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Delicious Cherry Almond Cake

Nicoletta June 22, 2020

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Delicious Cherry Almond Cake, juicy sweet cherries explode in your mouth as you take a bite into this simple loaf cake made with a mix of wheat flour and almond flour. A sprinkle of raw cane sugar in the buttered loaf pan gives a beautiful golden color and a caramelized outer edge. Take advantage of cherry season and bake this delicious cake, perfect from breakfast/brunch to dessert.

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There were a few bonuses of being “stuck” in Italy during this pandemic. Certainly, one of the perks was being able to get wonderful fresh fruits that I wouldn’t normally get in Canada till later in the season.

 

 

 

Eating seasonal

While May saw me eating my fair share of strawberries, June was all about cherries. For as much as we like to eat them fresh, at the end of a meal, some were turned into jam and some finished right into this delicious cake.

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 Let’s have a look at the ingredients

What happens when you combine juicy sweet cherries with a bunch of good old pantry and fridge staples? The answer is a cake that is perfect from breakfast to dessert, and all that’s in between.

Let’s gather the ingredients:

  • soft white whole wheat flour (but all-purpose, cake flour, whole wheat, or spelt flour would work as well)
  • almond flour (although I prefer to grind almonds myself to achieve a less finer texture)
  • raw cane sugar
  • eggs
  • butter or oil (or a mix of the two like I did)
  • vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • baking powder
  • cherries

Pretty simple, right?

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The prep goes something like this:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using a hand-held mixer, work the soft butter (or butter and oil) with the sugar until smooth.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter/sugar mixture, and the vanilla. Mix to combine.
  • In another bowl whisk the almond flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Then, add the sifted flour mixture and blend just until combined.
  • Lastly, add a few of the cherries in the batter and mix with a spatula. Pour this mixture into the prepared pan. Add the rest of the cherries to the surface, pressing a little into the batter. Eat the leftover cherries, if you have it.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

A delicious cherry almond cake

In the end, what counts is the people you make happy by baking something with love. This delicious cherry almond cake was so well received by my Italian family that the memory brings a tear to my eye.

I used the past because in the meantime I left Italy to go back to Canada to my husband/lover/best friend, my everything. And I will have a whole new season starting here, where strawberries and cherries are just making their appearance at the markets. Yes, my love, I am going to bake something delicious for you, too…

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My cakes are never too sweet

As with all my baked goods, this cake is just mildly sweet, and it tastes wholesome as well as delicious.

Moist, for those ones who do not love this term to describe the texture of a cake, let’s say that it doesn’t “choke” you when you swallow it. Instead, it is velvety soft, with juicy cherries bursting through, a little crunch and nuttiness from the almonds, and a delightful outer crust that got a nice caramelization.

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Baking with fresh seasonal fruit is a blessing. It is my favorite kind of baking. It is nice to experience the changing colors and changing of the season through food. And I believe it is the best way to live, if it is available to you. If not, there are always other possibilities in the world of creativity.

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Delicious Cherry Almond Cake

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: serves 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert, cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Delicious Cherry Almond Cake, juicy sweet cherries explode in your mouth as you take a bite into this simple loaf cake made with a mix of wheat flour and almond flour. A sprinkle of raw cane sugar in the buttered loaf pan gives a beautiful golden color and a caramelized outer edge. Take advantage of cherry season and bake this delicious cake, perfect from breakfast/brunch to dessert.


Ingredients

  • 80 g butter, at room temperature (or 40 g vegetable oil + 35 g butter)
  • 90 g raw cane sugar + plus more to sprinkle in the pan
  • 100 g almond flour (I grounded whole almonds)
  • 100 g type 1 flour * (or all-purpose, or 00, or soft white whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300350 g whole, pitted cherries

Instructions

  1. Wash the cherries, remove the stem, and the pit. Set aside.
  2. Butter a loaf cake pan (or a 21-23cm round cake pan) and sprinkle with raw cane sugar.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F).
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the soft butter (or butter and oil) with the sugar until smooth.
  5. In another bowl whisk the almond flour, white whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter/sugar mixture, and the vanilla. Mix to combine.
  7. Then, add the sifted flour mixture and blend just until combined.
  8. Add a few of the cherries in the batter and mix with a spatula.
  9. Pour this mixture into the prepared pan. Add the rest of the cherries on the surface, pressing a little into the batter.
  10. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Let cool in the pan, then unmold and enjoy.

Notes

* In Italy, soft wheat flours go from 00 to 2, type 00 being more refined and type 1 being closer to a soft white whole wheat flour.

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18 Comments

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    Reply Gloria June 22, 2020 at 10:36 am

    This is the perfect cake for brunch on the weekend. Also great to take to a bbq party or picnic. Heck, I would enjoy this with my morning coffee too.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 24, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      I can attest, Gloria, that it is awesome at different time of days, morning, snack, or dessert. Thank you!

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    Reply Chef Dennis June 23, 2020 at 1:51 am

    This Cherry Almond Cake is making me drool right now, really! Those juicy sweet cherries are so delicious I can’t wait to have a bite!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 24, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it was so delicious that it was gone in no time!

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    Reply Ayngelina June 23, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    I’m trying to take this time to embrace new recipes as spring fruit and vegetables appear. This makes me excited for cherry season!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 24, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      It’s just wonderful to cook and bake with seasonal produce! Enjoy!

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    Reply Colleen June 24, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    The cherries are just starting to be picked here, and this recipe is going on my list. I also love that it’s a “not too sweet” cake, my preference too.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 26, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      My sweet treats are never sweet 🙂 . I can’t handle too much sweetness. Thank you! Hope you love it!

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    Reply Kelly Neil June 25, 2020 at 11:30 am

    What a lovely cake! Cherries are just coming into season here and I can’t wait to bake this on Sunday morning!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 26, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you so much! Cherries and almonds are lovely together. Enjoy!

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    Reply Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer June 26, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    My in-laws will go nuts over this cake! I’m seeing them this weekend and I’ll be taking them this. I picked up a bunch of fresh cherries that will be perfect in this recipe.Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 26, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      My parents LOVED it, so I’m pretty sure they are going to. Thank you!

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    Reply Paige June 26, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    My mouth was watering reading about this….I LOVE cherry! This looks so good with a cup of coffee!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 26, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      It does tastes wonderful with a cup of coffee by its side 🙂 . Thanks!

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    Reply Sharon June 27, 2020 at 7:06 am

    I love cherry desserts but this one is perfect for both dessert and to enjoy for breakfast with a cup of coffee.

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    Reply Marisa F. Stewart June 28, 2020 at 8:33 am

    I love desserts that aren’t too sweet. This cake would be ideal as an after dinner treat or one at breakfast. Cherries and almond are meant to be together. My mamma and papà would have loved this – they enjoyed their cherries.

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    Reply Marwin Brown June 28, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Looks tasty and easy to make! Always looking for more cherry desserts

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    Reply Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey June 29, 2020 at 1:49 am

    oh wow! you just cannot beat loaf cake with a cup of tea. I like that yours isn’t too sweet. It looks absolutely delicious!!

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