Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake

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!)

Cherry Crumble cake

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.

Cherry Crumb Cake dry ingredients

Add in your melted butter. (How could any recipe with that amount of “But-ta” be bad? Not possible!) 

Cherry Crumb Cake adding batter and melted butter

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.

Cherry Crumb Cake Crumbs

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!)

Cherry Crumb cake flour and eggs

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!)

Cherry Crumb cake batter

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!)

Cherry Crumb Cake with Cherries

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.

Cherry Crumb Cake topping

After 35- 40 minutes pull it out and allow it to cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving.

Cherry Crumb Cake in 9 x13 pans

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!

Cherry Crumb Cake slice

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!

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Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake
Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake
Norine Rogers

A light moist Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake that is easy to throw together and has endless combinations by changing the pie filling.

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar (if you prefer less use 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 can cherry pie filling or flavor of your choice.
  • (Optional 1/4 cup finely crushed nuts for the topping)

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan with shortening or bakers joy.
  2. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and melted butter in a large mixing bowl, stir together with a fork until crumbly. If you have large clumps get your hands in there and break them apart.
  3. Take 1/2 cup of the crumbs out of the bowl. Set aside. If you're using nuts in the topping, add 1/4 cup of finely crushed nuts now, set aside.
  4. In a small bowl whisk the slightly beaten eggs and milk together, add milk mixture to the large bowl of crumbs and stir until incorporated. There will be small lumps in the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into your prepared 9 x 13 baking pan. Dribble the cherry pie filling over the cake. Sprinkle the reserved crumb topping over the pie filling. Bake at 325 degrees for 4-45 minutes. Start checking the cake at 35 minutes. Remove from oven, place on cooling rack.
  6. When cool, cut into squares and serve.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 45 minutes ; Yield: 12 square servings
Serving Size: 1 piece of cake


  1. Kim White | 11th Nov 17

    Is it possible to use softened butter instead of the melted butter and use round cake pans ? I have been searching for years for the crumb cake recipe my grandmother used to make, and your recipients is the closest I’ve been able to find. I’ll also be omitting the pie filling. Wish me luck……Thank you

    • | 13th Nov 17

      Hi Kim
      I have to answer honestly and tell you I don’t know how this cake will turn out using soften butter instead of melted? I have never tried it. I’m also not sure how it will turn out not using any fruit filling. That is a huge part of this recipe. The round cake pans would be fine. I can only recommend you experiment with the changes and see if that comes close to your grandma’s crumb cake. I’ll be excited to hear how it works for you. Thanks for visiting. Have a GREAT week.
      Happy Nesting~

  2. Marika | 13th Feb 19

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! Just what I was looking for, I did add the almond extract, great suggestion!

    • | 15th Feb 19

      Hi Marika!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know you liked this recipe. I love this one. It’s one of my very favorite treats!
      Hope you have a great weekend.
      Happy Nesting!

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