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 the goods

2 eggs
4 oz butter
6 oz sugar
8 oz plain flour
2 tspns baking powder
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup pitted cherries
3 tblspns amaretto liqueur
1 tspn cornstarch / cornflour
1 cup amaretti cookies


time: 1 hr

you will need:

  • electric beaters
  • mixing bowl
  • 8 inch cake pan
  • baking parchment



2-4-6-8 cherry amaretto cake

This is a sensational cake. The cherry season is so short and it is always that once-a-year treat to bake with fresh cherries that I never mind the task of slicing them in half and pitting them.

Whether I bake a crumble, a pie or a cake, I usually sneak either Amaretto liqueur or marzipan into the recipe as I love the combination of the flavours. The Amaretti cookies are a great cheat treat as they soak up some of the cherry juice and keep cakes and pies from getting soggy. They are also about the easiest 'crumble' topping in the world!

pit the cherries and let them sit, with their juice, in a small bowl

mix 1 tblpsn Amaretto liqueur and the cornstarch and pour over the cherries

preheat oven to 375f

beat the butter in a mixing bowl until fluffy and pale

add sugar and beat to combine

add eggs one at a time and beat to combine

measure the flour, add the baking powder and a pinch of salt

pour the flour into the mixing bowl and beat to combine

add the sour cream and Amaretto liqueur and beat to combine

pour the batter into a greased and lined cake pan

crush the Amaretti cookies (roughly) and add to the cherries

tumble the cherry/cookie mix (and all liquid) onto the top of the cake batter

bake about 40 mins