Monday, June 1, 2015

Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Cream Cheese Coffee Cake - 52 Cakes and Pies at Home and Church PotLuck Dessert!

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OH BOY do I love this idea!

This came from a catering job.  I was asked to make several items using chocolate chips for an office party celebrating National Chocolate Chip Day (May 15th, who knew???).  I needed to make sweets ahead of time, something that would sit well and serve either chilled or room temperature...

And was memorably tasty and had a dramatic presentation... This is it!

This is a versatile recipe, make just about any flavor of coffee cake, add some sweetened cream cheese, flavor the cream cheese and you have about the most moist, flavor filled coffee cake you can imagine!

I just love that ribbon of soft cream cheese in the center of this cake!

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

OK... Here's what I did...

Maraschino Cheery Chocolate Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Meal, Can substitute 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup COLD Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Large Pinch Salt
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Chips Divided, reserve 1/4 cup for garnish
  • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Large Egg, Beaten
  • 1-1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  • For the Filling
  • 1-1/2 Packages (12 Ounces) Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1/4 Cup Maraschino Cheery Juice, Optional - add 1/4 cup roughly diced Cherries as well. 
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • For the Garnish
  • Fresh made Whipped Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 a cup or more of Maraschino Cherries
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, Almond Meal and sugar.
  3. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Remove 1 cup and set aside.
  4. To the remaining crumbs, add baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add sour cream, egg, Chocolate Chips and almond extract; mix well. Spread in the bottom and 1 inch. up the sides of a large greased springform pan.
  6. To make filling, beat cream cheese, sugar, Maraschino Cherry juice and optional chopped cherries and egg in a small bowl until blended. Pour over batter;
  7. Sprinkle  reserved crumbs.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool to room temperature for 2 hours, before Garnishing.
  10. Garnish to make pretty, using Whipped Cream, Additional chocolate chips and maraschino cherries.
  11. Serve room temperature (or chilled if you prefer) and ENJOY!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Cakes and Pies at Home"!

These are the desserts you make for your family.  No fancy amazing wedding cakes, just the rustic beauty of the classics.  From pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to layer cakes, these are what your family craves for dessert.  You may even see a few unusual crusts and frosting ideas to try.

You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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