Merry Cherry Crumble Cake

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Cherry cake with chocolate ice cream

Cherry cake with chocolate ice cream

How’s your weekend? I trust that you had a really good one. But what is a good one? For me, a good weekend is one where I don’t get into trouble with anyone……*big grin*. Sounds naughty and mischievous? Oh no, of course not…..*wink*. Have always been very good, only sometimes not…hehe.

I did have a lovely weekend, relaxing and had some good laughs and chat with friends. I even made myself a nice cake to reward myself after a very good afternoon of badminton. It was a cherry crumble cake! Cherry and Mary rhymes, right? I was happy when I made it so I will call it Merry Cherry Cake….smiling and singing as I made it! Nice name? Hope you like it…..still smiling here.

Ben and Jerry chocolate fudge brownie ice cream

Ben and Jerry chocolate fudge brownie ice cream

Oh, then I was thinking of chocolate. Yes, chocolate ice cream. My girls bought Ben and Jerry ice cream…..chocolate fudge brownie ice cream. Might as well steal some to go with my Merry Cherry Cake. That is a VERY nice ice cream. But ssssshhhh…don’t tell them, ok? I must tell you, the ice cream and the cake is a great combo….mmmm. The cake was not sweet enough. My fault. I always cut down on the sugar. It was worse in this case because the cherries were sour. The ice cream make up for that perfectly. I’m sure it would go well with any ice cream or even custard. You can try that out if you ever make this cake.

This is a very simple and easy cake. For me, any cake that doesn’t need a cake mixer is easy. Hope you agree with me on this. And any cake that needs to separate the egg yolks from the egg white is hard for me. So, if you like something simple and quick, this is one to go for. And any cake with added fruits is a healthier one. So, I give you 2 good reasons why this is a cake that deserves some credit and one worth trying.

Frozen cherries

Frozen cherries

Oh yes, I used frozen cherries in this cake. A 1kg bag of frozen cherries only costs about £2. That’s cheap, right?  You can use fresh ones if you like. I like to use frozen ones because it’s very convenient and much cheaper than the fresh ones. Just like my favourite blueberry cake, I used the frozen ones. They work just as well. If you like blueberry cake, you can check it out at Super Easy No Dairy Blueberry Cake. It was SO good that I made it everyday for about a week! These cherries look so plump, red and healthy that they would also be great for making ice cream, jam, coulis or jellies. You can try that. I love cakes with added fruits.

Here’s the Merry Cherry Cake recipe.

Ingredients A
2C flour
1t baking powder
1/2C sugar (preferably castor sugar)
3 eggs (lightly beaten)
1/2C milk
185g butter (melted)
450 cherries (I used frozen ones)

Cherry cake batter

Cherry cake batter

Mix all Ingredients A (except the cherries) in a bowl. Don’t need to beat.

Spread cherries over cake batter

Spread cherries over cake batter

Spread into a tin lined with baking paper. Spread the cherries evenly over the batter, lightly pressing them in. Don’t you just love the colour! It gives such a cheery look…..*smiles*

Ingredients B
1/2C flour
1/4 castor sugar
65g butter

Spread crumble over cherries

Spread crumble over cherries

Use finger tips, mix Ingredients B until like breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over the cherries. I think mine was a little wet but it still turned out very well.

Beautiful cherry cake crumble

Beautiful cherry cake crumble

Baked in a preheated oven of 180 degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool down first before cutting though I could NEVER wait…..just too tempting!….*big smiles*

I used a deep tin that measures about 11″ x 11″.

How’s your baking? If you have never tried baking, try this one. It’s easy. But if you are already baking a lot, then this is just too easy for you. I sure have a lot to catch up with you then. Baking is actually a lot of fun.

Quote of the day……

“If you trust Google more than your doctor then maybe it’s time to switch doctors.”

- Jadelr and Cristina Cordova

Just thought this quote is very interesting. It reminds me of a time when I took a friend’s dad to see an eye specialist. Right in front of our eyes, the doctor was googling about his condition and then tried to explain to us! I must say we must be very careful when choosing which doctor to go.

