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Cherry-Almond Bundt® Cake

Cherry-Almond Bundt® Cake

Cherry-Almond Bundt(R) Cake is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Servings: 16 Serves 16.
Use a pastry brush to grease the Bundt® pan thoroughly with solid shortening. Sprinkle some flour in the pan, hold it over a sink, and turn and tilt the pan to distribute the flour evenly. Then invert the pan and tap out the excess flour to prevent a buildup of grease and flour on the finished cake. When greasing and flouring, be sure to coat all the crevices in the pan so the cake will release easily and the design will be sharply defined.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped dried cherries
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbs. amaretto

  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting

Directions:

Have all the ingredients at room temperature.

Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 350°F. Grease and flour an American star Bundt® pan; tap out excess flour.

To make the cake, over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Transfer 1 1/2 Tbs. of the flour mixture to a small bowl, add the cherries and toss to coat; set aside.

In another small bowl, combine the milk and the almond and vanilla extracts; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the granulated sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk mixture and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat each addition just until incorporated, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold two-thirds of the cherries into the batter.

Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining cherries over the batter. Spoon the remaining batter on top, spreading the batter so the sides are higher than the center.

Bake until the center of the cake springs back when touched and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool upright in the pan for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the granulated sugar and water and cook until the sugar dissolves, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the amaretto and let cool for 1 minute.

Tap the Bundt® pan gently on a work surface to loosen the cake. Set the rack over a sheet of waxed paper, invert the pan onto the rack and lift off the pan. Using a pastry brush, brush the warm cake with the glaze. Let the cake cool completely before serving. Dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.
Serves 16.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent recipe This is an excellent cake recipe. It's easy and delicious, and it produces a lovely, tender crumb. I followed the directions diligently, with one substitution: I used Clear Creek cherry liqueur instead of amaretto in the glaze. The cake itself already has a noticeable almond scent from 2 tsp of almond extract, so I wanted to play up the cherry flavor a bit more in the glaze. Would have been equally delicious with amaretto, I'm sure!
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I must be a good baker, look at the cake! I just recieved my new Nordic Heritage Bundt pan and wanted to give it a try. This recipe turned out to be just what I was looking for. I did let things go to room temperature before I started and the batter came together well. The tips for ensuring the cherries were distributed throughout the cake worked. My daughter likes sweet, my husband doesn't like really sweet, they both enjoyed this cake. Note to self next time I make it, don't be afraid to use all of the glaze.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flavor galore! Having recently gotten a wonderful German bundt cake pan that cakes just fall out of, I've been working my way through Williams-Sonoma's online bundt cake recipes. This was the most recent one of the 5 I've tried so far, and it was the most flavorful of the bunch. I've always loved what almond extract does to cherries, but in this happy cake recipe, the cherries and almond just sing together. Some cherries at the bottom of the pan DID cause a bit of a chunk to be pulled off and stuck to the pan, but the lack of visual perfection didn't bother me when I tasted it. This will definitely be a cake that I make from now on. Happy!
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! This cake is amazing. I let all of the refrigerated ingredients reach room temperature before I started baking. I used my WS Heritage Bundt Pan, which made it look just as good as it tasted. It was moist and full of flavor. I got compliments from every person who tried a piece, and will definitely make it again.
Date published: 2012-02-23
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