I’m a huge fan of The Great British Bake Off, especially the Masterclasses once the main competition is over. During Masterclasses, the judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood demonstrate how to perform the recipe challenges correctly. In one of this year’s Bake Off Masterclasses, Mary Berry showed viewers how to make her cherry cake. It looked simple enough, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
You can find Mary’s recipe right here. This cherry cake is a standard sponge dotted with glacé cherries. The key point though – which the judges evaluated the contestants by – is to have an even distribution of cherries throughout the cake. Mary’s tips (which are in the directions) are to chop the cherries, wash off the syrup, dry them, and finally coat them in flour before mixing into the batter.
In my version, I reduced the recipe by a third to fit my loaf tin (4″ x 9″ x 3″). I split my cake and iced it with my standard foolproof buttercream icing with a little added lemon zest. It’s not going to win any challenges on Bake Off, but it’s good enough for a birthday.