Easy Lemon Coffee Cake Recipe (with Cherry)

Cherry Lemon Coffee cake

Are you looking for a tasty and easy-to-make coffee cake recipe that's sure to impress your family and friends? Look no further than this Cherry Lemon Coffee Cake recipe, made with Partake Foods Classic Pancake & Waffle Mix and Soft Baked Lemon Cookies!

Cherry and lemon are two flavors that complement each other well in desserts because they offer a balance of sweet and tart flavors. Cherries are naturally sweet and provide a rich, fruity flavor, while lemons are acidic and tart, offering a refreshing, tangy taste.

When combined, the sweetness of the cherries and the tartness of the lemon create a harmonious flavor profile that is both complex and delicious. The sweetness of the cherries helps to balance out the acidity of the lemon, while the lemon adds a bright, citrusy note that helps to enhance the overall flavor of the dessert.

Additionally, the contrasting colors of the red cherries and yellow lemons make for a visually appealing dessert that is both colorful and vibrant. This makes cherry and lemon desserts perfect for special occasions, such as holidays or parties, where presentation is just as important as taste.

Why We Love Coffee Cake

There are many reasons why people love coffee cake, from its delicious taste to its comforting texture. Here are a few reasons why we love coffee cake:

Versatility: Coffee cake comes in many different flavors and can be enjoyed any time of day. It can be served for breakfast, as a mid-morning snack, or as a dessert after dinner. Coffee cake is a versatile treat that can be enjoyed in many different settings.

Comforting texture: Coffee cake has a moist and crumbly texture that is both comforting and satisfying. It often contains cinnamon, nuts, or streusel toppings, which add a delicious crunch to each bite.

Perfect pairing with coffee: As its name suggests, coffee cake pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee. The sweetness of the cake is balanced by the bitterness of the coffee, creating a delicious and comforting combination.

Easy to make: Coffee cake is relatively easy to make, even for those who are not experienced bakers. It typically requires basic ingredients and can be made in a single pan, making it a convenient and hassle-free dessert.

Nostalgia: For many people, coffee cake is a nostalgic dessert that brings back memories of family gatherings, holidays, or special occasions. It is a classic dessert that has been enjoyed by generations, making it a comforting and familiar treat.

Get Cooking: Cherry Lemon Coffee Cake Recipe


Needed ingredients for the cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups Classic Pancake & Waffle Mix 
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract 
  • 3/4 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, room temperature 

Needed ingredients for the filling:

  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice 

Needed ingredients for the topping:

  • 1/2 cup Partake Classic Pancake & Waffle Mix 
  • Soft Baked Lemon cookies crumbles
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar 
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar 
  • 3 tbsp oil or vegan butter, melted 


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 
  2. Line a small square dish with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  3. Make the filling by combining the cherry pie filling and lemon juice. Set aside.
  4. Make the topping by first combining all dry ingredients. Add oil/melted butter, stirring together completely. Set aside.
  5. Lastly, make the cake. Combine vegan butter and sugar and mix until the batter lightens a bit. Add vanilla extract.
  6. Add water to the cake mixture. It may not blend together completely (That’s okay!).
  7. Add Classic Pancake & Waffle Mix to the cake mixture and stir until everything is mixed well.
  8. Spread half of the cake batter into the pan evenly.
  9. Sprinkle filling to cover all of the pan—use it all.
  10. Spread the second half of the cake batter over the filling so it covers the top completely. Spread it evenly.
  11. Sprinkle topping over the top to cover.
  12. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  13. Add lemon zest for garnish (optional).

This Cherry Lemon Coffee Cake is the perfect blend of sweet cherries, tangy lemon, and moist coffee cake. Our Classic Pancake & Waffle Mix and Soft Baked Lemon Cookies add a unique and delicious twist to this classic recipe.

Partake Foods offers allergy-friendly, delicious treats that are perfect for those with and without food allergies or dietary restrictions. All of our products are free from the top nine allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, wheat, milk, soy, fish, shellfish, and sesame. 

By using Partake Foods products in this recipe, you can create a delicious and allergy-friendly coffee cake that almost everyone can enjoy. So go ahead and give this Cherry Lemon Coffee Cake recipe a try – your taste buds will thank you!

Looking for more sweet & tart dessert recipes for this Spring? 

This Lemon Peach Crisp with Soft Baked Lemon Cookies is a delicious dessert recipe that uses Partake Foods' Soft Baked Lemon Cookies as a key ingredient. The recipe involves mixing sliced peaches with lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla extract, then layering them in a baking dish. Crushed Soft Baked Lemon cookies are then sprinkled over the peaches before baking. The result is a warm and fruity dessert with a crispy topping that is both sweet and tangy. This recipe is not only easy to make but also gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly, making it a great option for those with dietary restrictions.