Monday, July 24, 2017

Cherry Almond Cake #SummerDessertWeek

By: The Food Hunter

This post was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent products to use from the sponsors but as always all opinions are my own.

Welcome to Summer Dessert Week!!

Welcome to the first #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear's Wife. We're so glad that you've joined us for this week long event of desserts and giveaways. You're going to love what we have in store for you. There are 25 amazing bloggers participating in this year's event!

Throughout the week we'll be share tons of fantastic summer dessert recipes with you. With over 70 recipes being shared this week we just know that you're going to find a new summer favorite! Plus, don't forget that we have 6 (six) great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors! Scroll down to take a look!

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First let me tell you about this delicious cake I made. When you get beautiful, plump, sweet cherries delivered to your door from Rainier Fruit Company, it takes a lot of self control not to eat them all in one sitting. But I knew I wanted to create a delicious cake bursting with cherries, so I ate a few and used the rest in the recipe below.

I love the combination of cherries and almonds so when I came across this recipe on Lemons & Anchovies that showcased the two I knew I had to give it a try.  I changes the recipe slightly to include vanilla and to showcase more cherries, other than that it was perfect as is.

If you need a dessert that is easy to make and sure to impress....this is it! I used fresh cherries from Rainier,  Land O' Lakes unsalted butter, Adams brand vanilla extract and Dixie Crystals brand sugar to make this amazingly delicious cake and couldn't have been happier with the results.

Cherry Almond Cake
( adapted from Lemon and Anchovies Blog)

1/2 cup Land O' Lakes unsalted butter
1 pound fresh Rainier sweet cherries, divided
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
1/4 teaspoon Adams pure vanilla extract
1½ teaspoons pure almond extract
1/3 cup whole milk

Preheat your oven to 400℉ and butter a 9-inch pie plate.

Melt the butter and set it aside to cool to room temperature.

Pit 10 or more cherries (I used an OXO cherry pitter to make this easy) and cut them in half. Set them aside for later. They will be placed on top of the cake during baking. Pit and chop the rest of the cherries into pieces to be folded into the cake batter.

Whisk together the flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until thick and light colored, about 3 minutes. Fold in the almond and vanilla extracts, the cooled butter and the milk with a rubber spatula just until everything's incorporated.

Fold in the flour mixture and then gently fold in the quartered cherries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.

Bake for 12 minutes then remove from oven. Quickly arrange the halved cherries, cut side down, on the top of the cake. Return the cake to the oven and bake for a further 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. If you find the cake browning too quickly, cover lightly with a piece of aluminum foil.

Remove the cake from oven and place it on a wire rack to cool. Serve cold or at room temperature. Delicious with homemade ice cream.

  Check out the amazing #SummerDessertWeek recipes from our bloggers today!  And keep scrolling for the giveaway details!!!

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Prize #1

Dixie Crystals Giveaway

Prize #1 -- Dixie Crystals is giving one winner a $100 Willimas Sonoma Gift Card OR a $100 Sur la Table! Winner of prize #1 gets to pick which gift card they would like!


Prize #2 -- Rainier Fruit is giving one winner a Pie dish, Cherry Pitter, Serving Spatula, Pinch Bowls, Pie Carrier! Everything you need to make the perfect cherry or blueberry pie!  

Prize #3-- OXO is giving one winner an 8 Piece Glass Bake, Serve & Store Set. OXO Glass Bakeware is made of thermal shock resistant borosilicate glass, which means it can go from freezer to oven without the need to thaw. The OXO 8 Piece Glass Bake, Serve & Store Set is the perfect partner for all of your baking adventures. The Set includes a Glass 3 Qt Baking Dish, Glass 2 Qt Baking Dish, Glass Loaf Pan, Glass Pie Plate, 1 Cup Round SNAP Container, and 2 Cup Round SNAP Container.  


Prize #4 -- Adam’s Extract is giving one winner a Pyrex with baking utensils and 4oz Adams Best, 1.5 oz Pure Lemon, Almond, Peppermint and Vanilla.

Prize #5 -- General Mills Cereal is giving one winner 4 boxes of cereal, 2 Big G Cereal character bowls, 2 Big G Cereal character , 2 “Good Morning” spoons, 2 Cheerios tumblers with straws 1 long-sleeve Cereal Character hooded t-shirt, 1 short-sleeve Cereal Character t-shirt.  

Prize #6 -- Land O’Lakes is giving one winner a branded insulated tote with a stainless steel water bottle, two mugs with cocoa mix, a dish towel and coasters.

Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older.. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from July 24th until July 30th at 12AMEST. Winners will be selected soon afterwards and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 6 (six) prizes and therefore we will have a total of 6 (six) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. 

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Rainier Fruit, OXO, Adam's Extract, Land O'Lakes and General Mills Cereal! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.


  1. I love how charming your cake is. It looks like a pie, but eats like a cake. Very nice!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  2. What a cute little cake! Perfect for summer!

  3. Isn't that cherry pitter the BEST! I love it so much! This cake is perfect for #SummerDessertWeek!

  4. I second what Angie says!! That OXO cherry pitter is so amazing and simple to use!

  5. How delicious!!! I cannot resist fresh cherries this time of year and your cake looks spectacular!!!

  6. My favorite is peach cobbler with homemade ice cream.

  7. My favorite dessert is homemade banana pudding

  8. What a lovely combination with the cherries and almond - beautiful and delicious!! Hmmm..... fav dessert - coconut cream pie!!!

  9. This looks like the perfect blend of sweetness! I love cherries and cake

  10. My favorite is strawberry shortcake, with peach cobbler, right behind it.

  11. That cake looks delicious! I love the cherry almond combo!

  12. I have been loving cherries lately! What a delicious and fun way to enjoy them!

  13. I love the flavor of cherry and almonds together! It's the perfect flavor combo! This looks delicious.

  14. What a delightful dessert. I can imagine those flavours together! Like that it's an easy recipe too!!

  15. Ooooooh! I have cherries! Sounds delicious! The giveaway sounds fantastic!

  16. This looks delicious - I love summer fruits in so many ways - we always had crumbles when I was a child but clafoutis is a new favorite, it's so easy.

  17. This simply irresistible! I can just imagine the beautiful smell coming from your kitchen!

  18. This looks so good. I love cherries and almond together. This is dessert perfect.

  19. Cherry and almond is one of my favorite flavor combos. Love that you have the cherries peeking out on top too!

  20. Thank you for this cherry almond cake recipe! Looks and sounds amazing!

  21. The combination of cherry and almond is one of my favorites! I can't wait to make this!

  22. Thank you for the giveaway, the prizes look so great!

  23. I thought that was a pie but a cherry almond cake? That sounds amazing!

  24. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe with us on Sunday Dinner Bell!

  25. I love cherry almond, sounds delicious. Thanks for linking up to #HomeMattersParty

  26. Cherries and almond flavor go together so well, I bet this cake is delicious! I love how the cherries peek through the cake, It makes for a pretty presentation.

  27. I love cherry and almond together!