Delicious Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake Recipe

Welcome to the sweet and delightful world of coffee cakes! There’s nothing quite like waking up in the morning to the smell of freshly baked goods, and a coffee cake is the perfect accompaniment to that steaming cup of coffee.

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to start your day, then this fresh fruit coffee cake recipe is just what you need. Packed with fresh summer fruit and topped with a crunchy sugar crumb topping, this cake is sure to become a favorite in your household.

As a barista, I know that a well-brewed coffee can make all the difference in your day. And when paired with this sweet treat, it’s a match made in heaven! So grab your apron and let’s get baking. Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake
Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake

Are you a fan of coffee cakes? Then, get ready to fall in love with our fresh fruit coffee cake recipe. This recipe is a must-try for every coffee cake lover out there. Believe me, once you taste this delicious cake, your taste buds will thank you.

What makes this coffee cake recipe so special is the combination of fresh fruits and soft moist cake topped with the perfect sugar crumb topping. Not only does it taste amazing, but it also looks like a masterpiece with beautifully arranged slices of fruits on top.

Unlike other coffee cakes, this recipe is not too sweet or too tart – it’s just the right balance. The brown sugar and buttery crumb topping complement the delicate flavor of the fresh fruits and bring out the sweetness of the soft moist cake.

The best part about this recipe is its versatility. You can use any fresh summer fruit to make this cake, or even frozen or canned fruits if needed. Whether it be blueberries, strawberries, cherries, or peaches – this recipe can handle it all.

So next time you’re craving a perfect slice of coffee cake, grab some fresh fruit and try out this recipe. Trust me, it won’t disappoint.

Ingredient List

 A sweet slice of summertime on your plate!
A sweet slice of summertime on your plate!

Ingredient List

This Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake Recipe combines healthy and exciting fruits with the traditional coffee cake to make a luscious breakfast or dessert. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Unbleached flour: 2 cups
  • Granulated sugar: ¾ cup sugar
  • Brown sugar: ¾ cup
  • Baking powder: 2 tsp
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Baking soda: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Butter (unsalted): ¾ cup softened butter
  • Egg: One egg, room temperature
  • Vanilla extract: 2 teaspoons
  • Vegetable oil: ½ cup vegetable oil
  • Milk: ½ cup milk, at room temperature
  • Cream cheese: 4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • Fresh Fruit: Any fruit that you like! Recommended: blueberries, strawberries, peaches, or cherries. About 2 to 3 cups depending on your preference.
  • Optional: Walnuts, about one cup for extra texture and crunch

Make sure you check your pantry before going shopping!

The Recipe How-To

 Every bite is bursting with fresh fruit goodness.
Every bite is bursting with fresh fruit goodness.

Now, it’s time to put our sleeves up and make this excellent fresh fruit coffee cake recipe! This recipe is easy-to-follow and doesn’t require any fancy equipment. Grab your mixing bowls, measuring cups, and spoons, along with a 9-inch baking pan.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) if you’ll be using a glass baking dish. If you will use a metal pan, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Then, grease the inside of the pan with cooking spray or butter.

Step 2: Prepare the Streusel Topping

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of unbleached flour, 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or sugar, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Mix well then cut in 1/4 cup unsalted butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Set aside.

Step 3: Prepare the Cake Batter

In another large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: 2 cups unbleached flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

In a separate medium bowl whisk together one egg and ½ cup milk, then add cooled melted butter or vegetable oil (if you don’t want buttery taste) to the bowl. Mix well.

Pour in the wet ingredients into dry ingredients bowl and fold them until just combined. Do not overmix; some small lumps are okay.

Step 4: Add Fresh Summer Fruit

Arrange sliced fresh fruits (or drained canned/fruits) in rows on top of the batter in the prepared baking pan. You can choose berry or fruit, like peaches, berries, or cherries. (3-4 cups of fresh fruit slices)

Step 5: Add Finnishing Toppings

Sprinkle mixed streusel topping over the top of the sliced fruit in the row.

Step 6: Bake!

Bake it in your preheated oven until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the cake’s center, about 45-50 minutes. Let it cool on a wire rack and serve.

With this recipe, you’re sure to please coffee lovers and non-coffee lovers alike! It’s perfect for afternoon tea time or as a dessert after dinner. A delicious slice of fresh fruit coffee cake is an excellent way to greet summer mornings!

Substitutions and Variations

 Your taste buds will thank you for this fruity indulgence.
Your taste buds will thank you for this fruity indulgence.

There are endless possibilities to make this fruit coffee cake recipe unique and tailored to your liking. Here are a few substitutions and variations you can try out:

– Fruits: Swap the fresh fruits with frozen, canned, or pie filling if you can’t find or don’t have fresh fruits on hand. You can use blueberries, cherries, strawberries, peaches, or any fruit you desire.

– Nuts: Change the walnuts to your favorite nuts like pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts.

– Cream Cheese: If you are not a big fan of cream cheese coffee cake or simply don’t have cream cheese in the fridge, substitute with mascarpone cheese or goat cheese for a tangy twist.

– Gluten-free: To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free flour instead of unbleached flour. Almond flour works great as a substitute in fruit coffee cake recipes.

– Streusel Topping: Instead of the sugar crumb topping that is listed in the recipe how-to section, try using a streusel topping made with butter, sugar, and all-purpose flour for extra crunch and sweetness.

– Cast Iron Skillet: Bake this cake in a cast iron skillet rather than a regular cake pan for an extra rustic look and feel.

