This delicious and moist Cherry Almond Coffee Cake starts with frozen or fresh sweet cherries and is lightly sweet, so it's perfect to enjoy any time of day!
Happy Coffee Cake Day! (I really just follow these national food days as an excuse to make delicious things ;)
This Cherry Almond Coffee Cake is one I turn to often, when I'm feeling the need for a coffee cake. It's lightly sweet, perfectly flavoured with almonds and topped with lots of juicy cherries.
The added sour cream in this coffee cake ensures that this Cherry Almond Coffee Cake stays moist as it sits. Not that it will sit long :)
Enjoy this cake for breakfast, for an afternoon treat or warm it for a dessert cake, topped with a bit of vanilla ice cream.
True confession ... I'm not a fan of almond extract. I know there are people who just love it (and put it in everything :), but I'm not one of those people. I find it over-powering and artificial tasting. So needless to say, I don't bake with it. In fact, I don't even have it in my house. All that said, if you are one of those lovers I spoke of, feel free to use some in this cake in place of the vanilla.
Speaking of almonds, I always seem to have ground almonds around, since I like to bake macarons. If you don't have some and you don't want to buy some (they can be expensive), you can grind up your own almonds of any shape in a food processor to make the 1/4 cup.
As noted in the recipe, don't be skimpy with the cherries on top. You should pretty much cover the top with cherries, with just a bit of the batter showing when you're done.
Frozen sweet cherries are available year round, so you can enjoy this cake any time of year. If it's sweet cherry season though, freel free to replace with pitted fresh sweet cherries in this one.
This cake takes a while to cook and the timing may vary in your oven, so be sure to check regularly after the one hour mark, test with a skewer in the centre of the cake and then bake it as long as it needs (even if it's longer than the time indicated in the recipe).
Cherry Almond Coffee Cake
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup cold butter (cubed)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla (or vanilla bean paste)
- 2 cups frozen pitted sweet cherries (thawed or partially thawed)
- 1 Tbsp white sugar
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- Icing/Confectioners's sugar (for dusting)
- Prepare 8-inch springform pan by spraying the sides with baking spray and lining the bottom with a round of parchment paper. Place onto a baking sheet and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ground almonds and sugar. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter until crumbly. Remove 3/4 cup of the crumb mixture to a small bowl and place the bowl in the freezer while you make the rest of the cake.
- Add the baking powder, baking soda and salt to the remaining crumb mixture. In a small bowl, stir together the egg, sour cream and vanilla and add to the dry mix, stirring until blended. Spoon mixture into the prepared springform pan and using the back of a spoon press to the edges and even the top somewhat (mixture will be thick and dry/crumbly).
- Spread cherries evenly over the top (Be generous. The cherries should almost completely cover the batter, with just a bit of space in between). Sprinkle cherries with 1 Tbsp sugar. Spoon the reserved crumb mixture from the freezer over-top, then scatter the top with sliced almonds.
- Bake cake (on top of baking sheet) at 350°F for 70-80 minutes or until center is set (when tested with a skewer) and top is lightly golden in spots and deep golden around the edges. Cool on a wire rack in pan for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan and remove the side ring. Continue to cook on rack until cooled.