by Sandra Merville Hart
I’ve been watching The Great British Baking Show and learning a lot about dishes that are new to me. Even more helpful is The Great British Baking Show Masterclass, where talented bakers Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry demonstrate their own recipes.
Mary Berry demonstrated a recipe for cherry cake. I watched it a couple of times. It looked so delicious that I had to make it.
I didn’t find red glace cherries as suggested by Mary’s recipe so I bought maraschino cherries instead. I found a recipe to make these candied for use in the cake. This took about an hour.
Once the candied fruit was cool, I sliced about a cup of them into quarters. This took a few minutes. I rinsed the quartered fruit, dried them with a paper towel, and then set them aside.
I had extra cherry juice left over from the maraschino cherries so I added ¼ cup of it to the batter. Otherwise, I followed the recipe.
Unfortunately, my cake stuck to the Bundt pan even though I had buttered it well. Not well enough, apparently. Also, I think the cake needed to cool a few minutes longer so I’ll give it an extra half hour next time before turning it out.
The lemon icing was delicious with the cherry cake. Everyone who tried it enjoyed the flavor of the candied fruit that didn’t overpower the cake.
A very nice cake! I will bake it again.
I’m so glad I tried it. Let me know what you think if you make it.
“Cherry Cake,” PBS.org, 2020/11/243 https://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/cherry-cake/.
DIY Candied Cherries, King Arthur Baking Company, 2020/11/24