Almond Cherry Cake

I was a bit surprised to find cherries at one of our local shops last week. I usually don’t start looking for them until late summer. Regardless of how they appeared, it took me about five seconds to decide to buy some.

I’ve been dreaming of baking with cherries all spring. The only problem was where to start. This has been a busy week for me, so I decided to start simple. I created a little baking break and quickly mixed up a version of this Almond Cherry Cake I found while browsing Martha Stewart.

Cherries and almonds go together so well. They are actually related! For all you food geeks (like me) out there, the trees that produce them belong to the same genus. For the non-geeks, I’m sure you already know that the flavors of the two are just lovely together.

Almond Cherry Cake | Bake or Break

This is an incredibly simple cake to make. Honestly, it took me longer to pit all those cherries than to make the cake. I like almond extract in small doses, and the amount in this cake is just right for me. There’s just enough to give it some extra flavor. You can also substitute vanilla extract, which would be a great complement to all those cherries and almonds, too.

The original recipe suggests baking this cake in a deep-dish pie plate. I feared that my solitary pie plate wouldn’t be quite large enough, so I used a springform pan. For mini versions, you could use mini pie plates, mini springform pans, or even small ramekins or bakers.

If you don’t have access to fresh cherries just yet, you can use frozen cherries. Or, use your favorite berry in place of the cherries. Most any fruit will work well with all that almond flavor.

Almond Cherry Cake

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Almond Cherry Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 12 ounces cherries (about 2 cups), pitted, rinsed, & dried
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9- or 10-inch springform pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in almond extract.

Reduce mixer speed to low, and gradually add flour mixture. Mix just until combined. Do not overmix.

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Scatter cherries and almonds over the top of the batter.

Bake 45-50 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Everyday Food.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2013/05/almond-cherry-cake/
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11 Comments

  1. I’ve had cherries and almonds on my mind, so does this ever look good! I’m going to pick up some cherries at the farmer’s market tonight and get going on this!

  2. This sounds like such a delight! Yum!

  3. sara May 30, 2013 Reply

    Lovely! I really like making simple-but-delicious cakes like this that need no frosting!

  4. Mary May 30, 2013 Reply

    No cherries here yet, but once I see them I NEED to make this

  5. Tahnycooks May 30, 2013 Reply

    Dang it! I’m sitting here browsing all my favorite blog sites while snacking on the cherries I just bought from my local market; I just ate them all gone!!!! Grrrr! Back to the market….

    This looks fabulous! I obviously love me some cherries!

  6. JEP May 30, 2013 Reply

    Growing-up in Colorado, cherries were a staple during the summer. My mother would can them and serve cherries as our dessert all winter. Now living in the Midwest, cherries are a rare treat. I would love to make this cake.

  7. Holiday Baker Man May 30, 2013 Reply

    This recipe came along at the perfect time. I made it right away!!

    May I suggest:
    - add vanilla, the cake flavour is flat
    - flour and butter and line the pan with parchment
    – otherwise cleaning is a pain
    - toast the almonds

    This recipe has great promise!

  8. Seriously? I was just dreaming of cherries and almond! This looks deliciously simple…totally adding it to my “to make” list ;)

  9. Yum~

  10. Laura Dembowski May 30, 2013 Reply

    This cake looks great! Cherries and almonds are the perfect pair. I always find cherries starting in May and they are so welcome after the long winter.

  11. Joanne May 30, 2013 Reply

    I bought my first cherries of the season last weekend also! And I love them paired with almonds. this cake looks so good!

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