Sour Cherry Cake with Streusel Topping


A new sweet and sour twist on my famous Plum Cake recipe with luscious red sour cherries just in time for Valentine’s Day! A perfect coffee cake packed with sour/tart cherries (find them frozen) and a delicious streusel topping.


For the Crumb Topping:

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream (regular or light)
  • Approximately 3-4 cups of frozen sour cherries (place onto batter frozen – do not defrost)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a 15 x 10 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Pulse the 3/4 cup flour, 1/3 cup sugar and 6 tablespoons of butter in a small food processor until the mixture is coarse crumbs. Set aside the mixture in the fridge to stay cold, until you are ready to top the cake.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking power and pinch of salt. Set aside.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar together in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the 4 eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add in the vanilla extract.
  6. Add in the flour mixture and sour cream and mix well until the batter comes together. The batter will be thicker in consistency and a beautiful yellow colour.
  7. Pour the batter into the parchment lined pan and smooth evenly over the entire surface (Tip: I use a small Wilton icing spatula which spreads the batter really well).
  8. Distribute the cherries evenly over the top of the batter and press into the batter slightly.
  9. Remove the crumble from the fridge and spread it evenly over the top of the plums.
  10. Place the cake into the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes until the cake is golden, and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool completely.

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