Cherry Torte


Prep time10 minutes
Recipe TypesSnacks and Treats


This is a dense cake with a simple, old-fashioned flavour—wonderful for showcasing fresh cherries in season. Try it also with other fruits and berries; peaches and blueberries make a nice combination.


1cunbleached all-purpose flour
1tbaking powder
3⁄4csugar, plus more for sprinkling
1⁄2c(4 oz) unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
  pinch salt
1tpure vanilla extract
2cfresh sweet cherries, pitted


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9" round springform pan.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a hand-held electric mixer, cream the 3/4 cup sugar and butter until pale and fluffy, 3-5 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat in the eggs one at a time, the salt and the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be very thick. Use a rubber spatula to spread it evenly in the prepared pan.

Cover the top with a single layer of cherries (you may not need them all) and press the cherries down part way into the batter. Sprinkle with 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Bake until the centre springs back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean or with moist crumbs attached, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool on a rack for 20 minutes before releasing the pan side. Serve warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days. Or wrap well and freeze.


Sounds like you could also serve it for breakfast?  Or is it too sweet?  Would be a great starter with a savory brekkie


I sometimes serve it as the baked good at breakfast. You're right, it's sweet (sweeter than my more typical muffins) so better paired with a savory brekkie.

I also serve it as a casual dessert, topped with whipped cream or ice cream.

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Sounds great!  I just printed it and left it for DW to find.  Not to say we have traditional roles or anything.  I don't mind baking...I'm just not very good at it and I make a mess.  Eye-wink

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