Coffee Cake No Sour Cream

A Coffee cake recipe without sour cream? You betcha! And it’s just as moist and tender as one made with sour cream. Bake this adaptable, King Arthur cake of the year, and enjoy!

You could say my formative years were shaped by Sara Lee.

Yes, literally and figuratively.

As kids we always knew something special was happening if Sara Lee was on the counter.

The brownies were my fave and the poundcake was extra special when it was strawberry season.

But the coffee cake in its aluminum pan? With the swirly icing?

Oh, be still my heart.

​I was too young to have the coffee cake with coffee, but no matter.

Coffee cake is just fine with a glass of cold milk.

I love having a coffee cake in the house.

Perfect for waking up to and perfect for putting someone to bed.

coffee cake recipe without sour cream

I think my mom always bought hers when the ladies were coming for a bridge game.

Well, that and Brach’s chocolate bridge mix.

I don’t remember what I didn’t like in the mix, but I do remember the chocolate covered raisins.

And yes. I searched for those!

But coffee cake it is today. And not a sour cream coffee cake recipe today. If you want that, click here!

This coffee cake recipe without sour cream from King Arthur flour, was their recipe of the year.

I knew I just had to try it.

Moist and covered with streusel, along with a ribbon of cinamon zigzagging through the middle, makes this one a keeper.

It may not be Sara Lee, but heck, I don’t think anyone will mind.

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1. Make the filling

2. Make the streusel topping.

3. Make the coffee cake batter.

4. Make the Glaze.

coffee cake without sour cream on white plate

How to Make this Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe without Sour Cream:

Sour cream helps a coffee cake stay moist. It gives it a tender crumb and a velvety texture and also makes it last longer.

But what if you don’t have sour cream?

Well, that’s what yogurt is for! OR buttermilk. Or even cream cheese or mayo.

This coffee cake contains no sour cream, though it does contain buttermilk.

Don’t have buttermilk? Just add 1 T vinegar to 1 cup of milk, stir, and let it thicken a few minutes.

This makes the perfect substitute for buttermilk. And if you are out of vinegar, lemon juice works too.

Greek yogurt can also be used, in which case, mix the yogurt in in its entirety.

Begin by making the filling for the cake.

Combine the cocoa, cinnamon and white sugar. Stir it up and set aside.

Now make the cinnamon streusel by combining the flour, sugar, powdered sugar, cinnamon and salt.

Mix up and add the cold butter and vanilla extract.

Using a pastry blender or the tips of your fingers, pinch the butter into the dry ingredients so you have large and small crumbs.

Set this aside, being sure not to eat it all.

Line an 8 or 9″ square pan with parchment sling and then grease the sides of the parchment paper.

If you want a round cake, like Sara Lee, feel free to use a round, but deep cake pan.

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Do not use a bundt pan, as there is not enough batter to fill it.

cinnamon coffee cake square without sour cream

Make the cake batter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

Add the dry ingredients: all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Beat in the room temperature unsalted butter until the mixture looks sandy and resembles somewhat coarse crumbs

This will take 1 to 2 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

Beat in the vanilla extract, or almond extract, and room temperature eggs, again scraping the bowl as needed.

Scraping is important and King Arthur just did an article about it, in case you want to read it.

Slowly stir in the buttermilk while mixing on low speed.

Assembling the Coffee Cake Before Baking:

Transfer half the batter into the prepared pan.

Sprinkle the filling in an even layer over the batter and then pour in the remaining batter using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl.

Now sprinkle the crumb topping over the top of the batter, pressing down gently so the streusel adheres.

Bake the cake in a preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes until the sides are light golden and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached.

Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.

coffee cake without sour cream

Make a glaze while the cake is baking or cooling by combining powdered sugar with milk or water and a pinch of ground cinnamon.

Using your best artistic skills, when the cake has cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake.

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Pretend you are Sara Lee.

This cinnamon coffee cake is easily adaptable.

Don’t want cocoa in the filling? Just add some brown sugar instead, or leave it out.

Want cocoa in the streusel, be my guest.

Take out 2 T of flour and add in cocoa instead.

Want a few chopped pecans on this fluffy cake?

I don’t see why not!

No need for glaze unless you want it.

And that streusel? Well, I suppose you could just forget it and then drizzle the glaze on top of the cake.

But I do love streusel, so I’m not sure I’d advise that!

no sour cream coffee cake

My most important point here is just keep it simple.

Cake is not worth stressing over.

It is worth eating though, and makes every day special.

So indulge-but just now and then!

This classic coffee cake goes perfect with a hot cup of coffee. Or even tea. Or perhaps a scoop of ice cream.

You may think breakfast or brunch, but this sweet cake makes an amazing afternoon snack.

If you need to store this cinnamon coffee cake, cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil or store in an airtight container.

My guess is this will disappear fast.

I’m not going to tell you if this is the best coffee cake recipe I know of.

Bake it and see for yourself!

no sour cream coffee cake recipe without sour cream

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