Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 55 mins

This is a great yeast coffeecake that I like to make during cherry season. Sometimes I use sweet cherries in place of the sour ones, depending on what's available at the time. Original recipe by Beth Hensperger. NOTES: 1. do not preheat oven, 2. times do not include time to make dough in bread machine, since bread machines vary (my dough cycle takes 1 hour 30 minutes), 3. cooking time includes cooling time

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for cherry layer EXCEPT cherries. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. In another small bowl, combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon for topping. Cut in butter until mixture becomes coarse crumbs. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Place all ingredients for dough in bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Program for dough cycle and start.
  4. Just before dough is complete, grease a 9-inch square baking pan or a 10-inch pie plate.
  5. Once dough is complete (it will be quite soft and sticky), scrape dough into prepared pan. Dust hands with flour and press dough into pan evenly.
  6. Carefully spread sour cream mixture over dough, then distribute cherries over sour cream. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over cherries.
  7. Place pan on rack in center of cold oven. Turn oven on to 375 degrees F, and bake until edges turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (approximately 35 minutes).
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about 20 minutes. Serve warm.
  9. MORE NOTES: this coffeecake freezes well. Place in refrigerator overnight or on countertop, unwrapped. Reheat for 12 minutes in a 300 degree F oven.


Most Helpful

Really loved the topping but did not care for the bread on the bottom. There was too much bread on the bottom. Maybe I should have used a large pan ... I would like to make this as a pizza.

Ty's Kitchen September 28, 2013

This was awesome! Not a good choice to make for breakfast because it takes about 2.5 hrs and I'm not a happy early riser on the weekends. I used frozen fresh cherries from our backyard tree and should have dried them better because the top was mushy. It firmed up better when cold. The flavor was super. I loved it! Made for ZWT9.

sheepdoc August 03, 2013

This was very good. Different than my usual batter based coffee cakes. I liked the flavor of the sour cream layer. The only problem for me was that the sour cream made the top appear a bit doughy, but I feel as if I cooked it longer the dough would have gotten dry and ovecooked. I used fresh cherries. I'll definitely try it again. Thanks for the recipe.

strawberrybird August 01, 2013

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