Heavenly Layered Cherry Coffee Cake Recipe

Are you looking for a recipe that is quick, easy, and delicious? Look no further – I have just the thing for you! Introducing my Amazingly Easy Layered Cherry Coffee Cake Recipe!

This coffee cake recipe combines the sweet and tangy flavors of cherry with a light, fluffy sponge cake. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a dessert that will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, this recipe is perfect for all skill levels. Plus, with the option to use fresh or frozen cherries, it’s a versatile dish that can be enjoyed any time of the year.

So why wait? Grab your apron and let’s get baking! Trust me, once you take that first bite of this exquisite cherry coffee cake, there will be no turning back.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Amazingly  Easy Layered Cherry Coffee Cake
Amazingly Easy Layered Cherry Coffee Cake

Coffee lovers, it’s time to rejoice because this recipe is right up your alley! Talk about a match made in heaven – two scrumptious desserts combined into one!

What makes this cake so exceptional, you ask? Well, imagine a delectable coffee cake piled high with layers of sweet and juicy cherry pie filling. And as if that weren’t enough, we’ve added a cinnamon crumb topping that will leave you wanting more.

What’s more, this cake recipe is unbelievably easy. With minimal effort and just a handful of ingredients, you can have a fresh-out-of-the-oven cake ready in no time! It’s perfect for when you want to impress your friends or surprise your family with a yummy treat.

But don’t take our word for it; the taste speaks for itself. Once you indulge in the fluffy cake layers bursting with gooey cherry pie filling and aromatic cinnamon crumbs, there’ll be no going back. Trust me; this will become your go-to dessert recipe before you know it. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get baking!

Ingredient List

 Layer upon layer of cherry bliss!
Layer upon layer of cherry bliss!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Unsalted butter: 3/4 cup, softened
  • Brown sugar: 1 cup, packed
  • Eggs: 2 large
  • All-purpose flour: 2 cups
  • Baking powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Baking soda: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
  • Sour cream: 1 cup
  • Cherry pie filling: 1 can (21 ounces)
  • Cream cheese: 8 ounces, softened
  • Granulated sugar: 3/4 cup
  • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon

The ingredient list may look intimidating, but fear not! These items are all readily available at any grocery store. Don’t have unsalted butter? Margarine works as a great substitute. Unsure about the cherry pie filling? You can easily make your own with fresh or frozen cherries. The star of this recipe is the cherry pie filling, so be sure to get a good quality brand or try making your own from scratch!

The Recipe How-To

 Your next favorite dessert is here!
Your next favorite dessert is here!

Now that you have all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to kick-off the Coffee Cake-making process!

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Create the crumb topping. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Set Aside.

Step 3: Make the cake batter. Using an electric mixer or a hand whisk, combine together one cake mix, (either vanilla or yellow flavor) with 3 large eggs, 1 cup of sour cream, 1/4 cup of oil, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
Once mixed through and there are no lumps, divide the mixture into two equal parts.

Step 4: Assemble the Cake.
Start building your coffee cake by spreading half of your sponge cake mixture equally into a greased round baking dish or onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Next, pour half of your cherry pie filling on top of it.
Then sprinkle half of your crumb mixture on top of the cherry filling.
Repeat the above steps for another layer.

Step 5: Bake It!
Pop this scrumptious looking dish into the oven and bake until it turns golden brown in color around the edges for about 40-45 minutes. Be sure to test it with a toothpick to make sure it is completely cooked through.

Once done let it cool down at room temperature for about 20 minutes before cutting and serving them up!

And there you have it! A deliciously easy recipe on how to create an Amazingly Easy Layered Cherry Coffee Cake that is perfect for any occasion!

Substitutions and Variations

 Red, juicy cherries in every bite.
Red, juicy cherries in every bite.

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of substitutions and variations that you can make to this already-amazing cherry coffee cake recipe.

Firstly, if you prefer a healthier option, you can substitute the unsalted butter with margarine. You can also substitute the cherry pie filling with fresh or frozen cherries to add a natural and authentic flavor to the recipe.

If cinnamon is not your favorite spice, you can lessen the cinnamon or remove it altogether. Another idea is to turn this into a cinnamon roll cherry coffee cake by adding a layer of cream cheese frosting and sprinkling ground cinnamon on top.

For those who love streusel topping, try swapping the crumb mixture with a delicious cherry crumb topping.

Additionally, if you’re a fan of sour cream, you can try using sour cherry cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese. This will give your cake a tangy and unique flavor that is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Lastly, if you prefer a sponge cake texture, use baking powder and baking soda in place of the cake mix. You can even experiment with different types of fillings – blueberry and apple pie fillings make for great alternatives.

Overall, these suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to customization options. Don’t shy away from experimenting with unique combinations that will personalize this delicious cherry coffee cake recipe to fit your preferences.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for a cozy night in, or a celebration with friends!
Perfect for a cozy night in, or a celebration with friends!

Let me tell you, this cherry coffee cake is just the thing to brighten up even the dullest of mornings. Its luscious layers of cream cheese and cherry pie filling nestled between moist sponge cake are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Serve your cake warm with a steaming mug of coffee or tea to truly take this dish to the next level. The flavors of coffee and cherry pair together perfectly, complementing each other in such a way that each bite feels like a warm hug.

If you’re feeling extra indulgent, why not add a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top? The sweetness will play off the tangy notes in the cherry pie filling and make for an incredibly rich dessert experience.

From breakfast time to after-dinner treat, this versatile cake works well in any setting. Host a brunch and serve up slices with mimosas or bellinis, or bring it along as the perfect potluck contribution. Trust me when I say that people are going to ask you where you got the recipe from!

