Cherry Cake Recipe to bake yourself…

Here I show you my Cherry Cake recipeI bake this sure-fire cake preferably in small moulds. With me every guest gets his own cake on the table! It’s a pleasure, please try it out…

You can serve the Tarte wonderfully as dessert or with coffee in the afternoon. Tastes great for any occasion, I promise!

For an ingenious baking experience you will find many step-by-step photos as accompanying instructions. 

I wish you all the best!

Cherry cake served on a tray with rose petals and leaves in a summery setting. This is a beautiful variation of the presentation…

1. How to prepare easy Shortcrust Pastry

We’ll start with the shortcrust pastry. The cake base may get a great aroma so I add to the classic recipe with flour, egg, sugar, vanilla aroma, lemon grater and a pinch of salt.

You are welcome to replace the vanilla flavour with a vanilla pod. Cut the flattened vanilla pod once lengthwise and scrape the pulp out of the pod.

Pour the marrow into the cake dough and soak the pod in sugar. After a few days, the homemade vanilla sugar is ready!

The kneaded shortcrust pastry needs a little break in the fridge. Form the dough into a ball and wrap in cling film.

1.1 Blind Baking of Cake Base

Ever heard of blind baking? But you don’t bind your eyes when baking 🙂

To bake the tart bottoms you need dried legumes, which are easily available dried peas or beans, in addition to the ingredients already mentioned.

The raw dough in the tin gets the peas to bake. That is not prince on the pea but cake and pea…

So the cake dough does not rise too strongly during the subsequent baking.

This is called blind baking.

Tartes baked blind with peas. You need dried peas or beans! Frozen peas let you experience a pea tart!

If you have read up to here and now you think… Hey Thomas, great recipe, everything sounds awesome, but I still don’t do it because it’s too much effort for me…

Then I have for you to run warm a simple and fast Cherry-pie Recipe with Puff Pastry. Preparation time less than 30 minutes!

Cherry cake with puff pastry and marzipan, the fast cake is a tart and is as easy as pie in top quality! © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

Alternatively a simple cherry gratin from the French kitchen also known as Clafoutis aux Cerises. Preparation time less than 15 minutes!

Please take a look…

Nobody can resist this French temptation with fresh cherries! © Food photographer Thomas Sixt

2. Prepare Filling for Cherry Cake!

The cake pans are baked with the shortcrust pastry, now we want to take care of the filling…

Cake filling with curd cheese and cream cheese, besides vanilla mace is an important component.

The filling is similar to the cheesecake filling:

Besides curd I add cream cheese. The combination prepares a tender nest for the cherries. That’s what it’s all about: cake filling and base create a harmonious whole.

So that we don’t lose the overview, we now have the overview of the cake ingredients…

  1. Shortcrust dough in the small forms baked blind with peas
  2. Filling cream with curd cheese and cream cheese
  3. Fresh cherries or cherries from the glass

How to use cooked cherries from the glass for the cherry pie:

The cherries are already cooked and therefore very soft. That’s why I don’t bake the cherries from the glass.

Here’s my tip:

Strain the cherries onto a sieve and collect the juice in a pot. Reduce the cherry juice very much, let it cool lukewarm, then marinate the cherries in it.

Insider tip:

Add whole, very little balsamic vinegar to the cherries… place the prepared cherries with boiled cherry ice cream on the cake filling…. WOW please try it, it tastes fantastic!

Morello cherries are sour cherries, they taste delicious on the cake!

How to use fresh cherries…

Just wash the fresh cherries, pit them and cut them in half. Place the halved cherries in the cake filling.

Alternatively, boil the cherries briefly with sugar and rum and a little water. Then remove the cherries and reduce the juice.  Marinate the cherries shortly before serving in the reduced cherry juice (cherry ice cream) and place on the baked cake.

Fresh, pitted cherries

3. Recipe Cherry Cake

For the bakery here follows the photo recipe. For questions you can reach me via the comment function at the bottom of the page.

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5 from 37 votes
5 from 37 votes
Cherry Cake with Shortcrust Pastry
Prepare cherry pie step by step with the instructions of professional chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: French Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 4 Persons
Calories: 971kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
Shortcrust Pastry
  • 125 g flour fine sieve
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar fine sieve
  • 1 pinches salt I use Himalaya salt
  • 75 g Butter room-warm
  • 1 pc egg yolk
  • 1 tsp Vanillearoma
  • 1-2 tsp Lemon abrasion an organic lemon
  • 200 g dried peas or dried beans to weigh down the shortcrust pastry during baking
Cake Filling
  • 3 pc eggs
  • 2 pc egg yolk
  • 160 g fine brown sugar
  • 100 ml cream
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Lemon abrasion an organic lemon
  • 125 g curd cheese
  • 125 g cream cheese
  • 1 tsp Vanillearoma Alternatively, I like to use the pulp of a vanilla pod.
  • 1 pinches mace
  • 250 g cherries
  • some mint
  • some icing sugar
Shortcrust Pastry
  • Sieve the flour and the icing sugar freshly into a bowl. I used a gluten-free flour. Form a hollow in the middle.
  • Pour the egg yolk into the bowl, add the warm butter and a pinch of salt, vanilla aroma and lemon dust. Mix the ingredients with your hands. Start in the trough and gradually work your way out.
  • Knead the dough well and form a ball. Wrap the shortcrust pastry ball in plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven stage hot air at 200° C. Coat several small moulds or a large cake mould with soft butter.
  • Roll out the shortcrust pastry between two layers of cling film or baking paper to a thickness of approx. 3 mm.
  • Put the dough into the mould: For example, cut out round, then insert and complete the sides.
  • Remove the dough residues at the edge. Cover the dough with baking paper and weigh down with dry peas or beans and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Let the baked shortcrust pastry cake bases cool in the cake tin. Remove the peas as soon as possible.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 150° C. The filling needs less heat for baking and the already baked dough does not tolerate the high heat! Put the eggs, egg yolk and sugar, cream, lemon juice and lemon grater in a bowl and mix.
  • Drain the curd and cream cheese on a sieve, then add to the mixture and season with mace and vanilla flavour. Stir the mixture with a whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the filling into the shortcrust pastry moulds. I filled up to 5 mm below the edge of the dough.
Prepare Cherries
  • Wash the cherries and remove the pits.
  • Use a cherry pitter to remove the cherry stones.
  • Cut the cherries in half and place in the cake mixture with the cut face down.
  • Place the cherry cake in the oven with a topping.
  • Bake the cake for approx. 40-50 minutes until the filling has stopped. Take out of the oven and let cool.
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar to taste. Now arrange nicely and serve.

4. Calories (kcal) Cherry Cake, the Nutritional Values at a Glance

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Cake with Shortcrust Pastry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 971 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 268mg89%
Sodium 864mg38%
Potassium 576mg16%
Carbohydrates 109g36%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 23g46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5. More Recipe Ideas...

with Cherries:
Cherry pie with puff pastry
Simple cherry gratin
cakes and pies:
Lemon muffins
Apricot tart with puff pastry
Apricot cake with shortcrust pastry - Apricot tart french style
Remember for Christmas: Tarte recipe from cookie dough

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Author: Thomas Sixt

Hi, I am a German Chef, Cookbook Author and Food Photographer. The imparting of cooking knowledge is my great passion. Everyone can cook for himself and with this website I would like to contribute to its success. Let yourself be inspired and enjoy good food. If you have any cooking questions, please use the comment function at the end of each article and recipe. I wish Thomas Sixt Good Luck!