Sourdough Coffee Cake

coffee cake on a cutting board
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  • 55 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: Makes 1 cake (serves 12)
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If you do not have time to bake sourdough every week but have to feed your starter with flour, you might enjoy a recipe which takes only a short rise and is popped right into the oven. Recipes using sourdough starter can be augmented with baking powder, baking soda or yeast for a little extra rise and to save time. This streusel covered, sourdough coffee cake is delicious with coffee or tea.

What You'll Need

  • Streusel Topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Cake:
  • 1 cup sourdough starter (fed, see note)
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cardamom (ground)

How to Make It

Note: The sourdough starter should be as thick as thick pancake batter, or about 50% flour, 50% water. I usually remove half the starter and feed both halves with equal amounts of flour and water, by weight, then wait for it to bubble up (about 4 hours) then put one jar back in the refrigerator for another week. The extra sourdough starter can be given to a friend or used in a recipe like this one.

  1. Mix the streusel topping first by combining flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl, then rubbing the cold butter in with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly and sticks together if you press it between your fingers. You may use a mixer if you wish.
  2. Set crumbs aside.
  3. To make the cake, place the sourdough starter in a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into a buttered and floured, 8- or 9-inch square pan or an 8-inch, round, layer cake pan. Smooth top and sprinkle reserved crumbs evenly over the batter.
  5. Let the cake rise for about 30 minutes in a warm place.
  6. Bake at 375 F for about 35 minutes, or until cake is set and the sides begin to pull away from the pan.
  7. Remove, cool and enjoy.