Randy Mayor; Fonda Shaia
12 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

Find almond paste in the baking section of your grocery store.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cloves in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine 2/3 cup granulated sugar and next 5 ingredients (2/3 cup granulated sugar through egg) in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended.

Step 3

Add flour mixture and milk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Pour batter into a 9-inch round cake pan coated with cooking spray.

Step 4

Combine almonds and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar; sprinkle over batter. Arrange cherries on top. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Sift powdered sugar over top of cake.

Ratings & Reviews

rstarrlemaitre's Review

November 06, 2011
Great almond flavor! I found that the almond paste made the interior of this coffee cake very moist, but the top layer became nice and crisp, with a great crunch from the sugar sprinkled on top. Might add a little more sugar, since the cherries were tart. Perfect with a cup of strong coffee.

Daisie's Review

January 21, 2010
Served this to friends and they all asked for the recipe. Wouldn't change a thing, but 12 servings? I found it to be 8 sufficient, but modest, servings.

cookfromsocal's Review

January 08, 2010
Made this for a family gathering and there was nothing left!! Used marizpan instead of the almond paste as husband likes the sweetness of marizpan. I could had more cherries on top for me! Excellent and so easy. A definite repeat.

Sedonasooz's Review

November 07, 2008
I liked the fact that this wasn't laden with suger and will make it again. It was simple and I didn't make any changes except forgot the powered sugar on top. Might try w/blueberries or apples next time.