Delicious Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake Recipe

Are you a coffee lover who also enjoys the taste of fresh cherries? Are you in the mood for a delightful baked treat that can serve as both your breakfast and dessert? Look no further, because I have just the recipe for you! Allow me to present my Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake Recipe.

This recipe combines the robust flavor of coffee with the sweetness of fresh or frozen cherries, creating a perfect balance between bitterness and sweetness. The aroma of vanilla, buttermilk, and butter spreading through your kitchen while baking this cake will make your mouth water in anticipation.

But what sets this recipe apart from other coffee cakes is its crumb topping made with old fashioned oats, nutmeg, cinnamon, flour, and brown sugar. The cherry pie filling adds an extra layer of moistness and texture to the cake, while the sweet streusel topping provides a tasty contrast.

As a professional barista and baker, I can assure you that this cherry crumble coffee cake is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings and awaken your taste buds. So let’s get started with the ingredient list and step-by-step guide on how to make this delightful coffee cake!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake
Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake

Are you tired of the same old coffee cake every morning? Look no further than this Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake recipe! With its fresh, juicy cherries and irresistible crumbly streusel topping, this coffee cake will have you craving it all day, every day.

But why is this recipe so special? For starters, it calls for both fresh and frozen cherries, giving the cake a burst of flavor that can’t be found in other recipes. The addition of vanilla, buttermilk, and nutmeg bring out the sweetness in the cherries and add a depth of flavor that is unmatched.

What sets this cake apart even further is its unique crumble topping. Made with old fashioned oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar, it provides a satisfying crunch that perfectly complements the cake’s soft texture. And let’s not forget about the streusel topping made with granulated sugar and butter that completes this delicious cherry crumb cake.

This recipe is perfect for any occasion – breakfast with family, a mid-afternoon snack with friends, or even as dessert after a dinner party. It’s easy to make and sure to impress anyone who tries it. Plus, with options to use either cherry pie filling or fresh cherries, it can be customized to fit any taste preference.

So why settle for plain old coffee cake when you can have a Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake? Trust me – your taste buds will thank you.

Ingredient List

 One bite of this cake will have you falling in love.
One bite of this cake will have you falling in love.

Fresh Cherries or Frozen Cherries: The main ingredient in this recipe is cherries, and you can use either fresh or frozen cherries. Using the fresh cherries will give your coffee cake a juicier and tangy taste with some tartness, while the frozen cherries will make the cake sweeter and softer since they have lost much of their juice during the freezing process.

  • 2 cups Fresh or Frozen Cherries

Butter, unsalted or salted, is used in multiple places in this recipe, from making the crumb topping to mixing with flour to make the cake batter. Use unsalted butter if you prefer to control the amount of salt in your recipe.

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Butter, melted (for crumb topping)

Egg: One large egg will help bind all ingredients together.

  • 1 Egg

Buttermilk: Adds an extra touch of tanginess to the cake.

1 cup Buttermilk

Vanilla Extract: Enhances flavor.

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Baking Soda, baking powder, and salt are used as leavening agents for this cake. Baking soda reacts with acid; therefore, adding a small splash of buttermilk to the mix helps it rise. Baking powder is a combination of baking soda and cream of tartar. Its purpose in this recipe is to help make the cake rise even more!

  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

Sugar, which provides sweetness, is used throughout the recipe in different forms.

  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar (for cake batter)
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar (for crumb topping)

Flour: All-purpose flour is used in this recipe.

  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour (for crumb topping)

Old Fashioned Oats: High in fiber, oats add texture and flavor to the cake crumble.

  • 1 cup Old-fashioned Oats

Nutmeg and Cinnamon: Enhance flavors and aromas of the cake.

  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

The Recipe How-To

 This cake is like taking a sip of magic!
This cake is like taking a sip of magic!

Mixing the Cake Batter

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, in a large mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup of softened butter and 3/4 cup of granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

Next, beat in 2 eggs, one at a time, followed by 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until fully combined.

Finally, add in 1/2 cup of buttermilk and stir until smooth. The resulting batter should be thick and creamy.

Adding the Cherry Filling

Take a greased 13×9 inch baking pan and spread half of the cake batter evenly on the bottom. Then take a can of cherry pie filling, or your homemade fresh or frozen cherries, and spoon over the cake batter evenly.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try mixing other pie fillings such as blueberries or peaches for different flavor variations.

Cover the cherry filling with the remaining cake batter and spread it out smoothly over the filling.

Making the Crumb Topping

In a separate mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Add in 1/2 cup (1 stick) of melted butter and mix with your hands until pea-sized crumbles form. Add in 3/4 cup of brown sugar and rub between your palms to create larger clumps.

Sprinkle the crumb topping over the batter evenly with small handfuls. The cake should have a nice even layer of the crumb topping on top.

