Christmas Coffee Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


12 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Christmas morning wouldn't be complete at our house without this yummy moist coffee cake. A streusel filling and topping sweetens the delightful cake, and red and green cherries add a festive touch. It's a perfect addition to any holiday breakfast buffet.


  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • CAKE:
  • 7 green maraschino cherries, finely chopped
  • 7 red maraschino cherries, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients; mix well. Set aside. Drain cherries on paper towels. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Fold in cherries.
  2. Pour half of the batter into a greased 9-in. springform pan; sprinkle with half of the pecan mixture. Top with remaining batter and pecan mixture. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Remove sides of pan just before serving.

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