Mouth-Watering Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe

Hey coffee lovers, it’s your favorite barista here with a recipe that’ll make your taste buds dance with joy! Who doesn’t like to savor a slice of warm and sweet cake with a cup of steaming hot coffee? Today, I’m going to share with you a recipe for a sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake that will make your morning brew taste even better.

This cake is not only easy to make but the addition of sourdough makes it light, fluffy and gives it that tangy deliciousness which brings out the flavors of the ground cinnamon and pecan crumble. Imagine how satisfying it will be to master making this perfect holiday treat that you can share with your loved ones or enjoy all by yourself!

So grab a pen and paper or take out your phone and put on your apron because we’re about to get down and dirty in the kitchen! Trust me; once you’ve tasted this cake, you’ll fall in love with the aroma and flavor combination of sourdough, cinnamon, and pecan coffee. Let’s dive into this recipe together.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake
Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

Hey there, fellow coffee lovers! If you’re anything like me, you adore a good cup of joe and are always looking for ways to enhance the experience. That’s why I’m excited to share my recipe for Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake with you. Trust me when I say that this is a game-changer for your morning coffee routine.

Why do I love this recipe so much? Well, let me count the ways. First of all, it’s made with sourdough starter, which gives the cake a moist and tangy flavor that pairs perfectly with your favorite cup of coffee. But don’t worry if you don’t have a sourdough starter – I’ll show you how to make one from scratch in the recipe instructions.

Secondly, this cinnamon pecan coffee cake is loaded with warm spices and toasted pecans, making it the ultimate comfort food to enjoy during chilly mornings or lazy weekends. The cinnamon sugar swirl in the middle and pecan crumble on top create a sweet and crunchy texture that will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

And last but not least, this recipe is incredibly versatile. It works as a delicious breakfast treat alongside your morning latte or as a dessert to serve at your next dinner party. Plus, you can easily adapt it to suit your dietary preferences by using gluten-free flour or swapping out sugar for honey.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready to elevate your coffee game with this sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake. The perfect blend of sweet and nutty flavors will take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey – trust me, you won’t regret giving it a try!

Ingredient List

 An irresistible coffee cake with a tangy twist of sourdough!
An irresistible coffee cake with a tangy twist of sourdough!

Ingredients for the Sour Dough Starter

  • 100g (3½oz) sourdough starter
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup water

Ingredients for the Cake

  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Ingredients for the Cinnamon Pecan Sugar Crumble

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter

Cake Batter

  • 3 cups cake recipe sourdough coffee cake batter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs


Make sure to use the discard sourdough starter in this recipe.”

The Recipe How-To

 Treat yourself with a delightful slice of our Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake.
Treat yourself with a delightful slice of our Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake.

Before we go into the nitty-gritty of the Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe, make sure that your sourdough starter is fed with flour and water before using it in this recipe.


Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Pecan Filling:

  • 100g (3½oz) pecans or walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Sugar Crumble Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • Pinch of salt


Now let’s move on to the fun part – making the cake!

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the sourdough starter, milk, eggs, vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Separately in another bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Gradually pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix as it will result in a tough cake.
  4. Prepare the Cinnamon-Pecan Filling by combining chopped nuts, granulated sugar, brown sugar and ground cinnamon in a small bowl.
  5. Pour half of the cake batter into a greased 9-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle half of the Cinnamon-Pecan Filling on top evenly. Pour the remaining batter on top smoothly and sprinkle with another layer of Cinnamon-Pecan Filling.
  6. Use a butter knife to swirl the filling mixture into the cake batter.
  7. Prepare Sugar Crumble Topping by mixing all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, softened butter and pinch of salt very well. Sprinkle Sugar Crumble Topping on top of the cake.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  9. Once done, remove from oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  10. Cool completely before serving.


  • Always use room temperature eggs as it ensures smoother mixing with other ingredients.
  • If you do not have sourdough starter, you can still make this recipe by replacing the sourdough starter with all purpose flour and an additional teaspoon of baking powder.
  • You can make this recipe without nuts to make it school/lunch friendly.

Follow these steps, and you’ll be in for an unforgettable treat!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfectly balanced with cinnamon and nutty pecans, this cake is the ultimate breakfast indulgence.
Perfectly balanced with cinnamon and nutty pecans, this cake is the ultimate breakfast indulgence.

Listen up, coffee cake enthusiasts! I know that not all of you might have the exact ingredients in your pantry that the sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake recipe calls for. However, fret not because there are some substitutions and variations that you can try out!

Firstly, if you don’t have any sourdough starter on hand, you could substitute it with an equal measure of buttermilk or plain yogurt. These ingredients will give a similar tangy flavor to your cake. Alternatively, you could opt for simply using regular milk with a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice.

Secondly, pecans can be a bit pricey and might not be readily available everywhere. If that’s the case, try replacing them with walnuts or almonds instead. They will give a nutty crunch just as good as pecans.

