Martha Stewart's Cherry-Streusel Coffee Cake

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cherry Coffee Cake
Cherry-Streusel Coffee Cake

Sorry for my crummy photo...I usually take my photos outside in the backyard, but because of the horrible weather here in Los Angeles (yes, when it rains in LA it is all about "storm watch" - don't laugh) I was stuck inside with some bad photos! Look at Martha Stewart's book, Baking Handbook (page 55) for a beautiful photo of this yummy coffee cake!

The Seattle Times has the recipe here. And Katherine Heigl and Martha make it here on her website. Seattle's recipe has the scaled down version of the streusel (only 1 cup needed), while the website and book offer the 4 cup recipe and you will have lots extra.

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I used frozen (thawed) Dark Sweet Cherries from Trader Joe's (I prefer Sweet over Sour when it comes to cherries). Half the batter is spread on the bottom - at first, I thought I wouldn't have enough batter, the layer was kinda thin.

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The thawed and drained cherries are added to the center of the cake. Stay away from the edges.

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The rest of the batter is added and then the cold streusel topping (1 cup).

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It rose up very nicely and those worries about "not enough batter" were unfounded. When cooled, a quick glaze of powdered sugar and milk is drizzled on top.

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Soft, moist with deep cherry flavor. Yum. Oh yeah, the topping rocks!

Find Martha's recipe here on her website or with the Seattle Times!
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Selba said... [Reply to comment]

I believe the cake is really delicious. Love everything that has cherry in it :)

Kana said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful. I really like coffee cakes. I have Martha's recipe for a blueberry coffee cake and have been making it for years and it gets rave reviews.

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

That looks amazing! And you did such a good job of artfully dripping the topping over the cake--it's beautiful!

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

Looks gorgeous! I have cherries in the freezer that I really should use before their time runs out. Maybe I'll make this for Christmas! Thanks for the idea.

Cathy said... [Reply to comment]

Ha -- when it rains here in Alabama we are breathlessly advised by the talking heads on TV to retreat to our "safe place." It kills me! Even your "bad" pictures are better than any I'll ever take, that's for sure! This cake looks truly delicious -- it would be such a special additon to the breakfast table on Christmas morning!

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

I think your photo...and your cake...look wonderful! I love coffee cakes.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Oh.. this is fab!!! I don't know where I can find cherries... but I love soft, moist buns, cakes and gesh... you did such a fabulous job, I love all your recipes!

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

The pictures looked gorgeous to me!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

how beautiful! i love that tart pop from adding whole fruit into a coffee/bundt cake!

Fit Chick said... [Reply to comment]

This looks wonderful and delicious! Your pictures look great considering this is as close to bad weather we get, LOL. The mountains were beautiful this morning!

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, I would not guess that these were "crummy" pics. It looks great! I love coffee cake so I would gobble this up! Looks like Storm Watch 2008 is over for now.

betty geek said... [Reply to comment]

This cake looks amazing darling! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent! Whoo hoo!

J.L. Danger said... [Reply to comment]

this looks soooo good!

Y said... [Reply to comment]

I like the drizzles, and the surprise cherries inside :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This is a very pretty coffeecake. I'm going to have to add it to my list.

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

This looks fabulous! Makes me crave a long brunch with a newspaper and a big piece of coffee cake.

Sandra :) said... [Reply to comment]

This was WONDERFUL :) I happened to spot frozen cherries at Costco (had never seen them before) so I grabbed a bag and made a cake - for as long as the cake lasted (which was only 2 days, lol) I was hero mom - YAY!

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