Sour Cherry Shortcake

Sour cherry shortcake

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Tara Weaver Course: DessertCuisine: InternationalDifficulty: Medium


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Fresh and sweet sour cherry shortcake for summer afternoons. This treat is great for backyard barbeques or picnics. Soft batter covered in fresh sour cherries just melts in your mouth.

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  • Sour cherries
  • 1 1/2 cup 1 1/2 sour cherries without pits

  • 3 tbsp 3 semolina flour

  • Batter
  • 5 tbsp 5 aquafaba

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 turmeric

  • 1 cup 1 sugar

  • 7 oz 7 water

  • 7 oz 7 applesauce

  • 3 1/2 cups 3 1/2 white flour

  • 2 tbsp 2 wine-stone backing powder

  • 15 tbsp 15 aquafaba (for the “snow”)

  • Topping
  • 2 tbsp 2 powdered sugar


  • Sour cherries
  • Pour away water from sour cherry jar and tap the cherries with a paper towel to dry them a bit.
  • Add semolina flour and mix it up.
  • Batter
  • Mix 5 tbsp of aquafaba, turmeric and sugar.
  • Add water and apple sauce to the mixture.
  • Mix flour and wine-stone baking powder.
  • Add the liquid mix to the flour mix and stir it well.
  • Put 15 tbsp of aquafaba into the kitchen robot and beat until you get a soft cream.
  • Add the snowy cream to the flour+liquid mixture and mix it with spattula.
  • Pour the mixture into the baking tray (approx. 11.8×8.6×2 in).
  • Spread the sour cherries over the batter in the baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • After baking put some powdered (icing) sugar over the whole cake.

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FAQ about vegan shortcake

What makes a shortcake a shortcake?

A shortcake is typically made with a biscuit or scone cake that is split from the middle and is filled with fresh fruit and sweetened whipped cream. Unlike other types of cakes like sponge cakes, a lot of vegan butter is incorporated in the shortcake recipe. It is a very easy dessert that usually highlights berries like strawberries, sour berries, etc.

What is the difference between cake and shortcake?

Shortcake is a biscuit-based cake that is usually made with vegan butter, flour, sugar, salt, cream, and sometimes vegan egg substitute with no baking powder or baking soda. On the other hand, a cake is made with flour, vegan egg substitute, and sugar as ingredients.

What is sour cherry good for?

Sour cherries contain several important nutrients like vitamin C, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. These small cherries benefit cancer prevention, heart rate enhancement, inflammation reduction, and many other health benefits.

Is semolina healthier than wheat flour?

In terms of nutrition, semolina is better than wheat flour, this is because semolina is rich in minerals, proteins, and B vitamins and is proven to be beneficial for the digestive system. Apart from this, semolina has almost zero saturated fat, which makes it a perfect alternative to wheat flour.

How much aquafaba to replace one egg?

Aqufaba is widely used by vegans to replace eggs in recipes like cakes and breads, but most of them don’t know how to measure it perfectly to replace eggs. Roughly adding about three tablespoons of aquafaba will replace 1 large egg.

Does applesauce replace eggs?

Applesauce is often used by vegans as a common substitute for eggs in baking; this is mainly because of applesauce’s moist texture and the ability to bind ingredients. Applesauce not only acts as a replacement for eggs in many recipes but also adds a unique tangy taste to baked items.

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Tara Weaver
Tara Weaver

I’m Tara, and I’m not just a wife and mom who loves her family and pets. I’m an aspiring chef who’s passionate about food, crystals and sharing my experiences with everyone!