Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 35 Mins
Makes 12 to 16 servings

If you're ready to step up your brunch game, this beautiful cake will definitely do the trick. Serve with lots (and lots) of coffee. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups granulated sugar, and beat until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and stopping to scrape sides of bowl as needed. Add lemon juice and almond extract, and beat until blended. Increase speed to medium-high, and beat 1 to 2 minutes or until pale yellow.

Step 2

Stir together baking powder, salt, and 3 1/2 cups flour. Add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Line bottom and sides of 9- x 13-inch pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches of foil to extend over sides. Grease (with butter) and flour foil. Pour batter into prepared pan. Toss together cherries and remaining 2 Tbsp. flour and 1 tsp. granulated sugar, and scatter over batter.

Step 3

Bake at 325° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until set and browned on top. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour.

Step 4

Whisk together powdered sugar and buttermilk, and drizzle over cake. Let cake stand until glaze sets (about 5 minutes). Lift cake from pan, using foil sides as handles. Cut into squares.

Ratings & Reviews

This is a keeper

June 18, 2015
Had a bunch of cherries sitting around and saw this recipe yesterday and made it last night.  It's definitely a "make again" recipe.  The cake is not too sweet and is great without the glaze as well.  (I tried the glaze before putting it on and didn't like it, but my husband did - so you might want to just put it on individual pieces instead of the entire cake.)