Sour Cream Pecan Coffee Cake

We love living in California but if my husband and I could change just one thing it would be to have our families closer. Both sets of parents and most of our siblings live on the East Coast. On Mother’s Day we catch up with our moms on the phone and send cards but we usually aren’t near enough to sit down together for a good old-fashioned Mother’s Day brunch. So this year, in honor of our moms, I’m preparing a little “virtual” brunch on Cooking On the Side – along with an IOU to make the real thing the next time we see each other. Two dishes, this post and the next, both special occasion-worthy and incredibly delicious.

If I didn’t already know that today’s Sour Cream Pecan Coffee Cake recipe came from a box of dark brown sugar I probably could have guessed it. It has very pronounced brown sugar flavor and, with the help of the sour cream in the mix, the texture is melt-in-your mouth. Pecan streusel is layered throughout so you encounter nuts and spices (and more brown sugar!) in every decadent bite. I baked this coffee cake in a larger Bundt pan than was recommended so it’s a little on the shallower side but it made no difference when it came to taste. I loved this coffee cake and I know our moms will too when we see them next.

Stay tuned for the next Mother’s Day recipe – a savory Sausage Breakfast Casserole that you can assemble the night before!

P.S. I’m submitting this to the Celebrating Mother’s Day blog event on Kopiaste.. to Greek Hospitality – the roundup of dishes will be posted on May 10.

Sour Cream Pecan Coffee Cake


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  1. Mindy wrote:

    Maybe we could trade houses sometime…my family lives in California! (Although my guess is that by “East Coast,” you don’t mean Kentucky. 😉 )

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    Posted 5.6.09 Reply
  2. Dani wrote:

    what a cute idea 🙂

    Dani’s last blog post..#60) Cinnamon Bun-fins (& Joy)

    Posted 5.6.09 Reply
  3. dawn wrote:

    Nothing like a good coffee cake. I have coffee right now, but nothing as good as this to go with it.

    dawn’s last blog post..the ultimate peanut butter cookie

    Posted 5.6.09 Reply
  4. Pam wrote:

    Mmm. This look so tasty, especially the topping.

    Pam’s last blog post..Creamy Clam Dip

    Posted 5.6.09 Reply
  5. Kara wrote:

    Absolutely perfect (and gorgeous pictures as usual – I actually tried to pick one of those grapes off the screen). This WILL be made… as a little surprise treat for a new mom that we’ll see this weekend.

    And here’s to hoping we all get to see our moms soon!

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    Posted 5.6.09 Reply
  6. Michelle wrote:

    Wow, if it tastes nearly as good as those pictures look, you’ve got yourself a great coffee cake.

    Michelle’s last blog post..Zucchini fries

    Posted 5.6.09 Reply
  7. grace wrote:

    moist yet properly crumbly, nutty and sugary. this looks like a definite winner!

    Posted 5.7.09 Reply
  8. Emily wrote:

    Wow, incredible! This cake looks so good. Perfect for mother’s day!

    Posted 5.7.09 Reply
  9. Ivy wrote:

    The cake is perfect for Mother’s Day and I am sure your mom and mom-in-law will be equally thrilled with your virtual brunch, as mostly it’s the thought that counts.

    Ivy’s last blog post..Orange Yoghurt Cake

    Posted 5.9.09 Reply
  10. Jackie wrote:

    Hi Kathy

    Using dark brown sugar in this recipe, do it overpower the other flavors in this cake, I was thinking about using light brown sugar instead, which is not as strong.

    Posted 3.13.10 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Hi Jackie – Brown sugar is the dominant flavor (it’s intended that way) but I’m sure it would be just as good if you wanted to use light brown sugar rather than dark.

      Posted 3.14.10 Reply
  11. Stacy wrote:

    Quick question. You mention cinnamon when describing the cake, but your ingredient list doesn’t mention cinnamon anywhere. Which is it?

    Posted 5.16.10 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Hi Stacy – thanks for the heads up. I went back to the original recipe on the box and it actually doesn’t call for cinnamon. I must have just tossed some in because I like the flavor 🙂 So there’s no confusion, I’ll go ahead and edit my commentary. But if you do decide to add in a little cinnamon, it does taste good!

      Posted 5.17.10 Reply
      • Stacy wrote:

        Lol, thanks. You’re probably like me, coffee cake=cinnamon. I’ll hopefully be making this cake this weekend.

        Posted 5.19.10 Reply
  12. Ron wrote:

    Just made it, but I went with cashews instead of pecans (the Missus is allergic to pecans).

    I misread the recipe and combined all the cake ingredients, mixing with a wire whisk. The result was still really good — it had a rustic quality that we really like.

    Posted 1.9.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      So glad it still worked out for you – the flavor is fantastic on this cake. 🙂

      Posted 1.9.11 Reply
  13. Hey Kathy!
    is it too much sour? Just asking before trying 🙂

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
    • Not sour at all — the sour cream gives texture, not flavor. ~Kathy

      Posted 11.7.17 Reply