Next up, if you’re looking to make this coffee cake a bit healthier, replace the granulated sugar with honey or maple syrup. Keep in mind though that the sweetness level of your cake may be different as honey and maple syrup tend to be less sweet than granulated sugar.

For those who can’t take too much sugar, try cutting back on it in the cake batter so that the sweetness comes mostly from the cinnamon sugar crumble.

Finally, for a fun variation, try adding some chocolate chips to the cinnamon sugar crumble mixture! This would make for an enticing complement to the sweet cinnamon flavors already present in the cake itself.

Now go forth and experiment with your substitutions and make this sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake your own!

Serving and Pairing

 Warm up your morning with a cup of coffee and a slice of our homemade coffee cake.
Warm up your morning with a cup of coffee and a slice of our homemade coffee cake.

Welcome back to our sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake recipe article! Now that your cake has been baked to perfection, let’s talk about serving and pairing it.

First things first, simply serve this warm, sweet cinnamon cake on a plate or in a bowl. The aroma of cinnamon and pecans will waft through the air and tantalize your taste buds. Not to mention, the beautiful golden crumb with a crunchy pecan topping will captivate your eyes before you even take a bite.

This sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake is perfect for any time of day. Enjoy it as a breakfast pastry alongside a hot cup of coffee or tea. Use it as a mid-afternoon snack, or serve it as dessert for dinner parties and special occasions – this is the ultimate all-rounder!

Now, doesn’t that sound divine? But wait, there’s more! You can also pair this delectable cake with an array of delicious accompaniments. Try adding some fresh fruit like seasonal berries, sliced apricots, or juicy peaches to give it an extra touch of sweetness and freshness.

Alternatively, you can also serve the sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top. The creamy textures will contrast beautifully with the crunchy crumble on the cake.

In conclusion, serving and pairing options are endless with this fantastic recipe. Prepare to wow (and satisfy) your guests when you serve up this sweet cinnamon delight.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Dive into the mouth-watering aroma of our freshly baked Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake.
Dive into the mouth-watering aroma of our freshly baked Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake.

One of the best things about this sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, stored easily, and reheated for a fresh-from-the-oven taste. If you’re hosting a holiday brunch or any gathering that requires a decadent dessert, this cake can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance.

For make-ahead instructions, prepare the cake batter as instructed and pour it into the baking dish. Instead of baking right away, cover the dish with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. When you’re ready to bake, simply remove the plastic wrap and let it come to room temperature on the counter for 30 minutes before transferring it to the preheated oven.

When storing leftovers, it’s important to keep them in an airtight container (or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap) at room temperature for up to three days. This coffee cake also freezes well – just wrap individual slices tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then store them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to three months.

To reheat individual slices, simply pop them into the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds or until warmed through, or into a preheated oven at 350°F for 5 minutes. If reheating an entire cake, wrap it in foil and place it in a preheated oven at 350°F for approximately 20 minutes, or until warmed through.

Whether you’re enjoying this cake for breakfast, dessert, or as a mid-day snack with your favorite cup of coffee, following these storing and reheating tips will ensure that every slice tastes as fresh and delicious as the first.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Simple yet delicious, our coffee cake is made with love and lots of crunch.
Simple yet delicious, our coffee cake is made with love and lots of crunch.

When it comes to making the perfect sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake, there are a few key tips that can help elevate your baking game. Here are my top tips for achieving that perfect holiday treat:

1. Use Room Temperature Ingredients: It’s important to use room temperature ingredients, such as eggs and butter, so they can easily blend together with the sourdough starter and flour. This will create a smooth and consistent batter.

2. Don’t Overmix: When mixing the ingredients together, be careful not to overmix the batter as this can cause gluten to form and make the cake tough.

3. Use High-Quality Ingredients: The quality of your ingredients really matters in this recipe. Try to use fresh pecans, King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour, and high-quality baking powder and soda for the best results.

4. Make Your Own Sourdough Starter: If you have the time and patience, making your own sourdough starter will add an extra layer of flavor to your cake.

5. Add Some Honey: For a touch of sweetness, adding honey to the batter or drizzling some on top of the cake before serving can really enhance the flavor profile.

6. Add More Cinnamon Sugar: If you’re a fan of sweet cinnamon goodness, sprinkle extra cinnamon sugar on top of the pecan crumble before baking for an added layer of flavor.

7. Let It Cool Before Serving: While it may be tempting to cut into the warm and gooey cake right away, wait at least 15-20 minutes after taking it out of the oven for the flavors to fully develop and for it to cool down a bit.

By following these tips and experimenting with variations, you’ll be on your way to baking the perfect sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake every time!


Before we wrap up this recipe, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions about making this sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake. I want to ensure that you have all the information you need to make this recipe with ease and confidence. So, let’s dive in and answer any remaining queries you may have!