Baking the Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake

Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the cake topping is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Once you’ve removed the cake from the oven, let it cool for at least 15-20 minutes before serving.

Serving Tips

This cherry crumble coffee cake is best served warm or at room temperature. You can add a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream on top for an extra special treat.

I recommend pairing this delicious cake with a cup of freshly brewed cherry coffee to bring out the full fruity flavors of the cherries.

Now that you know how to make this tasty treat, it’s time to get baking!

Substitutions and Variations

 Indulge in this delicious and fruity coffee cake.
Indulge in this delicious and fruity coffee cake.

When it comes to making this Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake Recipe, there’s plenty of room to get creative with substitutions and variations. Let’s dive in and explore some of my favorite ways to mix things up!

First off, let’s talk about the star ingredient: cherries. While fresh cherries are ideal for this recipe, they can be expensive and hard to find depending on where you live. That’s why frozen cherries are a fantastic substitute, which can be found year-round in most grocery stores. Simply thaw them out before using them in the recipe.

Now, let’s talk about the baking powder and baking soda. If you don’t have both, don’t worry – you can substitute one for the other! Just keep in mind that baking soda is more powerful than baking powder, so if you’re using baking soda instead of powder, use only half the amount called for in the recipe.

Next up is the buttermilk. If you don’t have any on hand, you can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and letting it sit for a few minutes until it curdles.

If you prefer a less sweet cake, you can reduce the amount of sugar used in both the batter and crumb topping. Additionally, if you want to switch things up a bit, try using brown sugar instead of granulated sugar when making the crumb topping – it adds a delicious caramel-y flavor!

Finally, let’s talk about variations. While this cherry crumble coffee cake is already pretty amazing on its own, there are plenty of fun ways to change things up! For example:

– Swap out the cherry pie filling for another type of fruit pie filling.

– Add some chopped nuts to the crumb topping.

– Use sour cream instead of buttermilk for an extra moist cake.

– Bake the cake in muffin tins instead of a baking pan for individual coffee cakes.

The options are endless! With a little creativity and experimentation, you can make this recipe your own and come up with endless variations that will keep your taste buds happy.

Serving and Pairing

 Satisfy your dessert cravings with a little help from our cake.
Satisfy your dessert cravings with a little help from our cake.

Now that you’ve got your hands on a freshly baked Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake, let’s talk about how to serve it and what drinks pair well. This coffee cake is best enjoyed warm, so either reheat a slice in a microwave for 20-30 seconds or pop it into an oven at 350°F for a few minutes until it’s heated through. You can also enjoy it cold without any warming.

Since this coffee cake has fresh cherries and a delicious crumbly topping, it pairs perfectly with a cup of cherry coffee. I recommend brewing cherry-flavored coffee beans or adding a cherry syrup shot to your favorite roast to complement the cake’s fruity flavor. You can also try brewing a cup of black tea with vanilla bean or cinnamon notes, which will elevate the cake’s spice flavors.

Additionally, you can pair the Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake with some other desserts such as cherry pie or sour cherry dessert. The tartness of these desserts complements the sweetness of the cake as well as highlights the flavor of cherries.

For those who would love to balance out the sweetness of this dessert, I suggest serving this coffee cake with a side of unsweetened plain yogurt. Its tanginess helps cut down on some of the sweetness and adds a delightful creaminess to every bite.

Whether you’re enjoying it in your backyard on a sunny day or preparing for get-togethers with friends and family, this Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake is sure to be admired by all who get to savor its divine taste alongside well-paired treats and beverages.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sweet and tangy, this cake is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee.
Sweet and tangy, this cake is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee.

As a barista, I know that busy mornings can make it difficult to plan out breakfast. Luckily, this cherry crumble coffee cake recipe can be made ahead of time and stored for future use.

If you plan on making this recipe ahead of time, bake as directed and let the cake cool completely. You can then wrap the cake in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When you’re ready to serve, simply reheat the cake in the oven at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes or microwave individual slices in 10-second intervals until warm.

But what if you have leftover cake? Don’t worry! This coffee cake actually tastes better after a day or two because it allows the flavors to meld together. Store the leftover slices in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

You can also freeze this cherry crumble coffee cake for up to 3 months if wrapped tightly in foil or plastic wrap and placed in an airtight container. When you’re ready to serve, simply thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and heat it up as suggested earlier.

Overall, this cherry crumble coffee cake is perfect for busy mornings when you need a sweet treat that’s both delicious and easy to prepare ahead of time.

Tips for Perfect Results

Making a perfect cherry crumble coffee cake is not just about the ingredients you use, but it also depends on how you combine them. Having tested and tasted this recipe several times, I have learned a few things about how to get the best results possible. Here are my top tips for achieving the perfect cherry crumble coffee cake:

1. Use quality ingredients

To get the best flavor and texture, make sure that you are using fresh or high-quality ingredients. This includes fresh cherries or frozen cherries that have been thawed, high-quality flour and sugar, and pure vanilla extract.

