Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Maple Syrup Glaze

Happy Friday!

This recipe was originally posted on “What’s Cooking with Ruthie” as I’m a monthly contributor for her.  Ruthie has been so awesome to work with and I love checking out her great recipes and video tutorials on her site.   This Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Maple Syrup Glaze was so delicious that I had to share it on A Sweet Baker too!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I’ve mentioned before on my blog that I’m not a very big fan of cake.  Yes, you heard me, I can take it or leave it.  I prefer dense, moist desserts like my brownies, bars, or loaves.  Coffee cake has been an exception, though.  It’s moist, dense, and full of flavor.   That’s what you get that when you taste this Sour Cream Coffee Cake.   A cake that’s ribboned with cinnamon-sugar streusel, topped with more streusel, and then drenched in a Maple Syrup glaze that goes perfect with it.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake has always been a dessert that brings back memories of my childhood.  I first tasted a Sour Cream Coffee Cake when my brother and I went on a camping trip with my aunt and uncle.   We stopped at a local farmer’s marker that was run by Mennonites, in a small community south of where we lived.   My aunt bought one of their Sour Cream Coffee Cakes and we shared it once we got back home.  I remember it being one of the moistest, most delicious cakes that I had tried.  It had all that crunchy, sugary struesel on top, which gave it more of an appeal to me.  Since then I have been searching for a recipe that tastes just like the one I remember as a kid.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This cake came out moist, dense, and flavorful.  Just the way I like it!  The only thing I would change next time is I would double the struesel recipe and add more if it inside……because you can never get enough struesel!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

A moist, dense, coffee cake that is ribboned with cinnamon-sugar streusel and topped with a Maple Syrup glaze.


    For the Cake:
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the Streusel:
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup


Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan or bundt pan.
Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes, until light and creamy.
Add the eggs 1 at a time.
Add the vanilla and sour cream.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined.
Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.
For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms a crumble.
Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out, and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Carefully transfer the cake, streusel side up, onto a serving plate. Whisk the icing sugar and maple syrup together, adding a few drops of water if necessary to make the glaze runny. Drizzle over cake.
Recipe slightly adapted from Ina Garten's recipe on the Food Network
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  1. Yum, your cake sounds so delicious!

  2. I GUESS we can still be friends even though you are not a fan of cake ;) heehee jk of course we can, especially when you share coffee cakes like these! I love the glaze and how you incorporate sour cream into the recipe. Bet it was delish :D

    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. How can you not be a big fan of cake??? I guess I sort of wish I were like that, actually! Looks wonderful. Love the swirl floating through the cake.

  4. I am a huge coffee cake, too and yours looks delicious! I love the maple glaze (or maple anything, really).

  5. MMM! Yes never enough streusel! And I only love moist dense cakes- the ligh airy stuff is no good!! :)

  6. I love cake but I’m starting to have the same problem in the fact that I need something moist to go along with it. Hence my uber thick frosting fetish! :D

    But a cake that’s dense and moist AND with streusel topping… the tractor beam just pulled me right in! Looks absolutely divine Liz.

    Have a sweet weekend.

  7. Wow that looks amazing. Thanks for posting the recipe! I will have to try making this. And definitely with double streusel! Sounds great.

  8. I have made some coffee cakes very similar to these, and you are so right. I love how dense these bake up!! Yours looks incredible…and now I’m craving cake :-)

  9. Would it be socially acceptable to DRINK that maple glaze? Holy cow, I’m in heaven! And the crumb + swirl on this coffee cake hunk is SUPER ridiculously delicious, Liz!

  10. This looks so good, Liz! I’m going to have to give this a try one day. Perhaps I will make little cupcakes so I have an easy grab n go breakfast. Pinned to my food board!

  11. Wow this sounds good, especially with the maple syrup glaze. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight last week. I hope you come by today to share more of your awesome creations! Happy Easter :)


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