Secret Recipe Club: Cherry Cake

Oh hi!

Happy Monday! I'll be spending most of the day in the car, driving to and from a meeting in Connecticut. Shaun and I spent the weekend having a delicious dinner with great friends at Minetta Tavern and hanging out down the shore on Saturday and Sunday. A great summer weekend, in my opinion!

I'm excited today because it's Secret Recipe Club reveal day for Group C! This month, I received Mother Thyme as my blog assignment. If you haven't spent some time on Jennifer's blog, well, you really need to. Her photos are gorgeous and her recipes all look incredible. When I stumbled upon her recipe for a simple cherry cake, I knew it had to be mine.

Each month, The Secret Recipe Club, founded by the lovely Amanda, pairs a blogger with another blog. The blogger then chooses one recipe to cook or bake and reveals it as a surprise on a designated day. I like. A special thanks also to Angie @ Big Bear's Wife for playing hostess in Group C!

So this cake. I really liked this cake. It was incredibly easy to make. I used frozen cherries, rather than fresh (because, really, who has the patience to pit all of those cherries? If I did that, most of them would end up in my mouth), which I think worked nicely. Oh! And I also didn't have any sour cream on hand when I went to make the cake, so I just subbed in buttermilk instead. I think the sour cream would have made it more fluffy, but for me, the buttermilk worked just fine.

This cake was moist and not too sweet with just a hint of tartness. I made this for my birthday celebration last Sunday and I think it was a hit! 

Cherry Cake
*Adapted from Mother Thyme

1 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 C sugar
1/4 C unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 C buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz. frozen whole sweet cherries, pitted
1 tsp confectioners sugar for dusting



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 8" springform pan with cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and set aside.  In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer) cream together the sugar and butter. Pour in buttermilk and mix until blended. Add in the eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients just until combined.  

Pour batter into prepared pan. Place cherries on top of cake batter and lightly press them into batter.  

Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool completely. Remove sides of springform pan and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.  

Eat up!

So that's my SRC recipe for July. Not too shabby, right? I'd happily eat this for breakfast or lunch today ;)

Hope you all have a great week!

Questions of the Day:

What's your favorite way to eat cherries?

Do you ever bake with them?