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My Mother's Sour Cream Coffee Cake Tube Pan Recipe

Updated on April 20, 2017
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My mother was an excellent cook & taught me childhood lessons in the kitchen as she cooked from scratch. My hubby & I both enjoy cooking.

My Mother's Sour Cream Coffeecake

My Mother's Sour Cream Coffeecake
My Mother's Sour Cream Coffeecake | Source

Do you like coffee cake?


Coffeecake and pecan rolls were a regular Sunday treat in my early years of growing up.

My grandmother had a regular habit of baking both recipes late on Saturday and after church we always had that to look forward to eating. Sadly, I do not have my grandmother's recipe for her coffeecake, but I am happy to share this sour cream coffeecake recipe of my mothers with you. Enjoy!

One other little memory of those days...

Not only did my grandmother bake both treats for the family, but she had three small tins in which each of we "kids" had our own special coffeecake. We felt so very special and loved by her that she would go to such special efforts on our behalf. She was the sweetest of grandmothers!!!


My dear mother in 1985
My dear mother in 1985 | Source

My mother was also an excellent cook and did a lot of baking. As a matter of fact, until we moved to Texas (all of my pre-teen years) she always made homemade bread. She never purchased bread from a store.


We were spoiled and did not even know it until later.


There are few better aromas than coming into a home with fresh baked bread coming out of the oven. But I digress...

Piece of sour-cream coffeecake

Ready for a piece?
Ready for a piece? | Source

A different coffeecake recipe...watch the cat at the end!

Are you now prepared to make some coffeecake of your own?

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Here is my mother's recipe:


Sour Cream Coffeecake


This is a rich and delicious treat for special occasions. Low calorie? Absolutely not! So be fore-warned...


Ingredients:


2 sticks butter or margarine ( I use butter )

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup sour cream

2 eggs, well beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

For nut topping:

1 cup finely chopped nuts (I use pecans or walnuts)

1 1/2 teaspoon sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Directions:


Cream the butter, sugar and sour creme together in a large bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Combine the dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture beating well until the ingredients are well blended.

Blend the topping ingredients in a separate small bowl.

In the bottom of a well greased tube pan put a third of the topping mixture. Alternate layers of batter and topping ending with the batter. ( I only make two layers as the batter is quite thick and not easy to divide and spread evenly.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Be prepared for compliments when you serve this to company.

Hope that you enjoy my mother's sour cream coffeecake recipe.

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      Peggy Woods 10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      My mother's sour creme coffeecake is really delicious and would make a good birthday cake. What I like about it is that it is not overly sweet...but still delicious and satisfying. Thanks for your comment.

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      Susie Lehto 10 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy, your mother's Sour Cream Coffeecake sounds like it would satisfy my longings for a delicious treat now and then. IT would be something special and different for a birthday cake too.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      A Greek yogurt could probably be substituted for the sour cream because it would be a thicker consistency more similar to sour cream than regular yogurt. If you try it, please let me know how it works.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      what to replace sour cream? yogurt?

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed reading this coffeecake recipe that came from my mother and also glad that you enjoyed the video. Happy holidays to you!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello craftdrawer,

      Very happy to share this with you and others. Glad you liked it.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi phdast7,

      With your Polish heritage, this coffeecake recipe should definitely appeal to you. I am glad you liked not only the recipe but some of the family history. I also think it makes it more interesting. Merry Christmas to you also.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Marcy,

      This delicious coffeecake would be just as good with a cup of tea or a glass of cold milk or other beverage of your choice.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey,

      Believe me, it is yummy!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello georgescifo,

      My mother was a very good cook! This coffeecake of hers is a winner!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This recipe looks different and interesting, something I have not tried before. Mother's recipes are always special and same is true for this one too.

      Thanks for sharing the instructions and the video.

      Voted up and thanks!

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      craftdrawer 2 years ago

      What a great treat to make thanks for sharing!

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Peggy - The coffeecake sounds wonderful. Half of my family hails from Poland and we are quite partial to sour cream in or on anything! :) I really like your hub because the best recipe hubs are the ones that imbed a recipe in a family story or some family history. I always try to do that with my recipe hubs. Really enjoyed this. Merry Christmas!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      Oh, YUM!!! I love coffee cake, even if I don't drink coffee. Thanks for sharing this piece of lovin' from your mom's oven, Peggy!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Oh this looks yummy!!

