Pear and Sour Cream Coffee Cake

There’s really nothing like the taste of a good old-fashioned coffee cake with that oh so sweet and delicious buttery streusel topping. I mean, who doesn’t love an excuse to eat cake for breakfast. Sweet pears are added to a crunchy cinnamon-oat topping to create the top layer of this soft and (forgive me) moist cake.


Coffee cake is a welcome addition anytime of the day, especially if coffee or tea is being served. Even though this cake is a more indulgent breakfast choice it is clearly more of a breakfast cake than a dessert, especially after I started making changes to give it a healthier spin. Whole grains are added to the mix and I reduced the amount of butter and sugar used while still trying to make this cake feel like a treat.


With Fall just around the corner and apple season upon us you can easily substitute apples for the pears here. I’m thinking this coffee cake will be making another appearance in the near future as I begin to stock up on all the Honeycrisp apples.


This cake is best enjoyed fresh out of the oven but if you find yourself with a whole pan to yourself like I did here simply reheat it for a few seconds in the microwave before eating. It will last for a few days in a sealed container at room temperature.


Pear and Sour Cream Coffee Cake
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Recipe adapted from January 2014 issue of Food and Wine Magazine
Serves: 15 servings
  • Cake Ingredients:
  • 1¾ cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Bartlett Pears, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 6 tablespoons butter,softened
  1. First make the topping: In a large bowl, Combine the oats, brown sugar, salt, ginger and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut the butter into 1" pieces and add to the oat mixture. With your fingers, rub the butter into the mixture until everything is well combined. Add in the pears and toss well. Refrigerate the topping until chilled, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the cake. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch metal baking pan. In a bowl, whisk the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a stand mixture fitted with the paddle, beat the stick of butter with the sugars at medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the sour cream and vanilla. Beat the dry ingredients into the batter in three additions until just incorporated.
  3. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it into an even layer. Remove the topping from fridge and sprinkle top of batter evenly with the oat-pear mixture. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crumb topping is browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the cake cool cool. Cut into squares and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 335.6 Fat: 16.3 Saturated fat: 9.5 Carbohydrates: 49.2 Sugar: 28.3 Sodium: 437.4 Fiber: 2.6 Protein: 4.9 Cholesterol: 74.6

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By | 2018-06-01T09:37:49+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Breakfast|10 Comments


  1. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen August 27, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Yum! Coffee cake sounds so good 🙂 The crunchy top is my favorite!

  2. Shashi at RunninSrilankan August 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I love coffeecakes round this time of the year! Love your use of ginger in this and that sour cream must have made this super moist!

  3. admin August 27, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Oh mine too.

  4. Sonali- The Foodie Physician August 27, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I love a good coffee cake and yours looks fantastic. I LOVE your addition of pear- yum!

  5. Kalee @ The Crowded Table August 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    This coffee cake looks lovely! Pears are so delicious, and I’m dreaming of fall right now. 🙂

  6. Liz August 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    This looks REALLY yummy! I’ve never had pear cookie cake.. I’ve got to try this!

  7. admin August 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you

  8. admin August 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you. The pear makes a good addition

  9. Melanie August 27, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    This looks delicious! I love coffee cake, and this is a recipe I’ll have to try soon. 🙂

  10. admin August 27, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Let me know if you do!

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