Dominique Ansel offers a taste of his childhood with a Cherry Almond Skyr Cake

Cherry Almond SkyrCake using Icelandic Provisions, photo by Cristine Struble
Cherry Almond SkyrCake using Icelandic Provisions, photo by Cristine Struble /

While pastry lovers might dream of the next impeccable Dominique Ansel creation, his recipe for Cherry Almond Skyr Cake is one that anyone can make from the home kitchen. Rooted in Ansel’s French childhood, the secret to a moist, flavorful yogurt cake starts with one particular ingredients. Ready to try Icelandic Provisions Skyr?

Although the term moist might not be everyone’s favorite word, it is a description that is required when it comes to cakes. Putting aside a tender crumb or the perfect cake to filling ratio, the reality is that a dry cake is one that should never be sliced.

Pastry chefs have various ways to ensure the perfect bite every time. It usually comes down to using the best ingredients.

In this recipe, Dominique Ansel uses Icelandic Provisions Skyr. For those unfamiliar, Skyr is not just a yogurt. It is far thicker and creamier than yogurt. While many people enjoy a cup on its own, the Skyr is perfection when used as ingredient in a recipe.

With this Cherry Almond Skyr Cake recipe, Ansel drew inspiration from his childhood in France. Yogurt cakes were a simple recipe, but one that is meaningful. Sometimes the memory that flavors the bite is as important as the perfect measurement.

Luckily Ansel shared his recipe and it is simple enough for even the inexperienced baker to master. As bakers get more confident with the recipe, a few swaps can be made. From boozy cherries to a little orange zest, there are plenty of ways to customize it.

And, this recipe can be served in a variety of ways. From a little powdered sugar on top to a dollop of Skyr too, the versatility of this dessert is tremendous.

Here’s how to Make Cherry Almond Skyr Cake from Dominique Ansel.


  • 2-4.4 ounces Icelandic Provisions Fruit & Nut Cherry & Almonds Skyr
    containers (250g)
  • 150 grams Sugar 1 container* 64 grams
  • Grapeseed Oil 1/2 container*
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract (4g)
  • 1 tsp Salt (5g)
  • 250 grams
  • All-purpose flour 2 1/2 containers*
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda (2g)
  • 15-20 whole Amarena Cherries or Fresh Pitted Black Cherries
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Almonds for topping
  • * Note: Container = empty Icelandic Provisions Fruit & Nut Cherry & Almond Skyr 4.4oz container


  • 2 small loaf pans (5×3)
  • Rubber spatula
  • Mixing bowl


  • Step 1: Preheat oven to 320°F (convection) or 360°F (conventional).
  • Step 2: In a mixing bowl, combine the skyr, sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt with a spatula. Mix until smooth.
  • Step 3: Add the flour and baking soda, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Step 4: Butter your loaf pans. Fill both pans halfway up with batter. Divide cherries and scatter the cherries on top of the batter in both pans. Top off with remaining batter until each pan is 3/4 full (do not fill to the top, as the cakes will rise in the oven). Sprinkle the tops with a handful of almonds.
  • Step 5:Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a paring knife/cake tester comes out clean and the surface is golden. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before unmolding. Slice and enjoy!
  • Storage: Best enjoyed fresh-baked day of. You can also store in an air-tight container and enjoy next day.

Ready to start a new cake tradition in your household?