Lauren Katz makes Cherry-Cream Cheese Crumb Cake Bombs, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen
Recipe courtesy of Lauren Katz

Cherry-Cream Cheese Crumb Cake Bombs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
In my family, we all agree that the sweet, crunchy crumb topping is the best part of any baked good. Growing up, it was not uncommon to meet my aunt or mom in the kitchen late at night, stealing a few crumbs off the top of the cake. The next day there would be noticeably fewer crumbs, and some guilty looks on everyone's faces. I don't always have the energy to create time-intensive, complicated baked goods, so I have come up with some shortcuts. Thanks to Pillsbury™, the hard work of making the pastry is done, and I get to just focus on making memories and connecting my children to our heritage. I am proud to encourage a new generation of crumb topping lovers!



  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 8 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. In small bowl, stir cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Set aside. In another small bowl, using fork or pastry blender, mix melted butter, 4 tablespoons of the flour and the granulated sugar until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Set aside. 
  3. Separate dough into 8 rolls. Place remaining 1 tablespoon flour off to the side, on work surface. Dip cinnamon-coated side of each roll into flour; shake off excess. With cinnamon side up, press each roll into 3 1/2-inch round. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the preserves in center of each roll; top with 1 rounded teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture. Bring edges of each roll up over filling; pinch edges tightly to seal. Place rolls, pinched side down, in muffin cups. 
  4. In small bowl, beat egg and water with fork. Brush egg mixture over top of each roll. Sprinkle 1 rounded tablespoon of the crumb topping on each roll; slightly press into dough. 
  5. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove cake bombs from pan; place on cooling rack. 
  6. Place icing from can into 1-quart resealable food-storage plastic bag; cut small hole in bottom corner of bag. Squeeze bag to drizzle icing over cake bombs. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm.