Cherry Buckle with Cocoa Cinnamon Crumb Topping

by Irvin on August 19, 2013 · 9 comments

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Cherry Buckle with Cocoa Cinnamon Streusel Topping. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“I can’t stop eating this!” exclaimed AJ as he took another bite of my Cherry Buckle with Cocoa Cinnamon Crumb Topping. I looked inquisitively at him as he sat at the round wooden table in his parent’s tiny kitchen. He explained himself, with his mouth half full and crumbs in his beard “You KNOW I love coffee cake!” which, strangely, I did not know. If I had known, perhaps I would have made them more often. I told him as much but he just shook his head and told me it was a good thing that I didn’t as he didn’t need that sort of thing in the house. Then he helped himself to another slice.

AJ looking adorable. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I was staying in Indiana, at AJ’s parent’s house for the week. We were smack in the middle of our extended cross-country #RoadTripUSA and had come to Indiana as a resting point, at the end of the first third of our trip. We had just in from St. Louis, my hometown, a few days ago. AJ and our friend Alic (who’s in St. Louis for school) decided to cycle from St. Louis to Indianapolis. I politely declined to join them on their two-day 250 mile cycling ride and instead stayed back, hung out with friends and went shopping for antiques instead (a wise choice if you ask me). A trip to the St. Louis Art Museum, where my friend Stephanie works and where I got to see their new contemporary art wing (complete with a Wishing Tree installation by Yoko Ono and Andy Goldsworthy’s site specific Stone Sea installation), a little shopping excursion down Cherokee Street where there are cute antique shops and an adorable bakery called Whisk, then a short solo road trip for me was perfect.

St. Louis Art Museum Art Installations. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Cherokee Street Antique Shop in St. Louis. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Whisk Bakeshop in St. Louis. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Once I got into Indianapolis, AJ’s family had organized a family reunion with all of AJ’s siblings, kids and friends. I woke up early to cook and bake for the event and ended up making the cherry buckle on a whim after looking at all the ingredients that AJ’s mom had in her pantry. As always, I bought cherries at the local store and hadn’t used them all up for another baked good. It’s been awhile since I’ve made a buckle, so I decided to go with it, and boy was it a hit. AJ and his family seemed to enjoy it with whatever little was leftover quickly consumed the next day by AJ.

AJ's family hanging out. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The rest of the trip in Indiana involved plenty hanging out with friends, some waterskiing, and a few stops at antique shops. I seem to have a slight obsession for cake stands and vintage plates and this trip did not help that obsession. In the end, I shipped home boxes of plates and stands, knowing that I might have to do that exact same thing again later in the trip. Thankfully it all arrived safely back home. And with cherries just barely still in season, I can still make this buckle one more time, in the comfort of my own kitchen.

Cherry Buckle with Cocoa Cinnamon Crumb Topping. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 19, 2013 at 10:51 am

This is such a fabulous recipe!! Loooove!


Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig August 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. I want a bite or four!


Belinda @zomppa August 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm

The middle of the country is always full of wonderful surprises (for those of us who’ve always been on the ‘coasts’). Serve me up a few dozen!


Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Oh-mah-gosh! I am totally in love with your Cherry Buckle with Cocoa Brown Sugar Streusel, Irvin! Such a fabulous twist on this classic cake to pair cherries with some cocoa. I just adore cherries and good chocolate together. Glad you had an awesome trip and that you had a good time in Indy (where I live). But, you probably bought the plates and cake stands I’ve had my eyes on! (LOL, just kidding!) Thanks ever so much for sharing. Definitely going to make this soon. Meanwhile, I will be pinning everywhere on group boards at Pinterest! xo


Miss Kim @ behgopa August 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm

This looks so tempting to have with a cup of iced coffee!

I love the photo with the family/friends. Seems like it captures what summer fun is all in the sun with good company and good food! I envy you. I didn’t really get a chance to do anything fun yet this summer. Been stuck in the hot (non-airconditioned) kitchen all summer.


Adri August 20, 2013 at 9:03 am

That looks great!


Ash-foodfashionparty August 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

I couldn’t stop eating this either. Looks so good, I would be picking on the crumb layer like crazy..


[email protected] is How I Cook August 21, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Oooh. I love cherries and chocolate. And crumbs. Count me in.


Berry T. Patrick October 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

Oh, yum! This is ooey, gooey buttery goodness! Beautiful pictures and it sounds delicious!


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