This buttery coffee cake is filled with cherry pie filling and topped with the most delightful crumb topping. This Cherry Filled Coffee Cake will make even the gloomiest of mornings bright.
Some mornings it’s just easier to get out of bed than others. This cherry filled coffee cake may give you some motivation on those rough ones. It has a buttery cake bottom, a cherry pie filled center, then it’s topped with more butter cake and a crumb topping that will part the cloudiness in your sleep deprived fuzzy morning mind.
Okay — it might not be that much of a miracle worker — but it can’t hurt, right?
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I spent the summer trying to get on a better sleep schedule. I am a bit of a self proclaimed night owl, and it was getting a little bit out of hand. It was really taking a toll on my health and my overall physical well-being. I felt sluggish all day, and wanted to nap. It was easy to talk myself out of doing tasks I need to tend to during the day. Even my skin started looking bad.
I had slacked on a lot of things, and it all sort of caught up with me. My doctor and I were talking about how so many of us are trying this or that to make ourselves look and function like we did 20+ years ago, and he said something to me that just sort of resonated. Our bodies aren’t meant to go-go-go like they did when they were 30. Our bodies get older and they just need more rest. They just get tired.
Am I saying that we don’t need exercise and to take care of our bodies? No! Not at all. We just need to treat them with the respect they deserve, and listen to them. Mine was saying, slow down and rest. I needed to listen. So I went from getting an average of about 5-6 hours of sleep, to getting the recommended 8-9 hours I needed. I was able to wake early in the morning and jump into my day with open eyes.
Have I perfected it? No. I suppose I will always just be a work in progress. But for those days that I feel my worst, I just try to tell myself to slap on a smile and get outside and carry on.
I seem to have gotten away from why we are here, for the recipe for this Cherry Filled Coffee Cake!
It comes from what has become one of my most favorite cookbooks, a church cookbook given to me from my Grandmother in 1985, called “Oh Taste and See.” I have made quite a few recipes from it, and everyone of them has been amazing! I mean, if you are going to put a recipe in a church cookbook and put your name on it, you want it to be a winner, right?!
I changed it up just a bit. I added more topping, because, well, crumb topping is delicious, and the original called for vanilla extract, and I used almond. There is something about almond extract and cherries that in my mind just goes together so well.
Ingredients in Cherry Filled Coffee Cake:
- flour, baking powder, baking soda
- butter, eggs, sour cream
- almond extract
- cherry pie filling
You’ll mix up the cake batter, and the crumb topping before assembling your cherry coffee cake in a 9×13 baking dish. Part of the cake batter will go into the bottom of the baking dish, then top it with a can of cherry pie filling. Drop spoonfuls of batter on top of the cherries, and gently spread them out, letting some of that cherry goodness peek through.
Sprinkle the crumb topping over the whole thing. Don’t try to resist tasting it, it’s just too hard.
When it bakes up, the cake and the topping will be golden brown. Let it sit and cool for a little bit before cutting into it and serving warm.
Here’s a peek at the inside. It’s just so darn good!
I love baking with cherries, don’t you? I have quite a few other cherry recipes that I am sure you will enjoy, too!
Baking and Cooking with Cherries – The Best Recipes:
- White Chocolate Cherry Cookies
- Cherry Pie Jell-O Salad
- Cherry Limeade Baked Donuts
- Old Fashioned Pop-Overs with Cherry Butter
- Cherry Cheese Bread
- 5 Ingredient Cherry Streusel
- Cherry Limeade Sweet Rolls
- Cherry Dessert
- Heart Shaped Cherry Hand Pies
- Chocolate Cherry Brownies
- Cherry Torte
Maybe it wasn’t the idea of the cherries that brought you here? Maybe it was the new coffee cake recipe? Coffee cakes are one of my favorites. They aren’t just for breakfast or brunch, I make them for dessert, too! I have some delicious coffee cake recipes I would love to share with you, too!
My Favorite Coffee Cake Recipes:
- Banana Bread Coffee Cake
- Applesauce Coffee Cake
- Fresh Rhubarb Coffee Cake
- Cinnamon Crunch Coffee Cake
- Pumpkin Spiced Coffee Cake with Brown Butter Glaze
I hope that you love this coffee cake recipe, baked with cherry pie filling as much as I did. As always, I love to hear what you think of my recipes, drop a note in the comments, or tag me on social media to show me what you’re baking!
Remember, happiness is an inside job. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Life’s short. Get some rest, and don’t forget to eat dessert. (for breakfast even.)
For the Cake
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream (can sub plain yogurt)
- 1 teaspoon good quality almond extract
- 1 can (21 ounce) cherry pie filling
For the Crumb Topping
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 6 Tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 9z13 baking dish.
- Sift together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar.
- With a mixer, cream together butter, sour cream, almond extract and eggs.
- Slowly add in sifted dry ingredients, and mix until incorporated.
- To prepare the crumb topping, mix ingredients together with a fork.
- Spread half of cake batter into the bottom of your prepared 9x13 baking dish.
- Top with can of cherry pie filling.
- Spoon remaining batter over the top, and gently spread it out.
- Top with crumb topping.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until top is baked and golden brown. Let stand before cutting.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 282mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g