Almond Kirsch Cake

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 40m
Ready In


Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (223.6 g)
  • Calories 676.9
  • Total Fat - 38.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 20.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 242.2 mg
  • Sodium - 275.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 77.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.8 g
  • Sugars - 63.1 g
  • Protein - 9.6 g
  • Calcium - 81 mg
  • Iron - 2.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

For cake, preheat oven to 325 °F.

Step 2

Grease and line a 10-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Grease again and dust with flour, tapping out excess.

Step 3

Pulse marzipan, butter and sugar in a food processor until smooth.

Step 4

Add eggs, kirsch and vanilla and purée on high until smooth (scraping into the bottom of the bowl, if needed).

Step 5

Scrape batter into a bowl and stir in flour in two additions.

Step 6

Scrape into prepared pan and bake for 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Step 7

Cool completely in the pan.

Step 8

For meringue layer, reduce oven temperature to 250 °F and line bottom of a 10-inch spring form pan with parchment.

Step 9

Pulse 1/3 cup sugar and almonds in food processor until ground.

Step 10

Toss with cornstarch and set aside.

Step 11

Whip egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy, then add remaining 1/3 cup sugar and whip until a stiff peak forms.

Step 12

Quickly but gently fold in ground nuts and spread evenly into prepared pan.

Step 13

Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until dry.

Step 14

Run a spatula around edge of pan to loosen meringue, cool completely.

Step 15

For Kirsch cream, whip cream to medium peaks, and whip in icing sugar and Kirsch.

Step 16

To assemble, slice marzipan cake in half.

Step 17

Spread 1 cup of Kirsch cream over cake and sprinkle with ½ cup of cherries.

Step 18

Place meringue disk on top and spread with another cup of cream and ½ cup of cherries.

Step 19

Top with other half of marzipan cake and spread remaining cream, topped with cherries.

Step 20

Chill until ready to serve.

Step 21

Cake can be assembled up to 4 hours in advance.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.