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Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake

I love this cake from my Aunt Suzie—especially the nice moist texture and sweet surprise of the brown sugar-nut mixture inside. It's decadent with a cup of joe.—Michelle Eder, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar


  • In a small bowl, mix walnuts, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.
  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add egg yolks. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  • With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
  • Pour half of the batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with walnut mixture. Pour in remaining batter. Bake 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
Editor’s Note: For easier removal of cakes, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 540 calories, 29g fat (14g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 323mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • bonitahymer
    Jan 13, 2014

    awesome coffee cake. was a little more work than some recipes but well worth the effort.

  • efwynne
    Dec 1, 2013

    I was really disappointed in this cake. In the picture it looks so good and the ingredients were so what easy to put together. But the cake was dry. Maybe somewhere along the way I missed something..over mixed or let it cook to long. I will be trying it again!!!

  • tarheels84
    Nov 13, 2013

    There were many steps in this recipe and you dirtied several bowl. The cake was moist but the taste was average. It looked great but I probably will not make it again. There are better coffee cakes .

  • gucci65
    Oct 31, 2013

    My mom made the same exact coffee cake when I was growing up. I loved this too !!!

  • coffel1994
    Oct 25, 2013

    This is a very moist and delicious coffee cake. I did not have walnuts, used chopped pecans instead. My husband and I do not eat cake very often, he loved this and had it every day until gone. Great recipe.

  • lazyjcafe
    Oct 27, 2010

    I gave this 3 stars because the streusel layer was actually too thick, and caused my cake to partially separate when removing from the pan. Next time I will use less ingredients in the streusel layer, and perhaps the nuts should be listed as finely chopped. Simply chopping the nuts causes the streusel layer to be too chunky and not stick to the cake itself. The flavor of this cake is good, however.

  • Mrs. Bree
    Mar 23, 2010

    This coffee cake is delicious! I halved the recipe and baked it in a 8 in. square pan at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes and it turned out perfect! Very moist and fluffy! Just a side note: next time I'm going to make a little more streusel for the ribbon in the middle as half of the amount only made spots instead of an actual ribbon in the cake. I will be making this again!!

  • dsgermick
    Feb 20, 2010

    I am still in the process of this cooking. It is a chore making this but I am sure going to be well worth the time and efford. I will come back and let you know!!!