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Black Forest Coffee Cake

Moist, buttery coffee cake with gooey cherry pie filling and bits of rich dark chocolate in every bite. Black Forest Coffee Cake makes a pretty addition to your breakfast or brunch table or a welcome companion for your afternoon coffee or tea.

Black Forest Coffee Cake

Who loves cake for breakfast?!!!!

If you don’t I fear you have landed in the wrong place.

Coffee Cakes are amazing because they hand you two singularly awesome things all at once: cake for breakfast and coffee. It’s like winning the food lottery at 6 in the morning.

And no one will look at you with the crazy judgey cake-for-breakfast eyes when you cut a nice slice of coffee cake and walk back to your desk with it and a nice steamy cup. Try that with a slice of birthday cake at 9 a.m. and watch what happens. The world is cruel.


I am positive that it’s better for you to eat all your sugary carbs before lunch so you have time to work it off. Pretty sure that was on the news and we all know that they report the truth.


Coffee Cake with Chocolate and Cherries

So let’s discuss this particular cake. Every single buttery bite is loaded with chocolate and cherries. Did you know I don’t even really like cherries? Once when we were dating Chad gave me chocolate covered cherries. I ate one and pretended to love it and thank you so much because only really nice wonderful boyfriends bring their girlfriends candies with fancy wrappers.  But secretly in my brain I was screaming that the texture is WROOOONNNNGGG and why do people love these things so much?!!

Obviously I eventually came clean and told him I am totally fine with a Reese’s cup or whatever. Because I’m not sure this relationship would have survived all these years filled with chocolate covered cherries.

But something about BAKING the cherries and chocolate into cake and then giving it a pretty name like Black Forest makes everything okay.

Black Forest Coffee Cake Recipe

I used cherry pie filling, and when you bake that into buttery cake with chunks of rich dark chocolate the results are so happy. There’s a slight crunch on the top of this Black Forest Coffee Cake — I made a streusel to sprinkle on top with turbinado sugar. Don’t skip it! Buttery crunch is delicious.

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Friday 21st of November 2014

Hi: I just found your site via a pin. LOVE IT! I picked fresh sour cherries this summer and froze them in quart size bags. Can you help me and tell me if I can use these in your black forest breakfast cake and what, in your opinion, might I be able to do to make them more like the canned cherry filling your recipe calls for. When they are defrosted they have a good amount of juice but not thick like canned filling. Any help you might have for me would be most appreciated. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving.

Heather Tullos

Sunday 23rd of November 2014

Hi Nancy! Sorry it's taken me a day to get back to you. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! On the sour cherries -- to thicken them I'd add them to a saucepan with about 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch per cup of cherries + liquid. It helps if you stir it together cold and then bring it to a slow simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Hope that helps & Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! :)


Saturday 15th of November 2014

I love chocolate and cherries together. This coffee cake sure looks scrumptious, Heather. I'm going to have to make it!

Heather Tullos

Sunday 16th of November 2014

Thanks Teresa! Let me know how you like it!


Saturday 15th of November 2014

Whoa. This looks amazing!! Make for thanksgiving, please??

Heather Tullos

Sunday 16th of November 2014

Thanksgiving. Yes.

Cindy Eikenberg

Friday 14th of November 2014

Heather, wow, this cake looks amazing!! Thank you so much for helping us celebrate with this giveaway! Thanks so much for your friendship!

Heather Tullos

Sunday 16th of November 2014

Aw thanks Cindy! Congrats on 2 years of hard work!

Melanie @ Carmel Moments

Friday 14th of November 2014

Haven't had coffee cake in so long. Looks delish paired up with some morning java. Have a fabulous weekend!

Heather Tullos

Sunday 16th of November 2014

Thanks so much Melanie! This cake is crying out for a cup of coffee. It's a must :)