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Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake

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Moist tender Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake is made from a delicious scratch cake with canned pie filling and a scrumptious crumb topping! Not a fan of cherry…just change the pie filling…blueberry, apple, or mixed berry!

A slice of cake with cherrys and crumbled sugar mixed in

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!

Big slice of cherry crumb coffee cake with layers of delicious cherries on top of a moist cake.

I found the recipe for this cake on “Bunny’s Warm Oven”.

One awesome thing about this Easy Cherry Crumb Cake is you can make it any flavor you want simply by changing the pie filling. I loved the cherry! You’ll love how easy this cake is to prepare.

How To Make Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake

In a bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.

TIP: 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 in a mixing bowl.

Add in 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.

TIP: 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!

Crumb Topping

Now…remove 1/2 a cup and set aside. This will be used as your crumb topping.

Crumb mixture for top of Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake.

Add 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, 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 prepared 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 the 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.

Baking Cherry Crumb Cake

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 overcook. 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 baked to a golden brown 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!)

How to Serve Cherry Crumb Cake and Other Tips

I sliced mine into nice sized squares. It came out of the pan nice and easy and didn’t fall apart at all. Thank goodness! Sucking up crumbs can be a little embarrassing but, not beyond do-able!

Big slice of Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake.

This Cherry Crumble Coffee Cake is everything you want a “coffee cake” to be. Super moist. The perfect crumb and packed with wonderful fruit flavor. The big bonus… 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! Can you envision a cranberry with orange zest with a little cinnamon? YUM! The possibilities are endless!

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! 

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As always… Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me today. The Printable recipe is below! Enjoy!

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Yield: 12 square servings

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake

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

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 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 40-45 minutes. Start checking the cake at 35 minutes. Remove from oven, place on cooling rack.
  6. When cool, cut into squares and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 piece of cake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 274mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g

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Friday 12th of January 2024

When I want to surprise my husband, this is what I make for him. His favorite ‘cake’. He always says “oh!! you made my favorite!!” We’re both 81 and I bake often.

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Friday 12th of January 2024

Hi Barb! This absolutely made my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to share with me. This is one of my favorite cakes as well. I hope you have a great day! Happy New Year! Norine


Monday 20th of June 2022

Followed recipe completely. Unfortunately found the taste of the cake flavorless. Began to think why & believe this recipe really needs to have vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste added. Just my opinion. Thanks

Darla Greene

Wednesday 13th of September 2023

I made this a few weeks ago for my staff. I bake a few times a month and take my desserts to work for my employees. This cherry crumble coffee cake was such a hit that I am making another one right now for them. Great recipe thank you for sharing

Linda G.

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

Can I use Jiffy Baking mix in place of the flour mix?

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Monday 9th of May 2022

Hi Linda! I have to answer you truthfully and I'm just not sure? Jiffy baking mix has other ingredients added in that may require further adjusting to the recipe. Sorry I can give you a clear cut answer to this question. It's a great recipe and I'd try it with the Jiffy Mix just to see if it works. Norine


Friday 29th of April 2022

This Cherry Crumb cake is just what I was looking for! Can I use my frozen blueberries and make the pie filling out of them? Thanks so much for this.

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Monday 2nd of May 2022

Hi Cecile! Yes you can! Just be sure to thicken the frozen blueberries and make it into a pie filling. I bet it will be wonderful! Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Come back soon. Norine


Thursday 6th of January 2022

Very good, light and fluffy. I saved the 1/2 cup dry ingredients, but used all the butter in the base. I added 3 or 4 tbs melted to the 1/2 cup saved and added walnuts. I also added cinnamon to the batter.

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