Cherry Delicious Almond Cake | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cherry Delicious Almond Cake

Sour pie cherries are nestled in a sweet, moist, tender almond flavored cake and topped with sliced almonds for the most delightful Cherry Delicious Almond Cake you will ever make!

An overhead view of a slice of Cherry Delicious Almond Cake by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a white plate

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 Almond Coffee Cake.

The Keenan's, Chris and Rachel, are the creative husband and wife team behind The Keenan Cookbook blog 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!

There were so many great sounding recipes to choose from on their site.  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 put my own twist on one of their most popular recipes: Berry Delicious Almond Cake.

Cherry Delicious Almond Cake by Renee's Kitchen Adventures in the pan cooling

The Keenan's use fresh raspberries and blackberries in their cake but I didn't have any fresh berries on hand. What I did have was a big bag of frozen pie cherries in the freezer just calling out to be used up.  Since almond and cherry are natural partners, I decided to substitute cherries for the berries and make a cherry cake.

To help intensify the almond flavor and give the cake a bit of crunch, I also added a few sliced almonds on the top of the cake. I think the addition of sliced almonds on top adds pizzazz to the cake.

Lastly, I subbed buttermilk for the plain milk in the original recipe because I love, love, love to bake with buttermilk.  Buttermilk helps to keep the cake crumb oh so tender.

The result?  This cake...OMG...this cake! Wow! I know why it's one of their most popular recipes! It's spectacular!

Cherry Delicious Almond Cake in the pan with a slice missing

The Danish came up with the earliest versions of coffee cake.  In Europe, around the 1600's, it became the custom to enjoy a sweet and yeasty type of bread when drinking coffee. Coffee Cakes became very popular in the 1950's when housewives always needed to have a coffee cake on hand in case unexpected guests showed up at the door.

This Cherry Coffee Cake is one that the housewives of the 50's would have been proud to serve. It's moist, tender and nicely sweetened. 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 super easy to make. 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. It's definitely a keeper!

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Yield: 8 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Cherry Almond Coffee Cake

Cherry Almond Coffee Cake

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 55 MinTotal time: 1 H & 5 M
Sour pie cherries are nestled in a sweet, moist, tender almond flavored cake and topped with sliced almonds for the most delightful Cherry Almond Coffee Cake you will ever make!


  • 6 TBSP 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 TBSP 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 medium 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.


You can substitute just about any kind of thawed frozen or fresh fruit you like in this cake. The possibilities are endless!

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

11.49 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

5.89 g

Cholesterol (grams)

47.07 mg

Carbs (grams)

52.27 g

Fiber (grams)

1.68 g

Sugar (grams)

32.11 g

Net carbs

50.59 g

Protein (grams)

5.17 g

Sodium (milligrams)

292.49 mg

Nutritional Information provided is an estimate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  18. 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!

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

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


  21. I am unable to find frozen pie or tart cherries. Would it be possible to use canned tart cherries?

    1. Hello! Canned drained cherries should work. Hope this helps!

    2. Hi, I did make this with canned drained cherries and it is fabulous! We had a slice tonight and I absolutely love the cherry and almond combination. Should I refrigerate it or can I leave it on the counter?

    3. I'm so happy it turned out well for you! I'd store in the refrigerator for longer freshness.

  22. Is buttermilk a must or could you use whole or 2%?

    1. Hi! Thanks for your question. You could substitute with whole or 2% but the crumb might not be as tender. It should still give you a good cake though.

  23. Has anyone tried to make this gluten free?


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