chocolate cherry cake with chocolate oat streusel
Greetings from Charleston!
I honestly can’t believe we are finally here. The last two weeks have been a little crazy on the ol’ travel legs, but we made it. Yippee! Over the next week, we will be exploring the Isle of Palms, downtown Charleston (history and of course, FOOD), and marinating on the beach. I should say lot’s of marinating with more marinating in between.
We’ve been to Charleston before so we kind of know the ins and outs, but would love any recommendations on where to go, see, and eat. Mr. B and I also talked about giving surf lessons a try. Crazy to think last year at this time we were learning how to surf on the other side of the Atlantic Coast in Biarritz, France!
Now, with seventeen of us living under one roof for the week, I figured I better prepare something that could feed a hungry crowd. With cherries in season, I thought a chocolate coffee cake with chocolate oat streusel topping might keep our bellies happy.
I adore this cake because it comes together super quick and doesn’t require a whole lot of fuss. Also, you can put whatever seasonal berry or fruit you have on hand into this cake. Peaches would be amazing and the perfect Southern twist. That, or a splash of bourbon.
Now, off to explore the beach!
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Chocolate Cherry Cake with Chocolate Oat Streusel
for the cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups fresh or frozen (must be thawed) cherries
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
confectioners sugar, garnish
for the oat streusel topping:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons regular oats
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (if desired)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons buttermilk
for the cake:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with non-sticking cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Next, add the egg, orange zest, and vanilla extract making sure it's combined evenly. In thirds, add the flour mixture along with the buttermilk to the sugar and eggs. Fold in the cherries and chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the cake pan and add streusel on top. Bake cake for about 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let the cake cool. Serve with a dusting of confectioners sugar.
for the oat streusel topping:
Add all ingredients to a bowl and combine.
recipe adapted from Cooking LightAll images and text ©
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This look so good! I think cherries need chocolate in just about every situation! pinned!
What a fabulous cake! The strusel topping looks yummy! Have a fun trip!
GURL! You are everywhere this year. Amazing! This cake = gotta have it. Looks absolutely gorgeous!
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Charleston is a city I’ve always wanted to explore, so I’ll definitely be following along on Instagram! And this cake…beyond gorgeous, and I’ll bet it tastes even better.
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Have so much fun in Charelston!! I hear there’s lots of good food to be had there. Can’t wait to read about your adventures! Oh and this cake… oh me, oh my!!!
This looks phenomenal! That streusel is making my stomach growl! I’m glad to know that frozen (thawed) cherries will work in this, since I’ve got a bunch in the freezer from last summer (not exactly “eating seasonal”…oops!).
Charleston has been on my radar to visit for quite some time, I’ve heard the food scene is amazing! So jealous. Now….this cake. Stunning. It makes me want sit in a bistro in Paris with a fancy latte and people watch all day long…
Have a fun and fabulous trip, m’lady! Next time, can you pack me away in your suitcase, preferably right next to this lovely cake? KTHANKSBYE.
This cake looks FANTASTIC!!!
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Do you have room for one more in Charleston? I would fly over for a slice of this beautiful cake! Gah!
I”m a firm believer in anything with the word struesel in it. This looks gorgeous!
Yay! Cherry season is finally here! My all-time favorite summer treat, and you have 100% done them justice with this gorgeous looking cake! (and chocolate oat streusel…heaven?)
This cake looks awesome! Hope you’re having a grand time in Charleston!
I believe streusel is one of the food groups in heaven. 😉 This looks divine.
Have SO much fun in Charleston! I’ve only been once but it is seriously one of my favorite places. JEALOUS!!
This cake is a MUST in my life. Cherries are on sale here and I’m trying to eat them every way possible before they’re not available anymore!
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