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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

I love the excellent texture of this easy coffee cake recipe. Always a crowd-pleaser, its pleasing vanilla flavor enriched by sour cream may remind you of breakfast at Grandma's! Make it the night before a holiday to save time in the morning. —Eleanor Harris, Cape Coral, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and 2 cups sugar until light fluffy. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with sour cream, beating just enough after each addition to keep batter smooth.
  • Spoon a third of batter into a greased 10-in. tube pan. Combine cinnamon, nuts and remaining sugar; sprinkle a third over batter in pan. Repeat layers 2 more times. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Tips

Why is my cake dry?

If your coffee cake is dry, it may have been overbaked. Always bake to the minimum cooking time and check for doneness. It’s also important to measure the flour correctly. Before measuring, stir the flour with a spoon or whisk. Spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup until heaping; level with the flat side of a knife. For the most accurate measurement, we suggest weighing the flour.

Why does my coffee cake fall apart when I cut it?

Batter that is improperly mixed or undermixed can cause the cake to be crumbly. Careful mixing will evenly distribute the ingredients throughout the batter. Frequently scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl with a plastic spatula will ensure that all ingredients are combined. But be careful not to overmix, which can cause the cake to be tough.

What should I serve with coffee cake?

Coffee cake recipes taste great with a hot cup of joe! Serve slices with one of our homemade coffee shop drinks.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 340 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 299mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


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  • jodyg376
    Jan 31, 2021

    Huge hit! Cake is absolutely delicious. Followed the recipe exactly and wouldn’t change a thing.

  • Ruth
    Jan 18, 2021

    I halved the recipe but made it exactly as listed. Baked it in a loaf pan. It made one big loaf. Great flavor and texture. Family loved it. Will be making it again as it is super easy.

  • Yannie
    Jan 2, 2021

    Do you x guys to get the reclpes

  • Catbird513
    Dec 24, 2020

    I loved this moist coffee cake. Get request to bring it to a gather. Easy to make. Thanks for sharing

  • E
    Nov 25, 2020

    Disappointed based on ratings. Made exactly as written. Very, very moist cake. Baked for 70min and was almost undercooked. Have tried many different coffee cakes and prefer ones with milk instead. This recipe is for anyone that wants a super moist coffee cake but not for people that don't like the taste of a nearly undercooked batter.

  • Caitlin
    Nov 13, 2020

    I cut the recipe in half and used an 8x8 baking dish and it still comes out perfectly moist and delicious. I'm assuming it would work just as well to do the full recipe in a 9x13 if you don't have a tube pan. I love that this recipe didn't call for any vegetable oil or cornstarch. I subbed out brown sugar for the cinnamon layers and greek yogurt for the sour cream and it still turned out perfect. If I had to complain, I think overall it was just a touch sweet. I would do slightly less sugar in the batter next time.

  • E Jay
    Aug 23, 2020

    Can't wait to try this ... but a question, if the volume of Flour is SO important, why don't you weigh it? I gave up measuring so many items that were hit or miss when trying to measure volume, and just went with a Scale. Give it a try sometime, Google will have all the weights you need from somewhere.

  • Raeleen
    Aug 12, 2020

    This is a fantastIc recipe reminiscent of my childhood. For those who think ignorant the idea of an overnight coffee cake, heavy butter and eggs, or coffee in the recipe itself - this is traditional to eastern European streusels and cakes. So rather than looking juvenile, might I suggest digging through piles of cookbooks from those regions prior to making judgement calls on those asking legitimate questions.

  • Keri
    Aug 4, 2020

    This was absolutely delicious!! After reading through all the reviews, I decided to use 2 cups of sugar in the batter (as directed) , and the extra 3/4 as brown sugar in the layers. That was my only substitution. We will make this again very soon for sure. Excellent !!!!

  • Jo
    Jun 26, 2020

    Delicious and a family favorite