Perfectly Sweet: Cherry Cream Coffee Cake Recipe
Welcome coffee lovers! I am thrilled to share with you my recipe for cherry cream coffee cake. This delectable cake is the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of coffee draped in cherry goodness.
If one thing is certain, it’s that a great cup of coffee can make our day brighter. But what if I told you that a slice of cherry cream cheese coffee cake would do the same? The amazing fusion of the sweet yet tart cherries, creamy cheese, and delightful streusel topping make this coffee cake a treat your taste buds will love!
As a barista, I have had the pleasure of serving countless cups of warm coffee. However, when it comes to baked goods, my cherry cream coffee cake has been a consistent crowd-pleaser among my customers. It’s time to let you into this recipe secret so that you may experience the same joy and satisfaction.
Don’t fret if you’re not an experienced baker. With easy-to-find ingredients, detailed instructions, and helpful tips, I assure you this recipe will be both enjoyable and delicious. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you.
So, put on an apron and grab your measuring cups; it’s time to get baking.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Have you ever tasted a coffee cake that’s like no other? One that has a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness in every bite? If not, then it’s time to try my Cherry Cream Coffee Cake! Trust me; you’ll love everything about it.
What makes this cake recipe unique is the combination of cherry cream cheese and dried cherries. The cream cheese lattice filling bursts with flavor, and the dried cherries add an extra zing to every slice. Plus, the streusel crunch on the top of the cake brings a finishing touch of texture that you’ll crave for days to come.
It’s perfect for breakfast, snack-time, or dessert, and pairs perfectly with a warm cup of coffee. Plus, there are countless variations that you can make with this recipe. You could add chocolate chips or pecans to the batter to enhance the texture even more. Or maybe go for a citrus twist by using sour cherry pie filling instead.
What difference does great coffee cake make in life? For starters, it creates a sense of joy and comfort that tucks away in your heart for years to come. You’ll find yourself craving this delectable Cherry Cream Coffee Cake recipe time and time again.
So let’s indulge in some sweet treats and tasty delights. Don’t wait any longer to give this recipe a try! Trust me; your taste buds will thank you.
Before diving into making the delicious Cherry Cream Coffee Cake, it is essential to ensure you have all the ingredients needed. This list will help you gather everything, from basic pantry staples to specific ones for this recipe.
Here is a comprehensive list of all the ingredients you will need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour.
- 2 tsp baking powder.
- Streusel Topping:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces.
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour.
- Cream Cheese Filling:
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature.
- 1 large egg.
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar.
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract .
- Cherry Filling:
- One can cherry pie filling (21 oz).
- One-third cup dried cherries.
- Two-thirds cup powdered sugar.
- One Tbsp milk.
Make sure that you gather all these ingredients before starting with the recipe. Let’s move on to the recipe and create a delicious coffee cake from scratch!
The Recipe How-To
Now that you’ve got all the ingredients, it’s time to get baking! This Cherry Cream Coffee Cake recipe is truly special and perfect for any occasion. Follow these simple steps to create a delicious and impressive coffee cake that will have everyone asking for seconds.
Preparing the Streusel Topping
I always start by making the streusel topping first because I like it to be chilled and ready to sprinkle over the batter later. In a large mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup cold butter cut into small pieces. Use a pastry blender or your fingers to mix the ingredients together until they form a coarse crumb. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup dried cherries, and 1/4 cup chocolate chips until well combined. Set aside.
Mixing the Batter
In another mixing bowl, beat 8 oz cream cheese softened with a hand mixer until smooth. Add in 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar and mix well. Add in 1 egg at room temperature and beat until incorporated. Mix in 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract and 2 teaspoons almond extract. Add in 3 cups all-purpose flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder into the mixture, alternating with 1 1/4 cups milk until everything is well combined.
Making the Cherry Cream Cheese Filling
In yet another mixing bowl, beat together 8 oz cream cheese softened, 3 tablespoons milk, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Fold in half of a can of cherry pie filling (about 14 oz) into this mixture.
Baking the Cake
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) before getting started. Use a baking spray to grease the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour half of the cake batter into the baking dish then spread out evenly. Spoon the cherry cream cheese mixture onto the batter, avoiding getting too close to the edges as it will expand while baking. Pour the other half of the cake batter on top then use a butter knife to swirl in some of the cherry filling.
Adding the Streusel Topping
Finally, sprinkle the reserved streusel topping over your cake, making sure it’s spread evenly. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of your cake. Let it cool down a bit before slicing it up and serving with a fresh cup of coffee.
