This cake is moist, light and airy with a spongy texture, and has a burst of almond flavour. The cherries make this cake super elegant and tasty. Gets better if you can resist for a day or two.
200 g Glacé Cherries
175 g Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
175 g Golden Caster Sugar
3 large Eggs, whisked lightly
175 g Plain Flour
0.5 Tsp Baking Powder
75 g Ground Almonds
A few drops Almond Extract
1 dessertspoon Milk
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
Pat Cherries dry with kitchen paper, then slice each one into four.
For the cake, cream the butter and sugar together until light, pale and fluffy
Gradually beat in the whisked eggs a little at a time
Mix 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.
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.