Beat the sugar and oil well. Beat in the eggs one at a time and beat very well. Sift and combine the flour, spices, salt and baking soda, fold into the batter, then stir in the root vegetables and finally the chopped nuts. Pour the batter into a greased spring form or small rectangular baking tin. Bake for approx. 45 min. at 175°C. Cool on a rack. Coarsely chop the cherries and combine them with sugar and lemon zest. Let the cherries marinate in the sugar and lemon for at least one hour, but preferably overnight. Drain the cherries. Whip the cream until stiff, then fold in the yoghurt and cherries. Season to taste, adding more sugar and lemon if desired. Cut the cake into suitable pieces and serve with the ice-cold cherry cream. You can also use store-bought stewed cherries or substitute other berries, such as blueberries, blackcurrants or blackberries. Frozen berries also work well. Tip: Use the juice from the cherries in a wild game gravy – or just enjoy it as a refreshing drink.