually whisk in flour mixture until flour is just incorporated; do not overmix.

  5. Spread 1/2 of the batter over the bottom of the prepared baking dish, then sprinkle with 1/2 of the topping. Carefully spoon remaining batter over topping, then sprinkle with remaining topping; very gently press topping into batter.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a bamboo skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

    close up view of a slice of Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake on a white plate
    Chef John

Chef's Note:

When measuring flour, it's best to gently spoon the flour into your measuring cup. If you dip the cup into the flour, it packs the flour and you'll end up with too much.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

634 Calories
38g Fat
69g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 634
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 474mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 194mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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