Little Cherry Almond Cakes

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Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

One of my fondest memories from my childhood is the family picnics we used to have throughout the Summer. My parents would pack us three children, two dogs and a veritable feast into the car and we would head off to a spot by the river where we could play in the water and the accompanying fields before stuffing our faces. I don’t go on very many picnics anymore now that I am an adult, which is something that I need to fix as they are one of the most enjoyable parts of Summer.

Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

Obviously a good picnic needs a lovely location; but the most important part is of course the food. We always used to take some crusty French bread, cheeses, hummus and salad to make sandwiches with, olives, crackers, crisps and dips for nibbling on, some sort of salad (usually potato or tabbouleh), fresh fruit and something sweet to finish with.

When Appletiser asked me to come up with a Summer picnic recipe to serve alongside their delicious drinks I knew that it was the something sweet that I wanted to make. I originally thought about making a layer cake, something along the lines of a Swedish Midsummer cake – layers of fatless sponge filled with whipped cream and strawberries. But as delicious as that would have been, I decided that for the purposes of a picnic it wasn’t exactly portable and it wouldn’t fare too well sitting out in the sun for hours. Instead, I decided to make these lovely little cherry almond cakes.

They are easy to make, can be made the day beforehand so that there is less prep to do on the day of the picnic, are quite sturdy so can be packed up into a tub to transport and won’t suffer from being out in the sun. In addition, both almond and cherry flavours work really well with apple so they are perfect washed down with a refreshing glass of Appletiser.

Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

I baked mine in little brioche and pudding moulds in which case the recipe will make eight cakes; but they can also be baked in cupcake cases in a muffin tin in which case you will get about twelve cakes (you might need more cherries if making cupcakes). The cakes are really moist due to the ground almonds and have a delicious almondy flavour with bursts of tangy cherry. The glaze is a simple, two-ingredient affair, just icing sugar and cherries (either fresh or defrosted frozen) which are blended together in a food processor. The beautiful colour is all natural from the cherries, no need to use any food colouring here!

Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!
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Little Cherry Almond Cakes

Makes 8-12 cakes

Ingredients

Cakes:

  • 175 g (3/4 cup) softened butter
  • 240 g (1 cup + 2tbsp) caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 130 g (1 cup + 1tbsp) ground almonds
  • 130 g (1 cup + 1tbsp) plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 16 cherries pitted and halved

Icing:

  • 60 g (2oz) pitted cherries (about 8 cherries) (I used defrosted frozen)
  • 250 g (2 + 1/2 cups) icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cake cases or use silicone cake moulds – grease them thoroughly.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Mix together the ground almonds, flour and baking powder and lightly fold in to the butter mixture. Stir in the almond extract.
  4. Divide the mixture between the cases or moulds and press a couple of halved cherries into the surface of each so that they are just covered with batter.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool until they can comfortably be handled then either transfer the cake cases to a wire rack, or carefully turn the cakes out of the silicone moulds if using and place on a wire rack to cool.
  6. Once the cakes are cold, make the icing. Place the icing sugar and pitted cherries into a food processor and blend until smooth. The icing should be thick but pourable; if it is too runny then add more icing sugar and blend again; if it is too thick then add a couple more cherries and blend.
  7. Spoon the icing over the tops of the cakes and serve.
  8. The cakes will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container but once they have been iced they are best eaten the same day.

 

Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

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15 Comments on Little Cherry Almond Cakes

  1. Kristin
    June 15, 2017 at 11:48 am (5 months ago)

    These sound delicious. My children loved Appletiser when we were in Scotland and England and, somehow, sparkling apple juices in the US just haven’t seemed the same. Kind of like how the Magnum bars we can buy here are not nearly as good as the first ones we all had on the ferry to Skye.

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    • hannahhossack
      June 20, 2017 at 8:35 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Kristin 🙂 It’s a shame to hear that Magnums aren’t as good in the US, they are one of my favourite ice creams!

      Reply
  2. Katie Bryson
    June 15, 2017 at 12:03 pm (5 months ago)

    Wow these are absolutely adorable… and I really really want to eat one this very minute!!!! I adore fresh cherries and can just imagine how delicious that icing is!!!!

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    • hannahhossack
      June 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Katie! They are utterly delicious, and very cute!

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  3. Sally
    June 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm (5 months ago)

    Lovely Hannah. Find memories too xx

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    • hannahhossack
      June 20, 2017 at 8:09 pm (5 months ago)

      We did have some lovely picnics 🙂 xx

      Reply
  4. Emily C
    June 16, 2017 at 9:49 am (5 months ago)

    I would LOVE these. Anything almond, cherry… bakewell flavoured is a winner for me. And so pretty too xx

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    • hannahhossack
      June 20, 2017 at 7:59 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Emily, I’m a sucker for anything bakewell flavoured too 🙂 xx

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    • hannahhossack
      June 20, 2017 at 7:58 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Michelle! I certainly wouldn’t be able to leave them till last!

      Reply
  5. Lucy Parissi
    June 16, 2017 at 11:28 am (5 months ago)

    They look so lovely Hannah! I love anything with cherries and that glaze is just perfection. Picnics are not really my thing but that may have something to do with having a dog determined to ruin them!

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    • hannahhossack
      June 20, 2017 at 7:57 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Lucy! Ringo is surprisingly well behaved at picnics, I think he thinks if he is on his best behavior he will get given more of the food!

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  6. Summer
    June 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm (5 months ago)

    I made these little cakes yesterday and they turned out so well! Moist with delicious almond flavor and a lovely pop of cherry. I baked them in a silicone muffin tray so they weren’t as visually appealing, but I’m going to pick up some brioche molds and make another batch very soon. This recipe is definitely a keeper, thank you!

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    • Summer
      June 26, 2017 at 12:52 pm (5 months ago)

      Actually…what size brioche molds did you use here, Hannah?

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    • hannahhossack
      July 11, 2017 at 8:10 am (4 months ago)

      Awesome! I am so pleased that you enjoyed them! The brioche tins measure just under 10cm across the top; I’m not sure what the official measurement is as I got them second hand. Ps. Sorry it took me a while to answer your question, I’ve been so busy recently that the blog has been neglected a little 🙁

      Reply

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