Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake

July 7, 2018Teresa

I love cherries, and Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake is one of my favorite ways to eat them! This lovely coffee cake is filled with plump, luscious cherries. I baked the coffeecake in a cast iron skillet then topped the batter with a brown sugar streusel topping. Finally, cherries were added on top. After baking the cake, I iced it with a delightful powdered sugar icing. Yes, this is one of those drool-worthy desserts or breakfast coffee cakes you won’t be able to stay out of!

At the end of June, I was contacted by the Northwest Cherry Growers Association and asked if I would be a #Canbassador for their cherries. I received a huge 20-pound box of cherries. They asked me to make a recipe and post about it. (I did not receive any monetary compensation except for the cherries). I was only too glad to participate. However, 20-pounds of cherries is a lot! I made ten recipes with the cherries, not merely one! And I will be pumping out those recipes multiple times a week through July and August.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

I received ten of these bags! That’s a lot of cherries.

I have to admit these really are some of the best cherries I’ve ever eaten. My husband said he couldn’t remember ever eating cherries as large as these. Yes, we loved them. All our close neighbors and John’s co-workers enjoyed them even more since they were recipients of most of my goodies!

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

These were some of the plumpest, largest cherries we’ve ever seen.

I am partial to cherries. My mom grew up on a farm in southeastern Ohio. They planted three cherry trees in the early 1900s or 1910s when they bought the farm. My grandfather immigrated from Czechoslovakia at the turn of the century. He and his brother worked very hard in the coal mines of West Virginia in order to save up enough for their own family nest eggs. Grandpa purchased the land and then after marrying my grandma (he was 22, she was 14!), he went back to the coal mines again in order to make enough to build the farmhouse, barn and other improvements on the property. This would have been completed before World War I.

It was in the early to mid 1960s before my family visited the family farm every year to see my grandparents. By then the cherry trees were mammoth (at least through a small girl’s eyes). Grandma’s cherry trees were huge producers. So much so that she kept the five of nine children who lived locally with all the cherries they could possibly eat. I remember eating a lot of homemade cherry pies whenever we vacationed there each June or July. No one could ever beat Grandma’s cherry pies grown from her own cherry trees. Those pies were nothing short of spectacular.

Even my mom’s pies were not as good and she baked pies every week from the time she got married. I think because Grandma used lard in her homemade pie crust and the pies were cooked over a wood stove. She had an electric stove by the mid-sixties, but she still cooked most of her food over that trusty old wood stove. It added flavor and essence to the pies that no other cooking method can replicate.

Well, I’ve never cooked over a wood stove, but I do cook in cast iron skillets. This Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake is wonderful baked in a cast iron skillet. However, if you don’t have one, simply transfer the mixture to a 9×13″ baking dish and you will be fine. You will have to adjust the time based on how full the dough fills the dish. My batter almost filled the cast iron skillet I was using, so it took about one and a half hours to bake completely. A shallower pan will cook more quickly.

If you’re looking for a terrific way to enjoy cherries for either a breakfast coffeecake or a dessert, give this luscious Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake a try. But be warned! This dessert will have you drooling after the first bite!

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake is absolutely mouthwatering!

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

This lovely coffee cake is wonderful for either breakfast or dinner.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

If you enjoy cherries, you’ll love this cake.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake is rich, decadent and heavenly. 🙂

Here’s what I did.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

I used these ingredients for the streusel topping.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Combine UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour, sugar and cinnamon. (Bleached flour toughens baked goods).

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cut in cold butter until coarse crumbs form.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Set streusel topping aside.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

I used these ingredients for the cake.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Soften butter. Add to a mixing bowl with sugar, egg, baking powder, salt and vanilla.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Add half-and-half.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Mix with an electric mixer until smooth.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add part of the pitted cherry halves.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Grease and flour a large cast-iron skillet. Spoon batter into prepared skillet.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Spread streusel topping over top.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Sprinkle remaining cherry halves over top of streusel topping. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours. The center area must be completely done.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

I used these ingredients for the icing.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Whisk to combine.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

After coffee cake has cooled completely, drizzle icing over top. Allow icing to set and harden about 15 minutes before cutting.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake is moist and delicious because of all the plump, juicy cherries in the batter.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

This is one of those “gotta make” breakfast coffee cakes during the summer when fresh cherries are in season.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with an #almond powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Of course, Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake is also delicious as a dessert. 🙂

Here’s the recipe.

