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Fresh Cherry Almond Clafoutis - Pudding Cake Recipe

How to make the best fresh cherry almond clafoutis - This simple and easy pudding cake recipe uses sweet black or red cherries (fresh or canned) with a homemade, made from scratch vanilla almond cake. It is amazing with ice cream and real whipped cream!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 8 slices
Calories 483 kcal



For the cherry layer

  • 5 cups fresh sweet cherries pitted and cut in half
  • 1 cup sugar total 3 cups of sugar in the recipe, divided

For the cake layer

  • 2-½ cups flour
  • 2 cups` sugar total 3 cups of sugar in the recipe, divided
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract


  • Preheat oven to 375º. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.

For the cherry layer

  • Pit and halve the cherries. When approximately ½ are pitted, sprinkle them with ½ cup sugar. Pit and halve the rest, sprinkle with remaining ½ cup sugar, and toss all the cherries to coat.

For the cake layer

  • Add flour, sugar, and baking powder to a large bowl. Whisk together.
  • To dry ingredients, add milk, oil, and vanilla and almond extracts. Whisk to blend well.
  • Pour cake batter into the bottom of the prepared 9x13 pan. Spread to cover the bottom; it may seem like there's not enough batter, but there is.
  • Spoon sugared cherries over top of the batter and spread around in an even layer.
  • Bake 40 minutes or until a tester inserted in the cake portion comes out clean.
  • Best warm with a scoop of ice cream, but almost as good cold (also with a scoop of ice cream, of course!).


If fresh cherries are not available, you could use canned cherries, but cherry pie filling will not work well in this recipe.
Please note that this recipe requires sweet cherries. There are tons of recipes for sour or tart cherries, and they are very tasty, but this particular recipe requires sweet cherries. If your cherries are dark red to black, bright yellow, or yellow and red mixed, you have sweet cherries. If they are small and only bright red, they are probably sour cherries, and you will need to find a different recipe.


Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 111g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 96g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 1mg
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