Cherry Loaf Cake

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My Cherry Loaf Cake is one of the most popular with my family – I’m always very welcome when I go over to visit with a huge chunk of Cherry Loaf for us to share! It’s really easy to prepare and bakes perfectly. I love cutting into the cake and seeing the cherries throughout – it’s really satisfying when they don’t sink. The trick is to wash the cherries in warm water before you cut them up to remove the syrup they are stored in and, after drying, coat them in a light dusting of flour before you add them to your cake mixture – it seems faffy but it makes all the difference.

Even if you don’t quite master it and your cherries sink, it doesn’t detract from the flavour…cake is cake after all. Even though I like to see cherries running all the way through the cake from top to bottom, I don’t get too upset if, in my haste, I don’t quite prep my cherries thoroughly enough!

If you want to make your own, you will need:

  • 100g butter
  • 100g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150g  self raising flour
  • 200g glace cherries (chopped into small pieces)

You’ll also need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Metal spoon
  • Measuring scales
  • Loaf tin
  • Baking parchment
  • Measuring jug/another bowl
  • Whisk

Method:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until they are light and fluffy (to cream the two, use a metal spoon and press and drag the mixture against the side of the bowl…you’ll hear the sugar crunching)
  2. In a measuring jug or another bowl, break your eggs into this and whisk lightly
  3. Add your eggs and flour, a little at a time, to your main mixing bowl, folding them in lightly with a figure of eight movement (be careful not to overwork the flour by stirring to vigorously)
  4. Add your cherries and fold in with the same light figure of eight motion (again, taking care not to overwork the flour)
  5. Turn the cake mixture into a lined loaf tin and bake in the oven for 60-90 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius/Gas Mark 4 (test the cake after an hour – the cake should come away slightly from the edges – check out my skewer trick to check your cake is cooked through)

If you like this post, you’ll love my Banana, Cranberry and Walnut Loaf – check it out here

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