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Cherry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

This Cherry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake is a delicious and tender vanilla cake made with fresh and flavourful cherries!

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by BC Tree Fruits. I have been compensated monetarily for my time and recipe creation.  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own. Cherries are the best. 

It’s cherry season!  Every year as summer approaches I look forward to all the BC cherries filling up our grocery stores and markets.  These dark and luscious cherries start to appear usually around the third week in June, and sometimes you can find the late ripening varieties well into August, which is amazing! There’s just nothing better than fresh Okanagan grown cherries.

Once cherries arrive I always have containers of them in the fridge, washed and ready to eat.  We eat cherries for snacks, I take bags of them with us on road trips, on hikes and to the beach…they’re a perfect, ready to eat snack and I love them so much.  And this is where I won’t tell you that my husband and I ate almost an entire bag of cherries before bed last night… 😉

Cherry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

And because I love to create in the kitchen, I also can’t resist adding cherries to my cooking and baking. Their sweet cherry flavour is a delicious addition to so many recipes…especially cakes!  So guess what I made? A Cherry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake that is a perfect recipe for fresh cherries.

Cherry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

The sweet and tender crumb of this vanilla cake is the most delicious base for fresh cherries.  In every bite you taste vanilla cake, and sweet cherries.  Oh and don’t forget the crunchy sugar crust…so so good.

Cherry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

This cake is always a hit when I make it, and honestly never lasts more than 2 days around here.  I can barely resist it right out of the oven…especially the centre piece…life is too short not to get an inside piece.

Cherry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

This might be called a breakfast cake, but rest assured, you can eat this cake any time of day.  Seriously.  Any time.  😉


Cherry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

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This Cherry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake is a delicious and tender vanilla cake made with fresh and flavourful cherries!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 , 9x9 cake 1x



Buttermilk Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • 2 cups fresh pitted and chopped fresh cherries (cut the cherries into quarters)
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 12 tbsp sugar for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Preparing the Cherries:

  1. Cut the fresh cherries in half and remove the pit.
  2. Then cut the cherries into quarters (each cherry should be cut into 4 pieces).
  3. Set aside.

Making the Vanilla Buttermilk Cake:

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, using a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the eggs to the butter mix, one at a time.
  4. Add in the vanilla. Mix well.
  5. To the butter mix, add 1/3 of the flour mix, then 1/2 of the buttermilk. Repeat until all combined.
  6. In a bowl, gently toss the chopped cherries with 1 tsp of flour. This will help to keep the cherries from staining the cake batter.
  7. Using just a wooden spoon, gently stir the cherries into the cake batter. Don’t use a mixer or the batter will become pink.
  8. Pour/press the batter into a 9×9 baking pan.
  9. Sprinkle the top of the cake with 1 – 2 tbsp of granulated sugar.
  10. Bake the cake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

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Fun Fact!  Did you know that the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative is comprised of over 430 local grower families who produce a variety of tree fruits including apples, cherries, pears, peaches, nectarines, apricots, prunes, plums and grapes? So good.

Have a delicious day!

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    1. Hi Chelsea! I’ve never made cake this cake batter ahead of time and I don’t think I’d recommend it…the buttermilk in the recipe may make the batter too bubbly and puffy if it sits too long.