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Light Cherry Coffee Cake

This is my Grandmother’s original recipe for cherry coffee cake. This coffee cake is prepared with egg substitutes, skim milk, and margarine to help save on fat and calories.

Cherry Coffee Cake

You don’t have to prepare everything laden with butter, heavy cream, and eggs to have a delicious dessert. You can make a few simple swaps in a recipe and still have a very tasty dish. My Grandmother was highly concerned about fat and calories, and she loved to bake. I love that she had a knack for preparing lighter recipes that didn’t make you feel like you were in purgatory when ate them.

Cherry Coffee Cake

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  • Recipe Type: Breakfast
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 8
Cherry Coffee Cake

Make a light cherry coffee cake using egg beaters and skim milk. This cherry coffee cake is very tasty, and best off all it is light!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 6 tablespoons margarine, softened and divided
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup Egg Beaters, egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon water


In medium bowl, combine 1 3/4 cup flour, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon; set aside. In large bowl, with electric mixer on high speed, beat 5 tablespoons margarine and 3/4 cup sugar until creamy. Blend in egg substitute and vanilla. On low speed, gradually add flour mixture alternating with milk until well combined. Spread batter into greased 9-inch spring form pan; spoon cherry pie filling over batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, combine remaining flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in remaining margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in water. Sprinkle over top of coffee cake in oven. Bake 15 to 20 minutes more or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan or wire rack for 25 minutes. Remove outside ring of pan; serve warm or at room temperature.

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  • Nancy

    For the light cherry coffee cake – where are the directions? It says to cook for 10 minutes and is one serving?? Would love to try it, but…

  • Liz

    This coffee cake was so good, the cherry was a new twist that I have not tried.