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Sourdough Discard Coffee Cake | Easy and Delicious

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a sourdough starter living in your kitchen that sometimes begs to be used more creatively than just for loaves of bread. That’s where this absolute gem of a recipe comes into play — the easiest sourdough discard coffee cake. It’s my go-to recipe whenever I crave something sweet with my afternoon coffee or when I want to impress my guests without spending hours in the kitchen.

What I adore about this recipe, besides its delicious outcome, is the simplicity and minimal equipment required. You won’t be left with a mountain of dishes to wash, making the clean-up almost as sweet as the cake itself. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to put that sourdough discard to good use, reducing waste and adding a unique tang to your coffee cake.

The Easiest Sourdough Discard Coffee Cake

Here’s how I make Sourdough Discard Coffee Cake:

Discover the easiest sourdough discard coffee cake! This recipe is a quick, delicious way to use sourdough starter with minimal cleanup. Perfect for any time.
 

What You’ll Need For the Cake:

  •  1 cup sourdough starter
  • 13 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 

What You’ll Need For the Topping:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 1 tablespoon flour
canisters and ingredients on a counter for sourdough discard coffee cake recipe

For the cake, you’ll need 1 cup of sourdough starter, which gives this cake its delightful tang and tender crumb. Mix that with 1/3 cup of vegetable oil for moisture and an egg to bind everything together. 

sourdough starter, egg, and oil in a bowl with rubber spatula

The dry ingredients are straightforward pantry staples: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup sugar for sweetness, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda for rise, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon for that warm, spiced flavor that pairs so beautifully with coffee.

dry ingredients in a bowl for sourdough discard coffee cake

The topping is where the magic happens, creating a caramelized, crunchy layer that contrasts perfectly with the soft cake beneath. You’ll need 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup brown sugar for that deep molasses flavor, 2 tablespoons butter (or margarine if that’s what you have on hand), and 1 tablespoon flour to help it all clump together into delicious crumbles.

topping ingredients in a bowl for sourdough discard coffee cake

The process couldn’t be easier: combine your sourdough starter, oil, and egg. In another bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients and then incorporate them into the sourdough mixture. 

Spread the batter into a greased baking pan. I used an 11 x 7 inch baking dish, but a 9-inch square pan will work as well. 

For the topping, you can use a pastry blender to get the perfect crumbly texture, but your fingers will work just fine too. Sprinkle this mixture over the batter, and then it’s ready to bake.

coffee cake batter and crumb topping in a stoneware pan ready to be baked

Bake it in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, and what comes out is nothing short of divine. The cinnamon-spiced aroma filling the kitchen is irresistible, and the cake itself strikes the perfect balance between tender and crumbly, with a slightly tangy flavor that makes it stand out from other coffee cakes.

sourdough discard coffee cake in stoneware baking pan

This sourdough discard coffee cake has become a staple in my home. It’s perfect for those lazy weekend mornings, an afternoon treat, or even as a casual dessert when friends come over. The ease of preparation, combined with the delightful flavors and textures, makes this recipe a keeper. Give it a try, and I promise, it’ll become your go-to coffee cake recipe as well.

sourdough discard coffee cake - cake on a plate with a fork and green coffee cup

Sourdough Discard Coffee Cake:

Barbi Gardiner
Discover the easiest sourdough discard coffee cake! This recipe is a quick, delicious way to use sourdough starter with minimal cleanup. Perfect for any time.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

What You'll Need For the Cake:

  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

What You'll Need For the Topping:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Instructions
 

  • Gently mix together sourdough starter, oil and egg.
  • Stir together the dry ingredients and gently fold them into the sourdough mixture until just combined—be careful not to overmix
  • Put dough into a greased 9 inch square pan or 11 x 7-inch baking pan.
  • Crumble topping ingredients together and sprinkle topping on top of batter.
  • Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
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2 thoughts on “Sourdough Discard Coffee Cake | Easy and Delicious”

  1. Thank you- this is just what I was looking for; delicious! I did add a bit of cream of tartar for a lil snickerdoodle flavor.

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