A lovely cherry sponge cake with a little extra texture from the ground almonds. Dusting the cherries with flour helps stop them sinking to the bottom of the cake.
Equipment and preparation: for this recipe you will need a 23cm/9in savarin mould or a bundt tin (alternatively use a 20cm/8in round cake tin).
- 200g/7oz glacé cherries
- 225g/8oz self-raising flour
- 175g/6oz softened butter, plus extra for greasing
- 175g/6oz caster sugar
- 1 lemon, finely grated zest only
- 50g/1¾oz ground almonds
- 3 large free-range eggs
For the decoration
- 175g/6oz icing sugar
- 1 lemon, juice only
- 15g/½oz flaked almonds, toasted
- 5 glacé cherries, quartered
- Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease a 23cm/9in bundt tin or savarin mould with butter.
- Cut the cherries into quarters. Set aside five of the quartered cherries for the decoration later. Put the rest of the quartered cherries in a sieve and rinse under running water. Drain well then dry thoroughly on kitchen paper and toss in two tablespoons of the flour.
- Measure all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and beat well for two minutes to mix thoroughly. Lightly fold in the cherries. Turn into the prepared tin.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until well risen, golden-brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out and cool on a wire rack.
- For the icing, mix the icing sugar together with the lemon juice to a thick paste. Drizzle over the cooled cake using the back of a spoon, sprinkle over the toasted almonds and reserved cherries.