2. Measure ingredients accurately

Measuring your ingredients accurately is crucial to making any cake recipe turn out well. Make sure to use standard measuring cups and spoons and level off any excess dry mixtures with a knife to ensure proper measurements.

3. Follow the directions closely

When making a complex recipe like this cherry crumble coffee cake, it’s important to follow each step attentively from beginning to end. Make sure you’re familiar with each step before starting and follow them exactly as written in the recipe.

4. Preheat your oven correctly

It’s important always to preheat your oven at accurate temperatures so that your cherry crumble coffee cake bakes properly to perfection. Most importantly, do not open the oven door until the minimum baking period has passed as it allows heat to escape from inside.

5. Try different variations

This recipe can be modified according to your preferences and taste buds. For example, use different types of flour or sugar; even try adding other fruit fillings such as sour cherry pie filling, fresh cherries etc.

By following these tips combined with your barista skills in making coffee, you will have mastered how to make an excellent cup of coffee infused with cherry crumble cake flavour which should make for a delightful treat!


As a barista, I know that any recipe can raise questions or concerns. That’s why for this cherry crumble coffee cake recipe, I’ve prepared a FAQ section to address some of the most common inquiries that you may have. Keep reading to find out the answers to some of your burning questions and make sure you’re all set to bake the perfect cherry crumble coffee cake.

What is the difference between coffee cake and crumble cake?

When comparing crumb cake and coffee cake, the key variance lies in the quantity of streusel topping. Crumb cake boasts a greater layer of streusel topping compared to coffee cake. Besides, coffee cake may also come without the streusel topping. Also, note that there exists a variation of crumb cake known as New York-style crumb cake, which touts significantly larger crumbs.

What’s the difference between coffee cake and streusel?

When preparing crumb cake and coffee cake, the amount of streusel topping is the main distinguishing factor between the two. Generally, crumb cake has a more abundant layer of streusel topping than coffee cake. Additionally, it is possible to make coffee cake without streusel topping.

What is coffee cake crumble made of?

The crumble, streusel and crumb topping are quite similar as they all are made using a mixture of flour, sugar and butter that adds a scrumptious texture to baked goods like cakes, muffins and pies.

Why is crumb cake called coffee cake?

Coffee cake and crumb cake are closely related, but they have a fundamental difference. While crumb cake is made to accompany coffee, coffee cake doesn’t necessarily mean it has the right amount of crumb. Keep this in mind when placing an order at a bakery.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake Recipe is an exceptional option for those who love to indulge in sweet treats. The combination of the sweet cherry filling and the buttery crumb topping make this coffee cake unforgettable. The recipe is highly versatile and can be made with fresh or frozen cherries, depending on the availability of the ingredients. Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll love every bite.

As a barista, I highly recommend this recipe for any coffee lover. The delicate cherry taste complements almost any coffee and can enhance your experience considerably. Additionally, the flexibility of the recipe allows room for experimentation and creativity while still maintaining its excellent quality.

Lastly, don’t forget to share your experience with others! Trust me; they’ll appreciate it. Once you get the hang of making this delicious coffee cake, there’s no going back. Excite your taste buds and indulge in a slice of heaven with Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake!

Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake

Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake Recipe

This is a wonderful cake, very moist bursting with cherry flavor. Although I have never tryed it as yet, I presume that blueberries could replace the cherries if desired.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 327.3 kcal



  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, no substitutions,almost to room temperature,but not quite soft
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup butter, almost to room temperature
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh cherries or 1 cup frozen cherries, thawed and drained well,cherries,pitted and chopped


  • Set oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter a rectangular baking dish, any size desired.
  • To make the crumble: In a small bowl, stir together the first 5 ingredients.
  • Add in the butter, using a pastry blender, mix well.
  • Add in the the almonds and oats, mix well; set aside.
  • For the cake: In a large bowl, sift together the first 5 ingredients.
  • Add in the butter, using a pastry blender, mix until the ingredients resemble coarse crumbs.
  • In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg, buttermilk and vanilla.
  • Add to the dry ingredients; fold until smooth (DO NOT beat with an electric mixer).
  • Pour the batter into prepared buttered baking dish.
  • Scatter the cherries over the top of the batter.
  • Sprinkle with the prepared crumble.
  • Bake until the cake has risen and turned golden (about 50 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven; let cool for 25 minutes.
  • Serve warm.

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Serving: 114gCalories: 327.3kcalCarbohydrates: 45.4gProtein: 5.8gFat: 14.1gSaturated Fat: 7.3gCholesterol: 55.3mgSodium: 405.8mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 23g
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