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Cherry Snack Cake

July 29, 2019 (Last Updated: April 4, 2020)

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Cherry Snack Cake is a delicious cake filled with tart cherries! This moist cake doesn’t need any frosting or icing. It’s delicious and so full of flavor. 

Slice of cake filled with cherries sitting on a white plate.

This cherry cake is perfect for dessert, snacks, or lunches. It packs perfectly in a lunch box and makes a special treat for any kid or adult.

Our pie cherry tree is fully loaded and ready to be picked. Right now I’m only picking a small amount of cherries everyday and using them up in every way possible. I’ve made cherry cobbler and cherry pie and now I’ve made cherry cake!

We have two cherry trees; a bing cherry tree and a sour or tart pie cherry tree. I used the bing cherries in cherry muffins but for this snack cake I used the tart cherries. 

What are pie cherries?

Pie cherries are a tart cherry that are usually a bright red color. Pie cherries are softer and juicier than a sweet cherry.

A pile of pie cherries on a white board.

How do I pit cherries?

There are a few ways to pit cherries. I find pie cherries easier to pit than a sweet cherry. When I pick pie cherries, I try to leave the stem on. I use the stem to help pit the cherries. 

Ways to pit cherries:

  1. Hold the cherry between you forefinger and thumb. Hold the stem in the other hand. Gently squeeze the cherry while gently pulling on the stem. Often the seed will pop right out and still be attached to the stem.  This works best if they are pitted the same day they are picked. Sometimes the seed stays inside and then I go to step 2 or 3.
  2. Gently squeeze the cherry without the stem until the seed comes out.
  3. Use a cherry pitter to remove the seed.

Square slices of cake on a white platter.

What ingredients do I need to make cherry cake?

  • Tart cherries
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Butter

Fresh cherries, eggs, butter, flour and sugar on a white board.

Why is this called a snack cake?

This cake is moist and holds together well. It’s best eaten sliced into squares and eaten without any frosting or extra topping. Because this cake holds together so well, it can be snacked on right out of hand – no need for a plate or a fork. This cake is perfect for packing into school lunches!

Snack cake in a glass dish with a turquoise lid.

Do I use fresh or frozen cherries?

I used fresh cherries when making this cake. You could also use frozen cherries. Fold cherries in while still frozen. Increase baking time by 5-10 minutes.

A piece of cake on a white plate with fresh cherries in front of the cake.

How do I make this cake?

  1. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar together. Flour, sugar and cinnamon being mixed together in a glass bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, butter and milk. Eggs, butter, vanilla and milk being mixed in a white bowl.
  3. Combine wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Egg mixture being added to a flour mixture.
  4. Fold together until well incorporated. Cake batter being mixed together with an orange spatula.
  5. Fold cherries into batter.Cherries in a cake batter.
  6. Pour batter into greased baking pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven. Cake batter filled with fresh cherries in a baking dish.
  7. Let cake fully cool and remove from pan. Cherry cake on a white surface.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A slice of yellow cake with red cherries.

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A piece of cake on a white plate with fresh cherries in front of the cake.

Cherry Snack Cake

Moist yellow cake filled with tart cherries
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 16 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 225 kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups tart cherries (pitted)


  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl combine eggs, vanilla and melted butter.
  • Add liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and combine.
  • Fold in cherries.
  • Pour batter into a greased 11 x 7 inch baking pan.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes.
  • Allow cake to fully cool in baking dish. Cut into 12 pieces and serve.



Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 159mgPotassium: 144mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 245IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cherry cake, homemade cake, pie cherries, snack cake, yellow cake
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  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    August 1, 2019 at 5:22 am

    5 stars
    Wishing I was snaking on this right now! Looks super moist and love those pops of colours and sweetness from cherries. Just what I need this am with my coffee ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned!

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      August 2, 2019 at 6:00 am

      Delicious with a cup of coffee!!

  • Reply
    July 31, 2019 at 11:34 am

    5 stars
    A snack, dessert, breakfast — I would have this cake any time of the day (or night). I think cherries should really be taken advantage of during their short season. The is another great way to use them. I love it. ~Valentina

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      August 2, 2019 at 6:05 am

      You got to love it when you can eat cake for breakfast! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    sheenam @ thetwincookingproject
    July 31, 2019 at 5:37 am

    I can snack on this forever!!!!! SO SO GOOD!

    • Reply
      August 2, 2019 at 6:09 am


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    Kelly | Foodtasia
    July 31, 2019 at 12:12 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, this snack cake looks wonderful! I love the simplicity of snack cakes and the cherries in this one look so delicious! The tart cherries are such a pretty color!

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      August 2, 2019 at 6:10 am

      I love the color of pie cherries – they are a vibrant red on the trees and they really stand out!

  • Reply
    July 30, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    5 stars
    I love cherry cakes! Looks so delicious and moist!

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    David @ Spiced
    July 30, 2019 at 4:30 am

    5 stars
    That’s it. I’m coming to your backyard and picking cherries! If you see me out there, don’t shoot! ๐Ÿ™‚ Then I’m coming home and making this snack cake. What a great idea for a school lunch. This beats the heck out of those pre-packaged snack cakes. Plus, it uses fruit from the backyard. Win!

    • Reply
      July 30, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      Ha! You are welcome to come pick – it will save me some work!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    July 29, 2019 at 8:42 am

    5 stars
    Love cherries! One of my favourite fruits ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am a little jealous of your tree ๐Ÿ˜‰ This sounds so good. Can’t wait to bake soon!

    • Reply
      July 29, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      The tree is great, but sometimes all of it is a bit overwhelming! Hope you enjoy the cake!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 29, 2019 at 8:28 am

    5 stars
    Bring on the cherries Kathy! I can’t get enough. This snack cake looks like a total winner. On my baking list!

    • Reply
      July 29, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks and enjoy!

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