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Blackberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake and Mini Cakes

Today I have some breakfast amazingness for you. I used blackberry, but because the recipes uses preserves, you can pick your favorite flavor if you like. I love the little mini cakes, so easy to eat and take with you, but a slice of this cheese and fruit filled cake is a bit of Heaven too. Perfect with a piping hot cup of coffee.

I had spotted a recipe on Cooking.com called Strawberry Cheese Brunch Cake. That recipe was the inspiration for mine.

I only changed a few of the ingredients, but the method for mine is a bit different. I love to use my food processor, so the instructions will reflect that. However, you can certainly use a stand mixer instead.

I was asked by Pam Cooking Spray to give their new formula a try. I already use Pam, so I had no problem with that.

It worked beautifully as you can see.

You can see that the muffins come right out, even where the jam cooked onto the edges of the pan. They look stuck but peeled off effortlessly.

Clean up was a snap, no scrubbing or soaking needed.

Now back to these amazingly delicious cakes. I’ll share the steps here with you, a printable version of this recipe follows.

Process the cream cheese, sugar, flour and egg until smooth.

You’ll wash the food processor’s work bowl the pulse together the flour and sugar. Then add the butter pieces.

Process until coarse crumbs form.

You’ll reserve 1 cup of the crumb mixture and mix with sliced almonds.

Add the remaining dry ingredients, sour cream, yogurt, almond extract and egg.

Batter will be fairly thick.

Spread one heaping tablespoon of batter into bottom of each muffin cup.

Add a tablespoon of cream cheese mixture to each muffin cup.

Add preserves on top of the cream cheese mixture.

Sprinkle about a teaspoon of crumb and almond mixture on top of each muffin.

After baking, tops should be light brown and preserves will be bubbly.

Remove and cool on wire racks.

For the cake, turn remaining cake batter out into the prepared 9×9 baking pan.

Spread remaining cream cheese mixture over cake batter.

Spread preserves over the cream cheese mixture.

Sprinkle the remaining crumb/almond topping over the preserves.

Bake cake. Cake will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Open mouth, insert cake.

 

Blackberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake and Mini Cakes
Recipe Type: Dessert, Breakfast
Author: Amanda Formaro
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 16
(Makes a 9×9 cake and 12 muffin sized cakes)
Ingredients
  • Cream cheese filling
  • 1 8oz. pkg. (1/3 less fat) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • Cake batter:
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups butter, chilled
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • Other
  • 1 small jar blackberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin and a 9×9 square baking pan with Pam Cooking Spray.
  2. Place cream cheese, sugar, flour and egg into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Remove to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Wash and dry the food processor’s work bowl. Add flour and sugar to the processor and pulse to combine. Remove butter from the refrigerator and cut into pieces. Add the cold butter to the food processor and process until coarse crumbs form.
  4. Reserve 1 cup of the crumb mixture and mix with sliced almonds; set aside.
  5. Stir baking powder, baking soda, and salt together and sprinkle over remaining crumb mixture in food processor. Add sour cream, vanilla yogurt, almond extract and egg. Process until homogenized.
For Mini Cakes
  1. Spread one heaping tablespoon of batter into bottom of each muffin cup. Reserve remaining batter for square cake.
  2. Add a tablespoon of cream cheese mixture to each muffin cup and spread over cake batter. Reserve remaining cream cheese mixture for square cake.
  3. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of preserves on top of the cream cheese mixture. Spread evenly. Reserve remaining preserves for square cake.
  4. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of crumb and almond mixture on top of each muffin and reserve remaining mixture for square cake.
  5. Place muffin pan in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Tops should be light brown and preserves will be bubbly. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing with a spoon to wire rack. Cool completely.
For Square Cake
  1. While muffins are baking, turn remaining cake batter out into the prepared 9×9 baking pan. Spread remaining cream cheese mixture over cake batter. Spread about 3/4 cup of preserves (or more if needed to cover) over the cream cheese mixture. Finally, sprinkle the remaining crumb/almond topping over the preserves.
  2. Bake cake for 40 minutes. The cake will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and will be golden brown, preserves will be bubbly. Cool on a wire rack.


Con Agra provided me with a toolkit (see below) and PAM Nonstick spray to help me develop this recipe. Watch for a giveaway in the next couple of weeks where you can will these goodies too. Con Agra compensated me for my time, however all opinions expressed are 100% mine.

Me

23 Responses to Blackberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake and Mini Cakes

  1. 1
    Dzoli says:

    Oh Amanda this is my favourite.I love cakes with fruit and make them regularly:) Looks just divine.Cup of coffee and enjoyment is complete.Thank you;)

  2. 2
    Tammy says:

    Amazing! What a great recipe for this Friday staff meeting – thanks!!

  3. 3
    JoAnn says:

    This looks amazing, can not wait to try this recipe! I plan on making all mini muffins so I can take them to work for a special treat:) Thank you so much!

  4. 4
    Sumee says:

    Oh they look super delicious!!!! Have to try it out..

  5. 5
    Veronica says:

    Whoa, this looks incredible! I die.

  6. 6
    Amy Tong says:

    These coffee cake looks amazing and scrumptious. I love that it uses fruit preserves, so convenience. I especially love the mini version. :)

    Amy

  7. 7

    Love the little mini ones. What a great recipe.

  8. 8
    Michelle says:

    Yum this looks wonderful! I can’t wait to bake this !!

  9. 9
    crewe.jennifer@gmail.com says:

    Tried this recipe Amanda. Was able to get all the right ingredients here I Au. Only change I made was margarine instead of butter. They are really nice. I just think I might have had a bit too much cake to cream cheese filling as the cake seemed to grow and overtake the cheese. But still yummy. Sure my friends
    will like them at home group tomorrow. Forget the calories!

  10. 10

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  11. 11
    Monique in Sactown says:

    I LOVE this recipe. I have made it with blackberry’s & blueberry’s both delicious. I love that it gives you cupcakes & a 9X9 cake. I have given it to all my neighbors and they keep asking for more. I highly recommend making these and trust me you will make them again & again & again. :>)

  12. 12
    Teresa says:

    Is there a substitute for the sour cream? My household doesn’t care for that ingredient.

  13. 13
    sandi says:

    Can I use fresh fruit instead of the preserves?

    • 13.1

      Hi Sandi. I haven’t tried it with fresh fruit, so it would be an experiment. I would suggest macerating the fresh fruit with some sugar to soften it up, also releasing some of the juices that might make it runny. Then mash the fruit a bit to be a closer consistency to the preserves. After all, preserves are just fruit that have been cooked with sugar :) Let me know how it turns out!

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