Oh yes, a friend just told me one story recently. His father, quite old now, is suffering from some health problem back in Malaysia. When they took him to see a doctor, the doctor told them that his dad needs to do dialysis EVERYDAY, costing a few thousand ringgit each time!!! Feeling very frustrated and helpless, they decided to take him to another doctor. This time, the doctor said that he has weak kidneys but he doesn’t need dialysis! You can imagine their joy.

I think the best is to try and eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. Homecooked food is still the best as I always say. Freshly made juices are very important for the body as they contain life nutrients which are easily absorbed by the body. You can read more about it in my Health section. On top of that, exercise is highly important for health. More than that, it helps to release stress and bring back the smiles. You’ll be more effective in your work. I just can’t tell you how good I feel after each badminton game. I feel and think fresh, sleep better and work better.

I managed to encourage a university student to come out and join us for badminton. So happy to see him last week. I am always happy when my friends start any form of exercise program. He came again yesterday to join us. That’s just so encouraging. He told me he suffered from so much pain the next day after his first game last week. Very normal. A painful price to pay for not doing any exercise…..*grin*. He said he caused a human traffic jam when he went for lecture the next day because he really had to slowly drag himself down the stairs!!! I can imagine the scene and laughed so hard…haha. He said every step needed 2 small steps. Now I hope he doesn’t cause another similar traffic jam when he goes to lecture today….hehe.

I do hope you’ll pick up a sport or other form of exercise if you haven’t. No excuses, ok? Let’s spend our money on healthy eating and sports/exercises rather than on medicine or the doctor. Do hope you have a wonderful week!

Other cake recipes with added fruits that you may be interested in:
Lemon Banana Muffins
Banana Peanut Butter Cake
Moist Orange Cake
Blueberry Pound Cake
Blueberry Orange Cake
Blueberry Banana Streusel Cake

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FiSh  on November 8th, 2011

wow you’re great at baking! do try out blueberry cake next :)

claudia lamascolo  on November 8th, 2011

Mary this looks sensational my dear girl!

Drick  on November 8th, 2011

this is a cherry bomb Mary, I am winking and grinning with delight at this one - love it and with B&J choc ice cream, crazy good… so glad to hear from you of last, I too have been wrapped up in projects and busy at work as well… take care and as always, I pray for good health to you and your family…

claire  on November 8th, 2011

2 Pounds for the whole packet?? wow.. so cheap! I always hear from my friends in UK.. they said food is very cheap over there.. esp those who cook at home… eating outside is expensive but home cooking is real cheap! sigh.. this post of yours is so tempting.. now i got to go down to take ice cream! :)

Pauline  on November 8th, 2011

Hi Mary, all your recipe looks so simple and delicious although I haven’t tried any of them…would love to try them one of these day specially for this Christmas..hehee..I really hope I can get the ingredients here..

Jeannie  on November 8th, 2011

Mary, this cake of yours looks so delicious and pretty! I wish we can get cheap cherries here, frozen or otherwise!

Ann@Anncoo Journal  on November 8th, 2011

hahaa Mary, I thought it was Merry Christmas Cake.. Oops sorry! But this cake definitely looks very pretty and yummy with the cherries in it. I want to try some please!

usmasala  on November 8th, 2011

That is fantastic looking cake, I can almost taste the exquisite flavor.

Dulee An  on November 8th, 2011

jeng jeng jeng! someone lost again! :PPPPPP

Dulee An  on November 8th, 2011

hahaha! you are so cute, Mary! but you did get in trouble. you got in trouble with me about keeping someone’s secret for them about a certain cake. teehee.

your cake looks delicious as always. i actually thought those were raspberries at first. loving the crumble on the top.

absolutely agree with you about exercise and eating right. can you believe i spend almost an hour doing my back exercises now? sheesh. not the type of exercises i wanna be doing though, much prefer badminton…oh well. speaking of which, don’t forget to put your racquet in your bag again ;)

Belinda @zomppa  on November 8th, 2011

Is the weekend really over? This makes the week look awesome.

Priya  on November 8th, 2011

Wat a gorgeous and delicious cake, love it.

Swathi  on November 8th, 2011

Mary this is additive dessert, love to try now.

divya  on November 8th, 2011

Wow they looks super irresistible, fantastic..

