Baking from memory…

by Sunita on May 21, 2008

Has it ever happened to you…you see something , read something, somewhere, and those images and words (well, some, in my case :-) ) remain with you? The cake in today’s post, is one such example. When I saw the picture and read about it in some magazine, quite some time ago, it remained etched in my mind.

And when I laid my hands on some fresh, sweet cherries a few days ago…

that cake came flashing back. All that I remembered was how it looked like, and also that the cake contained some roasted and ground nuts, a crumble topping, with the cherries arranged on top. So, armed with this information, I decided to proceed with the rest. (If anyone has any clue about the magazine, please enlighten me and I’ll be more than happy to give credit for the inspiration).

The following is my version of this nutty-cherry cake with a crumble topping (named by me ;-) )…

What’s needed-

12-13 fresh, sweet cherries, the stalks removed, halved and stoned
2C cashewnuts
1/2 C +3 tblsp of whole wheat flour
5- 6 tblsp of dark brown sugar
1 C oil
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs, beaten,
4 tblsp of milk
a little icing sugar for dusting (optional)

How to-

  1. Place the nuts in a pan over heat and lightly brown them.
  2. Cool a little and grind to a similar consistency as coarse semolina.
  3. Pre- heat the oven at 180 deg C and line an 8 inch round baking tin.
  4. Place the ground nuts, 1/2 C flour and sugar in a bowl and mix well with fingertips to remove any lumps.
  5. Add the oil and vanilla and mix well.
  6. Reserve 4 tblsp of this mixture for the topping.
  7. To the rest, make a well and add the rest of the flour and baking powder and mix well.
  8. Add the beaten eggs and milk and fold in to form a thickish batter.
  9. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin and smooth the top.
  10. Arrange the cherries over the mixture, slightly pressing them in, and sprinkle the reserved 4 tblsp of mixture around the cherries.
  11. Place the tin in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or till a skewer inserted through the centre comes out clean. (The edges will be darker than the middle and the latter will be very slightly softer as well).
  12. Cool in the pan for a minute and gently take out the cake , holding onto the parchment ( handle with care, for the cake is very crumbly). Very carefully, slide out the parchment and cool completely on a rack before storing in air tight containers.
  13. Lightly dust with icing sugar before serving (optional).

We loved the cake, although next time , I might reduce the oil a bit…I found it slightly greasy. But the taste was lovely…the roasted nuts added a wonderful flavour. This is one of those things of which you need just a small helping to satisfy your cravings( although I’ve been really guilty of reaching out for the container all too often)…being packed with nuts makes the cake quite filling. The light crumble topping and the sweetness from the cheries also added to the taste.

A parting look…

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Purnima May 21, 2008 at 11:40 am

Sunita, wow..you re-created it from your memory! Hats off to you! The cake looks awesome!! Yumm…Tks for sharing..have bookmarked it!! :D

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2 Rachel May 21, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Wow the first pic is just stunning… and a cake from old memories…nice

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3 Asha May 21, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Delectable! So thick and moist,your kids are lucky!:)

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4 Gretchen Noelle May 21, 2008 at 12:15 pm

That looks lovely Sunita! Perfect for my coffee!

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5 sunita May 21, 2008 at 12:23 pm

purnima,
thanks…well, it was just one of those things that make a home in one’s mind :-)

rachel,
thanks…we did enjoy it :-)

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6 sunita May 21, 2008 at 12:25 pm

asha,
thanks…btw, remember the saying”’ghar ka murgi…”? :-D

gretchen,
thanks…glad you like it :-)

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7 Patricia Scarpin May 21, 2008 at 12:25 pm

That is a sinful cake, Sunita! Cherries are such favorites of mine!

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8 Sagari May 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm

awesome cake sunitha it looks soo moist

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9 Mishmash ! May 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm

You re one great cook , girl….from such a ‘heavy-loaded info’ you created this beauty …wow! :)

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10 Uma May 21, 2008 at 5:00 pm

lovely cake!

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11 Dee May 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Sunita, it looks awesome!! I especially like the crumble topping !!

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12 bee May 21, 2008 at 5:43 pm

beautiful pictures.

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13 Gigi May 21, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Wow! From memory? I can’t even remember what I did last week! You’re amazing and the cake is beyond amazing! I can’t wait for cherry season to get here.