This recipe for Cherry Cream Coffee Cake is definitely unique and unlike any other coffee cake you’ve ever tried before. The combination of cream cheese, cherries, and streusel crunch is so delicious and perfect for brunch or dessert. I guarantee this coffee cake recipe will
Substitutions and Variations
As a creative barista, I love to experiment with different ingredients and flavors. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try with this cherry cream coffee cake recipe:
– Pecans: If you don’t have pecans, you can use walnuts or almonds instead. You can also omit the nuts if you have a nut allergy.
– Dried cherries: You can use other dried fruits like cranberries, blueberries, or apricots instead of cherries.
– Cherry pie filling: If you don’t have cherry pie filling, you can use blueberry, raspberry, or apple pie filling instead. Or, you can make your own fruit compote by simmering fresh or frozen fruit with sugar and cornstarch until thickened.
– Cream cheese: For a lighter version, you can use low-fat cream cheese or Greek yogurt instead. Or, you can replace the cream cheese with ricotta cheese for a slightly tangy flavor.
– Streusel topping: If you don’t like nuts in your streusel topping, you can substitute them with oats or coconut flakes. You can also add cinnamon or nutmeg for extra warmth and flavor.
– Sour cream: You can replace the sour cream with plain yogurt or buttermilk for a tangy flavor.
– Gluten-free option: To make this recipe gluten-free, substitute the all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour blend. Make sure to check that all the other ingredients are gluten-free as well.
Remember that these substitutions and variations may result in slightly different flavors and textures than the original recipe. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your personal touch on this delicious coffee cake!
Serving and Pairing
Now that you have your delicious cherry cream cheese coffee cake ready to go, it’s time to think about the best way to serve and pair it with other foods and beverages.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy this tasty cake is with a hot cup of coffee or tea. The combination of the warm cake and the smooth coffee or tea makes for a comforting and satisfying treat.
If you’re in the mood for something more indulgent, try pairing your cherry cream cheese coffee cake with a creamy latte or cappuccino. These frothy drinks complement the richness of the cake and create a luxurious treat.
For brunch or breakfast, you can serve this coffee cake alongside some fresh cut fruit, yogurt or granola. The brightness of the fruit provides a nice contrast to the decadence of the cake, while yogurt can balance out its sweetness with tanginess.
You can also get creative with your serving by topping slices with whipped cream, chopped pecans or chocolate chips. This will add extra texture and flavor to an already impressive dessert.
Regardless of how you choose to serve and pair this cherry cream cheese coffee cake, know that it’s a perfect treat for any occasion!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
When it comes to make-ahead, storing and reheating the Cherry Cream Coffee Cake Recipe, there are a few things to keep in mind. Firstly, this coffee cake recipe is perfect for making ahead of time when you have guests over or a special occasion coming up. You can easily prepare the entire cake, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
If you prefer to store the components separately, you can bake the coffee cake and store it in an airtight container for up to 2 days. The cherry pie filling and cream cheese lattice can also be stored separately in the fridge until ready to use.
When it comes to reheating the coffee cake, there are a few options that work well. You can simply warm slices of coffee cake in the microwave for 15-20 seconds on medium heat. If you want to keep the crust from getting soggy, you can reheat slices in a toaster oven or regular oven at 350F for 10-15 minutes.
One thing to keep in mind is that the crumb topping may lose its crunchiness after reheating. If this happens, simply sprinkle some additional streusel topping on top of the sliced coffee cake before serving.
In terms of storage, any leftover coffee cake should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To freshen it up before serving again, simply reheat using one of the methods mentioned above.
Overall, this Cherry Cream Coffee Cake Recipe is perfect for making ahead of time and storing for later. With a few tips and tricks, you can ensure that it stays fresh and delicious each time you take it out of the fridge or reheat a slice.
Tips for Perfect Results
As a barista and coffee lover, I’m always striving for perfection when it comes to making coffee cakes. Below are some tips that will guarantee perfect results when making the Cherry Cream Coffee Cake Recipe.
Firstly, be sure to soften the cream cheese before incorporating it into the batter. This allows for a smoother and creamier texture in the finished product. I recommend setting the cream cheese out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before starting to prepare the recipe.
Secondly, don’t overmix the batter – this can lead to a dense and tough cake instead of a light and fluffy one. To avoid overmixing, mix ingredients only as much as necessary, paying particular attention once liquid ingredients have been added.
