Kirschlikuchen – Cherry Cake

Inspired by Ulrike I recently made a fake “Kirschlikuchen”. Fake, in that the “real” Kirschlikuchen is a cake from a box: a mix of flour, sugar, baking powder, rice starch, emulsifying agents, flavoring, and thickening agents. To this, you add butter, eggs, and chocolate flakes, and a jar of sour cherries. It’s Ulrike’s designation to recreate such box mixes as closely as possible, of course without those bad things like emulsifying agents, flavoring and thickening agents ;o). I thought her result looked perfect, so I tried my hands on it, too. And indeed, this cake was delicious! My son’s new favorite cake!

Cherry Cake

(created by Ulrike)


  • 6.1 oz butter, softened
  • 3.9 oz sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, large
  • 7 oz all-purpose flour
  • 0.3 oz baking powder
  • 7 oz chocolate flakes or very finely chopped chocolate
  • 12 oz sour cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease springform pan.
  2. Mix butter with sugar until foamy. Add one egg after the other, mixing for 1 minute after each addition.
  3. Mix flour and baking powder and add to the butter mixture.
  4. Fold in the chocolate flakes.
  5. Pour batter into springform pan and arrange cherries on top. Leave a rim of about 1/3 inch all around.
  6. Bake for about 50 – 60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

8 responses to “Kirschlikuchen – Cherry Cake

  1. This looks great. I love the reverse-engineering of the box cake. Cherries and chocolate is so good. Is it easy to find sour cherries for you? I always keep my eye out but never see them (frozen or fresh). Sweet cherries are of course delicious fresh but for baking they can quickly cross over to the cough-syrup flavored dark side…

  2. And…Vielen Danke for translating for the non-German speakers among us!

  3. Na, dann auf zum nächsten Backen ohne Tüte

  4. Oh, that looks delicious…look at those cherries…we love cherrries here! Ulrike always has such great recipes and ideas, doesn’t she???

  5. I am going to make this cake next. I just bought a can of cherries with no goal in mind. Foresight! Cake prophecy… So let it be 🙂

  6. Haven’t caught up with you in a while. Love the look of this cherry cake. I seemed to have lots of jars of canned cherries from last year needed using up but after making alsorts of things using them and giving a few jars away I’m not fretting that I’ll run out. Might save my last jar for your recipe.

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