So there you have it! These are just some ideas for substitutions and variations to make this fruit coffee cake recipe even more special. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients based on what you have on hand or personal preference – after all, baking is an art in itself!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for brunch with friends or a solo coffee break.
Perfect for brunch with friends or a solo coffee break.

My fresh fruit coffee cake is the perfect treat to enjoy any time of day. Serve this delightful coffee cake for a special breakfast or brunch surprise, or even as a dessert after dinner.

A cup of coffee, milk or tea would be a great beverage pairing with this flavorful cake. The sweetness of the fruit coffee cake contrasts nicely with the bitterness of black coffee.

For a fun twist, try pairing with fruity cocktails and sweet wines like Moscato or Riesling that would complement the delicious taste of fruit in the cake.

You can also serve fresh fruit along with it to enhance the already fruity flavors in the coffee cake. A dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream can also be a nice addition for those who prefer creamier textures.

Don’t hesitate to experiment with different combinations for an unforgettable experience. The possibilities are endless; let your imagination run wild and create a personalized experience that you and your guests will enjoy.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This coffee cake is a colorful work of art.
This coffee cake is a colorful work of art.

Once you’ve made this delicious Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake, you’re probably wondering about the best way to store and reheat it. Here are some tips to help you preserve its soft and moist texture for days to come.

If you plan on serving the coffee cake within a day or two, it is best to store it at room temperature in an airtight container or resealable bag. This will help maintain its freshness and prevent it from drying out.

If you need to keep the cake for longer than two days, storing it in the fridge is your best option. Simply wrap it in plastic wrap or foil and place it in an airtight container. The coffee cake should last up to five days in the fridge.

To reheat your Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake, preheat your oven to 350°F (or 375°F for a crispier crust). If you have a few slices left, you can reheat them individually by placing them on a microwave-safe plate and microwaving them for 20-30 seconds. However, if you want the best results, reheating the entire cake is recommended.

To do so, remove the coffee cake from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place it on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until heated through. The crust will become slightly crispy again, while the center will remain soft and moist.

With these tips, you can enjoy the deliciousness of this Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake even after several days have passed since baking it.

Tips for Perfect Results

 You won't be able to resist a second slice!
You won’t be able to resist a second slice!

When it comes to making a delicious Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake, there are a few important tips to keep in mind for perfect results every time. Here are some of my personal tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years of making this dessert.

Firstly, it’s essential to measure all ingredients accurately, especially the flour. Using too much flour can result in a dense and dry cake, while using too little can make it fall apart. I highly recommend using a kitchen scale for precise measurements.

Secondly, make sure that your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them. This will ensure that they blend smoothly and evenly. Cold ingredients can cause lumps and an uneven texture in your batter.

Thirdly, don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing can lead to a tough cake as the gluten in the flour develops too much. Mix just until everything is incorporated.

Fourthly, when adding fresh fruit to your coffee cake, be sure to arrange it in a single layer for even baking. Clumping too much fruit together can cause uneven baking and make parts of the cake soggy.

Fifthly, to prevent your cake from sticking to the pan, use cooking spray or butter on your baking dish before adding the batter.

Sixthly, it’s always best to bake your coffee cake at the correct temperature specified in the recipe. A higher temperature won’t necessarily make it cook faster, but result in an overcooked or burnt exterior and undercooked interior.

Lastly, let your coffee cake cool completely before slicing it. Cutting into warm or hot cake can cause it to crumble or fall apart.

By following these tips, you’ll end up with the best Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect treat for any occasion. Whether you want to impress your guests or simply indulge yourself with a sweet and tasty snack, this recipe has got you covered. With its combination of fresh and flavorful fruits, soft moist texture, and tempting sugar crumb topping, it truly is a masterpiece in the world of coffee cakes.

Moreover, this recipe is also incredibly versatile and easy to make. You can use whatever fresh or frozen fruits you have on hand, and adjust the recipe based on your preferences or dietary restrictions. You can even experiment with different additions such as walnuts or cream cheese to create your own unique flavor combinations.

But perhaps the best part of this recipe is its ability to bring people together. Whether it’s a lazy Sunday brunch or a festive family gathering, this Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake has created memories that will last a lifetime for many people. So next time you find yourself in need of an easy and delicious dessert option, remember this recipe and give it a try – I assure you that your taste buds and your loved ones will thank you!

Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake

Fresh Fruit Coffee Cake Recipe

This is a coffee cake you can make with just about any fresh fruit that sounds good. I have had it made with Raspberry/Strawberry and recently made it Christmas morning as a Blueberry/Pear Coffee Cake. I would recommend using fresh fruit and not cheating by using the canned variety. It's a recipe by Lou Seibert Pappas from the book Coffee Cakes, Simple Sweet and Savory.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 323.9 kcal


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups fresh fruit, sliced, chopped, diced to your preference
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or 1/2 cup almonds


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Butter and Flour a 9x13 baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine first three ingredients (cream cheese, Butter, granulated sugar) and beat with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Stir in the milk, eggs, and vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to blend.
  • Add to the cheese mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Spread 1/2 of the batter in the prepared pan. Scatter fruit evenly over the batter. Dot the remaining batter over the fruit.
  • Mix brown sugar and nuts together, sprinkle evenly over batter.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a tester comes out clean.
  • Let cool or serve warm. Yummy either way.

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Serving: 64gCalories: 323.9kcalCarbohydrates: 34.5gProtein: 5.6gFat: 18.7gSaturated Fat: 9.7gCholesterol: 77.1mgSodium: 204.6mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 17.2g
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