Bready or Not: Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake

Posted by on Jul 14, 2021 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake, cheese galore, nutty | 0 comments

This Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake is more cake than cheesecake, and is all sweet, fruity goodness.

Bready or Not: Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake

If you need a showstopper cake for a brunch or dessert, this one is perfect. It’s great to make ahead of time, too–slices can even be frozen for later, no prob!

Bready or Not: Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake

I used Murray’s Spiced Cherry Preserves; that little kick of spice was fantastic in the cake. Other bold preserves would be great in this cake, too–raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, even tropical flavors.

Bready or Not: Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake

This is a thick, rich cake. It tastes best when you get a bit of all the layers in a single bite: the sliced almonds, crumb topping, fruit, cream cheese, sponge.

Bready or Not: Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake

My husband liked the cake cold but he liked it even more when warmed a bit–and not in the microwave, either, but gently brought to room temperature by letting a slice sit out for 30 to 45 minutes.

Bready or Not: Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake

Don’t forget a slice on the counter, though. This does contain cream cheese and shouldn’t be left out for hours!

Modified from Taste of Home Magazine December 2015.

Bready or Not: Cherry-Almond Coffee Cake

This is more cake than cheesecake, but it includes cream cheese, too, plus luscious layers of fruit and crumb topping. Feel free to experiment with different quality preserves--this would be delicious in a multitude of variations.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: almond, cake, cheese, cherries, cream cheese, springform pan
Author: Beth Cato


  • 9-inch springform pan
  • parchment paper


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar divided
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt or sour cream, 8 ounces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese 1 box, softened
  • 1 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/2 cup slices almonds


  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Cut a parchment round to fit the bottom of the springform pan. Apply nonstick spray or butter on bottom of sides of pan, add the parchment, then grease it as well.
  • In a big bowl, mix flour with 3/4 cup of sugar. Cut in butter until it is crumbly. Measure out 1/2 cup crumb mixture for topping; set aside.
  • To the bulk of the flour mix, add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in yogurt, 1 egg, and almond extract, until blended. Spread batter onto bottom of the springform pan.
  • In a small bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and egg, to make it as smooth as possible. It's okay if it still has some clumps. Pour it onto the pan and smooth out. Spoon the preserves all across the top. Sprinkle with the reserved crumb topping and the sliced almonds.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. The middle should no longer be jiggly, the top a nice golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes then unlatch and life away the pan's ring to let the cake cool for another hour. Then place cake in fridge to complete set and cool for a few hours.
  • Cake can be eaten cold or after slices are brought to room temperature after about 30 to 45 minutes. Do remember to store cake in the fridge, as it does contain cream cheese! Slices can also be individually wrapped and frozen, and will thaw in the fridge with no issue.


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