Chocolate Cherry Studded Streusel Cake

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 40 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 12 to 16 servings


Chocolate and cherries combine for a great taste in what will become a favorite for dessert at any time of the year. Brought to you by Margee Berry of White Salmon,WA.


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/2 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9 x-inch baking pan. For the streusel topping, combine brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium bowl. Cut in 1/3 cup butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly; stir in semi-sweet morsels, milk chocolate morsels, oats and pecans; set aside.

COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.

COMBINE sour cream, cherries, orange peel and orange juice in small bowl.

BEAT 3/4 cup butter and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl on medium speed for 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract until just combined. Alternately add the flour mixture and sour cream mixture, beating until just combined after each addition. Spread batter into prepared pan.

BAKE for 20 minutes. Sprinkle top evenly with streusel topping and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes more or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely.


by G. Ginger , VERNON, CT on Mar. 2007

This is a very nice, moist crumbcake. It got rave reviews from my husband's co-workers. I think that there was too much topping on the cake, taking away from the cake itself. Next time I wil probably cut back on the topping. Overall, very good and worth the effort.

chocolate cherry studded streusal cake

by H. HOLLY , HOOKSTOWN, PA on Jun. 2006

This cake was very easy to make and very moist. My family loved it. We served it warm with vanilla ice cream.

chocolate cherry studded streusel cake

by J. Janese , WHITE LAKE, MI on Jan. 2006

I almost passed this one by. I was looking for cherry cake, but I wanted a layer cake. I ALMOST made a big mistake!! Moist, tasty,. . .what more do you need in a cake?! Definitely worth trying!

Very Excellent

by D. Debbie , WHEATON, IL on Jan. 2005

Taste excellent. Great for morning with friends.

Chocolate Cherry Studded Streusel Cake

by P. Pat , HOLDEN, MO on Sep. 2004

This is very moist and tasty.

Chocolate Cherry Studded Streusel Cake

by R. RuthAnne , Normal, Il. on Aug. 2004

Took this to work......eleven people wanted the recipe. I doubled the streusel topping and next time will double the amount of dried cherries in the batter. Definately worth the time and expense to make!!!!!

Incredible coffecake

by C. Chris , Traverse City, MI on Jun. 2004

Wow! This is wonderful. My husband, who is not a huge fan of cherries, ate lots of this.