CHERRY CRUMB COFFEE CAKE

(My own concoction)

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This fabulous coffee cake is filled with fresh cherries, topped with a brown sugar streusel and glazed with a powdered sugar icing. It's a terrific cake for breakfast or dessert during the summer months when fresh cherries are in season.
Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
STREUSEL TOPPING:
CAKE:
GLAZE:
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
STREUSEL TOPPING:
CAKE:
GLAZE:
Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Instructions
STREUSEL TOPPING:
  1. Mix 1 cup brown sugar, 2/3 cup flour, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  2. Cut in ½ cup butter; topping mixture will be crumbly.
  3. Set aside.
CAKE:
  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease and flour a large 12” cast iron skillet very well.
  3. Beat softened butter, white sugar, egg, vanilla, baking powder, salt and cream until smooth and creamy in texture.
  4. Add flour and 2 cups cherries and stir to combine.
  5. Spread mixture into prepared cast-iron skillet.
  6. Spread streusel topping over top of batter in skillet.
  7. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of halved cherries over the top.
  8. Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes, until deep golden brown.
  9. If knife inserted in center comes out clean, cake is done.
  10. Remove skillet to wire rack to cool.
  11. Glaze with icing when cool.
  12. Allow glaze to harden and dry about 15 minutes before serving.
GLAZE:
  1. Combine ingredients and drizzle over top of cooled cake.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: This is a dense cake. Be careful NOT to take it out of the oven too soon or it will fall apart when cutting. My oven took one hour thirty minutes to cook this cake all the way through.

NOTE: The size of the skillet and how full it is with the batter will determine how long the cake needs to bake. My skillet was very full, thus taking longer to bake than an extra large skillet or a 9x13” baking dish.

NOTE: You can use half-and-half, evaporated milk, 2% milk or heavy whipping cream all with good effects. But you may have to adjust amounts of liquid to get the correct icing ratio.

Cherries courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake is an awesome treat your family and friends will love.

Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers

If you are into canning, you can preserve the cherries during the summer, then make this luscious cake any time of the year.

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Cherry Strudel Cake

Cherry Strudel Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this rich, decadent #cake is absolutely divine! It's perfect for either a #holiday #breakfast or for #dessert. It uses #CherryPieFilling in the middle, a streusel topping & icing with #almond extract. Tastes like eating #CherryStrudel but so much easier! #coffeecake #CherryCoffeecake #CherryCake #Brunch #HolidayBreakfast #CherryDessert #CherryStrudelCake
Print Recipe
Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
This fabulous coffee cake is filled with fresh cherries, topped with a brown sugar streusel and glazed with a powdered sugar icing. It's a terrific cake for breakfast or dessert during the summer months when fresh cherries are in season.
Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
STREUSEL TOPPING:
CAKE:
GLAZE:
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
STREUSEL TOPPING:
CAKE:
GLAZE:
Cherry Crumb Coffee Cake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #cake is filled with fresh #cherries, topped with a streusel topping & glazed with a powdered sugar icing. Terrific for a summer #dessert or #breakfast #coffeecake when cherries are in season. #Canbassador #NorthwestCherryGrowers
Instructions
STREUSEL TOPPING:
  1. Mix 1 cup brown sugar, 2/3 cup flour, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  2. Cut in ½ cup butter; topping mixture will be crumbly.
  3. Set aside.
CAKE:
  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease and flour a large 12” cast iron skillet very well.
  3. Beat softened butter, white sugar, egg, vanilla, baking powder, salt and cream until smooth and creamy in texture.
  4. Add flour and 2 cups cherries and stir to combine.
  5. Spread mixture into prepared cast-iron skillet.
  6. Spread streusel topping over top of batter in skillet.
  7. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of halved cherries over the top.
  8. Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes, until deep golden brown.
  9. If knife inserted in center comes out clean, cake is done.
  10. Remove skillet to wire rack to cool.
  11. Glaze with icing when cool.
  12. Allow glaze to harden and dry about 15 minutes before serving.
GLAZE:
  1. Combine ingredients and drizzle over top of cooled cake.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: This is a dense cake. Be careful NOT to take it out of the oven too soon or it will fall apart when cutting. My oven took one hour thirty minutes to cook this cake all the way through.

NOTE: The size of the skillet and how full it is with the batter will determine how long the cake needs to bake. My skillet was very full, thus taking longer to bake than an extra large skillet or a 9x13” baking dish.

NOTE: You can use half-and-half, evaporated milk, 2% milk or heavy whipping cream all with good effects. But you may have to adjust amounts of liquid to get the correct icing ratio.

Cherries courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

2 Comments

  • Karen

    July 7, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I don’t own a cast iron skillet. Can this be made in a heavy stainless steel pan?

    1. Teresa

      July 8, 2018 at 7:34 am

      Karen, I don’t think I would bake it in a stainless steel pan unless it’s one that is oven-proof. I would bake it in a 9×13″ glass baking dish instead. Just adjust the time.

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