Recipes: Will BYOB’s Christopher Kearse’s Grandma’s Coffee Cake

Will BYOB‘s owner/chef Christopher Kearse:  The first thing that I ever cooked with my Grandma was a coffee cake. I don’t make it very often anymore, but whenever I do, I’m reminded of the time that I was able to spend with her. Enjoy my Grandma’s Coffee Cake!

Will BYOB’s Christopher Kearse’s Grandma’s Coffee Cake

Servings:  Approximately 12-16 slices of cake


  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ¾ cups white sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 ½ cups chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350°, and grease a 10-inch Bundt pan.
  2. Cream together the butter and 2 cups of sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla and the eggs one at a time, beating the mixture continually after adding each egg.
  3. Combine the flour with the baking powder and baking soda. Add alternately with sour cream to the egg mixture, beating just enough after each addition to keep the batter smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the walnuts, cinnamon and the rest of the sugar.
  5. Spoon about 1/3 of the batter into the Bundt pan, and sprinkle with about 1/3 of the walnut mixture. Repeat this step twice more.
  6. Bake at 350° for 70 minutes or until center is done.
  7. Let cake cool for about 10 minutes, then remove the pan and allow the cake to continue cooling. Enjoy!
Coffee Cake (photo by The Food Librarian)
Coffee Cake (photo by The Food Librarian)

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