Whole Wheat Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

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Since Wednesday’s topic was a little heavy, we’re going to take it light today to celebrate Friday! I do, though, have to say thank you to everyone who read, commented and emailed me about my anxiety post. As you can imagine, it wasn’t easy sharing, but I’m so at peace knowing my post help others bring their struggles to the limelight.

berry coffee cake

But enough about anxiety, let’s talk about something that’ll never make you feel worried, sad or nervous; COFFEE CAKE! But not just any kind of coffee cake, one made with tart, plump raspberries, cream cheese filling and tons of buttery crumbles.

Whole wheat coffee cake

I know everyone and their mom is on some sort of “diet” for New Years, and I can completely understand that. I too am trying to cut back on calorie consumption so I can get dressed in the mornings without having a Julie Powell meltdown. However, I also just love food and it’s hard for me to replace my morning breakfast with a smoothie that tastes like a salad.

As much as I like salad, I don’t love it for breakfast.

Cream cheese coffee cake

That’s where this fluffy, sweet, tart, tangy and delicious coffee cake comes from. The beautiful berries give it a pop of color (and myriad of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants), and the whole wheat flour makes it a bit healthier than the kinds made with all purpose.

  Whole Wheat Cream Cheese Cake

And since each piece has less than 6 grams of fat, you can feel content and guilt-free enjoying it for breakfast. Because really, that’s my goal in life. To eat cake for breakfast and not immediately feel bad about it. And if I can share that with my closest friends, that’s just the icing on the breakfast cake.

Whole Wheat Raspberry & Strawberry Cream  Coffee Cake

Moist and fluffy raspberry c offee cake


Serves about 16.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 – 45 minutes
Total time: 50 – 55 minutes


For the cake:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup plain, 2% Greek yogurt (not nonfat)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling:

  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1 large egg, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard size 8 x 8 glass or nonstick baking dish with parchment paper and dust lightly with flour. Set aside.
  2. Place the raspberries in a bowl and gently smash with the back of a spoon to create a bit of a paste.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flours and sugar together. Add in the applesauce and stir to combine. Using a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand. Save 3/4 cup for the top.
  4. To the rest of the mixture, mix in the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, Greek yogurt and vanilla extract, stir well to combine.
  5. In another bowl, beat the sugar, cream cheese and egg together until combined and smooth (no lumps).
  6. Pour the  cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Carefully pour the cream cheese over the batter and then top the cream cheese with the smashed raspberries. To evenly distribute, carefully swirl the raspberries over the cream cheese topping.
  7. Top the raspberry filling with the remaining crumb mixture.
  8. Bake the cake for about 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes in pan and then remove and serve.

Nutritional information per slice:

Calories: 179.5
Fat: 6 grams
Carbohydrates: 27.7 grams
Fiber: 2.2 grams
Protein: 5.6 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 5

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  1. Posted by Paula - bell'alimento on
    Friday, January 9th, 2015
    Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake? YES please.
  2. Friday, January 9th, 2015
    Eating cake for breakfast and not feeling guilty should be everyone's goal in life haha! Love it.
  3. Posted by The Food Hunter on
    Friday, January 9th, 2015
    I'll take a nice big piece of this
  4. Friday, January 9th, 2015
    I'm all for cake for breakfast. And raspberries and cream cheese, too!
  5. Saturday, January 10th, 2015
    I can imagine how insanely moist these bars are with the yogurt and applesauce in them! So so tasty!
  6. Posted by Cookin Canuck on
    Saturday, January 10th, 2015
    What a pretty coffee cake! This would be the perfect treat to go with my afternoon cup of tea.
  7. Posted by Angela {Mind Over Batter} on
    Saturday, January 10th, 2015
    Oh, what a pretty coffee cake! I'll take 3 slices please (I'm not on a diet).
  8. Saturday, January 10th, 2015
    Holy cow. This is so my style. It looks AWESOME!
  9. Posted by Bea on
    Saturday, January 10th, 2015
    Love this coffee cake - it sounds absolutely delicious. Happy New Year to you!
  10. Posted by Kate @ Diethood on
    Saturday, January 10th, 2015
    Yes! Coffee Cake can bring peace to the world! I'm looooovin' the flavors! SO GOOD!
  11. Sunday, January 11th, 2015
    This sounds like the PERFECT coffee cake! Love the flavor combination!
  12. Posted by Nutmeg Nanny on
    Monday, January 12th, 2015
    I want to marry this coffee cake.
  13. Posted by Nikki @ NikSnacks on
    Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
    These look like these berry bars that Starbucks used to sell. It was like triple berry coffee cake or something like that. Yours looks better. And there's cream cheese: LOVE IT.
  14. Friday, January 16th, 2015
    It's all about balance. I'll take two of these for breakfast and a bowl of salad for lunch. Pinned.