Mom’s Cherry and Brown Sugar Cake

as mother’s day approached this year,  i had very little trouble deciding what to make in honor of my fabulous mom. it just had to be her famous cherry cake.

a brief summary: it’s a vanilla cake, topped with plump cherries and brown sugar that forms a beautiful, crunchy topping. it’s moist on the inside with a caramel-y outer crust, and perfect for dipping in tea or coffee. it’s super simple to make and can be assembled with things you likely already have in the fridge — i realize now it’s also dairy free! most importantly, it’s foolproof and comes out perfectly every single time (like in today’s case, when i didn’t have frozen cherries so i subbed them with mixed berries. i even messed up the sugar a bit. still perfect).

but in all its simplicity, it’s not just some ordinary concoction… mom made it when i came home to visit from college, or when she had friends over (and i’d steal a piece), or whenever i begged enough. later, it became my go-to recipe for all kinds of things too. my sister and i used to make it together when we lived closeby in Holland. i made it for her when her son (my adorable nephew) was born, as a welcome gift when they arrived home as a new family +1 for the first time. it was also the first thing i baked for the Australian Man when we first moved in. it’s become an heirloom. a world-travelling one, at that.

so thank you for this cake, mom, and for all the memories that came with it.


2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup natural sugar
1 cup flour (half plain, half wholemeal)
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 packet frozen cherries (or other berries you have handy), for topping
2 tbsp dark brown sugar, for topping

preheat oven to 180 C/ 350 F. in a large bowl, mix together the canola oil, sugar, then whisk in the eggs and vanilla. sift the flour and baking powder, then fold in to form a thick batter.

grease (i spray) and flour a round springform pan. pour the batter into the pan, and add the cherries/berries over top to cover the batter in a single layer. sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake and berries.

bake 45 min to 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  • sarah nicole

    This looks sooo good! I wonder if I could whip up a vegan version, because I really want some. : )

    Happy mother’s day to your mom!



  • ♥ Nadine ♥

    Oh my, that cake looks wonderful. Like everything you make. :)

    ♥ Happy Sunday!!

  • Indie.Tea

    That cake looks really delicious. I’m sure your mom was pleased…

  • Foodness Gracious

    Mmmm, I could go a slice right now. Looks awesome, your mom’s a lucky lady!

  • OohLookBel

    Mmm, that crumbly topping looks so scrumptious. I’ve bookmarked this recipe, so thanks!

  • Relishment (Rory Hart)

    Wow that is an amazing looking cake!

  • marla

    This cake is so pretty with all those bright cherries – perfect for entertaining or anytime!

  • Audra

    Yasmeen this cake looks amazing! Your pictures are so clear and stunning!

  • Candace

    You have baked with MY favorite fruit! The color of the cherries in the cake is just beautiful. I’m sure this cake tastes absolutely wonderful!

  • Joe @mydeliciousblog

    This cherry cake looks so homey. I bake a lot but funnily I haven’t used cherries much. Once I finish my chocolate fudge cake (in the freezer) I am so trying this!

  • Shu Han

    i have a weakness for any recipe that starts with “mum’s” or “my mother’s”. haha. i think mums cook the best food, and your mum’s cherry cake clearly shows that. looks really really delicious!

  • Cassandra @foodmyfriend

    Yum! Its begging me to warm it up and top it with homemade vanilla bean ice cream. Make it stop!!

  • Denise Browning

    This looks fantastic, Yasmeen! I have to make it…

  • Ingrid

    Hi, I was just wondering whether you used a 9-in. round pan or 8-in.?