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Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

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 YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 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 (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a small bowl, mix walnuts, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
  • 5. 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. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: For easier removal of cakes, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 1172506 67754
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

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

efwynne User ID: 4092460 56836
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7482241 67753
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7131119 56812
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

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

coffel1994 User ID: 7156739 61005
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1762141 67751
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4865079 56752
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3499211 132407
Reviewed 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!!!"

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