Sweet Cherry Buttermilk Cake

Sweet Cherry Buttermilk Cake

You guys it is happening. My wedding is in 6 weeks and I am going a little bit crazy. I really had hoped I would avoid getting too stressed out during this time by starting my projects early and staying super organized. I made my table numbers back in February, started my DIY table runners months ago, and have planned the homemade soy candles my Mom and I are making since April. Yet here we are, 6 weeks to go, and my home looks like a craft-tornado has swept through.

I know this is my fault, as I continue to come up with ideas for new projects. I’m now hand-making 160 dinner napkins to later be turned into a quilt, and I just finished hand cutting-fusing and gluing 160 little “Yay!” flags to be handed out before the ceremony. Yeah- I am really using my time wisely huh? I just can’t help it…since my wedding is in Milwaukee and I can’t do many of the actual important stuff, I’m left to create more and more craft projects to keep me busy here in New York.


My point? I feel like the time of my day that I usually devote to baking, dessert-creating, blog-commenting, and maybe making some new photo backdrops is now spent sewing, cutting, gluing and searching Etsy for a sash that will go with my dress. Please don’t stop liking me if I can’t post as often the next few weeks OK?? And on that note- I will try to post a couple tutorials for some of the crafts I think you’ll like best as well as a recap of all my projects. Maybe if you are involved in the mayhem you’ll understand. :)

Onto the cake… I made this super simple Cherry Buttermilk Cake when my dear friend Bertie was coming over to help me make table runners, and we needed something fruity and delicious to snack on. I had a bag of juicy cherries waiting and I thought this recipe would be perfect. I’ve made a strawberry version before, and I remember this being one of the easiest desserts to whip up ever!


I chose to reduce the sugar of this not-too-sweet dessert even more so it was better for breakfast and also let the cherries shine. A quick dollop of fresh whipped cream and a cherry on top were perfect and I thought this cake was delicious with a side of iced coffee. The sprinkling of sugar on top creates a delicious crust which contrasts nicely with the soft cake and juicy cherries.

Anyway- thanks for listening to me ramble.. :)

Sweet Cherry Buttermilk Cake

Sweet Cherry Buttermilk Cake

Yield: 1 - 9 inch cake


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, almond extract would also be great with these flavors
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 cup pitted cherries
  • whipped cream and cherries for garnish, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter, flour and parchment a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high
  4. speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in vanilla. Add
  5. egg and beat well.
  6. At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with
  7. buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just
  8. combined.
  9. Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Scatter cherries evenly over top and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar.
  10. Bake until cake is golden and a cake tester/toothpick inserted into
  11. center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then
  12. turn out onto a rack and cool until room temperature.
  13. Cake can be served warm, but if you plan to top it with whipped cream, allow it to cool all the way.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Recipe adapted from Gourmet


  1. Wow, I bet the 6 weeks will go by in the blink of an eye, especially if you keep busy with all those crafts :)

    The buttermilk cake looks delicious!

  2. Sometimes a not-too-sweet cake is just what I’m craving. With all of the chocolate and butter-laden coffee cakes around, it’s sometimes nice to wake up to cake that is naturally sweetened and on the healthier side. Cherries are so sweet right now that the extra sugar is definitely not needed! Looks amazing Audra.

  3. Don’t get too stressed, lady! If you have to scrap a project to protect your sanity, it wont be the end of the world – trust me! Your wedding will be perfect and I look forward to seeing all the lovely pictures! :)

  4. This is so summery and light and delicious! I wish fresh cherries weren’t such a pain in the butt to pit though :\

  5. Fret not, my dear. Everything will be fine, I promise. We had to travel back to DC from Australia, dress and DIY projects in hand, and bake cookies the day before the wedding plus all the usual catching up with family whatnot from being away for 2 years… I thought I’d go mad, but Jase and I swore to ourselves we would just laugh about everything (everything) and soak every second in.

    The result was a wedding that went off without a hitch, was beautiful and an absolute blast – even though it had quirks and not everything went exactly to plan. Let your apartment be a mess. Stay up late to get fun things done. The wedding is going to swing by in a heartbeat and all those little extra efforts will be so worth it if you take them lightly and enjoy doing it :)

  6. Wedding will not be complete without cakes, or even cupcakes. It is really better if you are good in baking as you can put a taste of your own on your pastries. However, wedding planners can also suggest some experts who can help you with this.

  7. I have had wedding jitters before. Been there, done that. There was even this time I had to cry over being a waiting list on one of the wedding venues staffordshire, problems with the flowers and with the food, among other things. I guess, just bear in mind that it’s just a day and what matters most is your bond as husband and wife. Good luck!

  8. Actually a dentist in longview texas said that indulging yourself from sweets and pastries isn’t that bad. In fact there are foods that are rich in fiber and protein is really good for the health and for one’s teeth.

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  10. Hi Audra – just found this recipe now in a search – do you think I could sub frozen cherries in this since a bit too early to get fresh? Any other additions I should make if using frozen to not be too watery? Thx!!

  11. Wow!! It looks so yummy. Is is really simple and eacy to make. Thanks for sharing so creatve blog. Keep it up.

  12. Made this when I had leftover buttermilk and an abudance of cherries before they went bad. The cake came out so moist and delicious. Even my husband who tends to eat gluten free said the cake was so good he couldn’t resist and requested me to make more.

  13. Why do people comment on a recipe when they have yet to try it. A waste of time wading through all the “this looks delicious, must try it”! I only found one comment where someone had actually tried it.

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