Recipe Finder: Wellesley Coffee Cake

MaryAnne Walls from Knoxville, Tenn., has been searching for two years for a favorite coffee cake recipe she had misplaced. She said it was called Wellesley coffee cake and she thought that it came from a cookbook called "Come for Cocktails, Stay for Supper."

She said that it was made in a bundt pan, with a middle layer of cinnamon, brown sugar and chopped pecans. Barbara Blaker from Timonium, along with several other readers, had a copy of the cookbook Walls mentioned and sent in the recipe she was looking for. The book was written by Marian Burros and Lois Levine and published in 1970 and clearly was very popular.

If all the recipes in the book are as good as this one, it's easy to understand why. The instructions are straightforward and uncomplicated, and this delicious sour cream coffee cake is certain to be a welcome treat for breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea.


Stephanie Forbes from Gwynn Oak is looking for a recipe for a poundcake like the one her mother used to make when she was a child growing up in Berkeley, Calif. She does not recall the exact ingredients, but it did have sour cream and orange and lemon extracts. She said her mother was a devoted reader of Women's Day and McCall's magazines in the mid-1970s and that perhaps the recipe came form one of those magazines.

Michelle Clifford from Santa Rosa, Calif., is looking for a recipe for making a German chocolate pie with a meringue topping like the one made by Marie Callender's.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, and The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278 or email If you send in more than one recipe, please put each on a separate piece of paper and be sure to include your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Name and hometown must accompany recipes in order to be published. Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letter and recipes may be edited for clarity.

Wellesley coffee cake

Makes: 12 portions

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt


4 teaspoons sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with each addition.

Add sour cream, vanilla and almond extract; beat well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to mixture and beat.

In separate bowl, combine sugar, pecans and cinnamon for filling.

Place one third of batter in well-greased and floured tube or bundt pan. Sprinkle with three-quarters of filling mixture. Spoon in rest of batter and sprinkle with remaining filling. Bake 1 hour.

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