Fresh Cherries Cake

½ tsp ground cinnamon

50g golden caster sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp milk
85g butter, melted
350g juicy, ripe cherries
icing sugar, for dusting

Topping:
25g plain flour
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
25g golden caster sugar
25g butter, at room temperature, diced

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to fan 160C/ conventional 180C/gas 4 and grease and line a 20cm round cake tin (about 5cm deep).
  2. Sift the flour, cinnamon and caster sugar into a bowl; make a well in the centre and add the egg, milk and melted butter, then combine with a wooden spoon or electric whisk. Beat well to make a thick, smooth mixture. Spoon into the tin and spread evenly.
  3. Remove the stalks and stones from the cherries, using a pitter if you have one to keep the fruit whole. Scatter the cherries over the mixture and gently press them in.
  4. To make the topping, tip all the ingredients into a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingers to make a crumb-like mixture, then work the mixture until it comes together in pea-sized pieces. Scatter the topping over the cherries.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a skewer pushed into the centre comes out clean. Leave in the tin until cool enough to handle, then run a knife round the edge, remove the cake from the tin and leave on a wire rack until completely cold and dust liberally with icing sugar. 

Cherry Love...

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