Jewish Coffee Cake Recipe

The holidays would not be complete without me making this glorious cake. Jewish Coffee Cake…hum?  Is it a coffee cake?  Is it a cake?  What exactly is it?  This recipe was one of my mom’s favorites. 

I think she got the recipe from one of my dad’s coworkers.  I am not sure if it was a family recipe that had been passed down for generations in a Jewish family or where it originated. 

Jewish Coffee Cake

When I asked a friend of mine who is a chef, and is Jewish, where this recipe may have come from, she said she had never heard of it. So, the mystery continues. 

What I know for sure is, this cake is delicious.  It is actually not coffee cake in nature.  It is more like a pound cake. 

Jewish Coffee Cake

Now, some of you may say, “No thank you” to the maraschino cherries.  You may think it makes it too fruitcake-like.  Not at all.  The sweetness of the cherries and the toasty pecans balance this cake out beautifully. 

By the way, I recently shared Nestle Toll House Cake Recipe so after Jewish coffee cake recipe, you guys can check that recipe as well.

It can be served as a dessert, for breakfast, or as your have-to-have sweet with your next cup of coffee.  Try this recipe.  You will not be disappointed. 

So, Happy New Year from my kitchen to yours!  And thanks Mom for all your inspiration!

Jewish Coffee Cake

Jewish Coffee Cake

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Baked Goods
Servings 20


  • 16 tbsp butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2-16 oz. jars stemless maraschino cherries (2 cups)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Drain maraschino cherries and cut into pieces. Place on a paper towel lined plate and pat dry. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar until creamy. Add in eggs and vanilla extract. Beat well for 1-2 minutes.
  • Blend in evaporated milk. (Note: The batter will look very curdly, but that is all right)
  • Sift together flour and baking powder. Slowly add to wet ingredients and mix until blended. Do not over mix.
  • Fold in maraschino cherries and pecans.
  • Pour into a prepared angel food cake pan or bundt pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack. Turn out on a cake plate or serving plate.
Keyword Jewish Coffee Cake

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