This Cherry Cake was my first bake using my new red baby.
MIL gave me a packet of fresh cherries last week. I knew I had to bake something with this because they are now too ripe to be eaten just like that - I don't like fresh cherries that had gone soft.
So I googled for recipes online. Found that most cakes used canned or glazed cherries. Then I saw joyofbaking's cherry cake which looks simple. So I decided to give it a try.
I started making the cake at 11pm (yes, another midnight bake!) and spent most of the time pitting those cherries. I don't have a cherry pitter so I was pitting them clumsily using a small knife. The juices stained my clothes and my wooden chopper board.
After pitting, the rest was simple. Instructions were clear and short and not long after that I had my batter in the pan. 35 minutes later, my Cherry Cake is out from the oven.
I was lazy to cut my parchment paper into a circular piece to line the pan, so I just 'clipped' a large piece of parchment paper into the bottom of the springform pan while I butter the rounded sides of the pan. Hehe.
The cake was released beautifully from the pan. Sides were crisp and brown and did not stick to the pan. Those wrinkled cherries looks so fat and juicy even after being baked.
And since this was a midnight bake, there was no natural lighting to show off the beauty of the cake. But it was delicious. Inside was all fluffy and moist. The cherries were indeed as juicy as they looked.
I could not resist and cut a piece of it for myself. Scooped a scoop of vanilla ice cream with it. And man, it was 1am when I sanked my teeth into it. It was really good. Warm moist and juicy cake with cold ice-cream. What a nice and fattening supper, huh? ;P
The next day, I warmed up the cake and served it with ice cream for my family. They said it was good too. Mum asked me to bake more of these. Well, fresh cherries are not cheap, huh?
Joy of Baking has never let me down. I've tried many recipes from this site and each and every one of the recipes came out good and delicious.
Recipe: Cherry Cake (copied directly from joyofbaking)
1 pound (454 grams) fresh cherries, pitted
1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup (80 ml) milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract (optional)
Zest of 1 lemon (the outer yellow skin of the lemon)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Butter and flour an 9 inch (23 cm) spring form pan and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
Rinse, dry, and pit all the cherries. Then take about 1/4 of the cherries, cut them in half, and set them aside to be placed on the top of the cake during baking. Leave the remainder of the pitted cherries whole (to be folded into the cake batter).
In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the eggs and sugar until thick and lemon colored (about 3-5 minutes). Add the melted butter, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest and beat just until incorporated. Add the flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Gently fold in the whole pitted cherries (not the cherries that you have halved for the top of the cake). Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula.
Bake for 15 minutes then remove from oven. Quickly arrange the remaining cherries, cut side down, on the top of the cake. Return the cake to the oven and bake for a further 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cake portion comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly.
Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of softly whipped cream. (I served it with vanilla ice cream)
Makes 8 - 10 servings.