Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Dairy)

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake. © Miri Rotkovitz
    55 mins
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Tender and moist, with a ribbon of blueberries and a crumbly cinnamon topping, this not-too-sweet Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake is the perfect accompaniment to a leisurely cup of coffee or tea. Unlike most crumb cake recipes, this one can easily be mixed by hand, because the cake batter includes oil instead of butter. That swap also lets the flavor of the sour cream shine through, and since there's butter in the crumb, you won't miss it in the cake.

On the Holiday Table: If you're looking for an alternative to cheesecake on Shavuot, this is a great fit -- especially if you use fresh summer berries. It's also ideal for Yom Kippur break fast, or for brunches year round. 

What You'll Need

  • For the Crumb Topping:
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small bits
  • For the Blueberries:
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2  teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • For the Cake:
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup sour cream, preferably full-fat
  • 1/2 cup neutral-flavored oil, such as canola or sunflower
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

How to Make It

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan and set aside.

2. First, make the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon. Add the butter and use a pastry blender or your fingers to rub it into the flour mixture, until you have a sandy topping with lots of crumbly bits. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, toss the berries with the sugar, flour, and cinnamon.

Set aside.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a wooden spoon or electric beaters, mix in the sour cream, oil, eggs, and vanilla just until the mixture is smooth. The batter will be thick. 

5. Pour about half of the batter into the prepared pan, and spreading it to the edges with a spatula. Sprinkle evenly with the berries, then top with the remaining batter. Smooth the batter with a spatula. Top evenly with the crumb topping (squeeze the mixture between your fingers if you prefer large crumbs).

6. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the cake is golden and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in its pan on a wire rack. Enjoy!