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Sweetheart Coffee Cake

Sweetheart Coffee Cake
What better way to say 'I love you' than with this beautiful heart-shaped coffee cake!
Yield 1 coffee cake




  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)


  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup snipped maraschino cherries
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened


  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar


  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract


  • Make the dough: In stand mixer bowl, add 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. In saucepan or microwave-safe dish, heat milk, water and butter to 120-130°F (butter does not need to melt). Add to flour mixture. Using a paddle attachment, blend on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add egg; beat one minute.
  • Switch to dough hook attachment. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 8 minutes.
    (NOTE: For hand mixing: following above steps, mix ingredients in large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or dough whisk. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic.)
  • Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after poking dough with finger down to second knuckle, about 45 minutes.
  • Prepare Filling: by combining coconut, cherries, almonds, and sugar; set aside.
  • Prepare Topping: combine almonds and sugar in bowl; set aside.
  • Punch down dough. On lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 15×10-inch rectangle. Spread with 1 tablespoon softened butter. Sprinkle with Filling. Starting with longer side, roll up tightly. Pinch edge to seal. Place seam side up on greased baking sheet. Fold half of the roll over on top of other half, sealing ends. Starting at folded end, cut with scissors down center of roll to within 1-inch of other end. Turn cut halves out, cut side up, to form a heart. Sprinkle Topping over dough. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after lightly touching.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet; cool on wire rack.
  • Prepare glaze (optional): combine all glaze ingredients in a small bowl; whisk together until smooth. Drizzle over cake.


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Photo by Matt Weber.

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Review & Comments

Lana H | Reply

4 stars
Great recipe. Love the filling. The dough is a little dense for me. I like the cause to ge s little softer. Will add with a little more milk, water next time .

Debora | Reply

5 stars
My husband is allergic to coconut , what can I use instead?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Debora – You can leave the coconut out of the filling.
Happy baking!

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