Upside Down Cherry Cake

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Feeds 12 people - Ready in hour 30  minutes


Get together, put the kettle on and share a slice of cake

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  • 250g caster sugar

  • 450g Co-op fresh British cherries, destoned and halved

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp almond extract

  • 200g Co-op unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

  • 4 Co-op British free-range eggs

  • 150g pack Co-op ground almonds

  • 150g Co-op self-raising flour

  • Half tsp Co-op baking powder

  • 2 tbsp Co-op flaked almonds, toasted

  • 300ml tub Co-op reduced-fat crème fraîche, to serve


  1. Heat 50g of the sugar with 3 tbsp water in a large frying pan

  2. When the sugar has dissolved, add the cherries and half tsp each of the extracts

  3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 3-4 mins, stirring occasionally, until the cherries are soft but still hold their shape

  4. Tip into a sieve over a bowl to strain

  5. Return the liquid to the pan and bubble for 2-3 mins, until syrupy

  6. Leave to cool

  7. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/Gas 4

  8. Grease a 23cm springform cake tin and line with greaseproof paper

  9. Beat the butter and remaining sugar together until pale and fluffy

  10. Whisk in 3 of the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition

  11. Add half the ground almonds, 1 tbsp of the flour, the baking powder and the remaining extracts along with the last egg

  12. Finally, fold in the remaining almonds and flour

  13. Spread the cherries across the base of the tin and drizzle with 1 tbsp of the syrup

  14. Spoon the cake mixture on top and level off

  15. Bake in the oven for about an hour, until risen, golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean

  16. Cool in the tin for at least 30 mins, then invert onto a plate

  17. Drizzle with the remaining syrup, top with the toasted nuts, then serve with the crème fraîche