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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

DIY Coffee Cake with Linda Masterson

Oh my gosh. I had no idea cake from scratch could be this EASY. I had to lean on Linda to give me this recipe, but she finally conceded to my charm. :wink:

Please welcome Linda Masterson, and check out this cake. I have all these ingredients in stock and plan to make this tonight.


Thanks, Maria, for letting me be part of your DIY Christmas.

Unlike many of the recipes I’ve gathered over the years, I remember exactly where this one came from.  It was 1969.  Hubby and I were traveling from Ohio to Boston and stopped for the night with friends in Rochester.  She served this cake at breakfast and called it “coffee cake”.  I’m not a coffee drinker but I was crazy about the cake and managed to get her recipe.  Over the years, it has become such a favorite in our family my boys request it for their birthdays instead of the traditional frosted variety.  

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Cake


½ soft butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking power
1tsp baking soda
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla


1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup chocolate chips
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

You need a form pan, i.e. an angle food cake pan, well greased.

Cream together the butter and sugar.  Add eggs and blend till smooth. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.  Add gradually and mix well.  Batter will be quite thick. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Mix topping ingredients together.

Put 1/3 of the topping in the pan.  Cover with 1/3 of the batter.  The batter is thick so you have to spread it out.  Repeat with the next third of each and so on.  Then swirl a knife through the batter to distribute the topping until well mixed.

Bake at 350° for 50 minutes.  Cool at least ½ hour before removing from pan.

Fair warning: serve yourself a smaller piece than you think you want.  It’s pretty rich.  And you can always go back for seconds.


Transplanted from Boston as a child – and still a diehard Red Sox fan – Linda has lived on both coasts, prefers the northeast, but will probably stay forever in Ohio because that’s where her four grandkids are.

After twenty years with the American Red Cross, she has moved to a full time pursuit of the dream of being published.  Linda writes mysteries/suspense, sometimes with a bit of paranormal, and always with enough romance to make it fun.  You can catch her on her blog, and her website.    

NOTE: For other DIY Christmas posts, go here. Be sure to go back and leave a comment because there are goodies up for grabs all throughout the blogfest. All contests for the DIY posts end 12-22-11, so you can comment on any previous post.


Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Yum! Thanks for the recipe, LD! ☺ Happy Wednesday!

PS...Maria, your blog looks great! I'm off to lurk around your pages.

LD Masterson said...

Thanks, Maria, for having me (you charmer, you).

And thank you, Larri, for stopping by. Definitely wander around Maria's blog. It's one of my favorites.

raelynbarclay said...

Oh that looks yummy! I can see why it became a favorite. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...


LD Masterson said...

Raelyn - Thanks. I hope you try it.

Cate Masters said...

I'm going to have to start an exercise regimen after all these delicious recipes. Definitely going to try this one. Thanks for sharing!
Happy holidays, Linda!

LD Masterson said...

Sarah - Something for the food cult? (yes, I've visited your blog this morning)

LD Masterson said...

And to you, too, Cate.

Mike Keyton said...

Linda, this sounds great. Will definitely give it a go. I had to get my head around that this was a cake to eat with coffe as opposed to having coffee in it as one of the ingredients. I'm notoriously slow on the uptake. Had to scan the ingredients several times before I got it :)

LD Masterson said...

Mike - Hmm, never thought of it that way. I don't call it a coffee cake because I don't drink coffee (silly, I know). Around our house, we just call it the chocolate chip cake but the original recipe card from the friend who gave it to me says it's a coffee cake.

By any name it's pretty tasty.

Tina Moss said...

I had a thoughtful and insightful comment ready and then I... yummmm, coffee cake!

Cathy in AK said...

OMG, this looks and sounds so yummy! We're always thrilled to find simple and delish recipes for breakfast-y cakes the kids can make on Sunday mornings. But I need to get a form pan now : )


Robert Guthrie said...

YUM... and did I know that you, too, are a Boston transplant?

Angela Brown said...

The deliciousness is so apparent in that picture.
A wonderful recipe LD. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Maria Zannini said...

I cannot believe the (bad) luck I've been having with my internet connection lately.

I'm so glad these posts have been pre-scheduled or I would've been in deep reindeer doo-doo. LOL!

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, Linda. This is exactly the kind of holiday baking I like to do. (the easy kind)

Lari: Welcome! It's nice to meet you.

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

Hi Maria! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'm copying it for my files. If you dare check out my Christmas recipes!

Merry Christmas!


LD Masterson said...

Tina - Ah, perfect focus.

LD Masterson said...

Cathy - I have a couple of form pans. Drop by and I'll lend you one of mine. *grin*

LD Masterson said...

Robert - I wasn't aware you were from Boston. Are you a Sox fan?

LD Masterson said...

Angela - Back atcha. I hope you enjoy it.

LD Masterson said...

Maria - Good thing you didn't ask anyone to participate who lets things go until the last minute, huh? *sheepish grin*

Shelley Munro said...

This cake looks both easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

Madeleine said...

Now that cake sounds delish. I used to be a more creative cook and am impressed by this recipe.
Yummy. I will have to try it out.
Happy Christmas

Kaye Manro said...

This sounds like a fantastic recipe.

I just love your DIY posts, Maria. What great ideas for the holidays!

LD Masterson said...

Sheely - You're welcome. Thanks for coming by.

LD Masterson said...

Madeline - Thank you. Hope you like it. And Merry Christmas.

Janel said...

Yum! I'm sure my daughter would be more than happy to help me make this for breakfast. :)