Brown Butter Cherry Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is my favorite way to enjoy cake for breakfast, and this brown butter cherry coffee cake absolutely delivers for summer! Featuring a plush and buttery coffee cake layer, the most delicious homemade cherry ribbon, and all the brown butter streusel topping, this is the kind of treat worth fighting for the last crumb.

Brown Butter Cherry Coffee Cake

Greek yogurt and buttermilk add tenderness and flavor to each bite, and the combination of brown butter streusel with sweet Bing cherries is epic. Dust slices with powdered sugar and serve warm for the very best breakfast!

Brown Butter Cherry Coffee Cake

Prep Ahead

To save time on baking day, make the cherry sauce and brown butter streusel up to two days in advance. Let the cherry sauce cool to room temperature, then cover and chill. Mix up the streusel until crumbly, then cover and chill until ready to use. Short on time? Substitute 2/3 cup cherry jam or preserves for the homemade cherry sauce.

Brown Butter Cherry Coffee Cake
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Brown Butter Cherry Coffee Cake

Brown Butter Cherry Coffee Cake

  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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Brown butter cherry coffee cake is the perfect recipe for weekend brunch! With a brown butter streusel and cherry filling, this coffee cake is delicious.


Cherry Sauce

  • 2 cups fresh Bing cherries, pitted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp water


  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp ice water


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray; dust lightly with flour.
  2. For the cherry sauce, combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch, salt, almond extract, and water in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until cherries begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour into a glass bowl and let cool to room temperature. Chill until ready to use.
  3. For the streusel, cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a medium brown, about 5 minutes. Pour browned butter into a glass measuring cup and let cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk together flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Add cooled butter and mix in with a fork until completely incorporated. Add ice water and mix in until streusel is crumbly. Chill until ready to use.
  5. For the cake, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and yolk one at a time and beat well. Combine yogurt and buttermilk in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with yogurt mixture (begin and end with flour mixture).
  6. Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth with an offset spatula. Tap sharply to reduce air bubbles. Spoon cherry sauce over cake batter into an even layer. Sprinkle evenly with chilled streusel.
  7. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until coffee cake is golden, springs back to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (start testing after 45 minutes, especially if using jam instead of cherry sauce). Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.


2/3 cup cherry jam or preserves may be substituted for the cherry sauce.

Keywords: Brown Butter, Cherry, Streusel, Coffee Cake

Brown Butter Cherry Coffee Cake

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  1. Cherries and browned butter? What scrumptious flavors! This summer recipe would be perfect for a Father’s Day brunch.

  2. So lovely and anything that starts with brown butter is a winner in my books! Great way to back with Summer fruit 🙂

  3. Oh, boy! So yummy with a layer of Bing cherry sauce. And that streusel?? What a fabulous topping! This coffee cake is a wonderful way to start any day.

  4. If I see pastries on a breakfast buffet and one happens to be cherry, I always try it. Your cherry coffee cake looks great. I think I would definitely take the time to make the homemade cherry sauce while sweet cherries are in season then perhaps use the jam later in the year.