Oh yum. This was so fantastic! I saw this recipe earlier today on My Muffin Thursdays. We just bought cherries yesterday for $.88 per pound and have been eagerly snacking on them. But I knew they needed to be used quickly or they would go bad - we bought them near the end of the sale knowing they only had a couple more days left to go. This cake looked so simple and so delicious that I knew I had to make it!
And I'm so glad I did. This is a very delicious cake. The cherries are soft and moist, and the cake is buttery and tasty, with a crispy and flaky top "crust" that formed as it baked. Oh, it was so yummy!
Summer Cherry Cake
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup flour
2 cup cherries, pitted (sweet, if using sour increase sugar to 1 cup)
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time until well incorporated. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Sift in salt, baking powder, and flour.
Pour batter into a sprayed 8" cake pan (I used a greased 8-inch square pan) and poke cherries through the batter, pushing to all different levels. After this I added a step of lightly spreading the batter over the cherries, since pushing them in had made the batter very uneven and funny-looking on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Oooh, look at that delicious cake! Doesn't it look so beautiful?
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
Yeah. REALLY glad that I made this cake, heeheehee...