Cherry Upside Down Cake

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Cherry Upside Down Cake – A delicious cake made with almonds, and topped with summer cherries!

We’ve spent the last few days sorting out our new flat in East London, ready for Andy to start his new teaching job in September. Finally all the paperwork is sorted, and we have the keys, so now we’re doing the fun part of packing everything in boxes. Over the past six years living abroad I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff in my Mum’s loft, so its all coming down and being sorted.  Coming back from Hong Kong we have no furniture, so days are spent on ikea runs, thinking about measurements, and how we’re going to use the space.

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My favourite part of the new flat is the kitchen. Our last kitchen in Hong Kong was incredibly well appointed for an HK kitchen, with that expat holy grail – a proper oven. However it was dark, hot and sticky in there. Not much fun to bake in!  I’m really looking forward to baking in a bright, white, light kitchen!

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What the flat doesn’t have, is a garden, so I’m making the most of getting out in my Mum’s while I still can. Down at the end of the garden she has lots of fruit trees, that I remember us selecting and planting when I was little. Now they are absolutely heaving with fruit, especially gorgeous shiny red apples which I’m busy turning into crumbles and chutneys.

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She also has a cherry tree, which looks so beautiful at the end of spring. For a few days its covered in beautiful pinky white blossom. Its been there years, but we have never once had a cherry off it. Its not that the cherries don’t grow on it. Every summer its full of ripening fruit, but the birds always manage to get there first. Somehow they know the very day the cherries are just ripe for picking, and they descend, making off with every last one of them!

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Even though they’re not home grown, these summer cherries are still really juicy and flavourful. They’re absolutely made for this upside down cake.

Upside down cakes are a beautifully simple way to bake with fruit. I previously made this Raspberry and Almond Upside Down Cake and was so happy with how it turned out. They look so pretty without needing any extra icing or decoration. This Cherry Upside Down Cake is a perfect, light summer treat.  It is beautifully moist and so tasty. Its gorgeous with a drizzle of cream, or a scoop of ice cream, and perfect for slicing into with an afternoon cup of tea!

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Jennie xx

notes//

  • It’s important to cool the cake in the tin as this allows the fruit layer to set up. If you try and get it out while its still warm the cherries will stick to the tin, or fall apart from the cake.

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Cherry Upside Down Cake - A delicious cake made with almonds, and topped with summer cherries!
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 225g fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 170g stork
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 115g ground almonds
  • 85g plain white flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons milk
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ 160C fan / 350F.
  2. Grease and line a 6inch round spring form cake tin.
  3. Spread your halved cherries evenly over the base of the tin, cut side down. Sprinkle your brown sugar evenly over the fruit.
  4. Make the cake batter by beating together the stork and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add the ground almonds, plain flour, baking powder, eggs and milk and beat to combine. When everything is well combined, pour over the cherries and spread out to an even layer.
  5. Bake at the centre of the oven for 50 - 55 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely in the tin, then turn out to serve.

 

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