Thirdly, it’s important to use high-quality ingredients. Make sure you choose fresh dried cherries, good-quality chocolate chips, and pure vanilla extract to enhance the flavor.
Fourthly, pay close attention to the streusel topping measurements. You want a well-proportioned amount of streusel on top of your cake with a little bit of crunch in every bite.
Fifthly, use cold butter while preparing the crumb topping; this ensures that when it is baked in the oven, it will hold its shape and provide perfect texture.
Lastly, don’t forget about proper storage methods. Place any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave or oven before serving. This will make your cake taste as fresh as possible even after several days.
By following these tips and tricks along with the recipe instructions closely, you’ll be one step closer to achieving coffee cake perfection with this delicious Cherry Cream Coffee Cake Recipe!
In this section, I’ll be answering some frequently asked questions about this cherry cream cheese coffee cake recipe. I know that sometimes when following a new recipe, you might encounter some doubts and questions. That’s why I want to clear up any confusion and provide some helpful tips for perfecting this delicious dessert. So, let’s dive right in and address these inquiries together!
What makes coffee cake different from cake?
What sets coffee cakes apart from other types of cakes is their unique streusel topping and lack of frosting. Variations of coffee cake can have a delicious swirl of streusel, or they can be filled with tantalizing combinations of fruit, nuts or chocolate. In most situations, a drizzle of glaze is the only topping a coffee cake needs to complete its taste profile.
What’s the difference between coffee cake and streusel?
When it comes to comparing crumb cake and coffee cake, the main distinguishing factor is the amount of streusel topping included in the recipe. Crumb cake generally has a greater quantity of streusel topping than coffee cake. Additionally, it should be noted that streusel topping is not necessarily required for coffee cake.
What is the difference between American and British coffee cake?
The term “coffee cake” can have different meanings depending on whether you’re talking about the British or American version. In Britain, coffee cake refers to a cake flavored with coffee. On the other hand, American coffee cake is a type of cake that is typically enjoyed while drinking coffee.
What makes a coffee cake a coffee cake?
When discussing coffee cake, there are two types to consider. Firstly, there is a sponge cake which features a hint of coffee flavor. Secondly, there is a sweet, circular cake that is intended to be enjoyed with coffee or tea. This cake typically consists of two layers, with a layer of coffee butter icing sandwiched in between. The icing may also be spread on top of the cake.
I hope that my instructions and advice have inspired you to try making this delicious Cherry Cream Coffee Cake recipe. With its creamy filling, juicy cherries, and buttery streusel topping, this cake is sure to become a favorite at any gathering or event.
Remember, you can always make substitutions or variations to suit your tastes or pantry staples. And don’t hesitate to experiment with different flavors and combinations- who knows what new creations you might discover!
But above all, take the time to savor each bite of this Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake recipe. Let the flavors and textures dance on your taste buds as you enjoy a warm mug of coffee or tea. You deserve it.
So go ahead and give this recipe a try – I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed! Enjoy the delicious goodness that comes with every slice of Cherry Cream Coffee Cake!
Cherry Cream Coffee Cake Recipe
- 12 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 2 (8 count) packages refrigerated crescent dinner rolls, divided use
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 -3 tablespoons milk or 2 -3 tablespoons cream
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F Line a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with nonstick foil.
- Make the filling first by placing cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until combined. Add cherries and pulse until the cherries are coarsely chopped. Add pecans and pulse a couple of times, only until combined.
- Open 1 tube of the crescent rolls and unroll the dough. Place in the bottom of the prepared pan and press to fit the bottom of the pan, sealing any perforations.
- Spread evenly with the filling.
- Open the remaining tube of crescent rolls and separate the triangles. Cut each triangle in half lengthwise so you have 16 thin triangles. Begin at one end of the pan, placing triangles across the width, stretching each dough triangle to fit the width of the pan, alternating to opposite sides of the pan. (The first triangle will stretch from top to bottom, the next from bottom to top, etc.) The top will be completely covered by the crescent dough, with the sides of the dough touching closely, but not overlapping.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips. Let cool to room temperature.
- For the icing glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, milk or cream, and almond extract until smooth, adding just enough milk or cream to get to a barely drippable consistency. Spoon icing into a zip-top bag, squeeze out all the air, and seal. Snip a corner from the bottom of the bag and drizzle icing over the top of the coffee cake in a zig-zag pattern. Let sit, uncovered, for the icing to firm up about 1 hour. Cut and serve.