Cherry Loaf Cake Recipe

Moist, tender and delicious, my Cherry Loaf Cake recipe is also very easy to make
My Cherry Loaf Cake Recipe is one of my new favourite summer cake recipes, a great way to showcase the fresh, local cherries that are on offer this time of year. Of course, you can make Cherry Loaf Cake all year round with imported cherries, but I always think local cherries taste better. I’m a big fan of eating local, seasonal food.

My Cherry Loaf Cake recipe is super easy to make. It only takes a few minutes to throw together and although it does take a little while to cook, it’s well worth the wait. Using yogurt makes for a really moist and tender cake as well as adding a bit of goodness. I use less sugar than normal in this loaf cake because most flavoured yogurts contain a lot of sugar as it is. I like to use Rachel’s Organic Cherry Yogurt but if it’s not available, your favourite brand will work very well too.

There’s nothing like the wonderful flavour of sweet cherries in this Cherry Loaf Cake recipe. A little hint – it’s really important to pit cherries properly. My husband doesn’t like fresh cherries due to an unfortunate cherry pie incident in France many years ago. Some traditional French cooks believe that cherries have a better flavour if you cook them with the pits in, and the person who had made the fateful pie was definitely of that persuasion. Even though it was years ago, my husband still can’t forget the horror of biting into a mouthful of cherry pits.

Making Cherry Pitting Easy

I’m always buying kitchen gadgets, some more useful than others, but buying this Oxo cherry pitter was one of the best kitchen gadget decisions I ever made. (If you live in the UK you can find a cherry pitter like mine here.)

I’m not a naturally co-ordinated person so trying to pit cherries in the past was extremely frustrating and incredibly messy. This little gadget makes it fun – although there is usually still a little bit of cherry juice flying around, despite the wonderful splatter guard, so be sure to wear an apron. (Or, maybe that’s just me!) I actually find using the cherry pitter quite satisfying and therapeutic – like shelling peas or preparing fresh beans, it’s somehow very relaxing.

Moist, tender and delicious, this Cherry Loaf Cake Recipe is incredibly easy to make.
There is something so comforting about having this bright and cheerful Cherry Loaf Cake on hand, ready to offer anyone who looks in need of a slice of cake, or even just as a little treat for myself! I love loaf cakes for so many reasons – they are portable, as easy to make as quick breads, keep well, and are incredibly handy to have in sitting in a pretty cake stand on the side ready for unexpected guests.

Cherry Loaf Cake Recipe Ingredients

1½ cups + 1 teaspoon all purpose (plain) flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup cherry yogurt
¾ cup granulated or caster sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup mild olive oil (not extra-virgin)
1 cup cherries (12 -14 cherries)
For the glaze
1 cup icing sugar
2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
about 1 tablespoon water
a drop of pink food colouring (optional)

Cherry Loaf Cake Recipe Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C or 165°C for fan ovens, Gas Mark 4).
Grease or line a 2 lb (8½ x 4¼x 2½ inch) loaf pan.
Remove the pits from the cherries and cut each one in half.
Put the cherries in a small bowl, sprinkle the 1 teaspoon flour over top and toss gently.
Sift the 1½ cups flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.
Stir in the sugar. Set the dry ingredients aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, vanilla and oil.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in two additions, whisking between additions.
Beat gently until the batter is relatively smooth.
Gently fold in the flour coated cherries.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing the cake and placing it on a wire rack to cool completely.
When the cake is cold, prepare the glaze.
Place the icing sugar in a small bowl and whisk in the maraschino cherry juice.
Gradually whisk in the water, a bit at at time, until a smooth, drizzle-able consistency is reached.
Whisk in the food colouring, if using.
Place a piece of parchment or waxed paper underneath the rack the cake cooled on and drizzle the glaze over the cake.
Allow the glaze to set before slicing and serving the cake.

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Cherry Loaf Cake Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups + 1 teaspoon all purpose (plain) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cherry yogurt
  • ¾ cup granulated or caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup mild olive oil (not extra-virgin)
  • 1 cup cherries (12 -14 cherries)
  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • about 1 tablespoon water
  • a drop of pink food colouring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C or 165°C for fan ovens, Gas Mark 4).
  2. Grease or line a 2 lb (8½ x 4¼x 2½ inch) loaf pan.
  3. Remove the pits from the cherries and cut each one in half.
  4. Put the cherries in a small bowl, sprinkle the 1 teaspoon flour over top and toss gently.
  5. Sift the 1½ cups flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.
  6. Stir in the sugar. Set the dry ingredients aside.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, vanilla and oil.
  8. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in two additions, whisking between additions.
  9. Beat gently until the batter is relatively smooth.
  10. Gently fold in the flour coated cherries.
  11. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  12. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing the cake and placing it on a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. When the cake is cold, prepare the glaze.
  14. Place the icing sugar in a small bowl and whisk in the maraschino cherry juice.
  15. Gradually whisk in the water, a bit at at time, until a smooth, drizzle-able consistency is reached.
  16. Whisk in the food colouring, if using.
  17. Place a piece of parchment or waxed paper underneath the rack the cake cooled on and drizzle the glaze over the cake.
  18. Allow the glaze to set before slicing and serving the cake.

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Fig & Honey Yogurt Loaf Cake

Banana Gingerbread Loaf Cake

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Comments

  1. Cydnee Knoth says:

    I love this recipe April. I just pinned and shared it on my page. Delicious!

  2. April, cherries are my favorite fruit and I do not cook with them nearly enough. I like that you used them both in the cake and as a topping.

  3. I adore cherry loaf so this is right up my alley. Not only delicious but pretty too.

  4. This looks so good!
    Right now is totally the best time to get cherries. Unfortunately I would have to buy 2x what the recipe calls for because I would totally eat 1/2 of them before they even went into my loaf!
    Great work!

  5. This is beautiful! I love how you put big cherry pieces inside the loaf – yum!

    • Thank you, Bri 🙂 The trick is to coat the cherry pieces with a bit of flour so they distribute evenly through the cake and don’t all sink to the bottom.

  6. I LOVE cherries, but can’t bring myself to eat fruit that is cooked/baked. I’ll take a slice with fresh cherries on top, please!!

  7. I feel like this loaf cake is calling my name! Cherry inspired desserts and treats are the absolute best. And I totally get what you mean about pitting cherries being therapeutic! That’s how I feel about peeling apples for apple pie 😀

  8. That drizzle just looks perfect! I can’t get enough of anything cherry related at the moment!

  9. Such a wonderful use of cherries! That glaze is gorgeous and I just love the cherries peeking out of the slices. I definitely need to get that pitter.

  10. Cherries are my favorite summer fruit, but I’ve never tried them in a cake before. This looks so cheery and delicious!

  11. It’s a wonderful looking cake!
    That pinky drizzle – wowwww, I loooooooooove it 🙂
    My family loves cherries – as they are and in sweets

  12. This looks delicious!! I pinned it. Hopefully I’ll find some time in a few weeks to make it. 🙂

  13. Such a pretty cake and it looks heavenly. My mouth is watering!Pinning and tweeting!

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