A nutty and dense coffee cake that's pure decadence is here

  • The recipe for this scrumptious looking sour cream coffee cake appears in "All-Time Best Brunch."

    The recipe for this scrumptious looking sour cream coffee cake appears in "All-Time Best Brunch." Carl Tremblay for America's Test Kitchen/Associated Press

 
By America’s Test Kitchen
Updated 9/26/2018 6:15 AM

This ultrarich coffee cake is pure decadence, from its nutty topping and dramatic swirls of cinnamon sugar to its supremely moist, dense crumb. We cut softened butter into the dry ingredients for a tight, velvety crumb, and sour cream delivered distinct tang.

Sprinkling a simple streusel over the batter in two layers created a dramatic swirling effect, and topping the cake off with more streusel (this time boosted with butter and pecans) gave it a crumbly crust.

 

A fixed-bottom 10-inch tube pan (with a 10 cup capacity) is best for this recipe. Note that the streusel is divided into two parts -- one for the inner swirls and one for the topping.

• For more recipes, cooking tips and ingredient and product reviews, visit www.americastestkitchen.com. Find more recipes like Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Pecan Streusel in "All-Time Best Brunch."

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