walnut coffee cake with cinnamon

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This old fashioned cinnamon walnut coffee cake is a scrumptious, moist, coffee cake that’s both topped and layered with a sweet cinnamon walnut mixture.

This classic cinnamon walnut coffee cake with sour cream will take your taste buds on a wild adventure of flavor  The cake itself is a combination of butter, eggs, sugar, flour, and sour cream that is melt in yo mouth delish.  This delicious cake is then taken to the next level of yum with the addition of a sweet cinnamon walnut layer and topping.  Folks, your taste buds will not want to miss this nutty cinna-yum adventure.

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Easy Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake

This cinnamon walnut coffee cake from scratch is the ultimate cake recipe when it comes to ridiculously easy baking, even the laziest sloth could whip it up without baking a sweat. It requires basic pantry staples and is a straightforward process.  You will be able to bake this cinnamon walnut cake recipe in no time.

Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten and room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 2 cups all purpose flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
easy coffee walnut cake recipe with cinnamon

How To Make Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake

  • Grease a 10 in tube pan or spray it well with Baker’s Joy.
  • Preheat over to 350℉
  • In small bowl combine sugar, cinnamon and walnuts then whisk together and set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Add beaten eggs and mix.
  • Sift dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda).
  • Add dry ingredients to batter alternately with sour cream.  Mix at low speed until just incorporated.
  • Add vanilla
  • Spoon half the batter into the prepared tube pan. You will probably need to spread it evenly.
  • Sprinkle 3/4 of topping evenly over the batter.
  • Spoon in the remainder of the batter over the topping. You will probably need to spread this evenly over the topping.
  • Add the remainder of the topping evenly over the top.
  • Let cake bake for 45 minutes at 350℉.
  • Cool on a cooling rack for 10 to 15 minutes. There is topping on top, so this can be messy to get out. Use a cookie sheet or large plate to turn it out. Then let it cool slightly and and turn it over again onto the large plate for storing or serving.
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Tools Used In Walnut Cinnamon Coffee Cake

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Tips For The Best Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake

  • The recipe for cinnamon walnut coffee cake I used called for 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/4 cup walnuts.  I thought it could use a lttle more nutty cinna-yum flavor, so I added an additional 2 tablespoons of sugar and walnuts and and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.  
  • Use room temperature ingredients for this coffee cake with walnuts and cinnamon and other baked goods.  Room temperature ingredients cream and blend much easier.  This creates a smooth batter, which helps make a light and tender baked treat.
  • For this walnut cinnamon coffee cake recipe or any cake recipe, using baking soda or baking powder past its prime (expiration date) can cause the cake to turn out dense.
  • For this cinnamon walnut coffee cake or any cake it is very possible to overmix your batter after you add your flour.  Tasting Table says mixing cake batter for too long can heighten the gluten levels within the batter, which in turn will result in a tougher cake, that’s not easy to chew.
  • The batter for this cinnamon walnut coffee cake recipe is thicker than most cake batters.  It should be fairly smooth, but some lumps are just fine.
  • To test if this walnut cinnamon coffee cake is done Tasting Table says, “gently press the center of the cake. If it is springy, that’s a good start. Now, use a toothpick, insert it into the cake, then pull it out. If it comes out cleanly and there’s nothing sticking to the toothpick, the cake is ready.”
Easy Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake

What Is Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is not a cake that contains coffee.  It is however a cake that pairs well with coffee.  According to Baked, Brewed, Beautiful, “the sugary and spicy flavors of coffee cake perfectly complement the harsh flavors of coffee (in the best way possible!).”

Most coffee cakes contain a streusel topping or sweet cinnamon nut mixture, like this cinnamon walnut coffee cake recipe,  Coffee cakes are a beloved warm, comforting treat that can be served for breakfast, brunch, dessert, afternoon snacking or midnight snacking.

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How To Store Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake

There is one dark secret about coffee cake that I must share with you.  I’m ashamed to share this, but you must know that coffee cake dries out super easily.  Yes, when you pull that lovely gem out of the oven the moisture starts to make its grand exit.

