classic sour cream coffee cake

Sometimes there is nothing better than the classics.  Now don't get me wrong, I love trying different things, unexpected flavor combinations, twists and turns...  just ask my husband.  He complains that I rarely do things the 'normal' way!

But today I was just craving simple.  Classic comfort food to warm our hearts and our tummys and to fill the house with cozy fall smells.  And a simple cinnamon-y sour cream cream coffee cake sounded like the perfect thing!

Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe
(adapted from Gimme Some Oven)

2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Butter a 9x13" baking dish and set aside.  In a small bowl, stir together the cinnamon, 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and remaining 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well mixed.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Add half of the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture, then add the sour cream and vanilla and then the rest of the dry ingredients, mixing after each addition until combined.

Spread half of the batter into the greased baking dish.  Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the batter.  Dollop the remaining batter over the cinnamon sugar in the pan and smooth out.  Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar over the top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the coffee cake comes out clean.   Perfect warm from the oven with a big steaming mug of coffee!  Mmm...  I think I'll go have another piece right now!  :o)

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