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Cherry Coffee Cake with Walnut Topping

During the 21 years my husband was in the Navy, the wives got together to exchange recipes. This one's from a California woman, and it's great. All five of my daughters have added this to their recipe collections.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup cherry 100% spreadable fruit
  • 4 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Spread half of batter in a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Combine cherry spread and food coloring if desired; spread over batter. Top with remaining batter.
  • In a small bowl, combine sugar and flour. Cut in butter until crumbly; add walnuts. Sprinkle over top. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 278 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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