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14 ranji May 21, 2008 at 5:52 pm

we just bought a packet of cherries and they tasted so good that it didnt last long enough for me to try out dishes out of it….i hope i will get a chance next time we buy it:)..this looks simply delcious:)

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15 sunita May 21, 2008 at 5:55 pm

patricia,
thanks…we love cherries too…btw, hope you’re doing great:-)…sorry for not having visited you for a while.

sagari,
thanks…it doid turn out to be quite moist :-)

shn,
thanks dear :-D D

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16 sunita May 21, 2008 at 6:05 pm

uma,
Thanks :-)

Dee,
It did taste good…I made a light crumble topping, but next time, I’d probably make it a bit thicker :-)

bee,
thanks :-)

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17 sunita May 21, 2008 at 6:11 pm

gigi,
Well,if it’s any comfort, I couldn’t remember the exact measurements and the other ingredients that went into it, apart from the cherries and nuts and that it had a crumble topping :-D

ranji,
I had to sneak a few to make try the cake :-)

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18 Divya Vikram May 21, 2008 at 8:07 pm

love the moistness of the cake..Have cherries in store..will try it soon

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19 Richa May 21, 2008 at 10:21 pm

the color n texture is amazin’… i too made something out of cherries, i used dry ones though ;)

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20 Deborah Dowd May 22, 2008 at 12:38 am

A beautiful cake and a great blog! I am so impressed with someone who can bake- that is not my forte, and to bake from memory is really impressive!

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21 Hetal May 22, 2008 at 2:55 am

The cake looks so mouth watering…

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22 Swati Raman Garg May 22, 2008 at 5:20 am

this is so cool.. it looks so moist n tempting… i salute u sunita.. u have such a nice blog rolling…

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23 sunita May 22, 2008 at 8:42 am

divya,
thanks…it was a moist cake indeed…do give it a try :-)

richa,
thanks…we did enjoy the cake :-)

deborah,
Thanks and welcome to my world…I really love to bake :-)

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24 sunita May 22, 2008 at 8:43 am

hetal,
thanks :-)

swati,
Thanks…glad you like my humble space :-)

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25 SMN May 22, 2008 at 9:33 am

Sunita Hats off to you girl u always bake so nice cakes wish i cud come to ur house and grab some..

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26 Aparna May 22, 2008 at 10:00 am

I liked the dark colour and the crumbly texture to your cake, Sunita.

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27 JZ @ Tasty treats May 22, 2008 at 1:59 pm

mmm mm, yummy pics!! check out my blog for a treat for you!

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28 Mike of Mike's Table May 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm

That looks fantastic! I’m eating some cherries right now and wish it were in cake form.

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29 Srivalli May 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm

wow sunita..thats simply wonderful looking one!..

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30 Bhags May 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm

moist and yummy cake ….an evening time tea accompaniment

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31 karuna May 22, 2008 at 11:12 pm

wowow, the cake looks great. i love ure pictures…..

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32 notyet100 May 23, 2008 at 4:48 am

this is really bad…such yummy pics,..just feel like eating now,..this is one of my fav cake,..feel likeeating now,..send me someplzzzzzzz

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33 LG May 23, 2008 at 4:55 am

OMG…I am all drooling here..can I get a slice? plzzzz mail me ;)

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34 Andhra Flavors May 23, 2008 at 5:16 am

Sunita, It looks awesome! great pics.

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35 sunita May 23, 2008 at 8:32 am

smn,
Thanks dear…and you’re welcome at our place , anytime :-)

Aparna,
Thanks..the cake was crumbly but soft as well…

JZ,
Thanks…both for your words and the award :-)

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36 sunita May 23, 2008 at 8:35 am

mike,
Thanks…next time , save some cherries and make this cake ;-)

srivalli,
thanks…glad you like it :-)

bhags,
thanks…though,no tea for me, thank you…I’ll have it on its own :-D

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37 sunita May 23, 2008 at 8:38 am

karuna,
thanks…glad you like my work :-)

notyet100,
Thanks…wish I could really share some with you :-)

lg,
Thanks…you can have more than a slice :-)

andhra flavours,
Thanks :-)

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38 TBC May 23, 2008 at 9:17 pm

The cake looks gorgeous! I don’t think I’ve ever made anything with ‘em…always eaten them just like that.

The first pic of your cherries looks so much like the ones in my profile pic.:)

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39 Purnima May 25, 2008 at 5:51 am

Hey Sunita , point 4 – Its cashew nuts, ..abt to make this for my 3.6 yr old daughter..tks again!!

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40 Purnima May 25, 2008 at 10:45 am

Sunita, I m back..this cake is truly a masterpiece!Just had it *HOT* out of oven..its crisp n tasty! Wow..wd post on my blog too! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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41 sunita May 30, 2008 at 9:10 pm

tbc,
thanks…i too hardly get to make anything with them…somehow managed to sneak a few :-)

purnima,
You’re most welcome…glad to know that your family enjoyed the cake :-)

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42 Namratha May 31, 2008 at 12:49 am

Nice cake Sunita, lovely pics as always :)

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43 Dee June 17, 2008 at 12:41 am

Sunita, I bookmarked this recipe and made it today after reading your comment about getting over the baking fear thing, I cant say how much I owe to your comment and site for helping me getting over my fears!! and I cant tell you how much I admired my re-creation of your cake , I made a few changes though :) Thanks so much for that one nice word , I have been waiting for a long time for someone to say that to me!!! I will post your creation on my site soon !! I owe this to you!!

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44 sunita June 19, 2008 at 8:18 pm

namratha,
thanks :-)

Dee,
I’m so happy for you…and glad at the same time for being able to give you that nudge…your version looks great, just checked it out :-)

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