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My Mother's Sour Cream Coffee Cake Tube Pan Recipe

My mother was an excellent cook who taught me a great deal as she cooked from scratch. Today, both my hubby and I enjoy cooking.

My Mother's Sour Cream Coffeecake

My Mother's Sour Cream Coffeecake

My Mother's Wonderful Cake

My mother was an excellent cook and did a lot of baking. Until we moved to Texas (all of my preteen years), she always made homemade bread, cakes, pies, and cookies. She never purchased that type of food 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 freshly baked bread or other treats coming out of the oven.

I am happy to share my mother's sour cream coffeecake recipe with you. Enjoy!


For the cake:

  • 2 sticks 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 the nut topping:

  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts (I use pecans or walnuts)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Cream the butter, sugar, and sour cream together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture beating well until the ingredients are well blended.
  4. Blend the topping ingredients in a separate small bowl.
  5. 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 dough is quite thick and not easy to divide and spread evenly.)
  6. 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. I genuinely hope that you will enjoy my mother's sour cream coffeecake recipe.

Kindly rate this recipe. Thanks!

My dear mother in 1985

My dear mother in 1985

More Family Baking Memories

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. After church on Sunday, we always had that to look forward to eating. Sadly, I do not have my grandmother's recipe for her coffeecake.

I will also share one little memory of mine from those days. Not only did my grandmother bake both treats for the family, but she had three small tins in which each of us "kids" had our 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!

Another Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

For fun, watch the cat at the end!

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2017:

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.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 15, 2017:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2015:

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.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 23, 2015:

what to replace sour cream? yogurt?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2014:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2014:

Hello craftdrawer,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2014:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2014:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2014:

Hi Audrey,

Believe me, it is yummy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2014:

Hello georgescifo,

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

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 24, 2014:

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!

craftdrawer on December 23, 2014:

What a great treat to make thanks for sharing!

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on December 23, 2014:

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!

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on December 23, 2014:

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!

Audrey Howitt from California on December 23, 2014:

Oh this looks yummy!!

georgescifo from India on December 22, 2014:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 22, 2014:

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.

Colleen Swan from County Durham on December 22, 2014:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 22, 2014:

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!

C E Clark from North Texas on December 22, 2014:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2013:

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!

oliversmum from australia on October 16, 2013:

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. :) :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 16, 2013:

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.

moonlake from America on May 15, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2013:

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.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 21, 2013:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 02, 2012:

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.

Giselle Maine on August 02, 2012:

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?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2012:

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!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 01, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2011:

Hi Alicia,

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 02, 2011:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2011:

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!

SanneL from Sweden on December 02, 2011:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2011:

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.

plinka from Budapest, Hungary on December 02, 2011:

You always have awesome cakes! Bookmarked and voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2010:

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.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on November 30, 2010:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010:

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?

Tony McGregor from South Africa on May 26, 2010:

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


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2009:

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.

loveroflife on November 20, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 16, 2009:

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.

Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on September 16, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2009:

Hi Mardi,

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

Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on September 15, 2009:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 09, 2009:

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!

Pachuca213 on September 08, 2009:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2009:

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.

Jimmy Fuentes from Rancho Cucamonga on June 02, 2009:

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 !

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2009:

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!

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on June 02, 2009:

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*

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2009:

Looking forward to your report, Jimmy.

Jimmy Fuentes from Rancho Cucamonga on June 01, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2009:

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.

Jimmy Fuentes from Rancho Cucamonga on June 01, 2009:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 25, 2009:

Hi kiran,

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

kiran8 from Mangalore, India on May 25, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 25, 2009:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 25, 2009:

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...!

Sheila from The Other Bangor on May 25, 2009:

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

Pete Maida on May 25, 2009:

Another idea to make me a bigger man.

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