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      georgescifo 2 years ago from India

      The creme coffeecake looks really yummy and a big applause to your Mom, who prepared a great stuff. Thanks for sharing the hub along with the video.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Colleen,

      We all need our sweet treats on occasion. Ha! Enjoy this delicious recipe with my blessings. Happy holidays in your part of the world.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Loved this. I am shopping for Christmas and I will include my guilty secrets, I am helpless.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      This is a good coffeecake if one has enough company to eat it. It would probably freeze well. It will be a quiet Christmas for us but a nice one. Hoping that yours is good and that the new year to come is a good one also. Thanks!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      This would be perfect on Christmas morning or any morning. Especially nice if one has guests staying over the holidays. Sharing this great article and recipe again.

      Really hope you are enjoying the holidays as Christmas is only 3 days away and then it will be time to think about the New Year. Merry Christmas! And wishing you and your family a happy healthy New Year too!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi oliversmum,

      So glad you like the sound of this recipe and also liked the accompanying photos. It is always nice to have an idea of what a dish looks like when completed. Yes...I have some great memories! Thanks!

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      oliversmum 4 years ago from australia

      Peggy W. Hi. What wonderful memories of a beautiful grandmother that will be with you forever.

      Your mums Sour cream coffee cake recipe sounds and looks great. Always appreciate your easy to follow directions and photographs. For some reason it helps to see the finished product.

      Thank you so much for sharing another special recipe. 5 stars, Thumbs up and Awesome. :) :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Thanks by bringing this hub to my attention again by your comment. This is a delicious recipe and I'll have to make it again sometime soon. Thanks also for your share, pin, etc.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This looks good. I love cakes of any kind so I'm going to pin it. Voted up five stars and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf.

      Enjoy this sour creme coffeecake recipe from my mother's recipe file with my blessings. Am sure that you will enjoy it. It makes a perfect treat for when hosting company. Appreciate your comment.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love coffee cake but haven't made one in ages! This would be perfect for company and would be quick and easy, too. Thank you for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Giselle,

      It would work equally well in a bundt pan as well as a tube pan. Hope you and your guests enjoy my mother's coffeecake recipe. I like to avoid all the preservatives in package mixes also. You know exactly what is in homemade recipes. Thanks for your comment.

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      Giselle Maine 5 years ago

      Superb recipe! Will have to try! I found this hub through Mary's sharing of it. This is especially helpful as I always like to have coffee cake on hand whenever we have house guests. But the package mixes are full of preservatives and artificial flavors. So this made-from-scratch recipe is exactly what I need. Do you think it would work in a Bundt pan? I got a Bundt pan for Christmas last year but I don't have a tube pan, do you think it would still be OK?

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Ah...yes...this delicious coffeecake recipe is not necessarily for those hoping to diet and lose weight if eaten regularly. But for a special treat...it is scrumptious! Thanks for the compliment about my mother. Her external beauty was exceeded by her internal beauty and the person that she was in this life. Thank you!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Your recipe for sour creme coffeecake looks SO good. Who cares about calories, right? I remember Julia Childs saying if you don't use butter in your recipes, you'll be sorry! I agree.

      That is a precious photo of your Mother, by the way. She was a beautiful lady.

      I voted this recipe Up gave you 5 stars, and will share, of course. Mary

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      This coffee cake is truly rich and delicious. Good luck with keeping some of it frozen. Haha! Thanks for your comment.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the sound of this coffee cake, especially if it's made with butter! I think it would be delicious, even if it is rich. I was glad to read that it freezes well. Perhaps I could eat slices of the cake occasionally, if I had the willpower to leave the rest in the freezer!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      Wish I could send you a piece...but I would have to make it first. Guess you will just have to make your own sour cream coffee cake! Ha! Thanks for your comment. It would go great with a cup of tea!

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Oh gosh, how I wish I had a slice right now to accompany my cup of evening tea!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi plinka,

      This sour creme coffee cake will always make me think of my mother. Glad that you liked the sound of this recipe. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      plinka 5 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      You always have awesome cakes! Bookmarked and voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello PegCole17,

      Yes this sour creme coffee cake recipe of my mother's definitely has a cinnamon taste. Hope you enjoy it! I love that picture of my mother. Wish she was still here!

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I can almost smell the cinnamon from here. Can't wait to try this one out! Beautiful picture of your Mom too.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tony,

      Let me know what you think after baking my mother's recipe for this sour cream coffeecake. Hope that you like it. To answer your question...a stick of butter contains 8 Tablespoons or is 1/2 of a cup. In what form does your butter come?

