Heirloom Bakery and Cafe's sour cream coffeecake

  (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times / April 26, 2013)


Dear SOS: The coffee cake at South Pasadena's Heirloom Bakery and Cafe, near the train station, is fabulous. Each day it's flavored differently for variety ... chocolate chips, raspberry, etc. I would love to have the recipe to make at home for a treat for those days when my walking partner and I aren't splurging and stopping for breakfast.

Joanne Nuckols

South Pasadena

Dear Joanne: We loved the light texture and subtle tang of this simple coffee cake, marbled with a wonderfully crumbly topping of brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and chocolate chips. A slice of this should brighten any morning.

Heirloom Bakery and Café's sour cream coffeecake

Total time: About 1 hour

Servings: 8 to 12. This makes 1 (9-inch) square cake.

Note: Adapted from Heirloom Bakery and Cafe in South Pasadena.


1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon cocoa

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted and cooled

In a large bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, chocolate chips, pecans and butter. Set aside.

Cake and assembly

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter