Cherry Cake

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.

Cherry Cake

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.

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  • Thank you Dan, I have craved cherry cake for so long and will definitely be giving this recipe a whirl. My Mum used to make the best cherry cakes some 50 yrs ago, but the recipe was in her head! She also used to coat the cherries in flour before adding them to the mix.

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