Cherry Delicious Almond Cake | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cherry Delicious Almond Cake

It's the first Monday of the month and that means it's Secret Recipe Club time again!  I've got an absolutely delicious recipe for you this month...Cherry Delicious Almond Cake from the blog

Cherry Delicious Almond Cake is sweet, tender, moist cake.  This cake is amazing!  #cherry #almond #cake

The Keenan's, Chris and Rachel, are the creative husband and wife team behind The Keenan Cookbook which was started as a way to chronicle all of their family recipes.  Chris cooks, bakes and handles most of the technical stuff on their blog and Rachel photographs.  I love that they work together on their site!  Their where so many great recipes to choose from.  I bookmarked their Buttermilk Cornbread and Caramelized Onion and Spinach Olive Oil Quick Bread to make for another time, but this time around, I decided to give one of their most popular recipes a go...
Berry Delicious Almond Cake.

Cherry Delicious Almond Cake is sweet, tender, moist cake.   #cherry #almond #cake

I didn't have any fresh berries on hand, but I did have a bag of frozen pie cherries calling out to be used up.  Since almond and cherry are so good together, I decided to substitute cherries for the berries.  I also added a few sliced almonds on the top of the cake and subbed buttermilk for the plain milk because I love, love, love to bake with buttermilk!  The result?  This cake...OMG...this cake! Wow!  I know why it's one of their most popular recipes!

Cherry Delicious Almond Cake

Cherry Delicious Almond Cake is moist, tender and nicely sweetened. I was going to cut back on some of the sugar in the cake, but since I used sour pie cherries, I kept it at a full cup, which was perfect.  I sprinkled a little powdered sugar on top to garnish, but you don't have to do that if you don't want to.  It's amazing straight up, served warm or at room temperature.  It's great for breakfast, for dessert or as an afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.

A slice of Cherry Delicious Almond Cake YUM!

Thank you Chris and Rachel for an amazing recipe that I am sure to make again and again!  

Cherry Delicious Almond Cake

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Adapted from The Keenan Cookbook 
Cherry Delicious Almond Cake
Sour pie cherries are nestled in a sweet, moist, tender almond flavored cake and topped with sliced almonds.


  • 6 TBS unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 2 cups frozen, pitted, frozen pie cherries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1-2 TBS turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a non-stick 9" cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and the 1 cup of granulated sugar with an electric mixer on med speed until light and fluffy, about 3 - 5 minutes. Add in egg, buttermilk, and almond extract and mix with electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Sift in flour, baking powder, and salt into the wet mixture and with mixer on low, beat until combined and smooth.
  4. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and smooth out with spatula. Place thawed berries onto batter evenly and press down slightly.
  5. Sprinkle cake with almonds and then turbinado sugar Bake in oven for 50 -55 minutes or until golden brown and firm to touch in the middle. (should be springy but not wet)
  6. Let cake cool on rack until just warm or cooled to room temperature. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
Yield: 1- 9" cake
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 55 mins.
Total time: 65 mins.
Tags: cake, almond, cherry, dessert, almonds, sour cherries

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  1. Cherries and almond sounds amazing! I just have to get some frozen cherries (fresh ones are ridiculously expensive..) and I will try it! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Ohhhh, myyyy! This looks DIVINE, Renee!! GREAT choice for the SRC! :D

  3. This looks so yummy! I just love cherries and almonds together! :) What a perfect cake for the holidays too.

  4. Especially beautiful job with this one, Renee. I wish I had a bite! Featuring on Platter Talk as Best of Show!

  5. Pinning, so I can give it a try!

  6. So many delicious flavors all in one of my favorite cakes! I just love coffee cake any which way! Looks beautifully delicious, Renee!

  7. What a beautiful cake!! Love it and pinned it for later 😄

  8. Oooh mah goodness, that looks amazeballs. I adore cherry & almond together - right up my alley!!

  9. This is just gorgeous Renee! love the flavors...

  10. Love this cake, especially with the almond and cherry flavors!!! I wish I had some right now!

  11. This looks awesome! My husband loves cherries, so I am going to have to try this for him sometime soon.

  12. Oh, your variation is perfect! My husband loves cherries and one of my favorite flavors is almonds. I NEED to bake this cake!!

  13. If I could jump through my computer screen and dive head first in to that cake... I totally would! Man, it looks AMAZING!!! I bet it tasted wonderful! Pinned!

  14. This looks DELICIOUS. I love everything about it. I also love The Keenan Cookbook, a great blog to have gotten for SRC!

  15. I love the combination of cherries and almonds together and the pictures for this look just mouthwatering.

  16. What a wonderful looking cake - I agree with Corina above - I love cherries and almonds together.

  17. I make coffee cake once a month for a Bible study group. Can't wait to try this one! Genius idea to use cherries.

  18. Your photos are gorgeous Renee! I wish we lived closer so I could have a taste right now!

  19. This cherry and almond cake looks so incredibly moist and delicious. You can definitely cut me a slice as I am craving one to devour right now!

  20. this really looks amazing! i bet it would be excellent with cranberries too. mmmm!

  21. Yum my favorite, thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe.



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