whole wheat cherry coffee cake with cinnamon streusel


Hi All! I don’t know about you, but this week just wizzed by so fast, I didn’t get to post anything! After almost a year of posting about once a week, and sometimes twice a week, I finally skipped longer than 7 days to post something.

This was taken from bakingbites.com, and I made this over a week ago, but am now just able to post it.


The only change I made was to add more cherries (twice as much), and a Tablespoon of vanilla. I didn’t do this to claim that it is better this way, I simply had too many cherries that I had to use up (I actually made two pans of this, as you can see, so yes, I used 6 cups of fresh cherries that were on sale!), and the vanilla extract is just something I tend to do.

I really liked the outcome. It’s not overly sweet, and the cinnamon really goes well with the cherries, I think.


It’s funny (or maybe not), I was reading on another blog how the blogger was feeling uninspired lately, and I thought, how odd, because his posts were really inspiring (to me), but very recently, I’ve been feeling uninspired, too. I don’t know if it’s quite the same thing.

I think for me, it may have been just that I didn’t have much time to think about what to post, and the week just came and went. So here is my attempt to post something before it becomes two weeks! Weird, too, because this is my 100th post!!!


I actually have a wedding cake to make for this Saturday, so will probably not be able to post anything until next week. Libby, if you are reading this, I am excited and less stressed because Janet offered to give me a ton of edible flowers from her garden to put on the cakes!!


So I hope to be back and posting more regularly after this week! Ciao!



whole wheat cherry coffee cake with cinnamon streusel (adapted from baking bites.com)


1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

2 cups white whole wheat flour, divided

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup whole milk, room temperature

1 egg

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

3 cups cherries (fresh or frozen)

1 teaspoon cinnamon



Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square cake pan.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy and light. Add 1 cup of flour and mix just until it looks like coarse sand. Remove one cup of mixture and set aside in a small bowl.

Beat baking powder and salt into the remaining flour. In bowl with creamed butter and sugar, add the milk, egg, and vanilla, and blend with a handheld mixer, then add remaining flour/baking powder/salt mixture. Blend until incorporated. Stir cherries in with a spatula or spoon. Add to prepared pan and spread with the back of a spoon or offset spatula.

Add the ground cinnamon to the flour in the small bowl and mix with clean hands. Mixture should clump easily. Sprinkle over pan while squeezing to create little clumps evenly over the cake batter.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool. Cut evenly into equal squares of desired size. Enjoy!


20 responses to “whole wheat cherry coffee cake with cinnamon streusel”

  1. Happy 100th post! I love that this is whole wheat and you added a ton of cherries. Question: how do you go through two pans of it?! Do you give some away, freeze, etc? I would be in so much trouble just baking one, much less two, since my hubby wouldn’t eat any and I would have to eat his share! 🙂


  2. Oh man! Your pictures are so stinking cute. I love the milk bottle and the stripped straw!
    This looks really tasty. 🙂

    Just a question: How long do they last? Every time I have ever made cake-y like desserts with fresh or frozen fruit it started to taste weird and ferment-y or something by the next day. Do you think I could make this with dried cherries? Or am I just doing something wrong with the fresh fruit?


    • Thanks for commenting! I noticed that too. I think these were fine the next day when I served them, and even the day after. By the third day a little funky. I’m not sure if there is a way to keep them fresh longer.


  3. Happy 100th post Dave! If you’re in need of coffee to go with your coffee cake, I’ve got a special offer of £1 for a 250g bag of great coffee over on my blog at the moment! 🙂
    Do you think this would work equally well with any other berry/summer fruit? I am (strangely) not a cherry fan!


    • Well thanks! I like the simplicity of it. Looking forward to making something smaller again in a few days. Right now, gotta get back to working on wedding cake for 70 people, due tomorrow at 6pm. As luck would have it, the hot summer weather has returned to Seattle!


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