Summer Cherry Cake

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Annacia

This delicious summer cake is a hybrid cross between a classic French clafouti and a coffeecake. It has a very moist, dense crumb due to the butter and eggs and low flour ratio. It is a perfect afternoon dessert to serve with tea as well as a brunch or dinner dessert, especially as it can be made a day ahead of time.

Top Review by jesrn2000

Delicious! Just right for a "not too sweet" dessert - or maybe even breakfast?!? I macerated the cherries in almond liqueur since I did not have cherry, and it turned out great - that cherry/almond combo is always delish. Next time I'll try it with white wheat flour and see if I can convince myself it's healthy enough for breakfast! (I actually doubled this for a crowd but still used one stick of butter - and it was plenty)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and dust with flour a 9-inch cake pan or tarte pan with removable bottom.
  3. Shake off any additional flour.
  4. Pit the cherries, then blend in a bowl with lemon juice and cherry brandy (or juice) and let stand at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Cream the butter and sugar, lemon peel, nutmeg and vanilla until fluffy, then beat in eggs, one at a time.
  6. Add flour.
  7. Pour into pan and spread batter evenly.
  8. Lift cherries from juices with a slotted spoon and distribute over batter, rounded sides up.
  9. Drizzle cherry juices over fruit.
  10. Bake until cake around fruit springs back firmly when lightly touched, about 30 minutes.
  11. Let cool, then serve slightly warm or at room temperature, sprinkling with powdered sugar before serving if you wish.
  12. Cake is best served 1- 2 days after baking as the flavor mellows and intensifies.
  13. This cake freezes well.

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