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Maria's Cherry Cake - Stone Fruits #1

Monday, August 8, 2011

This is the cake that I've been wanting to make for the longest of time.

I recieved this cookbook from Aunt Grace for Christmas when I was 15. I was totally taken by the look of the cherry cake featured in the book. During that time, fresh cherries are unheard of.  I had my first taste of fresh cherries when my friend Yoke Waie gave me some after his parents returned from a holiday in Australia. That was when I was 18. My 2nd time eating this was when I was 21, buying 100gm for RM15 at Petaling Street with my then boyfriend. Expensive right? But it's so hard to come by that I didn't care much for its price. That ex-boyfriend paid for my cherries :p

These few years, the price of cherries have gone down a lot, making it more affordable. Last year I didn't make this, so this season, I just have to try out this recipe that has been bugging me for 18 years. The recipe came in decilitres and I had to convert the amount from a 12 inch pan to a 9 inch pan.

Maria's Cherry Cake
Recipe source: Adapted from Cakes and Dessert (MPH Publishing 1987)

250gm cherries, cut into half, seeds removed (1 punnet, the recipe called for 1L of cherries, and used whole. That's too expensive and I don't fancy the taste of the baked seed).
100gm butter
125gm icing sugar (reduced from 200gm)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
2 medium eggs (grade c)
150gm all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
icing sugar for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 150(fan)/170C. Prepare a 9 inch pan. Line the base and grease the sides.
2. Cream butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in eggs gradually.
4. Add in vanilla and lemon zest.
5. Sift flour with baking powder and fold into the beaten butter.
6. Spread out the mixture onto prepared pan and arrange halved cherries. No need to press in.
7. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden. When cake has cooled, dust with icing sugar before serving.

30 lovely notes:

oilai August 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM  

Wah this one looks nice .I think I can make it

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM  

You ate the cherries too when Yoke Waie brought it to my house. LOL. Hope to see ur cake in FB :)

Amelia's De-ssert August 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM  

Wendy, I want a big slice please. Looks super delicious and the cherries...... yum yum

アンゼエリン August 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM  

Looks simple to me...but don't know whether i'll make a success or not! oh these days, i saw at the market the cherry is pretty nice and red...

Jeannie August 8, 2011 at 1:40 PM  

Oh another lovely stonefruit recipe to add to my collection:D Looks so delicious, I shall have to shop around for the cheapest cherries on offer in the supermarts:P

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) August 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM  

simple recipe and must be taste great too!

Yummy Bakes August 8, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

Very pretty cake and must be yummy too!

Mumto4Angels August 8, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

Awesome and very pretty, Wendy......now you make me wanna bake it ...tonight, argh!! hehehe, thanks for the boost!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 8, 2011 at 3:47 PM  


Haha, can finish or not?

Yeah, the season will be over soon, so quickly go and buy, unless you wait for the southern season year end.

Giant's pretty cheap :)

Yeah, very simple to make.

Yummy Bakes,
It's a very nice tea cake

Great! I hope to know the outcome. BTW, fresh cherries are available in Kota Kinabalu?

Mel August 8, 2011 at 4:17 PM  

Looks very delicious.....I happen to be in Spore and every supermarkets is selling cherries now. I might like to try this too. Thanks for this recipe.

Fong's Kitchen Journal August 8, 2011 at 5:36 PM  

Wow... waited so long to bake this cake. It happens to me too... I would think of making this or baking that.... but it always another long wait before I finally bake/cook it.

ReeseKitchen August 8, 2011 at 6:32 PM  

Oh, it looks nice and tempting. Tell you horr, I never try eating fresh cherry before...LOL! I always wonder how the taste is like..kekeke! OK, maybe will try out one day, then if I like it..I'll make this!!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 8, 2011 at 7:32 PM  

If they are cheaper than RM10/250gm, then grab.
Jusco is selling for RM10.99 and Giant is just RM9.89.

I waited 18 years leh. LOL.

WOT? U had blackberries which are far more expensive than cherries but not cherries.
Please go and buy some. If not u won't know what you are missing

lena August 8, 2011 at 8:11 PM  

you are better than me, i only started to eat my first fresh cherry last year, i think! it's been quite some time since i last saw your cake post, glad to see one today! very nice cake and not complicated! That day i bought some from the fruit stall, wanted to eat..RM58/kg, not that really sweet.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 8, 2011 at 8:57 PM  

I just posted a cake last Friday! LOL.
Giant's quite cheap, saw in newspaper.
But I usually get mine from Jusco.
250gm is only 10.99 only leh.

Happy Flour August 8, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

Oh! This is yummy delicious. Can I use canned fruit instead of fresh one.

neyeeloh August 8, 2011 at 11:26 PM  

This cake looks so delicious ... thks for sharing the recipe ^_^

shirley@kokken69 August 9, 2011 at 8:36 AM  

Yes, the cherries season is here again and I have been wanting to do something with them as well... from the looks and the sound of it, this cake must be good!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM  

Happy Flour,
Canned cherries? Hmm.. will that be too watery?

thanks, No prob :)

I had this with a cup of tea and it was delicious :)

Food Dreams August 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM  

What a perfect timing... I got cherries in my fridge... will try this recipe... yay!!

oilai August 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM  

Wah u still remember yoke Waie brought u cherries,that was 15 years ago.I saw him in Damansara perdana few month ago with his gf.I just bought 500g cherry today want to make it tomorrow.

Shu Han August 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM  

Oh this looks so pretty! Do you think this would work with any fruits? like if i use plums instead or sth!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 9, 2011 at 5:17 PM  

Food Dreams,
Great! Hope to hear of the outcome

Sure do remember!

Shu Han,
I think plums will work great. Any stone fruits will be great. But if with peaches, the colour contrast won't be there. Even blueberries will be fine.

DG August 9, 2011 at 8:19 PM  

Another great & yummy cherry cake from you :)

Pete August 9, 2011 at 8:49 PM  

That reminded me that I still have some pickled cherries in my fridge....I think mine already expired liao.....lol

КАТЕРИНА August 9, 2011 at 10:00 PM  

Много нежно,красиво и вкусно!Поздрави:)

cassandra,  August 17, 2011 at 8:57 AM  

hey, thanks for sharing this recipe, i baked this cake yesterday, it smells good, but i don't know why the cake is a bit dry. This is my first time baking, may be you can share some baking tips. =)

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM  

The cake won't be like very very moist, but it's not that dry as it has fruits in it. The baked fresh cherries provide the cake with moisture as it bakes.
Leave it overnight and more moisture from the cherries will seep into the cake, making it moister if you like it that way.
But I like this just the way it is.
Keep cakes covered after cooling to prevent drying out.

Peng July 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM  

Simple elegant & tasty cake! ^.^

Peng August 3, 2012 at 8:41 PM  

Here is my version of the lovely Maria's Cherry Cake! :) http://pengskitchen.blogspot.sg/2012/08/marias-cherry-cake.html

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