It’s time for another recipe! First, the recipe. Then, me blathering onward about my occasionally questionable culinary capabilities and the memories this particular treat holds for me.
- The Ingredients
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup white, granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) pitted tart cherries, drained
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
- The Way of Preparing
- Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C/Gas Mark 4.
- Grease and flour two nine inch pans.
- Add a circle of parchment paper to the bottom of each pan.
- Set aside for now.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time. Beat well after each addition.
- Stir in the honey and vanilla extract.
- Sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- Alternate between your dry mixture and the buttermilk, adding each in to the creamed mixture.
- Do not over beat, but mix until no streaks of flour or buttermilk remain.
- Fold in the cherries and pecans.Pour the batter to your prepared pans.
- Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- How to make better: experiment! Add some orange zest for a fruity kick.
- Use Amarena cherries, but drain them well and add an extra tablespoon of flour your mix if you do. Use the syrup to make your frosting!
- I frost it with either a freshly whipped cream and/or cream cheese icing.
- These also make fantastic cupcakes.
I’ve made this exactly three times and I wanted to eat the whole gorram thing each time.
I like serving it as a four layer cake with a thin layer of cream cheese frosting between the layers and a sprinkling of fresh chopped cherries in between. If you’re going to cut the cakes in half, wait until they are cooked completely or you’re going to have a mess on your hands.
This is a great cakes and ale for any self-love rituals, lust rituals, or prosperity rituals.
Happy baking and Blessed Be!