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Tart Cherry Crumb Cake with White Chocolate Chunks

Crumb Cake with White Chocolate Chunks and Sour Cherries

Adapted from Martha Stewart
Course Dessert/Breakfast
Cuisine cake
Keyword sour cherries, white chocolate
Author TheSpicedLife


For the crumb topping:

  • 4 T (2 oz/1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t Ceylon cinnamon

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz/1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh sour cherries pitted
  • 3/4 cup (approx. 3 oz) bar chopped white chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a 9-inch baking pan (square) with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the flour, sugars, salt and Ceylon cinnamon for the topping. Using your fingers, rub the cubed butter into this mixture and then set aside.
  4. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder for the cake. Set aside.
  5. Beat the butter for the cake until creamy. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating to incorporate after each one. Add the vanilla and beat in. Scrape the sides and bottom as needed.
  7. Add the flour mixture and sour cream in 3 and 2 additions, respectively, alternating, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Fold in the white chocolate chunks.
  8. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan. Smooth the top evenly and into all corners of the pan. Sprinkle the cherries all over the top of the batter.
  9. Using your hands, clump the topping together and then break apart over the cherries. When it is all evenly distributed, gently press it into the cake.
  10. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean of batter (cherry juice is fine).
  11. Let cool completely before removing to slice.