Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

This Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping comes together quickly and is the perfect cake to serve to company or enjoy with your morning cup of coffee! It is loaded with fresh chopped cherries and topped with a cinnamon streusel crumble.

Recipe and post updated: Jan 31, 2020

Have I ever got a real treat to share with you guys today! I had a bunch of fresh cherries left over the other week and didn’t know what to do with them, I mean there are only so many handfuls of cherries I can eat. So I decided why not up my cake game? That’s how I came up with this scrumptious Cherry Coffee Cake and it is a GAME CHANGER!

Three pans with cherry coffee cake lined up

Cherries and Cake? Yes Please!

The thing I love most about this cake is that is comes together in an hour, start to finish, which means it is great for last minute company too! The cake itself is not too sweet and it has hints of cinnamon to compliment the Cherry Crumb top.

I love how the fresh cherries on the top mix perfectly with the sweet crumb, making it a wonderful addition to your cup of morning coffee (or tea in my case). If you don’t have fresh cherries you can still make it using frozen, see below for tips to make sure it doesn’t turn out runny.

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FAQs for Coffee Cake

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How to Store Coffee Cake

Storing your cake is important to keep it fresh. I recommend that once it has cooled completely you transfer it to a container with a tight seal, or you can cover it tightly with plastic wrap. We leave our coffee cake on the counter for up to 5 days – you can also choose to freeze it if you won’t be eating it all at once!

How to make Streusel Topping

While there are a few different ways to make your crumb topping we prefer our method as it is EASY and doesn’t require cutting the butter into the dry ingredients. All you have to do is melt the required amount of butter and mix with the other topping ingredients using a fork until it forms a wet crumble. This also makes sure your topping doesn’t burn when baking (like so many streusels do)!

Can you Freeze Cherry Coffee Cake

Yes! Freezing your coffee cake is a great idea if you want to make it in advance, or know you won’t eat it all before it starts to lose its freshness. Once your cake has cooled completely you will want to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and then wrap it again with foil. This will ensure it holds its moisture and freshness while it’s in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy it you can remove it from the freezer and put it at room temperature a couple of hours prior, or remove and microwave on low until desired temperature.

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Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

A simple and delicious coffee cake recipe using fresh cherries that's finished with a cinnamon crumb topping.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake recipes, coffee cake, Crumb Topping
Servings: 24 slices
Author: Melissa

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1/2 c Butter melted
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 c Flour All Purpose
  • 1 c Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cherries pitted and halved
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1.5 c Milk
  • pinch of salt

Cinnamon Swirl

  • 1/2 c Butter melted
  • 1/2 c Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 1.5 tbsp Cinnamon

Topping

  • 1.5 c Fresh Cherries pitted and halved (see below for frozen)
  • 1 c Flour AP
  • 3/4 c Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 6 tbsp Butter melted

Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 F, grease one 9×13 pan or 3 small loaf pans (approx. 9×5).
  • Combine all cake ingredients (except cherries) in a stand mixer and beat on medium low speed until well mixed. Stir in your 1/2 cup cherries until combined.
  • Pour into your prepared pan(s), be sure to divide evenly if using multiple.

Cinnamon Swirl

  • Mix all ingredients in your stand mixer (or hand mixer) until well combined, the butter and brown sugar will melt together.
  • Spread evenly on top of cake batter and swirl with a knife to gently push throughout cake (see photos)

Topping

  • Top cake with your cherries after you have swirled the cinnamon butter mixture.
  • In a small bowl combine all topping ingredients, mix with a fork until butter coats the flour and begins to form small pea size crumbles.
  • Sprinkle over the top of your cake and gently press into cherries.
  • Bake cake for 30-40 minutes (this will vary based off of your pans and oven so PLEASE set a timer and check for toothpick to come out clean after 30 mins)

Notes

Other than your melted butter you want to try and ensure your ingredients are at room temperature, this will prevent your cake from being heavy.

The cake can also be prepared as one larger one (9″x 13″ pan) or how I did it this time, which was 3 smaller loaf pans, just pay attention to your cooking times! Doing it as the 3 smaller ones allowed me to gift one to my mom and one to my amazing neighbor too…who wouldn’t want their own Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping to indulge in without having to share?!

Using Frozen Cherries? Read this!

If you don’t have fresh cherries on hand don’t stress!! You can easily use frozen cherries instead, just allow them to thaw and then toss with 1 tbsp flour to soak up any excess liquid that may cause the topping of your Cherry Coffee Cake to become runny.

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