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CHERRY LOAF CAKE

February 8, 2014

In the false hope of eating less cake my regular recipes are all loaf tin ones. Fruit loaf, lemon drizzle, banana bread, chocolate chip and coconut madeira being the favourites. So when I found this slightly different cherry cake incorporating cream cheese on Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary at Christmas I gave it a try and it has joined the regulars!

The fruit loaf I made yesterday has disappeared to my son’s house where more DIY is underway this weekend and a treat might be required! So today’s choice is this Cherry Loaf Cake.

My only changes to the recipe are the addition of slightly more cherries and the use of golden sugars. Particularly for the icing I prefer the less sweet, more caramel result of golden icing sugar.

Elizabeth’s location on the Shetland Isles must make the gathering of different ingredients a real challenge and I really like blog.

INGREDIENTS

115 g softened butter
115 g full fat cream cheese
175 g golden caster sugar
175 g chopped cherries
1 and a half tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
200 g plain flour

For the Icing
250 grams golden icing sugar
6 tsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp butter

METHOD

1. Prepare a loaf tin by greasing and lining with parchment or like me use a lining case. Pre heat the oven to 170 degrees fan oven.

1. Cream together the butter, cream cheese and caster sugar until light and fluffy

Cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar

Cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar

2. Gradually beat in the eggs (add a spoon of flour if it begins to curdle) and vanilla extract

3. Mix the cherries with 1 tbsp of the flour

4. Sift the flour and baking powder and gently stir into the mixture

5. Gently fold in the cherries making sure to incorporate all the flour.

6. Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for one hour. If it is browning too quickly protect with foil.

Bake for one hour

Bake for one hour

7. Leave in the tin for 10-15 minutes before leaving to cool completely on a wire rack.

A golden topping

A golden topping

8. Mix together the ingredients for the icing and spread thickly over the top of the cake.

Yum!

Yum!

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