Cherry beer cake

You might think cherries and beer dont mix, but wait until you taste Charita Jones delicious cake
By Charita Jones
Cherry beer cake
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  • Serves: 10
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes plus 10 minutes cooling
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

  • 100 g maraschino cherries
  • 230 g plain flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 450 g granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 450 ml cherry wheat beer, plus 2 tbsp extra (see Cooks tip below)
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 125 g icing sugar

Tips and Suggestions

Cherry wheat beer is an American beer that is actually flavoured with cherries.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan.

2. Cut about 16 of the cherries in half lengthwise and arrange them in the bottom and up the sides of each of the small channels in the bundt pan. Reserve a few chopped cherries to decorate the cake at the end.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs on high speed for about 3 minutes, until thick and light in colour. Beat in the sugar, one-quarter a time, until combined, then add the vanilla extract. Using a large spatula, fold the flour mixture into the egg and sugar mixture.

5. Heat the beer just until bubbles begin to rise around the edge of the pan. Add the warm beer to the batter, along with melted butter, stirring gently to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, being careful not to dislodge cherries. (The batter will appear to be thin.) Sprinkle the reserved cherries over the top of the batter (they will sink to the bottom).

6. Bake for 30 minutes. Do not over-bake. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, and loosen cake around the inner and outer edges of the pan with a thin spatula. Invert onto a large platter and let cool to room temperature.

7. Whisk together the icing sugar and the 2 extra tablespoons of beer until smooth. Scrape the icing into a zip-lock bag and squeeze out the air. Snip a tiny corner from the bottom of the bag and drizzle the icing in between the rows of cherries.

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