Delicious Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake Recipe to Try Today

Are you looking for an easy and delicious dessert to impress your guests? Look no further than this cherry-almond coffee cake recipe! Made with simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry, this cake is a crowd-pleaser.

Not only is this coffee cake scrumptious, but it is also versatile — you can enjoy it as a breakfast treat or a post-dinner dessert. The cherry pie filling adds a delightful sweetness that perfectly complements the almond flavors of the cake. And at just 350 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven, it’s a breeze to make.

So why not try something new and exciting for your next gathering? In just a few simple steps, you can make this sensational cherry-almond coffee cake that will have everyone asking for seconds.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Easy Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake
Easy Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake

Close your eyes and imagine a warm, fluffy, and moist coffee cake that is bursting with the flavors of cherry and almond. Imagine the aroma that fills your kitchen as it bakes to golden-brown perfection in the oven. Are you drooling yet? Well, imagine no more because our easy cherry-almond coffee cake recipe is here to satisfy your taste buds and change your life.

This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves the combination of sweet, fruity cherry pie filling and nutty almond flavors. It’s a classic recipe that’s easy to whip up, even if you’re not an experienced baker. Perfect for weekend brunches or evening gatherings with friends and family, this delicious cake would also make a perfect addition to any dessert table or potluck.

But what makes this recipe truly special is its flexibility in terms of adjustments and substitutions. Whether you like fresh cherries or canned cherry pie filling, you can use either option with ease. If you are lactose intolerant, vegan, or gluten-free, there are multiple ingredient substitutes and variations available that will cater to your dietary requirements. And the best part? The result is always an irresistibly moist and flavorful cake that will leave everyone craving for more.

So why settle for just any other cakes when this amazing cherry-almond coffee cake recipe can take center stage at your next celebration? With its harmonious blend of flavors, versatility, ease of preparation, and comfort food appeal that reminds us of grandma’s baking days, you’ll definitely love each bite of it. Trust me; those who have tried it already can’t stop raving about it. Join the bandwagon today!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite.
A slice of heaven in every bite.

The Ingredients You Will Need:

  • 1 box (15.25 oz) vanilla cake mix (Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling (buy a high-quality brand for great flavor)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional, for garnish)

Ingredient Notes:

Make sure you use high-quality cherry pie filling. Look for a brand with pieces of whole cherries in syrup, rather than pureed sauce. For the best results, use unsalted butter as this allows you to control the amount of salt in the recipe. For gluten-free option, replace All-purpose flour with Almond flour and add almond paste to enhance the flavor. For vegan cherry almond coffee cake, you can replace sour cream with any non-dairy yogurt and replace eggs with flax or chia seeds. Fresh cherries or sour cherry jam can be used instead of canned cherry pie filling if desired.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect for lazy mornings and cozy afternoons.
Perfect for lazy mornings and cozy afternoons.

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)

Before starting the recipe, it is important to preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Bringing the oven to the right temperature will ensure that your cake will be perfectly cooked.

Step 2: Combine dry ingredients

In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Whisk everything together until everything has been mixed evenly.

Step 3: Cream butter and sugar

In a separate large bowl, beat together 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of softened unsalted butter and 3/4 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy. You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer for this step.

Step 4: Add wet ingredients

Next, add in two large eggs one at a time to the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Then include one teaspoon of almond extract and mix everything well.

Step 5: Combine dry and wet ingredients

Add in half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture alternating with 1/2 cup sour cream. Repeat with remaining flour mixture until just blended. Make sure not to over mix the batter.

Step 6: Add cherry filling

Spread half of the cake batter into a greased and floured nine-inch round cake pan. Spoon one can (21 oz) of cherry pie filling over the batter spreading it evenly. Spoon dollops of remaining batter over top.

Step 7: Bake in oven

Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until done. Test with toothpick inserted in center until it comes out clean. Let it cool completely before slicing.

This easy cherry-almond coffee cake recipe is perfect for any occasion! Enjoy every bite with your favorite cup of [almond coffee].

Substitutions and Variations

 Soft, moist, and bursting with cherry flavor!
Soft, moist, and bursting with cherry flavor!

Now, for those of you who are feeling a bit adventurous in the kitchen, let’s discuss some substitutions and variations to this already delightful recipe. With just a few slight tweaks, you can create a unique and personalized version of this cherry almond coffee cake.

Firstly, if you’re not a fan of cherry pie filling or unable to eat it due to dietary restrictions, consider swapping it out for another type of fruit filling. Blueberry or apple pie filling are both excellent alternatives that would pair well with the almond undertones of the cake.

Next, for those who have gluten allergies, try using almond flour instead of all-purpose flour. It’s a great alternative that is naturally gluten-free and has a rich, nutty flavor that complements the cherries and almonds perfectly.

If you’re looking for a way to make this recipe vegan-friendly, simply replace the butter and sour cream with dairy-free alternatives. Vegan butter and coconut milk-based sour cream can both be found at most grocery stores and work as perfect substitutes.

For an extra burst of flavor, try adding some almond paste to the batter or spreading sour cherry jam on top before baking. Sliced almonds make a wonderful garnish as well.

And lastly, if you’re feeling really creative, mix up the flavors with different extracts such as vanilla or cinnamon. The possibilities are endless with this versatile recipe.

