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A piece of cherry cake on a white plate with a piece taken out of it by a spoon. The rest of the cake is in the background as well as a white cup.
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5 from 10 votes

Cherry Cake Recipe

Cherry Cake with sour cherries and vanilla is a simple snack cake that tastes delicious and is so easy to make in less than 10 minutes. Perfect for surprise guests and evening sweet tooth cravings!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Calories: 256kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour see tip above
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup sour cherries jarred and drained or fresh or frozen


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides to lift the finished cake out. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream butter and sugar together at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add one egg at a time and mix for 20 seconds after each addition. Add vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Scrape bottom and sides of the bowl as needed with a rubber spatula.
  • In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • With the mixer running at medium speed, alternately add flour mixture and milk in two portions. Mix until just combined. Don't overmix.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Top with cherries and spread evenly.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with only a few moist crumbs attached. Let the cake rest for about 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Serve dusted with powdered sugar.


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 184mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 0.9mg