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Cherry Dessert Casserole
Cherry Dessert Casserole

This Cherry Dessert Casserole will satisfy even the most persistent sweet tooth. Made with sweet cherries, this baked fruit dessert recipe is soft, moist, and best when served warm. The sweet, cake-like topping is the perfect complement to the tart cherries. A sprinkle of powdered sugar adds the perfect amount of sweetness to this homemade dessert. The cornmeal creates a wonderful, slightly course texture to this simple dessert.

If you're not a huge fan of cherries, you're in luck. Feel free to substitute in your favorite fruit or berry. Peaches, blueberries, and apples are all great options for this dessert casserole. Since you can use many different types of fruit, you can make this dessert casserole all year long. Simply use your favorite seasonal fruit and bake up a delicious treat. To serve this delightful cherry cake, top each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and dig in.

Yields: 16 slices

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cup yellow or white cornmeal
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 pound sweet dark cherries, pitted (see Note)
  • powdered sugar for garnish

If using frozen cherries, thaw completely and drain well before folding into the batter. Other fruits may be substituted: use 4 cups fresh chopped peaches, blueberries, or peeled and chopped apples. 

For more recipes for fruit desserts, be sure to check out our collection of 23 Sweet Recipes for Cobblers.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray a 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray.
  2. Sift together the flour, cornmeal, and baking powder and set aside. In an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter together for 4 minutes until light and fluffy, stopping frequently to scrape down the sides. Add almond and vanilla extracts and the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl sides and bottom once.
  3. Fold in the cherries by hand until well mixed. Spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes until center tests done and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour before removing pan sides. Sprinkle cake with powdered sugar just before serving.

If you enjoyed this recipe for Cherry Dessert Casserole, take a look at our free, printable collection of Fresh, Fruity, and Fabulous Fruit Recipes: 25 Summer Desserts with Fruit.

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Hi dp2014,, I'm sorry you had trouble getting the recipe. The page has since been updated. Enjoy the recipe! - Natalie, Editor of AllFreeCasseroleRecipes

This is really yummy! The cherries were nice and tangy, and the sauce had a good consistency.

Yum! The tartness of the cherries was a great counter to the sweetness of topping. Definitely wish that I had had some ice cream to put on top - a french vanilla perhaps? Will keep this recipe handy!

I had this casserole yesterday, the cherries made it the perfect sweet dessert!


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