So go ahead and experiment! You never know what delicious variations you might stumble upon.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect accompaniment to your coffee or tea.
The perfect accompaniment to your coffee or tea.

Once you have made this easy cherry almond coffee cake, it’s time to serve and enjoy it! This cake is best served warm or at room temperature, so be sure to let it cool for a few minutes before slicing. I recommend cutting the cake into generous slices and serving it with a piping hot cup of coffee, tea, or even a glass of cold milk.

What I love about this cake is that it has the perfect balance of sweet, tart, and nutty flavors. The cherry pie filling adds a touch of sweetness and tanginess, while the almond extract gives it a delightful nutty flavor that complements the overall taste of the cake. I also love the crunch that comes from the sliced almonds on top. They add texture and flavor to every bite!

If you’re feeling adventurous, consider adding a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the cake. The creamy textures will balance out the tartness and sweetness of the cherry filling and create an even more decadent treat.

This cherry almond coffee cake is perfect for any occasion. Serve it as a delicious breakfast treat, an afternoon snack with friends, or as a dessert after dinner. No matter how you choose to serve it, this cake is sure to please everyone who tries it!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Treat yourself to this indulgent delight.
Treat yourself to this indulgent delight.

I’m a huge fan of this cherry almond coffee cake, and I’m guessing you will be too. But if you’re planning to serve it for breakfast or brunch, you might be wondering about the best way to make it ahead of time, store it, and reheat it later.

Fortunately, this cherry almond coffee cake is an excellent candidate for all three! If you need to make it ahead of time, you can bake it up to 24 hours in advance and keep it wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil at room temperature. When you’re ready to serve it, simply reheat the cake in a 300°F oven for 10-15 minutes until warmed through.

If you have leftovers (which is unlikely, but just in case), you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. However, the texture may start to suffer after the first day – no worries though, just pop a slice in the toaster or microwave before eating!

One tip for reheating: consider warming up individual slices instead of the whole cake. This will help preserve the texture and prevent any sogginess. Also, don’t forget to add a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of extra cherry pie filling on top for some extra indulgence.

Whether you’re serving this cherry almond coffee cake right away or making it ahead of time, I know you and your guests will enjoy every last crumb.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A classic American dessert with a twist!
A classic American dessert with a twist!

I’ve tested and made this recipe dozens of times, and I can say that these tips will be your golden ticket to making the best Cherry Almond Coffee Cake ever.

1. Soften Your Butter Right

Softened butter is crucial for the texture and final result of the coffee cake. Make sure you take it out of the fridge at least one hour before starting, as this will allow it to reach room temperature.

2. Cold Ingredients Are a No-Go

If you’re used to baking, you must have noticed that some recipes call for cold ingredients. This is not the case here. Keep all of your ingredients at room temperature to ensure even mixing and balanced flavors.

3. Do Not Overmix

While mixing the batter, keep a careful watch over how long it takes to get everything incorporated. Overmixing can lead to dense, tough cake, which would be a total disaster for this recipe.

4. Time that Baking

I recommend setting the timer for 25 minutes and checking around that time also, check again five minutes later to see if it passes the toothpick test (insert a clean toothpick in the center of the cake, if crumbs come out clean, it’s ready!). The ideal baking time usually falls from 25 to 35 minutes depending on your oven.

5. Allow It to Cool First

As tempting as it might be to dig into your finished coffee cake, let it cool completely before slicing or frosting it. Allowing time for cooling allows more flavor development and texture stabilization.

By following these tips, you should have no trouble making perfect Cherry Almond Coffee Cake every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this easy cherry-almond coffee cake recipe is a must-have for all coffee and cake lovers out there. With its simple preparation steps and convenient ingredients, you can quickly whip up a delicious treat in no time. The combination of sweet cherry pie filling and the nutty flavor of almond extract creates an explosion of taste in your mouth that will leave you wanting more.

Whether you are looking for a quick dessert idea or something to bring to a potluck, this recipe is perfect for any occasion. Plus, with the option for substitutions and variations, you can always switch it up to cater to your preferences.

So next time you find yourself craving something sweet and delicious with your cup of coffee, give this easy cherry-almond coffee cake a try. Trust me, it won’t disappoint!

Easy Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake

Easy Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake Recipe

From Pillsbury's Easy Meals Holiday
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 245.4 kcal


  • 1 (12 1/2 ounce) can refrigerated cinnamon roll dough, with icing
  • 1 cup cherry pie filling (from 21 oz. can)
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds


  • Heat oven to 375°F Spray 9 inch round cake pan with cooking spray.
  • Separate dough into 8 rolls. Cut each into 4 pieces; place rounded side down in pan.
  • Spoon pie filling over dough. Sprinkle with almonds.
  • Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool in pan 3 minutes.
  • Place wire rack upside down over pan; turn rack and pan over. Remove pan. Place heat proof plate upside down over coffee cake; turn over.
  • Remove cover from icing, microwave on High 3 to 7 seconds. Stir icing; drizzle desired amount over warm coffee cake.
  • Cut into wedges; serve warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 97gCalories: 245.4kcalCarbohydrates: 41.1gProtein: 3.3gFat: 7.7gSaturated Fat: 1.9gSodium: 455.8mgFiber: 0.4g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Breads, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol
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