One of my favourite cakes as a child was one we simply referred to as Cherry Cake, which I think was essentially a madeira cake with cherries in it. This is a take on my childhood cake which includes ground and flaked almonds.
This is a really light, tasty cake with a very subtle almond flavour and a nice hit of sweet cherries. The scattering of almonds on the top add a nutty note and crunchy texture. In an ideal world the cherries would be evenly distributed throughout the cake. Maybe I should have quartered rather than halved them…
juice of half a lemon
220g SR flour, sieved
40g ground almonds
25g flaked almonds
Set the oven to 180ºC. Grease and line an 8″ deep cake tin with removable base.
Halve (or quarter!) your cherries, wash them to remove the sugar syrup, and pat them dry. This should help stop them sinking to the bottom.
Cream the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
Add the eggs, one at a time and beat until incorporated.
Stir in the lemon juice.
Fold in the flour and ground almonds.
Spoon into the prepared tin and level gently.
Scatter over the ground almonds.
Bake for about an hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out dry. You may need to cover this cake with aluminium foil toward the end of the baking time to stop it browning too heavily.
Allow to cool in the tin for a while before transferring to a cooling rack.
This cake is delicious still warm and the kids thought it would be wonderful with some custard as a dessert. I think it is a perfect mid-afternoon-cup-of-tea type of cake, until it starts to get a little dry, at which point custard would be the answer. Unfortunately ours didn’t hang around long enough to test the theory!
Mmmmm. Sure looks yummy!
Thanks – it did go a bit too quickly!
ooo yummy, to bad it’s to late to make one now, on to do list for tomorow! xxxx
This cake looks delicious and the photos are really good. You are really creative, keep on believing in yourself and don’t stop. I have bookmarked your blog under my favourites. Look forward to more of your posts!!!
Thank you very much for your lovely comments – I’m enjoying your blog too, bookmarking is a great idea as my Reader seems to decide who I can follow sometimes – some blogs often don’t appear in it.
This cake looks so scrumptious! And, with cherries! 😛
It reminded me of almond cake and hazelnut cake I haven’t baked for a long time (because they are so high cal). But your recipe really sounds light. Yum! 😀
That sounds delicious!
This looks delicious!
Oh I love cherry cake! I normally make cherry and coconut but I am sure I could do cherry and almond for a change. I love how you’ve changed the look of your blog. 🙂 Abigail x
Cherry and coconut sounds really good too, will give that a go sometime
gosh, beautiful cake, look at its texture, so airy and fluffy, and almonds are always a great choice for baked goods 🙂
I love almonds!
Cherries are my husband’s favorite, so I’ll have to try this one for him! The final product looks mouthwatering too! 🙂
I hope you both enjoy it!
that’s my kind of cake! will have to try it, almonds and cherries, two favorites here
Hope you enjoy it!
If you wash the cherries first they won’t all sink to the bottom 🙂
Thank you – I really should make more effort but am generally too lazy, I think!
I made this cake on Valentine’s day and my husband just love it. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It’s very easy to make too.
Thank you very much, I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day!