Fresh Cherry Squares with a Hint of Cinnamon and Almond


A cake full of flavour that you can have as a dessert or simply enjoy with a nice, hot cuppa.

Fresh Cherry Squares with a Hint of Cinnamon and Almond


  • 250g or a punnet of fresh cherries, pitted, sliced in half
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240ml) mild, light olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp almond or vanilla extract/essence
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ground
  • Zest of an orange or lemon
  • 1 ¾ cup (200g) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C. Line a square baking tin or tray (approx 20 x 20 x 5cm) with baking paper.
  2. Beat the caster sugar and eggs together for five minutes, until pale and creamy.
  3. Slowly pour in the oil and beat again. Add the almond extract and mix in well.
  4. Grate in the zest of one lemon or orange.
  5. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and carefully mix (with a metal spoon, not mixer) until it is all combined.
  6. Add in the ground almonds and carefully mix again. Pour in the cake batter. Scatter the halved cherries over the top and push down, leaving some of the cherries visible.
  7. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Dust with the icing sugar and cut into squares or slices. Serve warm or cool. Keeps well in a tin for up to five days.


    Ingredients for Fresh Cherry Squares with a Hint of Cinnamon and Almond

    Cherries (min 400g)

    $9.00 ea

    Crisco - Oil Vegetable (750mL)

    $4.29 ea

    Golden Shore Caster Sugar (1kg)

    $2.59 ea

    Chefs Choice Vanilla Extract Pure 100ml

    $9.49 ea

    Harris Farm - Eggs Barn Laid (12eggs, 660g)

    $2.99 ea

    Lemons (each)

    $1.00 ea

    Villa Rossi - Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1l)

    $16.99 ea

    Wards Baking Powder 125g

    $2.69 ea

    White Wing Self Raising Flour 1kg

    $3.29 ea

    The Market Grocer - Almond Meal (250g)

    $7.99 ea

    Lemons Imperfect Pick Value Range (Each = min 500g)

    $1.50 ea

    The Market Grocer - Almond Meal (500g)

    $14.99 ea