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Think I'll just pop into the kitchen right now and get baking - oh no, it's rather late, better wait until morning! Anyway I have a question - how much is a "stick" of butter or marge? We don't get these things in "sticks".

      Thanks for sharing this awesome cake - I really can't wait to try it out. Bookmarked (why is it that I have more redipes bookmarked than anything else? - OK, don't answer that!)

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi loveroflife,

      Nice to hear that you also have special coffeecake memories related to your mother. Bet hers was good also. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      loveroflife 8 years ago

      Nice memory. My mother also occasionally baked coffee cake and it was special.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Mardi. The tulips were brought by friends who came for dinner and it was the stimulus to get some photos while they were so pretty. It made sense to add my mother's photo to the hub with her recipe.

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      Mardi 8 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      I love the picture of your Mom, great addition to a fantastic hub!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mardi,

      Enjoy the sour cream coffeecake! With my mother's photo in this hub, you can even picture whom to thank. LOL

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      Mardi 8 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Peggy, Peggy, Peggy. I know I did NOT need to stumble across this hub as my one true vice is coffeecake (well at least that I am admitting to here!). Thanks, am adding this to my recipe collection of tried and true favorites.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pachuca213,

      Just don't eat the entire Sour Cream Coffeecake recipe at one time! Ha! Probably about time to make another one for my mother. It really does freeze well. Let me know if you liked it as well as Jimmy Fuentes did. Thanks!

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      Pachuca213 8 years ago

      I think I gained a pound just looking at it! But honestly the best baked goods are the ones that are the most fattening! I am going to make this some time this week. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      So glad that you and your wife liked it, Jimmy. This may encourage more people to try it! Bet it was pretty with the white dusting of powdered sugar. Thanks for letting me know the outcome of your trying the recipe.

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      Jimmy Fuentes 8 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga

      Hi Peggy,Ok.. So, we actually went out at 1145 last night for the ingredients we were missing and we made it last night ! hah. It didnt look exactly like your picture (I think we used a bundt pan or something like that - my wife is the baker). Anyway, it was great ! My wife has a real sweet tooth so she added powdered sugar to the finished product. It was wonderful.Just figured I would let you know we tried it and we really enjoyed it.Thanks again !

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Journey, I'm the same...seldom make desserts. In fact, my husband and I would much rather have some cheese and fruit (along with a glass of wine) for dessert and often serve that for our dinner parties instead of a sweeter alternative.

      But.....occasionally I bake something like this coffeecake for my mother who now lives with us. She definitely has a sweet tooth. When she grew up most dinners were finished off with a dessert.

      Hope you like the recipe!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      I cook a lot of main dishes and don't bake many desserts but this seems delicious. I'll have to make it sometime. Thanks for the recipe! -Journey*

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Looking forward to your report, Jimmy.

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      Jimmy Fuentes 8 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga

      Who wants to cut calories.. I want the real deal ! :) Ok we are making it tomorrow. I will let you know how it goes

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again Jimmy,

      The recipe works out fine just as posted. It is very rich! If you want to cut calories, you could use low fat or non-fat sour creme. My theory.......just eat smaller portions and enjoy. It freezes well if wrapped tightly.

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      Jimmy Fuentes 8 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga

      Alright Peggy, if you couldn't tell already, I am a coffee fanatic. Actually one I help market a fat burning coffee... Might as well have a little balance in my life and have the coffee cake so I dont shrivel up from the coffee ! LOL.. I am going to make this in the next couple days.. Any additional tips that I should know when preparing it? I can hardly wait. I will post back here with how I did.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi kiran,

      It is rich but good for a special treat. Let me know if you liked it when you make it. Thanks!

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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      Yummy! Lovely recipe...am sure to try this one..

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Teresa,

      If we lived closer I'd be more than happy to give you a piece or even two. When I infrequently make sweets, my husband and I may have one piece and then the rest of it is enjoyed by my mother over time. Thank heavens for freezers!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete,

      I laughed when I read your comment. Can't afford to eat this kind of stuff often, but I did make it for my mother who has a sweet tooth this morning as a treat. I figure at her age, if she likes this kind of treat once in a while......why not...!

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      A slice of that would be good right about now. . .

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      Another idea to make me a bigger man.