Mashed says, to prevent the moisture’s great escape from your coffee cake, store it in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.  You can place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.  However, the cold of the fridge can cause it to dry out, even if it’s technically good to eat.

If you want your coffee cake to stick around longer than a week, you’ll need to store it in the freezer.  To store coffee cake in the freezer, you’ll need to wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in a freezer bag or an airtight container.  Coffee cake will last 2 to 3 months in the freezer.  

Cinnamon Walnut Cake Recipe

Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake, Why Not?

If you’re a fan of yum-elicious treats that are ridiculously easy to make, this cinnamon walnut coffee cake is calling your name.  Folks, this cinnamon walnut coffee cake recipe beats grandma’s cinnamon walnut coffee cake recipe in taste tests every time and it’s so simple to make. This walnut cinnamon coffee cake recipe will make you feel like a baking genius without breaking a sweat.  So, make it, bake it and devour it this weekend.

In case you have any queries regarding amazing cinnamon walnut coffee cake recipe feel free to reach out via the comment section or the contact page. Also, if you have tried this cinnamon walnut coffee cake recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences.

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Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake

A super easy sour cream coffee cake with perfect blend of cinnamon and walnuts.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword coffee cake, easy coffee cake, cinnamon coffee cake, walnut coffee cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 220kcal
Cost $3

Ingredients

Ingredients In Coffee Cake

  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten and room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 2 cups all purpose flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Ingredients For Cinnamon Walnut Topping

Instructions

Instructions For Cinnamon Walnut Topping

  • In small bowl combine sugar, cinnamon and walnuts then whisk together and set aside.
    ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp granulated sugar, 2¼ teaspoons cinnamon, ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts

Instructions For Coffee Cake

  • Grease a 10 in tube pan or spray it well with Baker's Joy.
  • Preheat over to 350℉
  • Cream butter and sugar
    ½ cup butter, 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Add beaten eggs and mix.
    2 eggs
  • Sift dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda).
    2 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Add dry ingredients to batter alternately with sour cream. Mix at low speed until just incorporated.
    1 cup sour cream
  • Add vanilla
    1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Spoon half the batter into the prepared tube pan. You will probably need to spread it evenly.
  • Sprinkle 3/4 of topping evenly over the batter.
  • Spoon in the remainder of the batter over the topping. You will probably need to spread this evenly over the topping.
  • Add the remainder of the topping evenly over the top.
  • Let cake bake for 45 minutes at 350℉.
  • Cool on a cooling rack for 10 to 15 minutes. There is topping on top, so this can be messy to get out. Use a cookie sheet or large plate to turn it out. Then let it cool slightly and and turn it over again onto the large plate for storing or serving.

Notes

  • The recipe for cinnamon walnut coffee cake I used called for 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/4 cup walnuts.  I thought it could use a lttle more nutty cinna-yum flavor, so I added an additional 2 tablespoons of sugar and walnuts and and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.  
  • Use room temperature ingredients for this coffee cake with walnuts and cinnamon and other baked goods.  Room temperature ingredients cream and blend much easier.  This creates a smooth batter, which helps make a light and tender baked treat.
  • For this walnut cinnamon coffee cake recipe or any cake recipe, using baking soda or baking poweder past its prime (expiration date) can cause the cake to turn out dense.
  • For this cinnamon walnut coffee cake or any cake it is very possible to overmix your batter after you add your flour.  Tasting Table says mixing cake batter for too long can heighten the gluten levels within the batter, which in turn will result in a tougher cake, that’s not easy to chew.
  • The batter for this cinnamon walnut coffee cake recipe is thicker than most cake batters.  It should be fairly smooth, but some lumps are just fine.
  • To test if this walnut cinnamon coffee cake is done Tasting Table says, “gently press the center of the cake. If it is springy, that’s a good start. Now, use a toothpick, insert it into the cake, then pull it out. If it comes out cleanly and there’s nothing sticking to the toothpick, the cake is ready.”

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 220kcal

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