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Strawberry-Sour Cream Coffee Cake [Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

If you've ever wondered what exactly sour cream is, here's the deal: it's regular dairy cream that's been "soured" with the addition of bacteria. When the bacteria meets the cream, fermentation occurs, and the cream thickens and gets that characteristic tang.

Sour cream doesn't necessary get a lot of love, but personally I can't imagine chili, nachos, or latkes without it. And that's just on the savory side—sour cream has the ability to make the crumb of baked goods exceptionally tender and give frosting and cheesecakes an important flavor boost.

So the question isn't if you should use it in dessert, it's what to with that half container you have leftover. From ice cream to muffins, here are some ideas.

Tea Time

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Blackberry Sour Cream Bundt Cake [Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Blackberry Sour Cream Bundt
Cinnamon Apple Sour Cream Cake with Spelt
Strawberry-Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Mini Muffins
Extra Crumb Coffee Cake
Gluten-Free Baked Chocolate Doughnuts
Blackberry Crumb Cake

Cake

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Tender Citrus Sour Cream Cake [Photograph: Stephanie Stiavetti]

Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes
Tender Citrus Sour Cream Cake
Fudgy Chocolate Pretzel Cake
Chocolate Decadence Cake
Blueberry Upsidedown Cake

Cool Treats

Apple, Browned Butter, & Sour Cream Ice Cream
Coeur à la Crème Fraîche
Mint Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Bars

About the author: Carrie Vasios Mullins is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

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