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20 Delish Dessert Recipes with Sour Cream (All Types)

Homemade light blueberry lemon sour cream served on a white plate.

Are you looking to get more creative with your cooking? Look no further. When starting to cook, it’s always surprising just how many unlikely ingredients are involved in the simplest-seeming recipes. To many people’s surprise, sour cream is a key ingredient in many delicious desserts.  Let’s take a tour through some of the most delectable sour cream-based dessert recipes ever. 

1. Tart Blueberry and Lemon Sour Cream Pie

Sweet blueberry and lemon pie.

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This blueberry lemon sour cream pie is a delicious and tangy treat for everyone! Combining the fruity tartness of the blueberry and lemon with sour cream creates the perfect blend. The recipe requires pretty standard ingredients for the pie crust, filling, and topping.

Because there are so many pieces to this recipe, it does require quite a few kitchen tools, including a pastry blender and a colander. This pie takes a little over an hour to make and serves ten. 

2. Fruity Sour Cream Cheesecake Recipe 

Strawberry swirl cheesecake.

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This strawberry and sour cream cheesecake recipe is a decadent and creamy treat for the whole family. The flavors of vanilla, cheesecake, and strawberry sauce combine together to make a classically delicious dessert. On top of that, the recipe calls for additions like vanilla cookie crumbs, cream cheese, and lots and lots of sugar.

This dessert is extremely creamy using cream cheese, heavy cream, and, of course, sour cream. The ingredients and supplies are standard things most bakers will have lying around their kitchen. Because this cake requires you to make the crust, strawberry sauce, and cheesecake filling, it takes almost two hours to make.

It is well worth the wait and serves ten. 

3. Sour Cream Cinnamon Roll Bars

A pieces of sour cream cinnamon roll bars served on a white plate.

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This is a new exciting way to present a classic dessert. Cheesecake bars are a fun and easy way to serve a more digestible version of cheesecake. This recipe combines delicious ingredients such as graham crackers, cream cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon and, of course, sour cream.

It requires very few supplies despite having to make the crust, cheesecake and cinnamon swirl. This recipe takes a little over an hour to make, but at the end of that you’ll be rewarded by four dozen delicious cheesecake cinnamon roll bars. 

4. Cheesecake with a Twist

Cheesecake in a clear glass.

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This recipe tells you how to spice up the traditional cheesecake and make it in a new fun and exciting way. Instead of the traditional cake format, this recipe suggests baking and serving the cheesecake in jam jars. Since this recipe is a more unconventional take on cheesecake, it requires items like a food processor and, of course, multiple jam jars.

Since this is served in a jar, it is made in layers, which means on top of making the cheesecake you must also make caramel, fudge and fruit toppings. This recipe takes around forty-five minutes to make and produces six cheesecakes.

5. Festive Cheesecake

A mint delicious festive cheesecake.

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Are you looking to try out a new dessert for the holidays to get the family into the Christmas spirit? Look no further than peppermint cheesecake. This cheesecake requires a bit more work than most others, but it is well worth it.

This recipe requires graham crackers, mint extract, peppermint candies and red food coloring if you want to get really festive. The recipe requires you to make a crust, filling and a chocolate topping. The recipe takes nine and half hours to make, because the cake is required to cool for eight hours and serves ten.

You’ll be the most popular person at your holiday party if you bring this dessert around. 

6. Classic Cheesecake

Simple classic cheesecake.

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You can’t go wrong with a traditional cheesecake. By now, I’m sure you’ve realized that sour cream is a fundamental ingredient in cheesecake. Who knew? The recipe is as expected, it doesn’t call for any extravagant equipment and the ingredients are all as expected for cheesecake making.

You will be making the crust and the filling and hopefully have some extra ingredients left around for toppings or, at the very least, a nice garnish. This cheesecake takes an hour and a half to make and serves ten. Start perfecting your cheesecake baking skills now with this low-demand recipe. 

7. Chocolate Eclairs Like You’ve Never Had Them

A rich and sweet chocolate eclairs placed on a white plate with fresh strawberries and blueberries.

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There’s hardly any room for improvement when it comes to pastries, namely chocolate eclairs. But someone has found a way to make them even better, by making them into a cake. You need very few ingredients and supplies, but you may need to venture to the grocery store to get yourself some vanilla pudding mix, cool whip, chocolate frosting and, you guessed it, sour cream.

It takes only 30 minutes to whip up but must chill for six hours. When those six hours are up, though, you’ll have a chocolate eclair cake that serves ten that is well worth the wait.

8. Non Traditional Pound Cake

Close-up of a pumpkin and spice pound cake.

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Pound cake is generally a blank slate as far as desserts go, so why not switch it up and add some sour cream?  The ingredients and supplies needed are pretty standard but, as far as equipment goes, you will need a bundt tray. The cake should be served at room temperature and will keep for around three days, longer if refrigerated.

This cake can serve as a nice breakfast, pairing well with coffee or tea, and can also be served with some nice whipped cream or fresh fruit. 

9. Summer Peach Cake

Peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream.

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Looking for the perfect summer dessert? Prepare to meet the sour cream peach cake. The materials and supplies required by the recipe are standard, but adding some cinnamon sugar, ice cream or caramel as a garnish certainly wouldn’t hurt.

There is a bit of extra labor involved in peeling the peaches for the cake, but the blanch and peel method suggested will save you some time. If fresh peaches aren’t available, you can use canned peaches, but only if the syrup from the can is properly drained. This will take a little over an hour but will produce sixteen servings, enough to share with family and the neighbors!

