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Coffee Cake with Sour Cream

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Coffee Cake is one of those recipes that everyone needs in their recipe box. This Coffee Cake with Sour Cream is easy to put together, delicious and yes – you can even put it together the night before and have it ready for the next morning. 

Make Ahead Coffee Cake on black board

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Entertaining doesn’t have to be fancy. In fact, hosting a brunch is one of the easiest and most inexpensive meals to serve. Whether you are planning to host a Christmas breakfast, Easter brunch, Spring bridal shower, or even just enjoy serving your family a big weekend breakfast, you can’t go wrong with this Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

During the holidays when there is big dinner planned, I always plan an easy breakfast that can be made ahead of time. My extra time in the kitchen is limited, so any recipe that I can prepared ahead is an extra bonus.

Coffee Cake on Fork

This Coffee Cake is one that I have been making for years. The recipe is easy enough that you can change to suit your taste. Often times, I layer the streusel topping with the batter, and I have also added a variety of nuts. 

When we think of Coffee Cake the first thing that comes to mind to breakfast or brunch, but this recipe is also perfect for dessert. And it’s actually better the second day. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container.

Make Ahead Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake with Sour Cream

The secret ingredient in this Coffee Cake is sour cream. Using regular sour cream is best, however you can certainly try with light sour cream or even yogurt. 

After the batter is mixed and poured into the baking pan, mix the streusel topping and place in a container with a lid. Add plastic wrap to the coffee cake and place in the refrigerator over night. Then in the morning remove the coffee cake from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you are ready to bake it, letting it come to room temperature. Then bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

You can also bake the coffee cake right away after mixing, but I have found the results to be better when you store it in the fridge over night.

Coffee Cake on white plate

Are you going to a holiday party soon? This Make Ahead Coffee Cake also makes a great hostess gift. I bet the hostess would love to have this Coffee Cake to serve her family the morning after the party. 

Prepare the cake batter, then add it to a disposable pan. Mix the topping and add to a glass jar with a lid. 

Don’t forget to add baking instructions to the package. 

Make Ahead Coffee Cake on fork

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Make Ahead Coffee Cake

Make Ahead Coffee Cake

Yield: 15-20
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Easy make ahead coffee cake, perfect for brunch.



  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 11/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Streusel Topping

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup nuts - pecans or walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Spray 13 x 9 pan with nonstick spray, set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter.
  2. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  4. Add to wet mixture, mixing on low until well blended, increase speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour evenly into the prepared pan.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  7. Combine streusel ingredients, cover tightly and store at room temperature.
  8. In the morning, remove pan from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove plastic wrap, evenly sprinkle with streusel. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 472Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 279mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 7g
Recipe adapted from Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms Cookbook

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    1. Me too Aimee! It’s perfect really anytime of day, but especially for breakfast! Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Oops Liz. Meant to tell you about this:
    Please join me to bake & remember lives lost in 9/11. I am hosting a link up called *Remembrance Cakes* Would love to have you. We are baking cakes, muffins, cupcakes. Anything is great! You can also share posts you have all ready published like this one. Just add the badge to show your support.

    1. Marla, Thanks for the invite! I linked up a couple and I’m off to Tweet and Facebook. What a great idea!

  2. Would love this coffee cake for breakfast!
    Stopping by from group C. Fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my link for August, would love if you stopped by to say *hi* http://su.pr/1Sizv9

  3. MamaCarole says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Does it matter if I pour the first layer in the pan, refrigerate–in the morning add a middle layer of streusel, then add the top layer of batter–OR can I just leave the cake batter in a mixing bowl, refrigerate, then assemble it all in the morning?

    1. Hi! Sure you can do any of those things. This recipe is a very “forgiving” recipe.

  4. This is a no-fail coffee cake that my mom used to make and it’s so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with everyone!

  5. oooooo – I love coffee cake! Thank you for sharing your recipe with me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!

    ps – I tried to stop by today via a comment you left on another blog and FYI your blogger profile, doesn’t have a link to Hoosier Homemade – just the blogs you are following.
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  6. Your coffee cake sounds yummy – and it’s wonderful that you can make it ahead! I’ll definitely give it a try.

  7. Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue says:

    The coffee cake looks delicious. I like to make meals ahead of time but don’t do it much anymore since it is just the three of us – although that is not an excuse I guess. I am hoping your plans will motivate me to start planning ahead again ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue´s last blog ..P K Glitz April Sketch Challenge =-.

  8. Yummy! This sounds good! I think I might try it this weekend!
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  9. Your coffee cake looks so good! Thanks for posting the recipe. Glad that your son and his ball team are doing so well.

  10. I love coffee cake and am so glad it’s not made with coffee, because I don’t like coffee. But I’d love some of your coffee cake!
    .-= Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}´s last blog ..Chicken Lasagna =-.

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