Cherry Coffee Cake

Cherry Coffee Cake

Happy 2011 everyone!  I had a great time with my family during the Holiday vacation. I took the time off of blogging to spend more time with my family,  catch up on my reading.. I finished 3 books..yay!  I watched a lot of dvd movies with my family..we ate, ate, and ate a lot!   It wasn’t easy going back to my regular routine after all those lazy, relaxing days..but I had to, the kids are back in school and here I am back to blogging …yay, welcome back…me!  :)

But I wasn’t able to bake a lot during my break as I was hoping because my oven exploded ( I’ll elaborate more on my next post)… I was able to make this one before that incident happened and some recipes too that I’ll share in the coming days.

This is one of the easiest coffee cake recipe that I’ve seen so I decided to give it a try; the original recipe uses fresh blueberries but I didn’t have those; I was thinking of replacing it with blueberry pie topping but all I have in my pantry was a can of cherry pie filling and that’s what I used, turned out yummy too :)

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Make the cake, top with the cherry filling

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sprinkle crumb topping

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..and bake.  Enjoy with.. coffee, of course! :)

CHERRY COFFEE CAKE
recipe adadpted from Creative Cooking the Costco Way

Ingredients

Cake
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 cup pecan, chopped
1 tablespoon butter, softened or melted
1 can cherry pie filling ( I only used 3/4 of the contents, the rest I used as topping for cheesecake) or fresh cherries if you have some – so much better!

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Grease a 9x9x2 square pan.

Make the cake by combining oil, cream cheese, egg and evap milk in a bowl, mix well.

In another bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; add to the wet ingredients and mix well. Pour into the prepared pan. Set aside

Prepare the topping: combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans and melted butter in a bowl. Sprinkle evenly on top of the cake batter in the pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick insertd in the center comes out clean. Cut into squares and serve with coffee. Enjoy!

Happy Baking! :)

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