I grew up in a very German area of Wisconsin. Coffee Cake or “kaffee kuchen” was a staple for holiday and weekend breakfasts. Traditionally, we had a cinnamon and pecan flavored cake my mom would most often pick up at the grocery store. Once in a while she’d make a box mix version at home. The best ones always had a streusel topping.
This week is Cherry Week in the Dahle household. We are neck deep in our annual cherry delivery from Handyman Tim’s beloved Uncle Tim. I’m working on a huge round up of all my favorite cherry recipes for you but today I’m sharing one that deserves it’s very own post. This cherry almond coffee cake is To Die For. The Peanut just sampled it and said: “Mom, this tastes even better than it smells and it SMELLS AMAZING.”
Warm buttery roasted almonds mixed in with cinnamon, butter, and sugar. All sitting on top of a thick fresh cherry filling, what could be better??
I love how the almonds gave the dish a nice crunchy texture but the cake itself is the real hero: crazy light and airy. It makes the store bought cakes I’ve enjoyed before feel like bricks! The recipe comes together with very few ingredients and in very little time. If the fruit is already prepared, you could have this made in under an hour on a weekend morning.
But coffee cakes are truly meant to be enjoyed with friends. I think it would be even better to whip one up and bring over to a friend’s house or playdate. It would make an amazing addition to a Mommy Meal if you’re bringing food to a new mom.
NOTE: The recipe calls for roasted almond slivers. I’ve been using them in practically everything all week long. It only takes 10 minutes to make a big batch, then keep them in an airtight container for using as needed.
Roasted Almond Slices:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread the almond slices on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Toss them around once or twice and keep cooking them until they are deep golden brown.
Cherry Almond Coffee Cake
- 2 tbsp butter, chilled
- 2 tbsp flour
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ roasted almond slices
- Coffee Cake:
- 3 cups fresh cherries, pits removed
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
- 1 cup flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- To prepare the streusel:
- Place the butter, flour, and sugar in a small bowl. Mash together with a fork, or use your fingers to pinch it together, until the mixture looks like rough crumbs. Add the cinnamon and stir to combine. Add the almonds and stir. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch square baking pan with butter. Pour the prepared cherries into the bottom of the dish. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time and stir on medium until just blended. Add the almond extract and lemon zest and stir to combine. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture with your mixer on low. Stir until just combined. The batter will be especially thick.
- Using a spatula, spoon the batter gently over the cherries and spread the top so the dish is coated evenly. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the top of the batter.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick pressed into the cake (but not the cherries below!) comes out clean and the top is golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes or more before serving so the cake has a chance to set.