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Homemade Sweet Cherry Torte Recipe

A whole cherry tart and three mini cherry tortes holding bright red cherries over parchment paper. All topped with cute heart cutouts of pecan shell.

When you have sweet cherries you may crave a sweet cherry pie. Why not mix things up and make this homemade cherry torte? 

When I was a youngster I spent as much time with my grandmother as I could.

She was a hardworking woman that could make something out of nothing and nothing ever went to waste.

She had two cherry trees in her yard. We would hang foil pie plates in the trees to keep the birds out.

A slice of delicious sweet dark cherry torte dusted with powdered sugar

Sometimes it worked but the brave ones still got through.

As soon as those cherries were ripe we were picking them as fast as we could.

I’ve been craving those beloved cherries but fresh cherries aren’t an option this time of year.

My options included using frozen or canned cherries. For the sake of research, I made two! One with a homemade cherry filling using frozen cherries and a mini torte using canned cherry pie filling.

John’s grandmother was a sweet Italian woman and I was lucky enough to get her Raspberry Linzer Torte recipe. I’ve made it several times.

We love this easy Italian dessert. I decided to try that recipe with cherries and a pecan shell instead of the almond torte shell.

Mini cherry tortes full of bright red cherries are topped with heart-shaped cut out pastry

The canned pie filling cherries are prettier and you can’t beat the convenience.

However, the consensus was that the filling made from the frozen cherries was the winner. It doesn’t add much time to the whole thing.

What is the difference between a Torte and a Tart?

TORTE comes from the Italian word torta and is usually multiple layers of cake filled with cream or fruit.

It can also be made with a very small amount of flour and use ground nuts or breadcrumbs.

TART is very different from a torte. A tart usually uses a pastry base with an open top. They can be called tart, quiche, flan or pie without much overlap.

So by definition what I’ve always called a tart is actually a TORTE!

This sliced Sweet Cherry Torte shows a thick pecan shell holding a mound of bright red sweet cherries

Torte Variations You Can Make 

  • Fresh or frozen fruit
  • Canned fruit filling
  • Fruit jam
  • Pre-bake torte shell and then filled with a no-cook filling like pudding
  • Replace pecans with almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts

How to make a Sweet Cherry Torte 

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A beautiful dark sweet cherry torte with three bright red cherry mini tarts

Homemade Sweet Cherry Torte

Author: Hostess At Heart
Homemade Sweet Cherry Torte starts with a shell that tastes like a cookie and then is filled with a thick sweet cherry filling. 
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword: Cherry Torte
Servings: 10 Servings



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 9 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar plus additional for final dusting
  • 2 cups ground pecans
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cherry Filling

  • 2 cups cherries I used frozen sweet cherries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • zest of 1 lemon


  • In a saucepan, combine the cherries, sugar, salt, lemon juice, zest, and butter. Cook over medium-low heat until berries soften and start to break down (7 minutes). Stir in flour and cook until thickened (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease tart pan or a round cake pan.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, blend flour and butter together. Add powdered sugar and pecans and blend until combined. Add egg yolks and vanilla and blend until combined.
  • Take a little more than half of the dough and press it into an 8 or 9-inch tart pan, round cake pan, or mini tart pans.
  • Spread the filling over the dough.
  • Press the remaining dough between two pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Roll flat and stamp out hearts using a cookie cutter.  Place the hearts around the center of the torte.
  • Bake slowly for 50 to 60 minutes.  If shell starts getting to brown cover the edges with foil.  
  • Allow the torte to cool on a baking rack then remove the pan.
  • Sift additional powdered sugar over the top if desired.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator.


If you aren’t making your own filling, use 1/2 pint of fruit jam or ready made pie filling.


Calories: 480kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 9gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 17mgPotassium: 56mgFiber: 3gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 510IUVitamin C: 3.7mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 2.4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating


Thursday 4th of June 2020

These are gorgeous! Just got a bunch of cherries and this was the first recipe I made! DELISH!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 6th of June 2020

Thank you, Nikki!


Monday 1st of June 2020

We celebrated my Mom's birthday and I made this and WHOA BABY!! It was GOOD!! I almost didn't get a piece for myself!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Thank you!


Monday 1st of June 2020

Cherry season is here and I'll be making this! I haven't seen a recipe like this before with all cherries!

Julie Menghini

Monday 1st of June 2020

Those cherries are the best! Let me know what you think!

Michele -

Friday 3rd of January 2020

Some of my favorite recipes are from my grandma so when I see recipes passed down I always want to make them. Id made a tart before but never a torte... It came together so quickly and the cherries were a hit at our house. Im going to make this again for Valentines day since they have the cute little hearts on them...

Julie Menghini

Saturday 4th of January 2020

Thank you Michele!


Tuesday 12th of February 2019

These sweet cherry tortes are screaming my name and asking me to make them. Love, love, love it all! Love the ground pecans in the base, and those wee hearts, oh so cute! I'm recently trying out a gluten free diet for a few different reasons (of course I'm never serious about any diet, and I dislike that word anyway), but I was wondering how it might turn out with gluten free flour and I'm trying my best to cut out sugar too in favor of maple syrup and honey. Well, guess I'll just have to try and see Julie. I'll let you know how things turn out, but they are the cutest tortes :)

Julie Menghini

Saturday 16th of February 2019

I just love these tortes and love sharing them with my sweet father-in-law soon to be 95. I hope your feeling ok Loretta. Reducing sugar is always a good idea and one that I struggle with. I do love using honey though but don't use the artificial stuff. I'd love to hear how your experimenting goes!