This was a delicious cake and seemingly easy although I did have a few problems.
We do not have a cherry pitter so I had to cut them in half and cut out the pits myself. This was a problem as it became "One cherry for me, one for the cake." I hope the cake ended up with enough cherries in it! Also, my hands seem to be almost permanently stained red even with vigorous washing.
The directions called for mixing 2 separate bowls; one egg white mixture and one egg yolk mixture. The egg yolk mixture was supposed to be beaten until frothy. This took about 5 min (if I did it correctly). I waited until it looked like a milk shake and was a little bubbly. The color was very light yellow at this point.
After mixing in the flour and cinnamon, I folded the eggs back together again. The egg yolk mixture was hard and a little crumbly. Folding it in took some patience and proved to be a little difficult but eventually it blended together. I would easily say it took another 8-10 minutes of manual labor but the batter turned out to be beautiful, light and fluffy.
After that it was simply a matter of folding the cherries into the batter. I was worried the delicious cherries would turn my cake pink so I only stirred it until everything was barely mixed.
I added some Raw Sugar (Rohrzucker) on the top before I put it in the oven. It gave the cake a beautiful finish.
I had invited a kita friend of Baby Bird's and his mother over for Kaffee und Kuchen on Sunday afternoon. I continued to test the cake with a toothpick until I was sure it was finished and then let it cool for 5 min. I cut into it expecting perfection but then noticed the cake wasn't done in the middle! EGADS!
I put it back in the oven and surprisingly, it still turned out amazing and delicious. The cake was a beautiful golden color and the cherry bits inside made every mouthful moist and delicious. There was a hint of cinnamon and it made the house smell delightful. I served it up with some fresh whipped cream (Schlagsahne) and Voila...
2 thumbs up from my favorite cake eater!
- buy more cherries! I can't resist them and felt bad putting delicious cherries into a cake.
- The timing was wrong. Next time, test only the center with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. It probably needs more than 40 min, even with a convection oven.
- This was a really delicious AND fairly easy recipe and I will defintely make this again.
- I had to leave out the almonds because of one of my guest's nut allergies and that the hubby is a nut-in-baked-goods hater. :( Next time I will make it for myself and put all the nuts in I want!)