Cherry Coffee Cake

All you need is a mixing bowl and canned pie filling

cherry coffee cake

The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Cool Time: 10 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 12 slices
Yield: 1 (9-x 13-inch) baking dish
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
723 Calories
27g Fat
112g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 723
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 16g 82%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 503mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 112g 41%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 146mg 11%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 237mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Give your normal coffee cake a major upgrade with one simple ingredient: cherry pie filling. Coffee cake is traditionally a sweet cake with texture more like a muffin and topped with a streusel. In this version, the cherries add tartness, and a burst of fruit flavor. It’s finished with a cinnamon-spiced streusel topping for that classic coffee cake feel. 

All you need is large mixing bowl to whisk the batter together, then layer with the cherry pie filling. Streusel is crumbled over the top before it's all baked together until perfectly soft and crumbly. 

Cherry Coffee Cake is our go-to easy treat for brunch, dessert, or tea time. And of course, it’s even better when served with, you guessed it, coffee.

"The cherry pie filling not only added a pop of color, but also, a big pop of flavor! A really simple addition takes this coffee cake to the next level. You may think two cans of cherry pie filling is too much, but in-fact it is the perfect amount. " — Tracy Wilk

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For the Cake:

  • 3/4 cup salted butter, softened

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Cooking spray

  • 2 (21-ounce) cans cherry pie filling

For the Streusel:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Icing:

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

Prepare the Cake

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

    cherry coffee cake ingredients
  2. Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Alternatively, use a large bowl and a hand mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.

    creamed butter and sugar
  3. Beat the eggs in, one at a time, until each is incorporated.

    eggs and butter and sguar beaten in a bowl
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract, sour cream, and milk until just combined.

    batter for coffee cake
  5. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the bowl, then beat on medium-low until completely combined. Be careful to not overmix—you can stop mixing once there are just a few streaks of dry ingredients. Switch to a silicone spatula, scraping down the bowl and folding until the ingredients are well combined.

    coffee cake batter
  6. Spray a 9-x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Make sure to generously grease the sides as well as the bottom.

    greased baking pan
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, spreading into an even layer.

    cake batter in baking dish
  8. Pour the cherry pie filling across the top of the cake to evenly cover the top.

    cherry pie filling over coffee cake batter

Prepare the Streusel

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    streusel topping ingredients

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. With a rubber spatula or your hands, fold the ingredients together until a crumbly mixture forms.

    coffee cake streusel
  3. Evenly distribute the streusel over the top of the cherry pie filling.

    coffee cake ready to be baked
  4. Bake until the streusel is browned and the cherry juices are bubbling, and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it, 50 minutes to 1 hour.

    baked coffee cake

Prepare the Icing

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    icing ingredients
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract until the icing is smooth.

    coffee cake icing
  3. Let the cake cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Drizzle the icing all over the top of the cherry coffee cake. Slice and serve.

    cherry coffee cake

How do you keep coffee cake moist?

  • Sour cream, as used in this recipe, helps keep the coffee cake moist.
  • Keep the coffee cake moist by storing it in an air tight container.

Recipe Variations

  • Add chopped walnuts or pecans to the streusel for a nutty finish.
  • You can use this recipe with any other pie fillings including, apple, peach, blueberry, or strawberry.

How to Store

You can store this cake at room temperature in a plastic storage container for up to three days. Or you can refrigerate for up to 6 days.

Is coffee cake and crumb cake the same?

Crumb cake is typically made and served in New York and has very large crumbs on top. Coffee cake typically has smaller crumbs. Crumb cake also has a large crumb to cake ratio. The crumbs make up about half of the complete cake, while the crumbs on top of a coffee cake are more like 1/4 of the total cake. Crumb cake also tends to be sweeter since crumbs are so sweet and they make up a good portion of the cake.

Why is my coffee cake so dense?

Overmixing and overbaking are the two biggest culprits for a cake that is overly dense. Make sure to just mix enough to combine after each addition. When baking the cake the sides will gently come away from the sides of the pan and when you insert a toothpick in the center it should come out with moist crumbs attached to it.

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