Make-Ahead Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe -
Make-Ahead Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe
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Make-Ahead Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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"Easy to put together the night before, then pop in the oven in the morning for a hot, delicious coffee cake."

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Original recipe makes 1 9x13-inch coffee cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    8 hrs 50 mins


  1. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  2. Beat butter and white sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Beat eggs and sour cream into butter mixture until smooth.
  4. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt together in a bowl until thoroughly combined; stir into the sour cream mixture to make a batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  6. Mix the brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon in a bowl; sprinkle the mixture over the batter.
  7. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and chill 8 hours to overnight.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  9. Remove plastic wrap from the dish; bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the coffee cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 16, 2012

I am thrilled to be the first one to review and photograph this wonderful recipe. What a treat it was to wake up, turn on the oven, pop in this coffee cake, and then have a house smelling like cinnamon. This is very easy to mix together the night before, and you won't be disappointed that you took the time to do it. This cake rose beautifully, the texture was very light and moist, and the taste was crazy good. The next time that I make this, I'm going to add some chopped apples just for a variation. Maridele, thanks for introducing me to your fabulous coffee cake recipe; going into my Favorites folder.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 22, 2012

This was an epic fail for me..... I tried to use a bunt pan and there was not the room that the cake needed to rise, luckily I alway have a cookie sheet under everything, also in my mixer the batter wasn't really a pour more of a scoop into the pan

Jun 25, 2012

I made half of this recipe in an 8” springform pan. The only changes I made were to omit the nutmeg as I’m not a fan, added 1/2 t. vanilla, and I increased the pecans to around 1/3 cup for my half recipe. Other than that I followed the recipe as written. I love the fact that you can make this ahead. Maridele, this is a wonderful coffee cake. We really enjoyed it and I’ll definitely be making it again. Thank you!

May 12, 2012

Great recipe - delicious, light and moist. I prepared in a 9 x 13 glass dish and placed in refrigerator last night, this morning I removed and allowed to warm on the counter before placing in oven. I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Next time I make it, I will add 1 teaspoon of salt because I used unsalted butter. Thanks for sharing Maridele - it is a keeper and we enjoyed it!

Sep 01, 2012

EXCELLENT! I love the crunch from the topping. After several mornings of realizing I forgot to make the batter, I decided to go ahead and make it without any refrigeration. If it didn't turn out, it would be no fault of the recipe and no one would know. Well, I can shout out "IT WORKS" and what a treat it was! Although I had to leave out the nuts due to a diet restriction, it was fabulous! Thank you Maridele for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

Jul 04, 2012

This recipe is easy and delicious even for those of us who don't plan ahead and forget to put it together the night before. I made a batch this morning start to finish and it turned out delicious! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe with us Maridele!

Jul 04, 2013

Maridele, Thank you very much for this recipe. It's easy & delicious. I'm not a great baker; so I was thrilled that a cake I made from scratch came out so good. I added about 3/4 cup of blueberries and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the batter, also reduced the nutmeg to 1/2 tsp. Can't wait to make this again. As another reviewer said, next time I would put a layer of the topping in the middle too. Thanks again, Mimi S.

Apr 08, 2012

Very simple from scratch coffee cake. Made this for our church breakfast on Easter morning. I loved that I could make it the night before and just pop it into the oven. The cinnamon sugar and pecan topping reminds me of German roasted nuts. Yummy!


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  • Calories
  • 304 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.3 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 15.9 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3.5 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 272 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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