Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Easy to make Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake is perfect for brunch, dessert or with your afternoon tea.

Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

Writing this post is like pure torcher.
I was only able to enjoy one slice yesterday morning for breakfast plus or minus a few bites off of Colt's if he happened to sit down next to me Sunday night.
Surely I was shorted my fill of Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake.
When I left Monday afternoon there was about 1/4 of the cake left but Lorna polished that off the minute we walked out the door and then pretended it was an itty bitty piece when her brother's complained she didn't share.
It was like food wars in our house and somehow I always end up loosing.
I might have to make another one just to subdue the cravings of the creamy cream cheese meets cherry filling all wrapped up in a nice cozy lemon and vanilla scented cake then topped with a vanilla scented crunchy, sugary, almond topping.
Oh so good! 
If your looking for something to take to your next holiday gathering this is the perfect choice.
It make's a fabulous breakfast or brunch item because the cakes not too sweet or dense but the perfect texture to pair with the cream cheese and cherries, a fabulous dessert choice for a dinner party or just a special treat! 
Sorry to repeat myself but it was sooo delicious! 

Combine pure vanilla extract and sugar and stir well.
Your sugar should look and smell amazing coated in vanilla.
Add sliced almonds and stir well. Set aside.
Cream butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time beating well between each addition and scraping sides of bowl as needed.
This helps to create a nice light cake.
Add vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt. Mix until well combined.
I hate sifting flour so this makes it so the baking soda and powder are evenly combined without having to sift everything together.
Add all of the flour and sour cream and mix on low speed just until combined.
Be careful not to over mix or the flour will develop to much gluten resulting in a tough cake.
Once mixed measure 1 1/2 cups cake batter and set aside.
Combine cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla and 2 tablespoons sugar.
Mix until smooth and creamy.
Butter a tube pan well and then add remaining cake batter to pan. 
Top with cream cheese mixture, leaving a 3/4"-1" gap around outside and inside of pan.
Spoon 1 cup cherry pie filling evenly over the top of cream cheese. Try to keep a 3/4"-1" gap around the inside and outside of pan so the top layer of cake can seal the filling in around the edges.
Cover with remaining 1 1/2 cups cake batter. Tap a few times on the counter to dislodge any air bubbles.
Top cake evenly with vanilla scented sugar/sliced almond mixture. Gently press almond mixture into cake to adhere.
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 45-50 minutes. Cake is done when it is firm, light brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean.
Cool cake in pan 1 hour.
Using a thin knife gently trace around outside and inside edge of cake to help loosen edge.
Invert cake gently onto a plate.
Remove from pan and allow cake to finish cooling on a wire rack.
Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake is a must make!
Oh what I would do for just one more slice.
Coffeecake with a Cream Cheese Cherry Filling
Oh so good..
I'm off to locate a pair of expandable waist pants, thank the lord for whoever invented yoga pants! 

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Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch Adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake. Light cake filled with creamy lemon infused cream cheese topped with cherry filling and hidden in a lemon vanilla scented cake with a crunchy vanilla scented sugar and sliced almond topping. So good and easy to make.
Prep time: PT25M
Cook time: PT50M
Total time: PT1H15M
Yield: 12 Servings

Vanilla Scented Sugar Almond Topping:
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Almonds 
Coffee Cake:
  • 10 Tablespoons Butter, Cold
  • 1 1/4 Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 2 1/4 cups All-Purpous Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Sour Cream
Cherry Cream Cheese Filling: 
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons Fresh Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Cherry Pie Filling
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 10 inch tub pan well with butter or shortening. Set aside.
  3. Vanilla Scented Sugar Almond Topping: In a small bowl combine sugar and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add sliced almonds, stir well and set aside.
  4. Coffee Cake: In a large bowl cream butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl.
  5. Add eggs one at a time beating throughly between each addition.
  6. Add vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt. Mix on low speed until throughly incorporated.
  7. Add flour and sour cream mix on low speed until just combined being careful not to over mix.
  8. Set 1 1/2 cups batter aside.
  9. Place remaining batter into greased tube pan.
  10. Cream Cheese Filling: Mix cream cheese, vanilla, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons sugar until well combined, creamy and smooth.
  11. Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly over the center of cake batter leaving a 3/4 inch to 1 inch gap around the inside and out side edge of pan.
  12. Spoon cherry pie filling evenly over the top of cream cheese layer still leaving a 3/4 inch to 1 inch gap around the edge to allow the cake to seal closed when baked.
  13. Spread remaining 1 1/2 cup cake batter over the top of cake. Spread all the way to edge to seal. Tap pan gently 3 times to dislodge any air bubbles.
  14. Sprinkle Vanilla Scented Sugar Almond mixture evenly over the top of coffee cake and press down gently to adhere to cake.
  15. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until coffee cake is lightly brown, firm to the touch and when a tooth pick inserted into the center of cake comes out without cake batter adhering to it.
  16. Cool cake in pan for 1 hour.
  17. Carefully run a thin knife around the edge and center of cake to loosen. Invert cake gently onto plate.
  18. Remove cake from pan and finish cooling on a cooling rack.


  1. just baked this moist, lemony cake!! I love the way it smells, can't wait to try it with a cup of milk :-) thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks delicious!! It is already on my "to bake" list!!! Can't wait to try :)

  3. This cake looks Awesome~going out to buy a pan and some cherries.
    Thank-You fro the great recipe.

  4. Are there any changes for this recipe for an altitude over 6000ft?

    1. Hi, I haven't baked this cake at that altitude but my suggestion would be to google baking a cake at 6000ft. It looks like its suggested to decrease the sugar and baking powder slightly and increasing the sour cream. Good luck!

  5. This is absolutely beautiful!! What a gorgeous cake, and gorgeous flavors. I am so excited to try this :)

  6. Coffee cake reminds me of the Mother's Day parties my mom used to host when I was younger. Such a great treat to share with guests.

  7. Your cakes are always scrumptious looking and this cherry cake is no exception! I have to make this soon!!!

  8. Just a question - should the amount of butter be 8 tablespoons, rather than 18? Thanks!! Can't wait to make :)

  9. This looks wonderful! Can any pie filling be used? Thank You!

    1. Yes, you could use a different flavor. Thanks, Serena


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