Blueberry Oatmeal Sour cream Coffee Cake with Oats Pecan streusel

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I buy ingredients during Grocery shopping thinking that I will make a specific dish. However most of the time my ingredients will end up in making something else than the specific dish I wanted to make. This sour cream coffee cake also born like that,   I have some sour cream left after making a pastry, and at first I thought of adding some and make a  dip. Then I realize that who is going to eat, yes that was me. For that I don’t need 1 cup of sour cream. 
I think this world is a strange place, you can meet a lot of interesting characters. As you all know, both of my two kids were born here in US, with no family help, but a few great friends who helped in my hour of need (during the birth). So whenever somebody asks me for any help I will try to help them genuinely. There is one couple we had met through our common friends; they visited us a couple of times, so we called them for Nidhi’s birthday too. I also asked my friend (supposedly), whether she could help me on Nidhi’s birthday, so as to watch my babies, so that I could cook a few dishes, and she agreed immediately. This happened about one month before birthday that is in April. Then on the birthday day she, her kid and husband showed up at the nick of party time and told me that her husband got stuck with work and hence she was not able to come and help me, and I said it is okay.  Three days before the birthday she had called me and asked about my gynecologist, his phone number etc, as she needed it for one of her friends who was pregnant and wanted to go to the doctor. I like my doctor, so gave her his number, and even called my doctor’s office and told them that a friend of mine from India, is pregnant and wanted to see the doctor. Office staff knows me very well so they said okay and would help her with the appointment.
Then yesterday she called me and told me that she is pregnant with second child and it is 14 weeks, she again wanted the details of my doctor. Then I asked her have you gone to doctor, she told me yes I gone already two times and it is 12 miles away from we are staying and also that the doctor had given her due the date and it is C-section as she had done one earlier. I got really mad, because she knew she was pregnant at the time of Nidhi’s birthday, and it would have been nice if she had told me that on that day, hence the reason, she can’t come and help me, but would be there for the function. I just hate when somebody weaves a web of lies. But hiding my anger, I told her that since you have already gone to the doctor twice stick with him or her. Then she wants to know which pre-natal vitamins I took and when I came to know about baby’s sex. Her family is going to come for to help her during delivery and so on.  I was coughing really badly from the cold, which my dear princes got from her school, and after patiently talking to her for over 30 min, I told her I am going to call you when I get better.  
After the phone call, I felt that she was just calling me to get some additional information that she probably did not get from her circle of friends. Then she would ignore me until she needed something. “If you don’t need a genuine friend or advice why  are you calling and wasting my time?” That was the thought  both myself and my husband had.  Do you encounter’s these kinds of characters in your life; I know everybody has some stories. 
Sorry to bother you guys with my boring episode. Come back to the cake recipe.I looked at almost all the sourcream coffee cake recipes, Google can offer. Then while browsing my recipes, this recipe got my attention. Then I found   an Ina Gratin’s Barefoot Contessa Recipe. I like her  Blueberry crumb cake recipe, she measures everything accurately, and that part is a weakness to me. Where she uses streusel in between, and also top of the cake, however streusel contains only sugar, flour and butter.
In cooking light recipe of sour cream coffee cake, there is no blueberry, but instead oats is used as streusel with no flour. So I decide to combine both recipes, took recipe from cooking light and added blueberry   to cake, made streusel crunchier by adding some chopped pecans, and skipped the idea of toasting the rolled oats. I added more quick oats to the cake making it more healthier.  I borrowed Ina’s idea of adding streusel in-between and top of cake, and it turns out to be delicious, with oats and pecans peaking in the middle and top of the cake. 
I think if you like the crunchy oats only add rolled oats and pecans to your streusel otherwise add quick oats so that it won’t be that crunchy.  My little one doesn’t like the streusel, but she liked the cake. I made a small 6 inch cake. Sour cream and sugar makes nice balance of tanginess and sweetness. Here goes the recipe.

What you need

 Recipe adapted from Cooking light and Blueberry crumb Cake by Ina Graten

 For the cake
Quick oats: ½ cup
All purpose flour: ½ cup+ 1 tablespoon for mixing the berries
White whole wheat flour: 1/ 4 cup
Salt: ¼ teaspoon
Almond extract: ½ teaspoon
Baking powder: ½ teaspoon
Baking soda: ¼ teaspoon
Packed brown sugar: ½ cup
Granulated sugar: ¼ cup
Butter: ¼ cup (softened at room temperature)
Vanilla: ½ teaspoon
Sour cream: ½ cup
Blueberries: ¾ cup (I used frozen, do not thaw them)
Egg: 1no

For Streusel

Rolled oats: ¼ cup
Brown sugar: ¼ cup
All purpose flour: 1 tablespoon
Cinnamon: ½ teaspoon
Butter: 1 tablespoon (Chilled butter cut into small pieces)

How I made

For streusel


In a small bowl add 1/4 cup rolled oats, remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, nuts, 1 tablespoon of flour, and cinnamon.  Cut in 1 tablespoon butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until well blended and set aside.

