Quick, easy and delicious sweet cherry cake, drizzled with a sweet, vanilla glaze. This one starts with a bit of yeast and rises in the pan!

Skillet Sweet Cherry Kuchen

This delicious sweet cherry coffee cake is leavened with a bit of yeast, so it’s lovely and light. Don’t worry though, even though there’s yeast involved, there are no super-long rising times and absolutely no kneading required!

Studded with sweet cherries and drizzled with a sweet vanilla glaze, this dish works as a sweet morning or afternoon treat or as a summer dessert, maybe with a dollop of whipped or ice cream.

Cook’s Notes

This recipe was halved from a larger recipe, hence the 1 1/2 eggs :) It’s plenty at this size for normal family fare, but if you’re feeding a crowd, you can double the recipe and bake up in a 9×13-inch pan.

You can also used thawed frozen cherries for this cake as well, if you prefer or if good cherries are out of season.

I love to bake this up in my skillet, for a rustic presentation. My skillet (shown) is 8-inches across the bottom and 10-inches across the top. You can also bake this in an 8-inch square or round baking pan.

As noted in the recipe instructions, you can make this ahead. Instead of setting to rise to bake up immediately, cover and place in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. This is perfect for mixing up the night before, then baking up first thing in the morning!

Skillet Sweet Black Cherry Kuchen

Get the Recipe: Sweet Cherry Coffee Cake (Kuchen)

A delicious light coffee cake, leavened with a little bit of yeast, but with no kneading required! Great served warm from the oven and best on the day it is made. Also freezes well.
5 stars from 2 ratings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Rising Time:: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Yield: 8 servings



  • 3/4 cup (183 ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (55 g) brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (6 ml) active dry or instant yeast
  • 5 Tbsp. (71 g) butter
  • 1 1/2 large (1.5 large) eggs, add 1 egg, then beat another egg in a small bowl and add half of it
  • 1 3/4 cups (218.75 g) all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. (4.5 ml) salt


  • 3 cups (465 ml) sweet black cherries, fresh or frozen, pitted
  • 2 Tbsp. (24 g) turbinado or brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. (28.4 g) unsalted butter, melted


  • 1/2 cup (60 g) icing/confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) cream or milk
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) vanilla or vanilla bean paste


  • Lightly great a 10-inch skillet (8 inches across the bottom/10 inches across the top) or an 8-inch round or square baking pan. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk, brown sugar and butter until warm to the touch, and the butter has almost melted. Remove from heat and stir in the yeast. Let stand 5-10 minutes, until foamy.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the eggs and the milk/yeast mixture and gently stir, mixing just until the wet ingredients are incorporated. Add the batter to the prepared plan and cover with plastic wrap that is sprayed with cooking spray on the underside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Place the pan in a warm spot in your kitchen and leave it to rise for about 45 minutes - 1 hour (I like to set it on top of my pre-heating oven). *Note: If you want to make the night before for enjoying in the morning, you can refrigerate this for up to 8 hours, then bake up.
  • When dough has risen, remove plastic wrap and evenly distribute the cherries over-top. Sprinkle with turbinado or brown sugar, then drizzle the melted butter over-top.
  • Bake in the preheated 350 F. oven for 30 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 F. and bake a further 10-15 minutes, or until the top is golden and the sides are pulling away from the side of the pan.
  • While the kuchen is baking, make the glaze by whisking together all the ingredients until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the warm kuchen and serve immediately.
Cuisine: American
Course: Snack
Author: Jennifer
Calories: 318kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 273mg, Potassium: 204mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 450IU, Vitamin C: 3.6mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 1.7mg
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