10. Sour Cream Drop Cookies

Blinir wit sour cream drop.

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This recipe takes an old-fashioned recipe and updates it, adding a new flavor, texture and complementary frosting. They are the perfect snack to have waiting around for your family to come home to. The recipe is pretty simple and calls for standard ingredients and supplies, although a small cookie scoop is recommended for shaping the cookies.

The recipe also states that the frosting will not be as smooth as traditional frosting and can be tricky to spread if you’re not careful. These cookies will keep for a long time, even as long as three months in the freezer. Overall, these cookies will take about an hour and a half to make and this recipe will bake three dozen. 

11. Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Homemade pumpkin cream cheese coffee cake with white nakpin.

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This recipe puts a spin on the traditional coffee cake recipe by adding two beloved creamy ingredients: cream cheese and sour cream. None of the ingredients are very out of the ordinary, but you might need to make a trip to your local grocery store to pick up pecans for the topping. You’ll be making the cake, filling and topping, so this will require a bit more resources than the traditional coffee cake.

This cake will keep for three days but cannot be refrigerated or it will dry out. If you choose to freeze it, though, it will keep for up to three months. This cake will take almost an hour and a half to make and will produce twelve servings.

12. Sour Lemon Cake

Classic southern lemon cake with caramel drip and fresh sliced lemon.

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This recipe manages to balance the sweetness of a traditional pound cake with the sourness of the lemons and sour cream. This recipe requires the traditional ingredients and supplies for a pound cake, with the addition of lemon zest and lemon juice. This will keep well in the fridge or freezer (a week in the fridge and up to two months in the freezer).

The sour cream in this cake activates the acidity in your baking soda, greatly improving the taste and texture. This cake will take about an hour to make and produce twelve servings. 

13. The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

Homemade ultimate chocolate fudge brownies.

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You thought chocolate cake couldn’t get any more delicious? Just wait until you try this recipe. In addition to the traditional ingredients asked for cake, you may have to make a trip to the store to grab some unsweetened cocoa powder and canola oil.

And we can’t forget about the recipe’s secret ingredient: coffee. This recipe will take a little over an hour to make and produces up to twelve servings. That’s enough to share, or not – this cake is good enough to keep all to yourself. 

14. Fancy Shortcake Biscuits

Homemade strawberry shortcake served on a white ceramic plate.

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These shortcake biscuits are a quick, easy and, most importantly, delicious way to expand your baking skills and impress your friends. The ingredients required are simple, though the recipe does call for a pastry blender and a biscuit cutter. These biscuits are wonderful served with strawberries and cream.

In fact, they can be enhanced with all sorts of different flavors and toppings. They’re also delicious as is. This recipe takes about forty minutes to make and produces seven biscuits.  

15. Fruity Sour Cream Mousse

Avocado mousse with sour cream and red caviar.

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Mousse is a simple dessert to make, though it does take a few hours. It is an extremely creamy dessert, with the recipe calling for sour cream, cream cheese and heavy cream. The creaminess is nicely balanced by the tanginess of the blueberries.

This recipe requires a food processor to blend the blueberry and sugar concoction before adding to the creams. This recipe will take a little over three hours to make and will produce six servings.

16. Whoopie Pies

Pile of pumpkin whoopie pies.

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Whoopie Pies create perfect bite-sized bits of cake in a sandwich, filled with delicious frosting that tastes like marshmallows. The ingredients are as expected but the recipe suggests you use a medium cookie scooper when shaping your dough for baking. They can also be frozen and used as special snacks for weeks.

When making the marshmallow buttercream, you want to make sure it becomes light and fluffy for the best result. These whoopie pies take almost an hour to make and this recipe makes up to sixteen pies.

17. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies 

Red velvet whoopie pies on a plate on wooden table.

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What can be better than a whoopie pie? A red velvet whoopie pie, of course. You’re going to have to run to the grocery store to get these special ingredients.

The recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, apple cider vinegar and, of course, red food coloring. This recipe takes about forty minutes to make and produces eight pies. The pies should be refrigerated for thirty minutes before serving and kept in the fridge after serving so the cream cheese stays good. 

18. Non Traditional Peach Pie

A piece of traditional peach pie served on a white plate with lightning candle.

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This peach pie is the perfect mix of sweet and sour. It has the sweetness of the peaches and the delicious crumbly topping, which contrasts perfectly with the sour-cream-based custard. This requires the traditional pie ingredients but, for extra flavor, it also asks for cinnamon, nutmeg and, naturally, peaches.

It must cool for an hour before serving and should be stored in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to four days. 

19. Sour Cream Raisin Pie

Homemade sour cream raisin pie in lowa.

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This custard filled pie is an underrated favorite of many in the Midwest. It actually has a primarily vanilla flavor and plenty of spices, making this pie unique and delicious. This dessert involves a little extra preparation, like soaking the raisins (with vanilla) and making a meringue for the topping.

This pie should be kept refrigerated but not frozen. It takes about forty-five minutes to make and feeds up to ten. 

20. Not Your Grandma’s Apple Pie

Tight shot of apple pie with a whipped cream.

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This recipe combines all the goodness of traditional apple pie with the magic of sour cream, which adds extra richness and tanginess to the pie. The apples bring a little extra work to the baking process as you have to peel, core, and slice them. They also must macerate for maximum flavor.

This pie needs to cool for three hours before serving and should be refrigerated or frozen shortly after cooling – unless you’re going to eat it immediately, of course. This recipe takes about four and a half hours to make and serves eight. 


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