Cherry Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake

By • November 22, 2011 • 6 Comments

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Author Notes: The sour cream makes it the most moist coffee cake you will ever have. The crunchy streusel with the tart cherries and the moist cake is such a perfect combination. I have made it with walnuts and raisins or currants, but this is my favorite combination. It takes just a few minutes to put together and can be made the night before.

I have literally thrown a brunch simply to have an excuse to make this coffee cake- I can't be trusted to have leftovers.

Serves 12

  • 1 1/4 cup Coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 1/4 cup Light brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened powdered cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons dried cherries
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter 12-cup Bundt pan
  3. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into medium bowl.
  4. Using electric mixer, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar in large bowl until blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Mix dry ingredients and sour cream alternately into butter mixture in 3 additions. Beat batter on high 1 minute.
  6. Pour 1/3 of batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of nut mixture. Spoon 1/3 of batter over. Sprinkle with remaining nut mixture. Spoon remaining batter over.
  7. Bake cake until tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool cake in pan on rack 10 minutes. Cut around pan sides to loosen cake. Turn cake out onto rack and cool 1 hour. Transfer to platter.
  8. Whisk powdered sugar and milk in small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over coffee cake. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
  9. Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool completely. Wrap in foil and let stand at room temperature.
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over 2 years ago Kateq

What a fabulous cake! Perhaps a little sweet for breakfast, but what knockout flavors! I had enough to fill my bundt and to make a sweet little loaf for tasting. Once I tasted the little loaf, I decided any additional anything was unnecessary so no glaze and no 10x. The cherries combined with the cocoa et al made for such a rich and interesting streusel flavor and the cake part is quite marvelous. I'll be adding this to my regular cake rotation. Many thanks.


almost 3 years ago delish1

Sorry...learning to double check recipe before I hit the submit button...akkkk!

It is 3/4 cup room temp butter, and 3 large eggs. Also to note: "nut mixture" is first 5 ingredients.

But it is SOOOO worth it. Thanks.


almost 3 years ago Droplet

Really good photo. Just wanted to note that eggs and butter seem to be missing from the ingredient list.


almost 3 years ago delish1

3/4 cups room temp butter
3 large eggs
"nut mixture" is first 5 ingedients, combined


almost 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Love it!! Definitely making this when both boys are home next month! ;o)


almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

This sounds really good with pecans, dried cherries, cocoa and sour cream!