Sour Cherry Cake Recipe

This sour cherry cake recipe, Sauerkirschkuchen, is just the one you've been searching for! It's totally German, and it's a picture-perfect dessert that's certain to please. Don't wait! Try it now! 

Cherry cake is a great summertime treat. Just imagine, you're sitting back in your chair, enjoying your front porch in the warm summer breeze, as you indulge in the taste of fresh cherries baked in a delicious cake.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

60 minutes

Total Time

75 minutes


Makes 8 servings

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2⁄3 cup butter
  • 2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  •  pinch of salt
  •  3 large eggs
  • 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 28-oz jar sour cherries, drained

Topping Ingredients 

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (or quark)


  1. Grease and flour a 10" springform pan. Preheat oven temperature to 350°F.
  2. Beat together the first 4 ingredients using hand mixer on medium speed until creamy. Mix in the 3 eggs.
  3. Stir together the flour, cornstarch and baking powder in a small bowl. Add these dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. This will make a thick smooth dough for the cake batter.
  4. Spread dough into the prepared pan, using a wet spoon to smooth the dough. Cover with the cherries. Bake for 35 minutes.
  5. About 5 minutes before the 35 minutes are up, whip the 2 eggs, 3 tbsp sugar and Greek yogurt together until creamy.
  6. Spread over the hot cake and continue baking for a further 25 minutes.
  7. Serve when cooled, topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Yum!


  • As mentioned in the ingredient list above, I mention using quark as a substitute to Greek yogurt. Quark is a healthier and alternative that can be made in place of yogurts or sour cream. It is especially used in salads, spread on sandwiches, or in Germany, commonly you can find it served as a dessert with honey and berries mixed in with the quark.
  • When cherry juice is drained, you can set it aside in a cup or container and use it later on. You can pour a little bit of cherry juice over your ice cream for a yummy dessert. 
  • Did you know that cherry juice is also rich in iron, antioxidants, potassium, and can help fight inflammation?

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