Makeover Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe
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Makeover Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

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Warm, buttery coffee cake: you just can't beat a good one. And Janice Kuhlmann's recipe for Sour Cream Coffee Cake is just that. With a lovely, tender interior and a slightly crunchy crust, it has a wonderful texture not unlike poundcake. But it's the lemon and almond flavors plus the full cup of walnuts that really take this Newington, Connecticut reader's cake over the top on taste.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 285 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add egg, then egg whites, beating well after each addition. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon peel and extract. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream. Fold in walnuts.
  2. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and dust with flour; add batter. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Sour Cream Coffee Cake in Light & Tasty February/March 2007, p11

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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yuehching User ID: 224401 86312
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"A very nice coffee cake with light buttery and lemon flavor. I only used 1 cup sugar. It turned out just the way we liked it. Great for family gatherings. Thanks for sharing."

mdbull4 User ID: 3722378 80228
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"A great makeover recipe! This is delicious! I used vanilla yogurt in place of the sour cream & cut the sugar by half. I also added 3 cups of chopped apples. The cake itself is moist & delicious. The apples make it even better :) Oh, I used a full cup of walnuts!"

Mamabee62 User ID: 6810271 135443
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"This isn't a rating; just a question. The recipe description talks about a "full cup of walnuts" but the ingredients list has only 1/4 cup. ?? I sure like the sound of this cake and would love to bake it, but would like to know about the quantity of walnuts, please."

bertye User ID: 3897889 136125
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"I want to try this coffee cake but it does not use baking powder. Am I missing the obvious?"

eresam User ID: 2215683 72443
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2009

"I substitued Splenda for sugar. I also omitted the lemon juice and lemon rind since we are not fond of lemon. Using Splenda has got to bring down the calorie level somewhat. The cake turn out moist and just fabulous. My husband and I love it."

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