Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins

This recipe comes from 'The Cake Bible' by Rose Levy Beranbaum at the request of a Zaar member.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. STREUSEL TOPPING AND FILLING-------------------.
  2. Combine the sugars, nuts, and cinnamon together.
  3. Reserve 3/4 cup to use as a filling.
  4. To the remainder add the flour, butter, and vanilla; mix well until it forms a coarse, crumbly mixture for the streusel topping.
  5. BATTER-------------------.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  7. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan, greased, bottom lined with parchment or wax paper, and then greased again and floured; set aside.
  8. In a medium bowl, lightly combine the yolks, about 1/4 of the sour cream, and vanilla.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for 30 seconds to blend.
  10. Add the butter and remaining sour cream.
  11. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  12. Increase to medium speed (high speed if using a hand mixer) and beat for 1 1/2 minutes to aerate and develop the cake's structure.
  13. Scrape down the sides.
  14. Gradually add the egg mixture in 3 batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure.
  15. Scrape down the sides.
  16. Reserve about 1/3 of the batter and scrape the remainder into the prepared 9-inch springform pan.
  17. Smooth the surface, preferably with a small angled spatula.
  18. Sprinkle with the streusel filling*.
  19. Drop the reserved batter in large blobs over the streusel filling and spread evenly with a spatula.
  20. Sprinkle with streusel topping.
  21. Bake 55 to 65 minutes or until a wire cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed lightly in the center.
  22. (Move aside a small patch of streusel before testing.) The cake should start to shrink from the sides of the pan only after removal from the oven.
  23. Cover loosely with buttered foil after 45 minutes to prevent over browning.
  24. Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes.
  25. The cake will have a level top.
  26. Loosen the sides with a small metal spatula and remove the sides of the springform pan.
  27. Cool completely before wrapping airtight.
  28. If you wish to remove the bottom of the pan, slide a cardboard round at least 9 inches in diameter between the parchment and the bottom when the cake is completely cool.
  29. *Optional: 1 heaping cup of sliced 1/4-inch thick Granny Smith Apples sprinkled with 2 teaspoons lemon juice OR 1 heaping cup of frozen peaches, thawed on paper towels and slice 1/4 inch thick while still partially frozen.
  30. Either of these fruits may be placed on top of the streusel filling prior to dropping the reserved batter in large blobs.

Reviews

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Most Helpful

Another winner by Rose Levy Beranbaum. This is the consumate coffee cake. Moist, delicous -- try this for your next lazy Sunday brunch. Take the stuff out of the fridge before you go to bed (bring them to room temperature) and pre measure your ingredient. It will only take a 20 minutes to get the cake into the oven. Read the directions carefully, the techniqes used are a bit different from what you may be used to, but it's more consistant and yeilds perfect results. Be sure to calibrate your oven often and be sure not to overbake!

Steve_G May 14, 2002

I followed this recipe exactly and it was wonderful. I baked it for exactly 50 minutes. It was a little crumbly when I cut it and I was afraid it was dry. Instead it was very moist and sooooooo light. Absolutely delicious!

Chef F June 27, 2008

We enjoyed this very much. I ended up baking mine for 60 minutes because when I tested it at 55 the tester did't come out clean. I think it was too long because it was really brown on the sides and the bottom, but overall a tasty recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Vitameatavegamin Girl October 25, 2007

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