Old Fashioned Cherry Coffee Cake

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Old fashioned cherry coffee cake with slice being taken out

Old Fashioned Cherry Coffee Cake ~ a fresh cherry packed cake for breakfast, coffee take, or afternoon tea!

Old fashioned cherry coffee cake with slice being taken out

Usually I just throw my summer fruit into a crisp or a crumble.  This cake is a little more structured, but still lets the fresh cherries shine.

a slice of old fashioned cherry coffee cake with whipped cream

It gave me a nice excuse to use my cherry pitter again.  It’s very therapeutic.

pitting cherries for old fashioned cherry coffee cake


A slice of old fashioned cherry coffee cake

~~~adapted from Food & Wine magazine

Old Fashioned Cherry Coffee Cake
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Old fashioned cherry coffee cake with slice being taken out


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh pitted cherries, rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Spray or butter a 9 inch spring-form or cake pan.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  5. Beat in the egg and extracts.
  6. Mix the sour cream and buttermilk.  Add to the butter and sugar, along with the dry ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry.  Don't over-mix.
  7. Spread the batter in the pan, spreading out gently.
  8. Scatter the cherries evenly over the top of the batter, pressing in sightly.  Then sprinkle the almonds and sugar over all.
  9. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

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  • Reply
    August 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Can I sub yogurt or heavy cream for sour cream.

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      August 7, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Yes you can, although if you are using yogurt you’ll get a different texture. I would use Greek.

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    June 12, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Hi, Sue,
    What kind of cherries are used in this recipe? Sweet (Bing) cherries. I’m thinking that’s what you used because there isn’t much sugar in the topping. They also look like sweet cherries in the photos. Looks like a great recipe that I would like to try. Thank you!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    July 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Can’t believe I missed this! I must start reading blogs more on the weekend. This looks terrific. I’m pinning this one :)

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    July 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    YUM, sue. yum. that smattering of almonds is a great touch!

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    Little B
    July 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    This looks delicious! Nice job, I’ll have to try it!

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    July 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

    old fashioned maybe but divine for sure!… I have 6 secret cherry trees on a lane down the road and we drove past yesterday to see how they’re ripening. I think they have about 3 weeks to go due to the lack of sunshine we’ve had (not had?)… I was thinking yesterday about what to make with the hoard… as long as I get to them before the birds!… now I have the ultimate cake to bake… thanks for the inspiration!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    July 8, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Definitely pinned.

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    Ellen B Cookery
    July 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    This looks incredible! I can’t wait for cherries to be in season. (We have a couple of more weeks to go)!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    July 8, 2012 at 12:32 am

    The cherry cake looks delicious. I just made cherry hand pies and will be doing a post on it soon.

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    July 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Yeah! Cherries are on half price sale here… just about the only week they are. Our usual price is also $3.99. Just got my Food and WIne and haven’t looked through it yet. I have priorities…. I go to your blog first! At least now I know through reading this post I don’t have to scribble another recipe onto the back of a piece of junk mail ;) Beautiful photos as always.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    July 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I love cherries! They are still so expensive here…like $3.99 a pound or more. A normal sized bag of 2 lbs or so is like…10 bucks! My love of cherries means a bag like that is gone far too quickly. And wow, this coffee cake looks perfect!