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Cherry Crumb Cake {Cherry & Almond – Improv}

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cherry crumb cake

Ah the sweet, tart taste of fresh cherries. I just love them. This Cherry Crumb Cake just screams summer to me. And it’s perfect for this month’s Imrpov Challenge. Win -Win!

Improv Challenge:

A friend of mine needed a dessert made for a special project she is working on, and I was totally up for the challenge. We created this delicious cherry crumb cake for her project, but I gave hers a little twist that I didn’t do here. Doesn’t really matter because it’s delicious just like this.

What was even better than the challenge of creating the dessert is that, after I made it, I realized that the ingredients for this month’s Improv challenge were cherries and almond and that Kristin said we could use extracts – which is good, because I did. Almond. Lucky for me, this cake is perfect for the challenge.

My kids cannot get enough of this cake, and we’ve made it three times since trying to use up the large amount of cherries we got our hands on. It’s delicious warm, delicious cold, it doesn’t really matter.

Cherry Crumb Cake:

Cherry Crumb Cake

Cherry Crumb Cake

Yield: 12

A fresh summer dessert full of delicious cherries, moist cake and a fabulous pistachio crumble topping.

Ingredients

For the fruit layer:

  • 7 c. bing cherries, stems removed, pitted and sliced in half
  • ½ c. white sugar
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbs. hot water
  • 1 tsp. almond extract

For the cake:

  • 2 ¼ c. cake flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 ¼ c. white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp. almond extract
  • ¾ c. buttermilk

For Crumble Topping:

  • ½ c. dark brown sugar
  • ½ c. all purpose flour
  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter, room temp and cut into pieces
  • ½ c. ground pistachios

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a big bowl, toss the cherries with the sugar, cornstarch & water mixture and the almond extract. Allow it to stand for about a half hour or more. When ready, pour the fruit into a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. In another large bowl, or using your stand mixer – cream together the butter and sugar until it’s very light and fluffy. This took me about 3 minutes. Add the 3 eggs but add them one at a time mixing in between each egg. Add the almond extract and mix again.
  4. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder.
  5. Add the dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture a little at a time mixing in between each addition – alternate adding the buttermilk at the same time, again, mixing in between each addition. It should go a little bit of dry ingredients, mix, a little bit of buttermilk, mix, more dry ingredients, mix, more buttermilk, mix… and so on until it has all been incorporated.
  6. Make the crumble. Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and mash everything together. You want the butter to be mashed up with everything else and little “crumbs” to form.
  7. Take your cake batter and spoon it over the fruit layer in the baking dish. Smooth the batter all over and make sure it falls down between the fruit and is fairly even.
  8. Sprinkle the top with your crumble topping.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Start checking at 40 and keep watching until finished. You’re looking for bubbling fruit, a golden crumble on top and a clean cake. Insert a toothpick and see if it comes out clean.
  10. Move it to a rack to cool. This is amazing served warm, but tasted just as delicious at room temp.

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Tom @ Waegook Tom

Monday 10th of September 2012

This sounds AMAZING. Cherry and almond are my two favourite flavours and together...oh so goooood! I'll have to send this to my more culinary-inclined younger brother (my baking is more than questionable) so he can whip some up for me. Thanks for sharing! :)

Nicole Humphrey Cook

Monday 10th of September 2012

This was such a fun recipe to develop. Hope your brother enjoys it too! Thanks Tom! :)

Katarina

Sunday 15th of July 2012

This sounds really fantastic!

Kristin

Saturday 23rd of June 2012

This looks delish! Wish I was eating a piece right now... #27

Lesa @Edesia's Notebook

Friday 22nd of June 2012

Beautiful cake, Nicole! Looks so tender and fluffy. Gorgeous.

Chandra@the plaid and paisley kitchen

Thursday 21st of June 2012

can you say heavenly? Oh my oh my! This look sooo great! I want to gooble up a piece right now! Thanks so much for sharing! Please come check me out #32!

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