Fresh Cherry Loaf Cake

Fresh Cherry Loaf Cake

Posted 2013-07-03 by Sandra Lawsonfollow
This is a perfect recipe that uses stone or soft fruits and can be adapted all sorts of ways. It's also very simple to make as it uses the all-in-one method.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes at 160°C (fan oven)
Makes: 8 servings

175g very soft butter (softer even than room temperature)
175g golden caster sugar
250g self-raising flour
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
175g fresh cherries, or other stone fruit such as apricots, peaches or plums
140g granulated sugar
1-2 tbsp citrus juice. I used lemon but you can try orange or lime.

  • Pre-heat the oven and line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment, or use a greaseproof loaf tin liner.

  • Wash, stone and chop the fruit into even sized pieces.

  • If you want to be old fashioned you can cream the caster sugar with the butter.

  • Fold in the flour.
  • Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.

  • Or you can beat everything together in one go using an electric mixer. This will take about five minutes and result in a pale, thick and creamy mixture.

  • Spread one third of the cake mix into the bottom of the prepared tin.

  • Top with 50g of the prepared fruit.

  • Dot another third of the cake mixture on top of the fruit and spread as evenly as possible.

  • Scatter another 50g of the fruit on top of the cake mixture and finish with the remaining cake mix. Level the top and put in the oven to bake. I always check after about 50 minutes as the cake may take less than an hour to cook. It is ready when an inserted skewer comes out clean.

  • Remove the cake from the oven, but leave it in the loaf tin and use a skewer to make holes all over the top.

  • Combine the remaining fruit with the granulated sugar and a tablespoon of citrus juice. Mash a little with a fork and add another drop or two of the juice if needed.

  • Spoon over the cake and leave to cool and the topping TO set.

  • Serve with tea or coffee, or with some fresh cream as a dessert.

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