Perfect Morning Coffee and Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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This Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake is easy to make, tender, and has double the streusel! It is perfect with a cup of hot or cold coffee made with Java House.

Coffee is kind of an obsession for me.

My mom is a coffee fiend. I always used to tease her growing up, and now I’ve become her.

The coffee shop around the block from where we lived would start on her coffee order as soon as her car pulled into their parking lot. She is very picky about her coffee, and a bad cup makes her angry.

I’m now the same way. I can’t live without coffee, and I’ve tried before. But coffee is so much more to me than just a drink. My favorite part of any family gathering is when the coffee pot goes on right before dessert.

Drinking coffee together is a way to socialize, unwind, catch up. My go-to for the question “what should we do?” is pretty much always “get coffee?”.

What better way to enjoy a cup of coffee than with a coffee cake? A sour cream coffee cake with plenty of nutty walnut and brown sugar streusel, to be exact.

So, naturally I’m going to pair this sour cream coffee cake with some java.

My current cup of choice is Java House, especially their cold brew. The Java House® Dual-Use Liquid Coffee Pods are so convenient. You can brew these pods for a hot cup or you can pour over ice, add 8 ounces of water, and have iced cold brew in a matter of seconds.

Cold brew refers to how coffee is brewed, not served. Cold brew coffee is extracted using a cold water process and coarsely ground coffee beans. Unlike traditional coffee, cold brew takes hours (12 or more) to create its smoother, naturally sweeter result.

Cold brew coffee achieves this smooth taste because the organic acids present in coffee are only extracted at high brewing temperatures. Cold brew delivers rich chocolate and caramel notes, but none of the acidic characteristics, making cold brew completely smooth and balanced.

Instead of brewing mine at home for half a day, I love the convenient Java House liquid pods. Hot or cold, and available in four varieties (Ethiopian, Colombian, Sumatran, and Decaf), this cold brew is just perfect with a slice of sour cream coffee cake.

This Sour Cream Coffee Cake has plenty of streusel—both inside and out—and is buttery, not-too-sweet, and laced with warm and fragrant cinnamon and brown sugar.

I love making this coffee cake in a skillet. This recipe fits perfectly in a 10? cast iron skillet, but you could make it in any baking pan you’d like.

I hope you make and enjoy this Sour Cream Coffee Cake! You can find Java House at retailers like Walmart, Target, and Amazon. For more store availability, visit

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Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake
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Serves: 10 servings
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Using a hand-held or standing mixer, beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the sour cream, followed by the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter in two additions and mix until just incorporated, taking care not to over-mix.
  3. Grease a 10” skillet or baking pan very well with baking spray or butter. Spread half of the coffee cake batter on the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle half the streusel evenly on top. Spread the other half of the batter on top of the streusel and evenly spread out. Top with the remaining streusel.
  4. Bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean and the streusel is golden brown, about 40-45 minutes.
To make the streusel
  1. Mix the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Using a pastry cutter or large fork, cut in the cold butter pieces until it resembles small, pea-sized pieces. Stir in the walnuts and a pinch of salt and combine. The streusel should clump together when you press it.
Enjoy with a cup of Java House Cold Brew coffee!

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