Sinless Sour Cream Coffee Cake - An old family recipe made a little healthier.
So I couldn't wait to share this with all y'all but held out until reveal day that I am now a proud member of the Recipe Redux crew! Recipe Redux is the first and only recipe challenge founded by Registered Dietitians with the focus on making delicious recipes better for you. AKA the idea behind the whole Sinful Nutrition site! It'd be just plain silly not to join in on this fun.
Every month, a new theme is revealed to members who cannot spread the word until reveal day. Good thing I'm a master at keeping secrets. This month's theme was Treasured Cookware.
Treasured Cookware – Share a story of classic cookware – and a healthy recipe to go with it. Some of us will be celebrating Mother’s Day next month (May 11,) but it’s more than once a year that many of us cook with a pan, a wooden spoon or another piece of cookware passed on to us from the kitchens of our favorite relatives. Let’s see what you can cook up with your treasured kitchen tool!
If you're a sucker for tradition and family like I am especially in the kitchen, you probably have a pan or bowl or some piece of cookware that has been passed down to you from Great Grandma Betty or your Great Aunt Bev with their heart, soul, and cooking finesse baked in.
I have quite the collection growing of family heirlooms and recipes, but the one I settled on is near and dear to my heart.
As a birthday gift a few years back, one of my Aunt's passed on my Great Grandmother's recipe box chock full of handwritten recipes, magazine cut outs, and years of spills, crumbs, and love stained on their yellow pages.
Recipes specifying Wesson oil or Pillsbury flour. Spoonfuls or dashes of that. Not as structured and written out as today's recipes. And that's what makes them so special. And probably the reason no one was able to make it just like it's creator, who never truly revealed the secret to it's perfection.
After countless page flips and contemplation I settled on a recipe for Sour Cream Coffee Cake. This dates back to the kitchen of my Great Grandmother Helen. A classic, but equally scrumptious cake that goes down as easily as a cup of coffee on Sunday morning.
My take on it turned out to be more of a spice cake in flavor, but still captured the feel of the original. I swapped the white flour for a combo of oat flour and white whole wheat, sour cream for Greek yogurt, and half the butter for applesauce. I'm sure Helen is looking down and wondering what the heck Greek yogurt is and why it is in her coffee cake right about now.Print
Lightened Up Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- Total Time: 50 mins
- Yield: 8 1x
- 3 T butter, softened
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ⅔ cup applesauce
- 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup oat flour (1 cup oats ground)
- 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch salt
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 T cinnamon
- ¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 T milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray bundt pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- Cream together butter and sugar with hand mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Add yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- Add dry to wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
- In a small bowl, mix together filling of brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Add half of cake batter to bundt pan. Top with half of filling mixture.
- Add remaining cake batter and top with remaining filling.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for 20 minutes, remove, and let rest on cooling rack.
- Once the cake is cooled, mix together ingredients for glaze.
- Pour over cake and serve.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 40 mins
- Category: Dessert
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 235
- Sugar: 18
- Fat: 6
- Saturated Fat: 3
- Carbohydrates: 37
- Protein: 8
I kept this cake in the fridge because of the yogurt in the glaze, but if you don't add the glaze it would be fine without refrigeration. I actually think the flavor got better as it cooled and paired perfectly with a piping cup of coffee.
Make it a great day!
Do you own any family heirlooms?
What's your favorite family recipe?
First off, welcome to ReDux! Love the photo of the old rusted recipe box - what a treasure. And your adapted coffee cake looks and sounds delish.
Atta girl! You photos are looking good!
Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
Hahah yes what the heck is Greek yogurt doing in her cake!? This is beautiful and looks delicious!
Thank you Marisa! Let me know if you give it a try!
I love how you helthified this recipe. It looks really yummy and moist.
You are right in both aspects 😉 Perfect with my morning coffee as it's name implies.
Thanks Rachael! I am just getting the hang of how to take some quality photos now. Still lots to learn!
Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog
What a gorgeous cake!! And love how you've lightened it... looks so yummy.
Thanks Regan! Indeed it was quite delicious.
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
I can never say no to coffeecake - specially when its "sinless"
That means it's okay I have two slices, right? 😉
I was craving coffee cake lately for some reason; I'll have to give yours a try - it looks and sounds great!
Emily I am SO SO proud of you! The photos and writing in this blog brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad I chose to pass that recipe box on to you and even more happy that you have enjoyed it and put it to such wonderful use! Grammy would be honored! The re invention of the classic recipes with more healthful contemporary Ingredients is ingenious. Keep up the good work! Love you!
I'm so glad you enjoyed Meliss! Thank YOU for passing it on to me. It truly is a treasure.
da da da damn that cake looks amazing!!! Love the easter basket and totes jelly of the coloring book! Ummm ps, your posts haven't been showing up in my bloglovin' feed. I was wondering where you have been the past few weeks and then came by to check on you and you have been alive this entire time!! da fuq!!
I'll be sure to color you a picture next time we hang. Soon pah-lease! When we going to Nashville sista?!
My grandma used to make this! I'm totally going to try this...and then MY grandma can look down and wonder what Greek yogurt is doing in her coffee cake too! (: Love the recipe box...what a treasure!
Haha! Can't wait to hear how it turns out!
Jeez, thanks very much for posting this! It is gonna be so helpful when I get Coffee at the store! Super Awe Inspiring!
WOW! Now that's a creative and delicious coffee cake 🙂
Sounds absolutely delicious. Has anyone tried a substitute for the flour like maybe using all oat or a cup for cup sub? Still going to try it. Either the cup for cup or maybe tapioca flour. I will come back to update my results. Thanks for updating all adding all of these glorious recipes for us to peruse.