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Recipes Using Sourdough Starter

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Piece of Sourdough Coffee Cake

Piece of Sourdough Coffee Cake


If you do not have time to bake sourdough every week, but have to feed your starter with flour, you might enjoy a recipe which takes only a short rise and is popped right into the oven. Recipes using sourdough starter can be augmented with baking powder, baking soda or yeast for a little extra rise and to save time. This streusel covered, sourdough coffee cake is delicious with coffee or tea.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Cake needs to rise 1/2 hour: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: Makes one, 9x9 inch cake


  • ***Streusel Topping***
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • ***Cake***
  • 1 cup fed sourdough starter (see note)
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. flour
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom (optional)


Note: The sourdough starter should be as thick as thick pancake batter, or about 50% flour, 50% water. I usually remove half the starter and feed both halves with equal amounts of flour and water, by weight, then wait for it to bubble up (about 4 hours) then put one jar back in the refrigerator for another week. The extra sourdough starter can be given to a friend or used in a recipe like this one.

Mix the streusel topping first by combining flour, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, then rubbing the cold butter in with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly and sticks together if you press it between your fingers. You may use a mixer, if you wish.

Set crumbs aside.

To make the cake, place the sourdough starter in a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.

Pour the batter into a buttered and floured, 8 or 9 inch square pan or an 8 inch, round, layer cake pan. Smooth top and sprinkle reserved crumbs evenly over the batter.

Let the cake rise for about 30 minutes in a warm place.

Bake at 375°F for about 35 minutes, or until cake is set and the sides begin to pull away from the pan.

Remove, cool and enjoy.

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 5 out of 5
Yummy!, Member traciandrick

I was hesitant to make this. I was concerned that the sourdough flavor would clash with the flavor I expect from coffee cake. But this turned out really nice. Its moist and flavorful. I definitely want to experiment with this recipe(maybe add some apple pie filling or just some slices of fresh fruit) but its delicious the way it is. Thank you so much for sharing. I am always looking for ways to use my starter other than feeding my septic tank or my compost lol

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