Cherry Swirl Coffee Cake

"There's nothing like a little piece of sweet coffee cake to go with your coffee or tea in the morning! And this is a great one if you like cherries and almond flavor together. If you're like me, you can even go with 2 tsp almond extract and skip the vanilla. You can also use other pie fillings to change the taste, although cherry is my favorite. This comes from one of my favorite and most used cookbooks, The Best of Mennonite Fellowship Meals."
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  • Mix all cake ingredients except pie filling.
  • Stir until just mixed.
  • Generously grease jelly roll pan or two 9-inch cake pans.
  • Spread 2/3 of batter into pan.
  • Spread pie filling over batter.
  • Drop remaining batter by tablespoonsful onto pie filling.
  • Spread tablespoons of batter together as much as possible.
  • (Not all of pie filling will be covered.).
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes or until done.
  • Combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over cake while still warm.

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  1. Maito
    This was really good. It has the texture more of a scone or pastry than a coffee cake. I liked the crispness of the pastry on top, and how beautiful the "swirl" looks. I used lite cherry pie filling, cut the sugar back 25%, and omitted the glaze, and the sweetness was just right for us. I also put half of the sugar into the pie filling, and topped this with almonds, which was a nice compliment. This yielded 12 regular size pieces.
  2. AprilShowers
    I love, love, love this recipe and originally got it out of my Betty Crocker Best Christmas Cookbook. I was getting ready to post it here on Zaar but decided to check and see if it was already here and sure enough it is! I've made this many times for various gatherings and it ALWAYS gets rave reviews! Very festive for Christmas time and most recently I brought it to a Valentines brunch with my MOPS group. It is super simple to make and always turns out GREAT!


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