Poppy’s Low-Cholesterol Cherry Dessert

Course Dessert


  • 2 egg whites beaten
  • 1 ½ cup fresh pitted tart cherries divided
  • 1 ½ cup sugar divided
  • ½ cup chopped walnut or pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • red food coloring
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour


  • In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat egg whites until foamy. Add ¾ cup sugar, vanilla, salt and baking powder, beat until smooth and fluffy. Add flour and blend well. Stir in 1 cup tart cherries and chopped nuts. Pour into a greased 8-inch pie pan.
  • Bake in a preheated 350° F. oven for 30 minutes.
  • In medium saucepan combine 1 cup water, remaining ½ cup pitted cherries, remaining ¾ cup sugar and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Add coloring, if desired; keep sauce warm.
  • Cut cake into wedges. Top each wedge with warm cherry sauce. Garnish with whipped cream, crème fraîche, or frozen vanilla yogurt, if desired.


(Poppy’s adaptation of a recipe attributed to Grandma Orbaker of Orbaker Fruit Farm, a distributor of tart red cherries, located in Williamson, New York.)
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Keyword Cakes, Desserts