Servings: Makes 16 servings
Crumb Topping
  • 3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons raw cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup dried pitted tart cherries
  • 1 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons prune puree or unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly coat a 9-inch cake pan with cooking spray and dust with flour; set aside.

For the topping: In a mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Set crumb mixture aside.

To make the cake: In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cherries; stir well and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, combine buttermilk, orange zest, oil, prune puree, vanilla and egg whites; whisk until egg whites are well beaten. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

To assemble: Pour batter into the prepared cake pan and sprinkle crumb mixture over the batter.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

Cut into 16 wedges. Serve warm or room temperature.