Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Walnut Topping 

 Originally Written: August 13, 2012

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on August 13, 2012 by Hanna Trafford

This cake turns out beautifully moist (the sour cream does that) and the cinnamon gives it a wonderful aroma. Try it today – you will love it!


Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Walnut Topping 


  • 1 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups of sugar
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Cinnamon Walnut Topping

  • 1 cup pf brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Butter and flour 9 inch tube pan (or use non stick baking spray)
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together shour cream and baking soda.
  5. With electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy – about 5 minutes.
  6. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three additions, alternatively with sour cream mixture in two, beginning and ending with flour.
  7. Mix just until moistened.
  8. Spread third of the batter in pan and sprinkle with third of your topping. Repeat twice, ending with topping
  9. Bake until toothpick, inserted in centre of cake comes out with only a few moist crumbs – about -0 – 7-0 minutes
  10. Cool in pan for at least 30 minutes, turn out of the pan with top side up and cool on a rack.


Hope you will enjoy this recipe – please send me your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!


Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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  • This recipe is awesome.Made it last weekend & preparing to repeat today. I would take out of oven in less time than I previously did…Yummmmmy…perfect texture as one bought in Jewish grocery.Thanks for this recipe.

    • Thanks so much Veronica – I am so happy you liked the recipe – it is one of my favourites for sure! If you want to try something else – the Flaky Pastry recipe is absolutely no-fail and works for pies, turnovers, tarts, meat pies – you name it! Enjoy and let me know how you are doing!

  • a wonderful and moist recipe. The batter was lumpy and I thought maybe I had done something wrong but it was all good in the end and I got rave reviews. Thanks Mama!

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