Friday, 26 April 2013

Tangy Cherry and Lemon Cake

Back to a lovely, large cake recipe for this month's blog with a tangy cherry and lemon cake made with yoghurt. This is a wonderfully moist and not oversweet classic for cherry lovers, doused with a lemon drizzle. Using less eggs than an standard Victoria or pound cake recipe and with more yoghurt to add to the tangy flavours. Wonderful for an afternoon tea and the secret to it's success; don't be mean with the cherries!

And when I say mean, I mean 'mean' ....! I had severely underestimated the amount I needed to purchase in a previous cake. I favour 'placing the cherries in the batter' as opposed to mixing them in which is meant to guarantee you getting a bite of the cherry; it was disappointing and you were lucky to get one in a slice. 

So this for friends who love cherries, especially the glacé kind and want a lot please and have been know to pick through fruit cake to hunt them out. I shall not be naming names but you know who you are and I'm glad  you enjoyed this one.

This recipe bakes two loaf style cakes or one large bundt/ring cake.

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250g   Butter
250g   Caster sugar 
2 Large eggs
180-200g  Plain yoghurt*
260g   Self raising flour
2 large lemons
1 tbsp caster sugar for the lemon drizzle
300 g glacé cherries** (about 1 and half large containers)

*I have used Yeo Valley Yogurt which has a reasonable thick consistency but other yogurts I have used are thinner so you may need to adjust by a few spoonfuls accordingly.

**Glacé cherries- I have tried to be generous with the cherries here and I would encourage you do to the same but again it is personal preference so please adjust if you would prefer.


Preheat oven 160c/140c Fan/325F/Gas Mark 3.

Cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.  Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Fold in half the flour . Gently stir in the yoghurt and zest of the two lemons. Fold in the rest of the flour. Batter should not be too runny but fall gently off the spoon - adjust with slightly more yoghurt or milk as needed.

Place a layer of the batter in the tin and start to add the cherries; evenly spaced out and repeat this with another layer of batter and more cherries. The batter will rise up over the last layer of cherries so don't worry about pushing them too far in.

Still not enough cherries , imagine a slice and see how many cherries you would get in it !
Bake in the centre of the oven until risen and a skewer comes cleanly out. Check after 20 minutes and depending on the type of tin you have chosen lower the oven temperature to 120c if it looks like it is browning too quickly on top. Check with a skewer again if necessary in the centre and leave to cool in tin for 15 mins. 

Make drizzle topping by juicing the 2 lemons- put juice in microwave with a tbsp of caster sugar and heat for a minute. Stir and heat for another minute. Cool slightly . Prick tip of cakes lightly with a fork and brush drizzle generously over cake. Wrap cake in foil/film to maintain moistness.


  1. Gorgeous cake! sounds sooo good :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    1. Thanks Eric, long time since I remember finding your blog on foodbuzz - time for a revisit. Hope things are going well!

  2. That is delicious cake, I love that glace cherries.

  3. Nothing worse than mean ingredients! I never used to like glace cherries but have really come round to them now - they look so pretty when you cut a slice. You were about to cut me a slice....right?

  4. Yes of course.Me too on the cherry front,I never minded them on top of cakes but I wasn't bothered otherwise but my tastes have changed - I'm afraid I like more of everything !

  5. Yum! Lemon drizzle and cherries. There must be some alchemy in the baking because I will always pick off decorative glace cherries but adore them baked into a cake. I think they lose some of their sweetness into the batter. Like the tartness of the yoghurt here too.

    1. Thanks Hester
      I like them but not so much as my friends, mentioning no names but have been known to pick them out of the cake >< !

  6. Pauline, a lovely combination here of tangy, sweet, tart. I adore the round tin dotted with the cherries—it makes me think ahead to the holidays!

    1. Thanks Brooks - I've not really been sleeping just busy with lots of different things. AAhh did you mention the holidays as in "The Holiday " ! I like Bundt and ring cakes too my favourite is still the orange and cranberry port wine cake
      But I will be taking a some cherry cakes to market with me tomorrow amongst others. Have a good weekend and enjoy !