sour cream cake

Sour Cream Cake

Recipe submitted by Mrs. Samuel Nafziger, Kalona Iowa

1 cup sour cream (thick)

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

2 cups cake flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

Grated rind of 1 lemon

1 tsp of lemon juice

Combine sugar, egg yolks, lemon juice and rind, and sour cream.

Beat until well blended.

Sift flour: measure and add salt and soda. Sift again.

Add sifted dry ingredients gradually and beat thoroughly.

Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45- 50 minutes.

Makes a loaf 4x8x4 inches.

Cool and cover with orange frosting.


I changed a bunch of things about this cake; I didn’t have any white sugar so I used brown sugar, and I didn’t have a lemon so I used a lime. I also did not have the ingredients for orange frosting, so I made my own lime icing. All these changes produced a cake that had a bit of a Caribbean feel. It was really good! If you like sweeter cakes, this is not the one for you. Less sweet then some cakes, but really nice with a glass of milk of coffee.  Using more icing and making it into a layer cake would work to up the sweetness, and it would look very pretty!

Lime Icing

Juice of 1 lime

1 1/4 cup confectioner sugar

1 Tbsp soft butter

1 Tbsp sour cream

Cream sugar, butter and lime juice. Beat until well blended and then add sour cream and mix until smooth. Place cake on a rack and pour icing over cake while cake is still warm.  Grate lime peel on top. Place cake in refrigerator to let icing harden.

This would be great on sugar cookies or used as drizzle on a coffee cake.

2 thoughts on “sour cream cake

  1. Susan Coons

    Jim and I came through Lancaster last week and tried to find you at the hospital to no avail, sad! I brought you a cookbook from Seattle, so if you will email me your address I will put it in the mail before I leave NYC. we drove a car out from Idaho for the kids. Do you remember us from the Valentines dinner? I pulled up your blog and will order the M ckbk–you are doing great. Hope this reaches you soon and you remember me.


    1. Holly Post author

      Susan- Of course I remember you! Sorry I didn’t reply sooner, my computer was being worked on and I just got it back today. I am so glad you have looked at the blog and enjoy it :) Its very nice to hear from you! Hope are well and your travels have been fun. My e-mail is– Thanks for thinking of me!


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