So what did you think of the Bake off? I absolutely loved it! It really is my 'happy' show, as long as I have a big mug of tea and a cosy seat to watch it in I am one happy girl. So far I really like Martha, Nancy, Kate and Norman. Their bakes looked amazing!
As I mentioned last week I am planning on having my own little Bake Off challenge each week. I'm hoping it will expand my baking skills and it is always fun tasting new bakes! This week I decided to make Mary Berry's Cherry Cake which was the technical challenge.
Adapted from BBC Food
For the cake:
- 200g glacé cherries
- 275g self-raising flour
- 175g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
- 175g caster sugar
- 1 lemon, finely grated zest only
- 3 large free-range eggs
- 23cm/9in bundt tin (alternatively use a 20cm/8in round cake tin)
For the icing:
- 175g icing sugar
- 1 lemon, juice only
- 5 glacé cherries, quartered
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. and lightly grease your tin.
- Cut the cherries into quarters (Set aside five of the quartered cherries for the decoration later), and put the rest of the quartered cherries in a sieve and rinse under running water. Dry with kitchen towel and toss in two tablespoons of the flour. Set aside.
- Mix the remaining cake ingredients together, ensuring it is well incorporated. Lightly fold in the cherries. Turn into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Leave to cool in the cake tin for 10 minutes before turning it out.
- Once the cake has cooled, make the icing by mixing the icing sugar and lemon juice together until you have a thick paste. Drizzle over the cake and top with the reserved cherries. Serve with a mug of tea and coffee.
- I really had loved making this cake, using a bundt tin definitely adds a little more interest to the style of cake compared to a normal tin. This week on the Great British Bake Off is biscuit week, so check back soon to see what I baked!