Every once in a while I run across a recipe that I know I’m going to try! Not the type that end up on your “dream about it board” on Pinterest. Nope, the REAL kind! The gut grabber recipe that you KNOW you are going to make, and soon! This Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake was one of “those” recipes. Why was I drawn to it? First it involved cake and not just any cake, but “crumb” cake. One of my faves! Second it had Cherries. Ummmm…Hello! Put those two elements together and WHAM! I’m all in!
Yesterday was the perfect day to try this recipe! I had the 10 and 11-year-old girls from our church coming over for an Activity. I wanted a fun, pretty, and light refreshment to serve. I’ll be honest…I was
a little extremely hesitant on how they would like it but…that vanished when they were each begging for a third piece. I said “Wow! You girls must really like this cake!” One of them said “Yes! It’s delicious and if you ever need a taste tester for your blog…I’m your girl! However, I’ll be out-of-town this next week so don’t make anything good!” (I about died laughing! So, next week…only icky food! Sorry guys!)
I found the recipe for this cake on “Bunny’s Warm Oven” and you can find the original by clicking the link right here. One awesome thing about this cake is you can make it any flavor you want simply by changing the pie filling. I loved the cherry! I also loved how easy this cake is to prepare. I think you’ll love it too!
In a bowl you are going to combine your flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Use a whisk to blend it well. It works better than a sifter! Cross my heart! It also breaks up any big lumps in the flour or sugar.
Add in your melted butter. (How could any recipe with that amount of “But-ta” be bad? Not possible!)
Mix till it becomes a nice crumbly mixture. I started out using a fork and quickly threw that aside and dug into it with my hands. This was a lot easier and the texture turned out perfect! Once that is a mixed and crumbly, go wash your hands cause you’ve been crumbed! Now…remove 1/2 a cup and set aside. This will be used as your crumb topping.
Now add your eggs and milk, which you have masterfully blended together, into the bowl with the remaining crumb mixture. (We are baking “Masters” are we not? Thus, we Masterfully blend! Power of positive thinking!)
Using a large whisk, blend this all together for your cake layer. The batter will have some lumps and this is okay! We love lumps…right! YES! We do! (Said the lumpy blogger on the other side of this screen!)
In a 9 x 13 greased pan pour in the cake batter. Spread it evenly over the bottom of the pan. Open one can of pie filling. For this cake it was cherry but, it’s your choice. Go wild! Using a spoon carefully dribble the cherry filling over the top of the cake batter on up past and across your tongue. (Okay, Okay…I may have snuck a little filling. You can’t blame a girl for trying!) It won’t cover every single inch but it will get close. (That could be because some didn’t make it that far!)
I think even this looks good and it’s not cooked yet! Grab that 1/2 cup reserved crumble and sprinkle it all over the top of the cake. When you are done it should look like the photo below. It’s ready to pop into the oven at 325 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Mine took about 40. I checked it often though to make sure it didn’t burn or over cook. Bunny suggests starting to check around 35 minutes.
After 35- 40 minutes pull it out and allow it to cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving.
Doesn’t that look good enough to eat! (It really was! I was an honorary member of the 3 piece club! I’m wearing my membership on my thighs! ugh!) I know an entire slew of 10-11 year old girls who think so! (wink, wink) I sliced mine into nice sized squares. It came out of the pan nice and easy. It didn’t fall apart at all. Thank goodness! Sucking up crumbs can be a little embarrassing but, not beyond do-able!
This Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake is everything you want a “coffee cake” to be. It’s super moist. It’s slightly crumbly. It’s packed with wonderful fruit flavor and it’s not too sweet! It really is a beautiful blend of all the things you love about coffee cake. (Minus the coffee!) I was able to whip this up in no time at all, and with the exception of the pie filling, all the other ingredients are usually in your pantry.
I’ll be honest and tell you that when I make it again…and I will…I’d add 1/2 a teaspoon almond extract to the batter. I think with the cherry topping it will just make it pop! I think this would be amazing with blueberry pie filling and lemon zest in the batter! I could envision a cranberry with orange zest with a little cinnamon. YUM! The possibilities are endless! The recipe did say you could add finely chopped nuts, which I would normally do, but since I was making this for “littles”, and I didn’t know if they had nut allergies, I left them out. However, the birds at this Nest are “Nutty” bunch! Next time the nuts are in!
I hope you give this wonderful coffee cake a try. Make one and invite a girlfriend over for a chat! Let the kiddo’s play while you have some “girl” time! Never underestimate the healing and re-energizing effects of girlfriend time! Just Do IT! It would also be great to share at the office or to take to a Pot Luck! The Printable recipe is below! Thanks so much for stopping by!