Last updated on July 10th, 2023.

This Olive Oil Cherry Cake is a tender and moist olive oil cake spiced with some Cinnamon and Cardamom and beautifully dotted with fresh cherries.

Olive Oil Cherry Cake recipe
Olive Oil Cherry Cake recipe

Cherries are such a summer icon and we mostly associate them with pie, ice-cream, and popsicles. That is why I was pleasantly surprised to find out how well they pair with some warm spices and the earthy flavors of olive oil.

Check out my other cherry recipes like this White Forest Cake, Chocolate Cherry Cake, Cherry Galette, Black Forest Brownies, and cherry hand pies.

(The irony that this cake would be a great fall recipe did not escape my mind and all I have to say is “whatever!”.)

What ingredients Are In This Olive Oil Cherry Cake:

Olive Oil Cherry Cake recipe
  • Fresh Cherries, pitted and sliced half verticality. Frozen cherries are not a good ides as they may contain too much liquid.
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Olive Oil, since olive oil is what gives the cake it’s wonderful earthy tones and tenderness. Please use a brand that you like.
  • Cake Flour, but if you do not have it in hand use AP flour + 2 tsp potato starch.
  • AP Flour
  • Almond Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Ground Cinnamon and Ground Cardamom, a very small amount goes very far. Please do not skip these two ingredients, however feel free to replace the cardamom with hazelnut.
  • Sour cream

How to make this recipe:

This Olive Oil Cherry Cake is a pound cake, which means that firstly, we beat the creaming ingredients together (sugar, eggs and olive oil).

Secondly, we will incorporate the dry ingredients (flours, spices and leaners) in three additions alternating with the sour cream (the liquids).

Last, it is the fun part. Pouring the batter into the pan and dot the top of the cake with the cherries.

Olive Oil Cherry Cake recipe

Storing the cake:

Olive Oil Cherry Cake recipe
Olive Oil Cherry Cake recipe

This cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 48 hours, or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Few more tips about this Olive Oil Cherry Cake:

  • I baked this cake in a round 8″ pan because I like the cake to be tall. However, you can bake it in a round (or square) 9″ pan and lower the baking time to 40-45 minutes.
  • For greasing the cake, I used a parchment paper and placed it at the bottom of the cake but the sides of the cake I did not grease. This way the cake can rise as tall as possible. To remove the cake, I used a sharp knife to run between the side of the cake and the cake. then turned it upside down on a plate and back up.


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4 from 2 votes

Olive oil cherry cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword blackeberry pound cake, cherry cake, olive oil cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 8″ cake (serves 10 people)
Author Dikla


  • 1 Cup Fresh cherries, pitted and cut in half (150 g / 5 oz)
  • 1 Cup Cake Flour (120 g / 4 oz)
  • 2/3 Cup AP Flour (80 g / 2.5 oz)
  • 1/4 Cup Almond flour (40 g / 1.5 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom
  • 1 Cup Olive oil (200 g / 7 oz)
  • 3/4 Cup Full Fat Sour cream (200 g / 7 oz)
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sugar (300 g / 11 oz)


  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line the bottom of 8" pan with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Use a fork to blend it all. Set aside.

  3. In a bowl of a standing mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the sugar and eggs on medium speed for about 1 minute.

  4. Reduce speed to low and drizzle in the olive oil.

  5. Add the flour in three additions alternating with the sour cream, starting and finishing with the flour mixture.

  6. Pour batter in the prepared cake pan and dot the cake with the pitted cherries.

  7. Bake for 55-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.

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8 Comments on " Olive Oil Cherry Cake "

  1. Dikla

    4 stars
    I made this cake last night -it has a very nice texture and is quite filling (for breakfast obviously). In an 8″, it takes absolutely forever to bake, but the outside wasn’t overdone and I rotated it a couple times throughout. I was a little surprised there is no salt in the recipe (other than what is in the sour cream) – I think I would add a little next time to try to get a bit more depth in flavor.

    1. Dikla

      Hi Megan! Thank you for baking this cake and for your feedback. I agree this cake does take forever to bake mostly because of the amount of batter in an 8″ pan. The reason I did not add salt to the recipe is that the recipe contains baking soda that during activation with the acid coming from the sour cream it releases some salty flavors. The cake does not have a large amount of sugar and when I tested it with the salt I did not feel it was unnecessary. Having said that I am aware that it is a personal preference and I will make sure to add a note.

  2. Dikla

    4 stars
    Hi! I made the cake, it was very rich, the only thing that happened to me was that the cherries went to the bottom of the mold and were not on top. What trick can I use to prevent this from happening to me again?

    1. Dikla

      There could be two reasons, one you did not cut the cherries in half and they were too heavy or adding the wrong amount of baking powder/soda.

  3. Dikla

    Hi, I’m hoping to try this recipe this weekend. Does the type of olive oil matter? Extra Virgin or not?

    1. Dikla

      Hi Margaret,
      You can use any type of olive oil you like to use when cooking.

  4. Dikla

    How do I make it without the eggs? Infact , all your recipes are mind blowing but being a vegetarian I can’t try them since I don’t know what to use instead of eggs in all the recipes. Pls start mentioning the alternatives in the future posts. Thanks!

    1. Dikla

      Hi Kanan,
      At the moment, I do not have any recommendation for egg substitutions, but I will look into it.

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