For cake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 6 inch cake pan with parchment paper and grease and dust  the sides of pan with oil and flour and set aside. 
In a medium sized bowl combine quick oats, flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir with a whisk and set aside.
In a bowl of kitchen-aid stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, cream the butter and sour cream first then add egg and beat well.  To this add granulated sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar mix well once again at medium speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture beginning and ending with flour mixture. (Batter will be slightly lumpy because of oats.)  Finally fold in blueberries, spoons half of the batter into prepared pan; spread evenly. To this spread half of streusel filling and then fill rest of the batter. Then sprinkle top of batter evenly with nut mixture. 
Bake at 350° for 38 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, top is golden, and cake begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes; remove from pan.

Enjoy as much you wish.

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Preparation time: 45 minutes
Yield: 6 inch cake
Verdict: yumm
Will you make it again.  Yes I will
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  1. says

    The cake is just great. I hope baking the cake made you forget the incident. It does take all kinds of people to make the world!

  2. says

    I agree. There are some ‘friends’ who call only when they need something and disappear when you need them. There are some “fair-weather” friends who are with you when all’s good, and go away when you’re in trouble.

    But I have met a new friend recently who is a new type – she calls and just keeps complaining about her in-laws for an hour and repeats the same stories from the past that she has already told me 10 times. I understand we all have issues with our in-laws, but repeating the SAME thing over and over? Come on.

    Initially I used to listen to her details patiently, tried to explain to her subtly, so that she can have a better relation with them. But soon I realized her habit and given the lack of patience I have – now I bluntly tell her to be matured and move on. (and I wish I could tell her to stop wasting my time!)

    Some people’s characteristics are beyond my understanding. Ah, anyway, I just opened up after reading your story. Hope you don’t get annoyed with such long comments? 😀

    Your coffee cake looks really good! I have yet to try streusels and coffee cakes, really want to!

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  3. says

    Swathi, Its nice that you are very helpful. There are many people who are users. I learnt my lesson, when someone told me once that “If you let people bully you,use you or treat you bad, guess what they will. You will bring those people into your life to do these things to you, so watch out”. I am very aware from then on and I have learnt to say NO.

    The strudel looks awesome. Used to be a big fan of Ina, but after I heard stories about how she refused to cook with a kid who was her fan and was the last wish, I lost all interest in her cooking shows and recipes. The PR was trying to cover up the story, but then it was all over the place.

  4. says

    Srimathi, you are right, there are always users. I will careful now onwards.

    I didn’t heard the that story about Ina, that is really bad. For a kid we will do anything that to his biggest wish.

  5. says

    Blueberry cake is a favorite of mine! This one looks really special Swathi. One I need to make. I am sorry about your friend. I have similar ones too – I don’t answer the phone anymore for them and eventually they give up and get the hint.

  6. says

    Oh, yes… I think we have all run into people like your friend. It does get tough to handle, doesn’t it? You did a good job…

    And with the coffee cake?? Even better!! What a treat!!

  7. says

    Coffee cake, coffee cupcake are in my o do list for long time now. and to add fuel to the fire, I’ve seen this yummylicious coffee cake…Now am breaking my head for reasons,..moist and in perfect shape

  8. says

    hi swathi, the last pic really tempts my taste buds and the ingredients are great-blueberries one of my fav. bookmarked with thanks.
    In life, as years go by, we become more matured and less tolerant on people who talk nonsense. To me, i would not have an “insincere friendship” like hers, in my circle of friends have a nice day.

  9. says

    Hi Swathi-so sorry for commenting so late…as you know I was supposed to be house/doggies watching for my daughter since last Sunday…their departure has been postponed for this coming Sunday (due to illness, and passport delays)

    As I was telling you last wk…actually that friend of mine is like the one you’ve mentioned. I didn’t even tell you that she actually posted on her facebook site a collection for her “alternative cancer treatment”…long story, short, she asked me to post it on my facebook, as well!

    I love your Blueberry Oatmeal Sour cream coffee cake, and the streusel topping is awesome! Not just oats, but pecans in the streusel. I am so, bookmarking this to print out to make, and have as a staple coffee cake with frozen cranberries that I still have in my freezer from last Dec. that needs to be used…way overdoo!

    • says

      Elisabeth, I thought Lora left for vacation.It is really hard to see friends are using us.

      Try this coffee cake and let me know how it turned out.

  10. says

    HI swathi,
    Hope u r doing well with ur 2 angels….Characters like that are everywhere,me being naive easily falls for people like that,and later on become upset.But me being a stupid even the second time or third time they call I forget the past and helps them :(
    About Italy,you know it was my dream place too,but to be honest it didnt live upto my dream :(
    Cake looks super..very unique !