Make a Joyful Noise

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Breakfast and Brunch | 0 comments

School began for Madelynne today;

how can she be a junior in high school?

Yesterday, I was thinking about my mother and her sweet Sour Cream Coffee Cake, which appeared when the “Church Ladies” reunited in September for Bible Study and prayer circles.








Her go-to sweet to share was a pantry staple of everything white; embellished with luxurious pecans. I am guessing the recipe traveled from her home in Ohio.








Combine the butter with sugar; add the eggs, and vanilla.








Plop in the sour cream and combine.








Scoop the dry ingredients but don’t over mix.








Lastly, add buttermilk around the edge of the rotating bowl.








Prepare the strudel topping. The recipe calls for granulated sugar, I perfer brown.








Spoon 2/3rds of the batter into a prepared pan.  Mom used a 9x13-inch dish; I divvied it into two pie dishes so one could go to the office with MP. The strudel is added evenly before dotting the remaining batter over all.























Serve warm








Mom, could you whisper into your great grandson’s baby sized ear and tell him it is time to make a joyful noise?

Sour Cream Coffee Cake


  • 1 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups flour
  • Strudel Topping
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter with sugar; add eggs one at a time; add sour cream, and vanilla;
  2. Sift dry ingredients together; add to creamed mixture; mix at low speed while pouring the milk around the edge of the bowl just until combined. Spread 2/3rds of the batter onto a greased 9 x13 inch baking pan.
  3. Make a paste of the strudel ingredients. Sprinkle strudel mixture over batter; dot with remaining batter. Bake 25- 30 minutes or until done. Cool and cut into serving pieces.


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