This coffee cake is a sure hit. I used to prepare it for special occasions only. But now I try to bake it whenever I know overnight company is coming. It's always appreciated at breakfast the following morning.
This pretty coffee cake, swirled with a fresh raspberry filling, is tender and moist with a crunchy crumb topping. “You could use cherries, blackberries or blueberries instead of raspberries,” Mary Ross notes from Washburn, Wisconsin.
Don't be "intimidated" by the recipe directions for this coffee cake—it really isn't difficult to make.
Try it sometime as a nice brunch item. Don't limit it to that, though...it's also a delicious dessert.
My husband and I and our three children are missionaries in northern Spain. Special treats like this flavorful swirled bread are truly a taste of home for us. With a creamy,fruity filling and sweet glaze, it's hard to eat just one slice.
-Mary Bergman, Navarra, Spain
"Who says you can't eat coffee cake when you're watching your weight?" asks Merle Shapter from Delta, British Columbia. "This is one of my favorite recipes. It's perfect for a brunch buffet, with bits of raspberry in every moist bite and a drizzle of frosting and toasted almonds on top. Yum!"
One of my mother's friends used to bring this over at the holidays, and it never lasted long. With the tangy raspberry filling, tender cake and crunchy topping, it has become a favorite at our house.
-Amy Mitchell, Sabetha, Kansas
This colorful crumb cake from Paula Eriksen has a moist, mouthwatering layer of fresh raspberries and is just as pretty as it is delicious. “It's an excellent recipe,” Paula writes from Palm Harbor, Florida. “I replaced some of the sugar with sugar substitute, some of the white flour with whole wheat, and went from whole milk and butter to skim and reduced-fat. Now it's more healthy for family and friends.”—Paula Eriksen, Palm Harbor, Florida
"Raspberries are abundant at our summer home nearby Aziscohos Lake," shares Marian Cummings, West Paris, Maine. "So I developed this recipe to share the bounty with our guests. The pretty crumb-topped cake's fruity flavor really shines through."
Since this recipe calls for raspberry jam and not fresh raspberries, you can make this coffee cake anytime of year and bring a touch of spring to your table. It's perfect for a brunch or makes a light dessert.
"Because I need to watch my fat intake, I usually have to pass on desserts. But with reduced-fat cream cheese and egg substitute, I can enjoy this great berry cake. You, too!" --Christine Benner of Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Buttery almond streusel tops the luscious, raspberry-studded lemon cream in these very special bars. If desired, an icing made with 1 cup powdered sugar and 3 teaspoons lemon juice may be drizzled over the cooled bars.—Jeanne Holt, Saint Paul, Minnesota