Fresh Cherry Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

8 Aug 2015

Fresh Cherry Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Fresh cherries make this coffee cake extra special, and the cream cheese frosting makes the cake look gorgeous and taste delicious.

Fresh Cherry Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


It is very rare that I make cake.

Correction: it is very rare that I make cake that isn't a mug cake. I feel like I should create an entirely different tab for mug cakes since I make them almost TOO much.



Fresh Cherry Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


But since it is my boyfriend's birthday on Monday, I felt like I was required to make some sort of cake. I mean, that's what you do, right?

And even though this cake isn't as fun and exciting as some of the other cakes I have made for him in the past (such as this Burger Cake with Sugar Cookie Fries or this Chess Board Cake), what it lacks in excitement, it makes up for in taste.


Fresh Cherry Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


Making this cake is pretty much like making an upside down cake. But instead of letting the beautiful fruit speak for themselves on the top of the cake, I kind of covered it in cream cheese frosting. This was done very strategically to hide the pulled out fruit and ripped top that always happens when I make an upside down cake. (That is, except for the time I made this nectarine upside down cake)

Honestly, you could omit the frosting if you really wanted to, but for a birthday, I would want as much frosting as I could get my hands on. But then again, maybe that's just me.


Fresh Cherry Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting



Fresh Cherry Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
printable recipe

What you'll need:

Cherry Layer:

  • 3 cups fresh cherries, pitted and cut in half (can also use frozen)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Cake:

  • 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk

Frosting:

  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoon milk


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 355°F. Lightly grease a 10 inch cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the ingredients in the "cherry layer" until fully combined. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the 2 1/3 cup flour, baking powder and salt until fully combined.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together the eegs, 1 1/2 cup sugar and 2 Tablespoons of vanilla until foamy.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the butter and oil. Slowly mix this into the egg mixture until fully combined.
  6. Alternate between adding in the milk and the flour mixture to the wet ingredients until fully incorporated.
  7. Pour the batter over the cherries, and bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  8. Frosting: While waiting for the cake to cool, beat together the "Frosting" ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. Spoon into a piping bag and drizzle over cake (or spoon into a large Ziplock bag and snip off the corner)


Adapted from Rock Recipes



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30 comments:

  1. I think this look absolutely gorgeous and delicious!
    Love it!

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  2. I think this look absolutely gorgeous and delicious!
    Love it!

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  3. This is a delicious looking birthday cake! Your boyfriend is going to love it. I like how the cherries add a sweet/tart component, and cream cheese frosting makes it sweet and yummy!

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  4. Oh Wow!
    This looks so special, I think you should bake cakes more!! ... I just wish it was for me :)
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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  5. I love cherry cakes..yours looks delish!

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  6. I've been dying to make a cherry dessert this summer, and this looks perfect! Yum!

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  7. This is stunning! The drizzle of cream cheese glaze looks fantastic! Pinning :)

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  8. That looks like a perfect birthday cake! Love all the fresh cherries in here, perfect for this time of year :)

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  9. Hi Cathleen, your boyfriend sounds very lucky, what a tasty little cake.

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  10. That is one gorgeous cake. I love that you've used cherries - so pretty and full of flavour. Bet he loves his birthday cake.

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  11. This cake does look amazing and I am sure it tastes delicious! I love the fresh cherry flavor. Perfect for breakfast or snack!

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  12. That's a gorgeous cake! And Happy Birthday to that lucky boy :)

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  13. Lovely cake! I have weakness for cherries!

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  14. Haha well I'm glad you took the cake plunge with this beauty! The cherries on top are just so perfect.

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  15. I go through cake phases. Right now I have 2 on the counter.

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  16. This cherry coffee cake would be the perfect Sunday morning treat.

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  17. Myyy goodness, this pretty much looks magical. <3 I'd so love to have a slice right now! *-*

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  18. I love coffee cake and this with the cherries are taken to the next level. Happy Birthday to your boyfriend, I'm sure he loved this one.
    xx

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  19. My husband would love this for his birthday too! Your cherry coffee cake looks divine.

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  20. Mmmmm I bet the frosting is perfect to go with the coffee and cherries, the combination sounds like one'd hit the spot for any occasion! And I hope you guys celebrated in style yesterday :D x

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  21. What a scrumptious, perfect birthday cake! Love the cream cheese frosting (my absolute favorite) on top!

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  22. Yum! The cake looks scrumptious! I'd love to eat a slice!

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  23. Lovely! Thanks so much for stopping by with this delicious recipe!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  24. What a fun looking cake! I love cherries, and would so enjoy a slice of this. Really nice -- thanks.

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  25. The cake looks really yummy. Perfect for your boy friends birthday.

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  26. Coffee cake with fresh cherries sounds so good! Looks so delish :)
    Amishi || NaiveCookCooks.com

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  27. This looks absolutely gorgeous, delicious and full of yum!
    Love the cherry coffee combo!

    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

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  28. Yum this looks so good! We don't have cherries around for another few months (stuck in winter here unfortunately!) but will keep it in mind - and the cream cheese drizzle looks great :)

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  29. Sounds good!
    Visiting from Weekend Retreat

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  30. Cake looks gorgeous and love that drizzle on top. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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