Thursday, November 29, 2012

Scottish recipes - Cherry Cake

Scottish Cherry Cake

Christmas is coming and Cherry cake brings back great Christmas time memories for me

I remember many a family get-together at Christmas and Hogmanay (a Scottish New Years Eve) at my grandparents home. Cherry cake and Black bun, and good old Scottish Fruit Loaf were always present at the table

It is a cake that I ate as a child and loved so much

It's cute to look at and just tastes amazing 

This recipe uses glazed cherries and not maraschino cherries. In Texas its not easy to get your hands on glazed cherries all year round but at this time of year some supermarkets have them in little tubs like this one. Otherwise you can buy them year round on websites like

Glace Cherries

Apparently this cake has been around for decades and decades in the UK and no wonder, it is fantastic

While making Cherry Cake it is difficult to stop your cherries sinking to the bottom of your cake, but I use a little trick to stop the cherries sinking 

Cherry cake is sold in Shops everywhere in Scotland at this time of year, but since I am in Texas and can't find it, here is the great recipe I use

It is based on a Delia Smith recipe

You will need

8oz/225g Butter (softened)
8oz/225g Fine Sugar
4 large eggs
8oz/225g Plain (all purpose) Flour
half Tsp Baking Powder
9oz/250g Glace/Glazed Cherries
4oz/100g Ground Almonds 
half teaspoon of Almond Extract
1 Tbsp Milk
Brown sugar to sprinkle

  • Set oven to 180C/ 350F and line an 8 inch round cake tin with parchment paper (bottom and sides)

  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar, until light and fluffy
Butter & Sugar

  • In a small separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs

  • Add the eggs slowly, beating gently as you go

  • Sift in the flour and baking powder and carefully fold into the egg mixture

  • Cut the cherries in halves and quarters 

  • Add the cut cherries to some extra flour (doing this will help stop the cherries sinking to the bottom when baked)
Flour & Cherries

  • Add the cherries to the mixture and mix in well
Add cherries

  • Add in the ground almonds, almond extract and milk. Again mix well

  • Pour into the prepared tin and sprinkle the top with brown sugar
cake mixture

  •  bake for 1hr until risen and golden on top

  • Cool in the tin before placing on a platter
Cherry Cake

Cut into wedges and enjoy

Scottish Cherry Cake
Scottish Cherry Cake

This lovely cake is springy and spongy to touch and crispy on the outside

Us Scots think it is best enjoyed on Hogmanay

But you can enjoy this cake anytime of the year




  1. Yum! Love cherries. Thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday, Angela. Cheers

  2. Cherry Cake sounds fantastic... I hope you are sharing this today on foodie friday.

  3. This recipe looks so good. I love this cake, it's so pretty. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  4. I just found your blog and I love it! I've gone back and looked over several posts and I just can't decide what to try first. :-)

  5. Hi Angela, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from Fantabulous Friday.

    This cake looks wonderful, and I love the fluted adge, but the best thing about it is the tradition! I love recipes handed down through the generations, esp when tied to cultural traditions.

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  6. Lovely cherry cake.
    It's a wonderful cake all year-round

  7. This cake is beautiful and looks so delicious! I've never made anything like this before so I'm excited to give it a try!

    Thanks for sharing on Sweet Saturday (I was the co-host this week).


  8. I've never made cherry cake before but I think I NEED to now! Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

  9. That cake looks so perfect and yummy! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Saturday :)

  10. This looked so darn good I had to share it on my Facebook! Thanks for sharing on "I Gotta Try That"

  11. This sounds delicious, Angela!! I would love for you to link this post to my Tasty Thursdays linky party going on right now. Thanks, Nichi

  12. This cake was so yummy it got the most visits at Sweet Saturday last weekend! Now you're featured:!!! Thanks for linking up and have a great day!

  13. this looks so tasty. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Angela - cherries and cake - a great link for the current Food on Friday. Thanks

  15. This cake sounds delicious! This would be a great cake for Valentines Day:) Dropping by from Food on Friday! Now following on GFC Enjoy your day~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  16. Thanks Lynn, it would make a great Valentines cake! Thanks for following, I am heading to you to return the favor :)

  17. Hi Angela, just wanted to say thanks for the recipe to let you know that it's still being used so many years later!

    1. Thanks for dropping by Dave, and glad you are loving it

  18. Great to find this recipe. (Ex Fifer living in Canada!)


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