Grandma’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This easy Sour Cream Coffee Cake is moist and tender, with layers of pecans and a cinnamon sugar crumble. It’s perfect with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea!

slice of sour cream coffee cake on a white plate.

Grandma’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake is a simple, classic recipe. The cake itself is light, with a tender crumb. Sandwiched between the layers is a brown sugar, pecan, and cinnamon crumble, which also adorns the top (that’s TWO layers of pecan crumble, just like in my Banana Coffee Cake!).

Its simplicity makes it really delightful, especially accompanied by a cup of coffee.

The recipe fittingly comes from my Grandma Cay’s recipe binder. (I previously shared Rum Balls and German Potato Salad with Eggs, which are also her recipes.)

It’s the first recipe in her binder, so I have no doubt that she made it for her bridge club ladies, whom she hosted weekly.

They would sit around and play for pennies (yes, actual pennies), enjoying coffee and a treat as they caught up on life.

vintage recipe book with handwritten recipe.

As Grandma Cay grew older, bridge club eventually came to a stop. Many ladies moved to Florida or to be closer to grandkids, some moved to retirement homes, and some passed away.

At one point, Grandma explained, “all my friends are in Florida or dead.” It was sadly true.

Grandma herself passed away a few summers ago. If there are any games of bridge played in heaven, I bet that Grandma has gathered the girls for another round.

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slice of sour cream coffee cake on a white plate with a white napkin.

Coffee cake ingredients

  • You’ll need unsalted butter.
  • All-purpose flour is best for baking.
  • Sugar makes it sweet, of course!
  • Two eggs keep the cake moist.
  • The combination of baking powder and baking soda helps it rise.
  • The crumble is made from sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans.

How to make sour cream coffee cake

Cream together 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. This will take about 2 minutes with a handheld mixer.

butter and sugar creamed together in a glass bowl.

Add 2 eggs and beat well. Then, add 1 cup sour cream and mix to combine.

sour cream mixed with butter and eggs in a glass bowl.

Gently stir in the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt) until just combined. Do not overmix or the cake won’t be as tender.

coffee cake batter in a glass bowl.

Mix together pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon to create the topping.

pecan topping in a glass bowl.

Spread half of the batter in a greased angel food cake pan (I sprayed it with Pam). Top with half of the pecan mixture.

Repeat with the remaining batter and pecan mixture.

uncooked coffee cake topped with pecans in an angel food cake pan.

Bake at 350°F for 38–42 minutes, or until golden brown.

cooked coffee cake topped with pecans in an angel food cake pan.

Enjoy Grandma’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake with a cup of coffee or tea!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream?

Yes! Use full-fat Greek yogurt.

Can I leave out the nuts?

Yes, omit the pecans or substitute with walnuts if you prefer.

Can I make Sour Cream Coffee Cake in a bundt pan?

Yes! You can make this recipe in a greased bundt pan instead of an angel food cake pan.

Can I freeze Sour Cream Coffee Cake?

Freeze either the whole coffee cake or slices of it by wrapping them in plastic wrap or foil, then putting them into large resealable freezer bags. The coffee cake will keep in the freezer for 1–2 months. Defrost overnight on the countertop.

sour cream coffee cake on a pink cake pedestal.

Storage and serving

Sour Cream Coffee Cake can be kept at room temperature for 4–5 days (keep it covered). You can also refrigerate it if you prefer.

You can also freeze Sour Cream Coffee Cake for 1–2 months. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place it in a large resealable freezer bag (I like the 2 gallon sized bags).

I love serving up slices with coffee or tea. If you’re serving it for brunch, keep the pecans out and use them for a batch of Praline Candied Bacon or Cinnamon Roasted Pecans!

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📖 Recipe

slice of coffee cake on a white plate

Grandma’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Published by Kate
This easy coffee cake is perfect for brunch!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 339 kcal


For the cake:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

For the topping:

  • ½ cup pecans, finely chopped
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


For the topping:

  • In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon.

For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an angel food cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar using a handheld mixer. Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Crack eggs into the mixture and beat well.
  • Add the sour cream and mix until combined. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. You can either do this by hand or with the mixer, but if you use the mixer, be careful not to overbeat it—mix it just until combined.
  • Pour half of the batter into the greased angel food cake pan and spread evenly across the bottom.
  • Sprinkle half of the pecan topping on top. Spread the remaining batter on top of the pecan topping, and then top with the remaining pecan topping.
  • Bake for 38–42 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 169mgPotassium: 74mgFiber: 1gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 331IUCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg
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