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Monday, 21 June 2010

Cherry Crumble Cake

As you probably already know, I just love, Love, LOVE cherries! During cherry season I could eat them until they come out my ears . . . and it doesn't matter how much they cost. I just can't get enough of them!

I eat my fill of them fresh and then when I have had enough of them that way, I like to bake with them . . .

Crumbles, pies . . . cakes. Mmmm . . . there is nothing like fresh cherries for baking with.

The sour ones make fabulous pies. Until you have tasted a cherry pie made with fresh cherries, you have just not tasted a real cherry pie!! There is just no comparison to the ones made with fresh cherries and the ones made with tinned cherry pie filling . . . trust me!

The sweet ones are perfect in cakes and muffins . . . and delicious muffin cakes such as this one.

Scrummily buttery with a lovely crumble topping, this cake is one of our favourites.

Served with lashings of cold cream this cake is sooooo good . . . each mouthful a buttery bite of sweet cherry bliss . . . I could just eat and eat this until it's all gone!!

But that's ok, coz then I get to bake another one . . . and of course . . .

Eat it all again!

*Cherry Crumble Cake*
Makes one 8 inch cake
Printable Recipe

A deliciously moist cake, stogged full of sweet cherries and topped with a buttery crumble topping. Fabulous!

350g of pitted ripe fresh sweet cherries (3/4 pound)
150g of self raising flour (1 cup plus 1 TBS)
hefty pinch of ground cinnamon
50g of sugar (1/4 cup)
1 large free range egg
30ml of milk
(1/8th cup)
3 1/2 ounces melted butter (scant 1/2 cup)

For the crumble topping:
1 ounce flour (4 TBS)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 ounce sugar (2 TBS)
1 ounces butter, cubed (2 TBS)

Icing sugar for dusting
Cream for serving

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Butter an 8 inch cake tin with a removable bottom and line with parchment paper on the bottom.

Whisk the melted butter together with the milk and the egg. Sift the flour, sugar and cinnamon into a bowl. Make a well in the middle and then add the liquid ingredients all at once. Mix together to make a smooth thick batter and then spread it into the prepared pan. Drop the cherries on top, pressing them down just slightly.

Whisk together the flour, cinnamon and sugar for the crumble topping. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture is all crumbly. Sprinkle this evernly over top of the cherries.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until well risen and golden brown. A toothpick inserted in the centre should come out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for at least ten minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack to finish cooling. Dust with icing sugar if you wish and serve, cut into wedges with some cream for pouring if desired.


  1. Oh man, Marie you're killing me!!! I have to say that your blog brings me so much joy - I think it's the best cooking blog out there, and the fact that it's all-English is just icing on the cake!

  2. I'm with Laurie. I love your recipes and I love cherries, too. You outdo yourself every day and this may be my all time favorite.

  3. Oh wow this look fabulous! I adore this kind of cake but never made one with fresh cherries before. I love how vibrant and glossy your cherries are too - gorgeous!

  4. Oooh, this is just like one my friend's mama used to make for Sundays after church! Oh I love cherry cake!
    xoxo Pattie

  5. Oh, a piece of the luscious cherry cake would go down a treat with my cuppa tea just now! ;o) LOVELY cake, Marie... I just love cherries! Happy Day--LOVE YOU OXOX ((BIG HUGS))

  6. Except for the Italian and Mexican dishes, it does have some English food recipes.

  7. In all seriousness Anonymous, I think you will find that food in the UK at the moment is a delicious melting pot of a great many cultures. Taken from the Daily Mail here are the top ten dishes that Brits can make unaided:

    * 1 Spaghetti Bolognese (65%)
    * 2 Roast dinner (54%)
    * 3 Chilli con carne (42%)
    * 4 Lasagne (41%)
    * 5 Cottage or shepherd’s pie (38%)
    * 6 Meat or fish stir fry (38%)
    * 7 Beef casserole (34%)
    * 8 Macaroni cheese (32%)
    * 9 Toad-in-the-hole (30%)
    * 10 Meat, fish or vegetable curry (26%)

    It is a happy mixture of many cultures and flavours! We love the traditional, but we also love a bit of foreign food as well, putting our own unique stamp on it all!

  8. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits! I eat most of mine on top of cereal or on yogurt but I know I would love this dessert! ♥

  9. Mmmmmmmmm what more can I say Delicious.I agree with you Marie.Take Care God Bless Kath xx

  10. Oh my goodness, at the first picture my mouth went into overdrive with salivating for this cake LOLOL !! I'm sitting here talking to myself about it... This is one I am definitely going to make...Mt. Rainier Cherries are in the stores right now :) What's a good way to pit them Marie? ((love you))

  11. GORGEOUS - I'm linking to this in my post today about my blackberry pie squares ;)

  12. I have a jar of dark morello cherries and wanted to bake something very different for the office folk this year. So i am going to try this. I adore this site I like the basic nature of this and well thank you.

    Lovely Lil

  13. I did it and it was sooooooooooo tasty!!


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