boozy cherry coffee cake

take your coffee cake from teatime to cocktail hour with this boozy cake.
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Ready in
1 hrs
30 mins
Ingredients (Serves 6)
  • Crumble topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • Cake:
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup Grand Marnier or orange flavored liquor
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crème fraiche
  • Icing:
  • Remaining liquor from cherries
  • About 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9” cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a small bowl combine all topping ingredients and using hands smash until a “crumble” forms. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan heat Grand Marnier until just simmer and pour over dried cherries, allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes. Pour off excess orange liquor and save.
  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and crème fraiche and mix until combined.
  • Repeat for dry ingredients and pour batter into the cake pan. Top with crumble and bake for 45 - 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Combine remaining liquor, adding more as needed, with powdered sugar and drizzle over cake.
Published on December 29, 2015 - 5:00am EST
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