September 26th, 2017

Pumpkin Swirl Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Pumpkin season is in full swing, and I just love trying new pumpkin inspired recipes. And this Pumpkin Swirl Sour Cream Coffee Cake quickly became a new favorite at my house this fall.

Pumpkin Swirl Sour Cream Coffee Cake

If you love coffee cake, like I do, then you’re definitely going to love this recipe! If you love pumpkin, then you’ll love it even more.

But even my husband, an avowed pumpkin hater, liked this cake. I think the fact that it’s mostly cake, with just a ribbon of sweet pumpkin filling, is what won him over.

And the cake itself is wonderful. It could certainly stand on it’s own as a great coffee cake recipe. But the pumpkin and spices make it perfect for serving this time of year.

Of course, the biggest dilemma is deciding whether to enjoy it for breakfast or dessert. When it doubt, I opt for both!

Pumpkin Swirl Sour Cream Coffee Cake

If you’re serving this cake as a dessert, I highly recommend a dollop of whipped cream on top. And if you really want to indulge at breakfast, I recommend the same.

My favorite thing about coffee cake is always the streusel topping, and this recipe was no exception. You could certainly substitute chopped walnuts for the pecans if you prefer.

You could also use plain yogurt in place of the sour cream. Either one will make this cake extra moist and delicious, so use whatever you have on hand.

I shared some of this coffee cake with the neighbors and they loved it as much as my family did. It certainly didn’t last long at our house. Anytime my husband compliments a pumpkin recipe, you know it’s a keeper!

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Pumpkin Swirl Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Swirl Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Preparation 15 min Cook Time 45 min Total Time 1 hr
Serves 12     adjust servings

Classic coffee cake is infused with a ribbon of sweet pumpkin filling and topped with a cinnamon and pecan streusel.


    For the streusel

    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/3 cup cold butter, cubed
    • 1 cup pecans, chopped

    For the cake

    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup white sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup sour cream

    For the filling

    • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. For streusel, in a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour and pumpkin pie spice. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla.
    3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternating with sour cream.
    4. Spread half of batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of the streusel. Combine pumpkin, egg, sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Drop by tablespoonfuls over streusel and swirl gently into cake with a knife. Top with remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining streusel.
    5. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 

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    Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Taste of Home


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