A friend of mine gave me this recipe years ago. Sometimes I lower the fat content by using fat-free sour cream or yogurt instead of the sour cream. Enjoy! This can also be made into small loaf cakes which can be frozen easily.

Ruth
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Coffee Cake:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease a 10-inch bundt pan.

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  • Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Mix in vanilla.

  • Combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Pour flour mixture into batter alternately with the sour cream, mixing until just incorporated. Fold in walnuts, mixing just enough to evenly combine. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan.

  • Mix the remaining 1/4 cup of white sugar with the cinnamon.

  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the batter in the pan. Drop remaining cake batter in heaping spoonfuls over filling, covering it as best you can.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes. Lower heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for an additional 40 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

403 calories; 20.2 g total fat; 85 mg cholesterol; 256 mg sodium. 51.2 g carbohydrates; 5.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2008
Very nice cake. Excellent crumb,texture and taste. Cream butter and sugar first, add eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Add sour cream and flour mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour. To avoid a crusty, over-baked exterior bake at standard 350 degrees. Also, for a moist cake, do not overbake! This cake is very similar to one made with a yellow cake mix, but a much tastier choice. I omitted the nuts and used brown sugar for the filling--no need at all to double filling ingredients--then drizzled with a powdered sugar glaze when cool. Excellent recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/21/2011
The cake tastes wonderful - the method of combining the eggs with the sugar and then adding the sour cream and butter is weird. If you add the vanilla at the same time you add the butter, you get a more intense vanilla flavor. I also added about a 1 teaspoon more cinnamon and added the nuts to the cinnamon sugar mixture rather than have them throughout the whole cake. Definitely make it again but will use the standard mixing method - cream butter and sugars, add sour cream and eggs, etc. Also I didn't use the 400 degree temp - just the 350 and baked it until it was done. Read More
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563 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 354
  • 4 star values: 157
  • 3 star values: 27
  • 2 star values: 17
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2008
Very nice cake. Excellent crumb,texture and taste. Cream butter and sugar first, add eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Add sour cream and flour mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour. To avoid a crusty, over-baked exterior bake at standard 350 degrees. Also, for a moist cake, do not overbake! This cake is very similar to one made with a yellow cake mix, but a much tastier choice. I omitted the nuts and used brown sugar for the filling--no need at all to double filling ingredients--then drizzled with a powdered sugar glaze when cool. Excellent recipe! Read More
(471)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2008
Very nice cake. Excellent crumb,texture and taste. Cream butter and sugar first, add eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Add sour cream and flour mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour. To avoid a crusty, over-baked exterior bake at standard 350 degrees. Also, for a moist cake, do not overbake! This cake is very similar to one made with a yellow cake mix, but a much tastier choice. I omitted the nuts and used brown sugar for the filling--no need at all to double filling ingredients--then drizzled with a powdered sugar glaze when cool. Excellent recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2003
I read the other reviews and made some modifications when I made the cake. I coated the Bundt pan with cinnamon & sugar, used brown sugar instead of white for the filling, omitted the nuts and added a little extra sour cream (light) to the batter. Results were great!! We took it to a friend's house and I got a desperate e-mail two days later that the cake was finished and they needed the recipe ASAP. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2005
This recipie was very good. I would suggest using an icing to drizzle over the top. The icing i used was: 1c. powdered sugar, 2tablespoons milk, and 1teaspon of vanilla extract. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2003
This has been a big hit very good but not too sweet. The first time I tried this recipe the sour cream and butter were quite lumpy so I started over. I now cream the sugar and butter before adding the eggs and sour cream. I also substituted pecans instead of walnuts. Do grease your pan well! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2003
There are not enough stars to give this recipe it's just desserts! It has set the standard by which all cakes are judged in my house. Easy as can be comes out perfect every time. My only modification is I double the amount of swirl mixture and divide the cake batter into three so I can layer the swirl. When cut the inside has 2 stripes of swirl and some on top! Fabulous Recipe I make it often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2003
Wonderful & moist. We loved it. I made a couple of changes - I did not have sour cream so I used one cup milk & one TBLS vinegar mix & let sit for 5 minutes (got this from King Arthur). Also at the suggestion of another reviewer I used 2 TBLS cinnamon. This is probably the best coffee cake I've made & it looks nice too!!:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/21/2011
The cake tastes wonderful - the method of combining the eggs with the sugar and then adding the sour cream and butter is weird. If you add the vanilla at the same time you add the butter, you get a more intense vanilla flavor. I also added about a 1 teaspoon more cinnamon and added the nuts to the cinnamon sugar mixture rather than have them throughout the whole cake. Definitely make it again but will use the standard mixing method - cream butter and sugars, add sour cream and eggs, etc. Also I didn't use the 400 degree temp - just the 350 and baked it until it was done. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2005
This recipe was so delicious! I am a big coffee cake fan and this one was the best one I've had. I made one modification-I doubled the cinnamon-sugar mixture then to that added 1/4 cup brown sugar 4 TBSP of melted butter 1/4 cup chopped walnuts mixed that up and sprinkled it in the middle of the cake. WONDERFUL! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2003
This was good but made a cake that only about half filled our bundt pan. I recommend the "Streusel Coffee Cake" recipe submitted by Mary instead. It's a very similar cake but bigger and moister. Read More
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