Friday, 21 November 2008

Cherry and Marzipan Cake


One of the first cake i ever made was cake with Cherries.
When ever I made this particular cherry cake , hubby used to say, she is busy making Mrs Liptons Cherry cake.
He named it bacause of the TV programme You rang me Lord. We used to watch them every week, it was so funny, the serial.
And the cook from that Manor was called Mrs Lipton and she used to make always cherry cake.
So in time I went from making simple cherry cake to this much more , how do i put it, heavier cake :-)
The cake is a bit sweeter with the addition of marzipan layer.

The recipe is from the Good food magazine 101 Cakes & Bakes


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Ingridients:
200 gm butter softened
200 gm cater sugar
4 eggs lightly beaten
200 gm selfraising sugar
200 gm glaces cherries chopped
100 gm almonds
2-3 drops of almond extract
250 gm marzipan
50 gm almonds halved lengthways
icing sugar for dusting. I didn't do this, i used warmed apricot jam to give a shiny glaze.

Preheat the oven to 160° c. Butter and line a deep 20 cm rpound cake tin.
Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl untill light and creamy. Pour in the eggs a little at a time and beat well after each addition.
Mix in the flour one third at a time.

Fold in the cherries, flour, almond extract untill evenly mixed.
Spoon half the mixture into the tin.
Roll out the marzipan into a 19 cm circle. Lay this on the top of the cake mixture in the tin, then cover with the rest of the mixture.
Level and scatter the almonds on top.
Bake for one and a half hours or untill a skewer inserted comes out clean. If the top is getting dark cover with aluminium foil after one hour.
When it is baked, leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack and cool completley.

Before serving dust with icing sugar or glace with warm apricot jam.

Sending this to Rachel of Tangerine's Kitchen for and to Ruth Kitchen Expiriments for her

50 comments:

Pam said...

Wow this looks great. Excellent step by step photos. I can't wait to start my Christmas baking - I am seeing so many recipes I want to try.

Sujatha said...

Awesome Cake, HC! Love the sliced almonds on top..

Rina said...

That cake looks so perfect Happy...Mix of fruit inside and nut on the top...can't ask for more...Yet another must try bake to my chrictmas list

Indranee said...

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MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Now that is a cake to celebrate!
Very nice and cherry is wonderful! That was a funny serial!

Happy cook said...

Pam thankyou and do try, it is lighter than the real christmas cake and faster ;-)

Sujatha thankyou, i too loved the almonds

Rina do try i am sure your two boys will love them

Indranee will be there soon

My Kitchen .. yeah we used to laugh a lot watching them.

Indranee said...

Really gorgeous cake!!

Cham said...

Great holidays cake , love the nutty top :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Cake looks simply awesome, I was planning to make some cakes... I usually bake them but never have posted one... I guess this time I will post ur cake for sure...

Maria said...

Marzipan is a real treat! I don't get it that often but I love it. The cake looks divine!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Happycook, thank you stopping by. I'm glad you liked the scones, they were delicious, especially with the tea. But, OMG, your cake is amazing. I've been looking for something out of the ordinary to make for the holidays and I think you just gave me the perfect recipe. Thank you dear friend.

Happy cook said...

Indranee and Cham thankyou

Ramya vijaykumar, i know what you mean sometimes i am too busy in the kitchen that i don't want to take pictures too. Do try this you will love them

Maria,yeah here we love marzipan, thnkfull it is always availabel here.

Teresa Cordeo, do try this is ligher than the usual fruit cake and as there is marzipan it gives a christmasy tint to them.

Laavanya said...

That first picture is just too awesome and it has me drooling... absolutely delicious.

sunita said...

The cake looks so festive :-)

Happy cook said...

Laavanya and sunita thankyou

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This sounds like a fantastic cake and it is absolutely gorgeous! I love the combination of cherries and almonds!

raaji said...

Even i like cherries in the cake....they make cake taste good....

Maria said...

What a beautiful cake, it looks perfect! I love the Good Food 101 Bakes and Cakes book, it has so many wonderful recipes.

Maria
x

Tina said...

Ohhh perfect .....

sowmya said...

that cake looks fabulous,,am going to try it..

Vibaas said...

Looks sooo sooo yum and tempting.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

all ur recipes are so unique and inviting..

Kevin said...

That cake looks good!

jayasree said...

Cake looks gorgeous and rich. Good presentation as always.

Rachel said...

Perfect looking cake with all those almonds adorning it and the fruity core...I am bookmarking this...Thanks for this gorgeous entry :)

janelle said...

YUM. I already know I would eat this standing up. By the counter, the layers of cake and cherry and marzipan would be shoved into my mouth in portions larger than they should be... it looks delish!

Mallugirl said...

that looks like a lot of work!!can i have a slice instead for now?pretty please?

The Blonde Duck said...

That cake looks so lovely. Perfect for Christmas!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I am really drooling over here,if i can i will eat the whole cake!!!

kamala said...

That is such a Gorgeous cake HC..So inviting..

Maryann said...

OK! This is awesome! I Love this!

Sunshinemom said...

Wonderfully soft crumbly cake!!!

Anonymous said...

wow!cake looks soo moist & delicious:)
paati

Suma Rajesh said...

awesome cake..no words to express...its just perfect...loved the browny part..its just crispy and fresh..

Arfi Binsted said...

Lovely to see you bake again, Happy hehehe... I can take this with a cup of jasmine tea... heaven!

Rajesh &Shankari said...

Are you going to make edible Christmas gifts this year too? Like the tea bag..I am waiting

Cynthia said...

Look at how moist that cake is! Beautiful topping.

veena said...

Wow ..
delicious cake happy cook ...Parcel one slice for me k :)
love
veena

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi
your cherry and marzipan cake has come out nicely and it looks delicious.you have put the right ingredients and made it to the specifications..great work.
Hey, thanks for passing and will soon post some tips from a beginner like me.

Priya said...

WOww wat lovely cake...No Words to say..looks fabulous...

Amanda said...

What a beautiful cake!

Lore said...

Perfect for Christmas baking! looks delicious and rich!

Vanamala said...

What a lovely cake...sooooooper

Nithu said...

Wow! It is so inviting and delicious. Great combo of almonds and cherry. Will try it soon.

Pearlsofeast said...

Wow this is a lovely cake.Marzipan filling is cool idea.

Ruth E said...

I absolutely love this cake Happy Cook. A perfect cake for this time of year

Thanks for sending this into the round up

Ruth

SweetDesigns said...

Wow!! Its sooo pretty!! Perfect for the holidays. Looks and sounds very tasty!! Great Job!!

HoneyB said...

I love this cake, I will be bookmarking it myself to make it. Beautiful.

Jude said...

I love marzipan in baked goods.. If only it wasn't so expensive and hard to find around here. Your cake looks delicious.

Cle said...

thank you for this recipe, I saw it many months ago and keep it in mind (and in my favourites pages) to realize my last cake, one I dremt of for years!!!
Thank you so much!
Bye!!!
Cle