It’s my uncles birthday today, my grandma (Mama to you, me and everyone else!) is coming to watch the baby have his swimming lesson and then we’re having a birthday tea at my mums house afterwards.
He’s famous for sometimes not actually showing up to his own parties, so instead of finding out what his favourite cake is, I decided to make one that I know mum, mama and I love! Hubby will be working and made a sad face when he found out he’d be missing out on this baby, so I did a little batch of cupcakes too.
You COULD bake two cakes and Sandwich them with jam. You could also just have at it with the end of a spoon and get a pretty sexy result!
Cherry Bakewell Poke Cake
This recipe makes one cake or 24 cupcakes
Flour 1 cup
Butter 1 cup softened
Caster sugar 1 cup
Almond extract 2 tsp
Ground almonds 1 cup
Baking powder 2 tsp
Easiest way? Use a mixer, but a bowl and hand mixer works. It just means more washing up!
Mix butter and sugar with almond extract until soft. Then add the eggs. Add flour and baking powder (sifted if you want to be a swot and do it properly) Add ground almonds. Pour into cake tin, mine is a 9 inch. *lazy tip* line the bottom with parchment paper. It’s effort, but easier than hacking the thing off the bottom.
Bake at 180° for 30-35 mins or until toothpick comes out clean. 15 (ish) minutes for cupcakes
Whilst it’s baking mix a little hot water with about 6 tbsp jam to make it a nice spreading /pouring consistency.
When the cake is done let it cool slightly and poke holes in it using the end of a wooden spoon. Drizzle jam into all the holes. I put mine in a sandwich bag and snipped one corner to make it easier. Re-poke and re-drizzle. Let it cool completely.
Icing sugar 2 cups (sifted unless you want it lumpy. This isn’t the W.I.)
Lemon juice 3 tbsp. (Don’t go larking about juicing lemons and making a mess. Get over it and buy a bottle. You’ll be glad you did!)
Glacé cherries, halved
Whatever other decorations you want. I used edible rice paper daisies too cover up the fact I was too impatient to let the cake cool completely and the icing melted. Do as I say not as I do!
Mix sugar and lemon over top of cake. Top with halved cherries. Allow to set.
Adapted from a recipe from Sweet 2 Eat baking