It’s ALIVE! Part 3: Sourdough Coffee Cake

So the sourdough starter is still in my fridge, and every time I look at her, all freshly fed & ready to go I feel the need to make something. Twice it has been this sourdough coffee cake. The bad news is, I have yet to get a picture of the finished cake, because it’s so warm & delicious that it gets gobbled up before I get the chance. (There are 2 teens living in my house.) I shall try again the next time I make it, but for now the featured image will be the empty pan. 😦

Disappearing Sourdough Coffee Cake


For the cake:

  • 1C sourdough starter
  • 1/3C vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2C dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine sourdough starter, vegetable oil, and egg.
  3. Stir together all dry ingredients, and add to starter mixture. Stir until combined, scraping down edges of bowl as needed.  IMG_0342
  4. Pour batter into a greased baking pan. (I used a 9 inch round, but a square is fine too.)
  5. Combine topping ingredients and mix with your hands (or you can use a pastry blender) until large crumbs are formed.
  6. Sprinkle topping evenly over top of cake.  IMG_0343
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, then cover loosely with foil and cook another 10 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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