Monday, 17 June 2013

A Bag of Cherries

When I was in London at the weekend, I was wondering down Berwick Street past a number of fruit and veg stalls. At the first stall, they were selling fresh cherries for £3 a pound but at the second stall the price had gone down to £1.50. I thought that this was a bargain so bought some. Little did I know, but of course I should have guessed, that these cherries were moving towards the overripe stage. Now, I love fresh cherries and usually eat them all in one sitting but these were moving past their best. I decided to pit them all and then have a little search around the internet to find a recipe that I could use them in.

After a quick search, I hadn't come up with anything that took my fancy so I started looking through my cookery books at home and as you know, I have a lot. 10 minutes later, still no inspiration. And then I thought to myself, why don't I just make a victoria sponge batter and add the cherries to it. So that's what I did. I put the following ingredients in the food mixer and blended.

225g marg or butter
225g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs (the recipe called for large but I only had medium)

I then added a bit of water until the mixture reached dropping consistency. I tend to add water rather than milk just in case I serve the cake up to someone with a lactose intolerance. I then divided the mixture evenly between two greased and lined 20cm round tins. I put the cherries on top and then sprinkled some demerara sugar over the cherries. Here is the batter before being put into the oven.

I then baked the cakes for 25 minutes in an oven preheated to 180 degrees centigrade. I checked the cakes after 20 minutes but they still needed 5 minutes more. It's really important that you don't check before 20 minutes as the cakes will just sink. When I took them out of the oven, the cherries were no longer on the top of the cake. I decided to try a slice (as this was the first time I had made a cherry cake) and it was delicious. I can highly recommend it - why not give it a try.


  1. This looks so good! I love cherries!

  2. I LOVE summer cherries and have been eating them all week! Pinned your recipe! I'm gluten free, but can always exchange items to work out that! Stop over

  3. looks delicious! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!