Speaking of which, you can also experiment with different variations by using fresh cherries instead of canned cherry pie filling, or adding streusel topping for extra crunch. The sky’s the limit here, so feel free to get creative!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Add some sweetness to your coffee break with this cake.
Add some sweetness to your coffee break with this cake.

Want to prep ahead of time? No problem! This Amazingly Easy Layered Cherry Coffee Cake Recipe is perfect for making-ahead. Simply cover the unbaked cake and store it in the fridge overnight, then pop it in the oven when you’re ready to bake it the next morning.

If you find yourself with any leftovers, storing them properly is key to keep them fresh and delicious. You can keep it covered at room temperature for up to 24 hours or store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to three days. To reheat, slice the cake and put it in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds or pop it in a preheated oven set at 325°F for 5-10 minutes until warm.

One of my favorite things about this cherry coffee cake recipe is how easy it is to freeze! Just wrap tightly with plastic wrap then aluminum foil before freezing. When you’re ready to serve, remove from the freezer and let thaw at room temperature or microwave until warm. Freeze entire cake or slices for a quick snack!

With all these make-ahead, storing and reheating options, there’s no reason not to indulge in a slice whenever you want. So go ahead and make this easy layered cherry coffee cake recipe today, because it’s always good to have dessert on hand!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Look at those luscious, cherry-filled layers!
Look at those luscious, cherry-filled layers!

Now that you’re ready to make this amazingly easy layered cherry coffee cake recipe, let me give you some tips for perfect results that will make your cake super delicious.

Firstly, when it comes to the unsalted butter or margarine, it’s best to use butter for this recipe as it gives a richer flavor. Margarine can be used as a substitute, but the taste will not be quite as good. Make sure the butter is at room temperature before using it in the recipe. This will allow it to blend better with the other ingredients.

For the crumb mixture, it’s important not to over mix it. Over-mixing can result in a tough and dense crumb topping. The crumb topping should be light and fluffy. To achieve this, mix the dry ingredients together first and then cut in the butter until crumbs form.

When it comes to baking powder and baking soda, these two leavening agents are not interchangeable. Baking powder is double-acting and is used in recipes that have no acidic ingredients. Baking soda is single-acting and needs an acidic ingredient like yogurt, buttermilk or sour cream to activate it. Make sure you are using the correct ingredient according to the recipe instructions.

If you are using fresh cherries instead of cherry pie filling, pit them before adding them to the cake batter. You can also use frozen cherries, but thaw and drain them first before using them for this recipe.

Another tip is to use cream cheese frosting or a streusel topping over the cake for added sweetness and texture. A cream cheese topping complements well with cherry filling while a streusel topping adds a crunchy contrast to the soft sponge cake.

Lastly, resist opening your oven door too often when your cake is baking. Opening the door often will cause fluctuations in temperature that can affect how your cake bakes. Try peeking through your oven door window instead or wait until the end of the cooking time to check on the cake.

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have a delicious and impressive layered cherry coffee cake that everyone will love.

Bottom Line

I hope that this amazingly easy layered cherry coffee cake recipe will become your new favorite. Whether you use fresh or frozen cherries, cherry pie filling, or cinnamon roll cherry, this coffee cake is a delicious and delightful treat. The cream cheese frosting, streusel topping or crumble cake will create an unforgettable taste that will leave you craving more.

This cake is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a birthday party or a casual brunch with friends. The many variations and substitutions of ingredients make it ideal for personalizing to your own preference.

So why not give it a try? With these easy-to-follow instructions, your kitchen could transform into a local cafe in no time. Impress your family and friends alike with this deliciously moist, yet fluffy cake filled with bursts of cherry pie filling.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right on the first attempt. Follow the tips and recommendations included to achieve the desired perfect results every time. Keep practicing and experimenting with different ingredients until you find the perfect combination that suits your palate. Try one of our suggested pairings such as coffee, tea or milk to enjoy alongside your coffee cake.

In summary, if you’re looking for a delicious dessert that’s easy to make and sure to impress everyone around the table – this cherry coffee cake is the way to go! This recipe has everything you need including a mix of texture, flavor, and most importantly – simplicity. Once you’ve made it once, you’ll never want to stop baking!

Amazingly Easy Layered Cherry Coffee Cake

Amazingly Easy Layered Cherry Coffee Cake Recipe

A beautiful dessert that you would never know started with canned biscuits and pie filling. Adapted from Southern Living
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 1115.1 kcal


  • 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 (12 ounce) cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2-1 cup unsalted butter or 1/2-1 cup margarine, melted


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Spoon pie filling into a greased 10" tube pan and set aside.
  • Mix cinnamon with sugar and place in a shallow bowl; place melted butter in another shallow bowl (TIP: You might want to just melt half of the butter in the microwave and see if that is enough for you- then melt more if needed).
  • Squash flat each biscuit, then dip into first the butter, then dredge in the sugar mixture (you might not need all of the butter or the sugar mixture- save for another use or discard).
  • Arrange in flat layers over the pie filling.
  • Bake at 375 F for 30-35 minutes.
  • Let stand 10 minutes in pan upright, then invert onto a serving plate.
  • Cut into wedges to serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 384gCalories: 1115.1kcalCarbohydrates: 164.4gProtein: 14.7gFat: 46.1gSaturated Fat: 17.4gCholesterol: 40.7mgSodium: 2543.2mgFiber: 5.2gSugar: 53.7g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Cherries, Easy, Fruit, Oven, Sweet
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