The fresh cherry cake, bursting with the sweetest, juiciest ruby-red cherries and dusted with the slightest amount of sugar is a true, true crowd-pleaser. And it’s easy to bake to boot!

Fresh Cherry Cake | Easy summer baking

There isn’t much to love about North Indian summers. You’re sweating buckets in the sweltering heat all the time. 

If there is a silver lining in the grey, grey cloud, then it is the abundance of fabulous fruits that bring an explosion of colour, taste and savour to the table.

The fruits also allow me to indulge my love for working with fresh ingredients. And I am starting with fresh cherry cake, and it is definitely a #TAFEverydayCake!

Fresh Cherry Cake | Easy summer baking

How to Make Fresh Cherry Cake?

2 bowls, one whisk and one spatula, are all I needed to make the fresh cherry cake. In 15 minutes of prep and 40 to 45 mins of baking, we tucked into some serious deliciousness! Needless to say, the cake was a breeze to put together.

Sieve all-purpose flour with the usual dry ingredients – salt, baking powder and soda – and throw in some raw sugar and almond meal.

Process of making Fresh Cherry Cake | Easy summer baking

Quick Note:

Almond meal is blanched almonds that have been ground. You can make it at home using your coffee grinder quite easily. 

Why do you need almond meal in the cake? Because it not only makes the crumb moist and tender but also gives the cake a subtly nutty note that makes people go “Ohhh! What sorcery was that?”

In the second bowl, mix yogurt, oil, egg, vanilla, and almond extract. Add the dry ingredients into this mixture to make a thick batter.

Fold in the cherries and bake!

Fresh Cherry Cake | Easy summer baking

Quick notes:

When you work with fresh fruits, they tend to descend to the bottom of the cake. I wanted a chock-a-block effect. Every bite of the delightful cake you sink your teeth into should be stuffed with juicy, divine cherries. 

The trick is to toss the cherries in a couple of teaspoons of flour before you fold them into the batter. This prevents them from falling to the base.  FYI, you can use this technique with any fresh fruit. It works like magic. 

Because I prefer a 6-inch pan, and the cake rose very well, it came out beautifully thick. You can as readily utilize a 7 or 8-inch pan, but the cake will be flatter.

Fresh Cherry Cake | Easy summer baking

Variations of the cake

I would have loved to make the fresh cherry cake eggless, but that was an epic bake fail. I tried it and the cake crumbled into, well, crumbs. So, for now, sticking to adding one egg.

To give the sweetness of cherries a tangy counter bite, you can freshly grate some lemon zest into it. 

Gluten-free fresh cherry cake:

Buckwheat is my trusted flour. It works gorgeously. I know I don’t have to worry about any cake when using it. Go ahead and add it to make a gluten-free cherry cake.

Or you can experiment with quinoa flour too and bring some texture to the cake.

If you don’t have cherries, use any other fresh fruit – plums, peaches, apricots – all of them accomplish wonders.

Fresh Cherry Cake | Easy summer baking

Serving the Fresh Cherry Cake

The spongy and moist cake studded with dark red, shiny, plump cherries is already a treat to the eyes. You don’t need much to pretty it up. Once it is out of the oven, simply dust it with icing sugar.

The succulent cherries and the yogurt make the cake amazingly soft. It isn’t overly sweet, which is always a win in my abode, and most of it comes from the lovely, luscious cherries.

Serve a slice of the fresh cherry cake with coffee or tea as is. As a dessert after a meal, add in a scoop of ice cream or a big dollop of whipped cream and dig in!

Fresh Cherry Cake | Easy summer baking

More cherry recipes:

Cherries fill me up with instant cheer! I still clap my hands with glee when I see them. Every time they are in season, I go overboard, or that’s what fam thinks.

If you too turn into a child when you behold cherries, these recipes are a must try:

Cherry pie

Cherry bread pudding

Vegan Cherry lemon cheesecake

Chocolate cherry mug cake

Eggless chocolate cherry cake

For frozen treats , check out:

Cherry frozen yogurt

Easy cherry yogurt popsicle

Mango cherry frozen yogurt

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Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Fresh Cherry Cake

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Fresh Cherry Cake
Servings: 5 persons
Author: Natasha Minocha

Ingredients

  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup Almond Meal or Ground Almonds
  • ½ cup Raw sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • ¼ cup Coconut oil You can use any oil you prefer
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp Almond extarct
  • 1 cup Cherries, pitted and halved Tossed in 2 tsp of flour

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 180C. Grease a 6" pan well.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Stir in the almond meal and raw sugar.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the egg, yogurt, oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Mix well, but gently. This is a thick batter.
  • Fold in the flour-coated cherries.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40 -45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes before turning it out on a cooling rack.
  • Sprinkle some icing sugar on top, and serve. Enjoy!