Magic cakes are a unique type of cake which form three distinct layers from one batter. They’re cooked at a lower temperature (150C/300F) which allows the layers to split out during baking. The base is a standard sponge, the middle forms a custard and the top is a Genoise sponge. These were studded with pistachios and had cherries on top, the with vanilla cream cheese frosting.
Fluffy cupcakes with chunks of cherry and marzipan and a white chocolate cream cheese frosting on top.
Marzipan, cherries and speculaas cookies in one delicious tart. I filled half with lemon curd and some with jam.
Chocolate, cherries and almonds in one neat package. Perfect for Valentines day and easy to down a couple without thinking. There are a couple of recipes for a glaze below, use one or the other (or half and half), but don’t try to use both on the same donut.
Nothing says “you’ve got no Valentine” like a heart shaped cherry pie which bleeds cherry juice when you bite into it. I doubled this recipe for the pictures and made half with pastry flour and half with whole wheat flour. There’s about 1 tablespoon of cherry filling in each heart shaped pie.
A “Danube Wave” cake is a rich German chocolate cake loaded with cherries. The bottom layer is vanilla sponge, on top of that is chocolate sponge, then a layer of whole black cherries, then vanilla pudding and finally dark chocolate and Nutella. Oddly, this did taste alcoholic despite there no alcohol in it. I was tempted to soak the cherries in Kirsch overnight but decided to stay true to the original recipe and keep the cake non-alcoholic instead. Maybe I’m just so used to cherries being soaked in Kirsch I almost convince myself that everything with cherries is alcoholic.
It’s funny how baking something on a stick seems to make people instantly more excited by it. Summer (pie season) is well underway and so far this year my pie baking has had a slow start. Cherry pie is a close relative to my all time favourite pastry – the cherry danish. These mini pies on sticks are easy to make and taste awesome. If you’re not a fan of things on sticks you could also make a conventional pie.
I’m always amazed by some of the crazy recipes which use unusual ingredients. I’ve had past success with tomato soup cupcakes and other unusual ingredients like beetroot. Despite the cola, these chocolate cupcakes actually just tasted like chocolate. They were fun to make though due to the .
Almond cupcakes with big chunks of cherry. I had leftover kirsch soaked cherries from Valentine’s Day which have been chilling in the fridge, waiting for these cupcakes, which were. The inside was red and white for St George’s Day on 23rd April.
Given the difficulty in making some of the more traditional Chinese desserts (ie: Mooncakes), these mini cheesecakes are a great excuse to use star sprinkles for lucky year of the goat.
I’ve also included a recipe for a caramel sauce to be used instead of the cherry glaze if you prefer.