What is the difference between American and British coffee cake?

The term “coffee cake” can refer to two different types of cake depending on the cultural context. In the British culture, coffee cake is a cake that has a coffee flavor. In contrast, in American culture, coffee cake is a type of cake that is typically enjoyed while drinking coffee.

How do you increase the flavor of coffee in a cake?

As a barista well-versed in coffee, I can suggest several ways to infuse your baked goods with a flavorful boost. Firstly, instant espresso powder is a tried-and-true method to add coffee aroma and taste to your batter. However, for more depth and complexity, you can add brewed coffee to the batter as well.

If you’re aiming for a chocolate and coffee combo, a mocha swirl is a surefire way to elevate the richness and indulgence of your baked treat. For topping lovers, you can pack the crumb topping with coffee too, by mixing coffee grounds with flour, sugar, and butter.

To top it all off, consider a boozy latte glaze that blends coffee, milk, and your choice of liquor. This glaze not only adds a sweet and creamy finishing touch but also brings in the warmth and comfort of a classic latte.

What can I do with sourdough discard?

As a barista, I can assist you in creating various types of coffee. I can give you guidelines and recommendations on how to make different coffee blends depending on your preference. Moreover, I can provide tips and tricks for you to explore and experiment with unique coffee flavors.

One of the popular beverages that I can help you make is a sourdough coffee. Did you know that sourdough is not only limited to bread? You can also create various tones of coffee with sourdough. From classic sourdough pancakes to waffles and pizza crusts, sourdough can impart a unique taste and texture to your favorite breakfast food. You can even use it to create delectable pretzels, crackers, bagels, and biscuits.

If you’re looking for a quick bread recipe, I suggest trying sourdough banana bread. The sourdough starter adds a subtle tang to the bread while keeping it moist and flavorful for days. If you’re in the mood for something crunchy, a sourdough granola could be a great option. It provides a nutty texture with the right amount of sweetness and sourness.

Lastly, for those who have a sweet tooth, I recommend making a cinnamon raisin sourdough bread. This bread is perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or a midnight snack. Plus, making it with a sourdough starter adds depth to the flavors and makes it stay fresher for longer.

With these options, you can easily transform your breakfast or snack into something exciting and unique. Come visit me, and I’ll share even more coffee and recipe ideas.

How to make a Mary Berry coffee cake?

To make a delicious coffee and walnut cake, we need some ingredients. Firstly, we require 100 grams of softened unsalted butter and a bit extra for greasing. Additionally, we need 100 grams of caster sugar, 2 large free-range eggs, 100 grams of self-raising flour, and 1 level teaspoon of baking powder. To enhance the flavor of the cake, we also include 50 grams of chopped walnuts and 1 tablespoon of coffee essence. Mixing these ingredients together in the proper proportions is vital in achieving a moist and scrumptious cake.

Bottom Line

Now that you have the recipe for this delicious sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake, it’s time to get to baking! Trust me, once you’ve had a bite of this mouth-watering dessert, you’ll be hooked. The sweet and nutty flavors will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

This recipe is perfect for those who want to put their sourdough discard to good use or for those who are looking for a new twist on a classic coffee cake. With its moist texture and heavenly aroma, it’s sure to become a staple in your dessert repertoire.

So why not treat yourself and your loved ones to this perfect holiday treat? Whether it’s for a special occasion or just because, this sourdough cinnamon pecan coffee cake is sure to impress. And with the flexibility of substitutions and variations, you can customize it to your liking.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try. I guarantee that with the right ingredients, a little patience, and some love, you’ll have a dessert that will make you feel like a master baker. Happy baking!

Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

Sourdough Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe

This recipe is used in the Ellsworth High School Foods class. It is scrumptious, and all the students devour it!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 43 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 384.6 kcal


Sourdough starter

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons sugar


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • --------SourdoughStarter----------.
  • Mix ingredients in plastic or glass container.
  • Cover loosely.
  • Leave at room temperature.
  • for 3-5 days, stirring twice daily.
  • Bubbles should form on the surface, and it should smell sour.
  • At this point, refrigerate.
  • Mixture may separate, so stir before using.
  • ---------Topping-----------.
  • Combine all ingredients and set aside.
  • ---------Cake----------.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Grease a 9x13" pan or an angel food cake pan.
  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Mix in eggs, sourdough starter, milk, flour, soda, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.
  • Mix until light, about 3 minutes.
  • Pour half of the batter into pan& spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle with half of the topping.
  • Pour remaining batter in pan, and sprinkle with remaining topping.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • For angel food cake pan, let cool for 10 minutes, then remove.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 140gCalories: 384.6kcalCarbohydrates: 61.7gProtein: 5.8gFat: 12.9gSaturated Fat: 7.7gCholesterol: 66.5mgSodium: 332.2mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 29.4g
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