Old-fashioned Cherry Cake
OK. It is an old-fashioned, very English kind of cake, and yes the cherries sometimes sink but believe me there are many people who are still very attached to it. If you’re one of these, we have found the old-fashioned creaming-block-butter method works best, and if you slice the cherries, fold in two thirds of them then simply poke in the other third just before it goes into the oven, they don’t sink.
|200g glacé cherries|
|175g block butter, at room temperature|
|175g golden caster sugar|
|3 large eggs, whisked lightly|
|175g plain flour|
|½ level teaspoon baking powder|
|75g ground almonds|
|a few drops almond extract|
|1 dessertspoon milk|
|Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4|
|Need help with conversions?|
|Equipment: You will also need an 18cm round cake tin, buttered and with base and sides lined|
This recipe is from Delia's Cakes
Begin by preparing the cherries. If they’re dripping in syrup, pat them dry with kitchen paper, then slice each one into four. For the cake, cream the butter and sugar together until light, pale and fluffy. Now gradually beat in the whisked eggs a little at a time.
Then sift the flour and baking powder together, and carefully fold this into the creamed mixture using a metal spoon. Toss two thirds of the cherries together with the ground almonds and carefully fold these into the cake, adding one or two drops of almond extract and the milk.
Now spoon the cake mix into the prepared tin, level off the top with the back of a spoon, then sprinkle over the remaining third of the cherries and poke them just under the surface with a teaspoon.
Bake the cake near the centre of the oven for 50 minutes, then cover with foil and continue cooking for a further 10 minutes, or until the centre is springy to touch.
Cool the cake in the tin for 15 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool.
Store in an airtight tin.
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