Sourdough Pecan Coffee Cake


If you enjoy using sourdough, you know it can be a challenge to time the bake with time to feed your starter! When it's time to feed, it's time to discard some of the starter, and you may or may not be ready to bake bread. This recipe uses the starter that you discard to create a yummy coffee cake for those mornings when you have just a bit of extra time. I like to make the streusel first, so it's ready to go when I need it. There is also an optional glaze.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
1 8-inch coffee cake



  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • teaspoon salt

Coffee Cake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 5 ⅓ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 cup sourdough starter discard

  • ½ cup pecans, broken into pieces

Glaze (optional):

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and lightly flour an 8x8-inch cake pan.

  2. Cut cold butter into small pieces with a knife and place in a medium mixing bowl. Add brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Use a pastry knife or 2 forks to cut butter into dry ingredients until large crumbs form. Set streusel aside.

  3. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

  4. Beat sugar and butter together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy and fluffy. Add egg and mix for 1 minute. Add sourdough discard and dry ingredients; mix until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle streusel on top, followed by the pecan pieces.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.

  6. Stir confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt together to make the glaze. Add more sugar to make a thicker glaze, or more milk to make a thinner glaze.

  7. Pour the glaze into a resealable plastic bag and seal. Snip a tiny piece, about 1/8 of an inch, off one of the bottom corners. Hold bag over the cake and squeeze the glaze through the tiny opening, moving your hand across the top, drizzling glaze as you go. Cut cake into 9 pieces and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

395 Calories
15g Fat
63g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 395
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 339mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 133mg 3%

* 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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