Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Coconut Streusel #TheCakeSliceBakers

We're six bakes into Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd, and I've liked each one of them! Check out the links at the end of the post to see what the other bakers made!

For me, baking is a creative outlet. I love to do things that stretch me artistically. But lots of my crafts and artistic endeavors just end up taking up space in the garage. Being able to eat (and share!) my creations is a way to cut down on the clutter.

Of course, you wouldn't guess that by looking at my garage...but trust me--it would be 100x worse if I wasn't a baker too.

You can usually get an idea whether I have been doing something to scratch my proverbial creative itch by my blog cake choices. Sometimes I'm just itching to decorate something, and that shows in my baking (like here and here). 

Well, I've had a lot of opportunities to do artsy things lately.

And I just wanted to bake something good, simple and tasty. 

No frills. Just yummy.

This Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Coconut Streusel fit the bill.

Sour cream is a magical ingredient when it comes to baked goods--it keeps them moist and gives them a lovely texture.

Speaking of texture, the coconut in the streusel is also lovely. I know coconut is a polarizing ingredient, but in this recipe it becomes crunchy and melts in your mouth instead of being chewy. My picky girl (who, a couple of days ago started crying when she accidentally chose a coconut popsicle) liked this cake. And the brown sugary, crunchy bits were delicious too. A teaspoon of lemon zest added a surprising bright note to finish it off.

Not a showy cake, but totally a keeper.

I made it for breakfast, and kept going back for one little sliver after another throughout the day.

Give this Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Coconut Streusel a try. It's simply great :)

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Coconut Streusel

from Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup melted butter
2/3 cup shredded coconut

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temp
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

1. Heat the oven to 350. Grease and flour an 8x8 square pan.
2. Make the streusel by combining the flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium sized bowl. Pour in the melted butter, and blend with a fork. Stir in the coconut, mixing well.
3. Beat the butter in a separate bowl with an electric mixer at high speed, until creamy. Add the sugar and beat about four minutes--until nice and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Turn the speed to low, and alternate adding the flour mixture and sour cream--beginning and ending with the flour. Beat until *just* combined. Add in the lemon zest and vanilla, and mix for 30 seconds. 
4. Smooth half of the batter evenly into the prepared dish. Top with 1/2 of the streusel. Scrape the remaining batter over the streusel, smoothing it into an even layer. Top with the remaining streusel.
5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out cleanly. Cool completely on a wire rack.


Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - Little Everyday Cakes - and our choices for May 2021 were ~ 

Siren's Chocolate Cake

Peanut Butter Snack Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Coconut Streusel


  1. I do love a good coffee cake, especially when the streusel is on point - and your streusel and cake definitely looks on point. Another one to add to my list and I'm pretty sure that at some point I will have baked through the entire book.

  2. I'm excited to try this one! The coconut streusel sounds delicious, and you are so right about sour cream.

  3. I think this would be a wonderful cake to serve up at a leisurely, relaxing brunch.

  4. Looks terrific. It was a toss up this time on which cake to make. This one will be next on my list!

  5. The texture of that cake looks SO moist - yumm!!

  6. The coconut streusel is so tempting and it looks like a perfect cake for snacking and having one too many slices.


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