Blackswan  on November 8th, 2011

Those cherries look really good & you’ve got my fave brand of Ben & Jerry to go with too. It has been quite a while since we last exchanged words. U must be really busy with your biz. Take care & I wish u the best!

somewhere in singapore  on November 8th, 2011

Oh dear, i am late liao…

Guess all finish liao… kekeke…

Btw, your 1 cup, is it 240g?

Mary  on November 9th, 2011

@FiSh - Thanks very much for visiting and your lovely comment! :D

@claudia lamascolo - Thanks very much, Claudia! You are always very encouraging. Makes me smile :D

@Drick - What a name you gave!…haha. You make me feel better knowing that I am not the only one too busy at times :P
The projects you are involved are huge and always sound so exciting. I bet you have lots of fun even though it may be lots of hard work. But do take care!

@claire - Yes that’s cheap. I bought from a wholesale shop. It’s more expensive if I buy from the normal supermarket. Very correct….eating out will cost a big hole in your pocket. The best is home cooked food….cheaper and healthier. Hope you enjoyed your ice cream :D

@Pauline - Haha…yes, my recipes are mostly very simple because I don’t like to stay too long in the kitchen :D Hope you have fun cooking for Christmas. You are such an early bird….so early planning!

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! How interesting…..I am wishing for all the local fruits back home!…..haha But I do love all the rich colour of all the different types of berries here.

@Ann@Anncoo Journal - Haha….you must be thinking of Christmas already! Come….still waiting for you! :D

@usmasala - Thanks very much! Give a try. It’s just so simple, easy and quick to make it :D

@Dulee An - Haha…my Dulee An. I know…I know….I always seem to get into trouble……hmmm….haha…..speechless :P Well done for your 1 hr exercise. Is that just before you go and see your physio? I hope it’s not exercise out of guilt…hehe. Oh badminton…of course I will not forget my racket again….NEVER EVER! :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Yes, each weekend passes by just too fast. Trust you had a great weekend and a great week. We are coming to the weekend again real soon! :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@Swathi - Thanks very much, Swathi! Give a try. Hope you like it, too :D

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@Blackswan - Yes, I have been very busy. Sometimes I can’t believe that am so busy. It’s not all about business. That was just a hobby and doing for fun. But there are always lots of other things to do. Miss visiting blogs. Missing all your creative mouth-watering dishes! :(

@somewhere in singapore - Yes, you are very late…haha. Yes, they are all gone now. You come and I will make a BIG one for you :D The weight of 1C depends on what you measure, different for different thing. 1C of water = 250g. 1C of flour = 120g. 1C of sugar = 200g. The easiest is to get a set of cake making measuring cups. I never like to use recipe in grams. The cup is so much quicker :D Have fun baking!

Angie's Recipes  on November 9th, 2011

Yes, this is easy and delicious cake recipe. And anything with streusel is irresistible.

vianney  on November 9th, 2011

love this sweet trea, very true cherries are always cheaper and perfect to stash in the freezer for a winter treat like this!!

noobcook  on November 9th, 2011

that’s a festive and cheery looking cake, yum!

Trix  on November 10th, 2011

Haha, my weekends are a success if I don’t break anything! lol. Pretty, pretty cake!

Faith  on November 10th, 2011

What a beautiful cake this is! I think it would be the perfect addition to any holiday dessert table. And chocolate ice cream sounds lovely with it!

Jon @ vodkitchen  on November 10th, 2011

Looks fantastic. I love cherry desserts. We’ve been making an apple crumble recently that is really great.

cookie  on November 12th, 2011

I miss all those good-priced berries in UK! It cost a bomb in SG, even the frozen ain’t really cheap. I am sure this will work well with any tropical fruits too!

Quay Po Cooks  on November 14th, 2011

It is so hard to find cherries here Mary. I will definitely try this when find some. Looks really good.

lena  on November 16th, 2011

the streusel looks so good on the cake! I’m sure there were lots of merry going around eating this cake! Havent been exercising for so long..must really get my butts up and do something!

tigerfish  on November 17th, 2011

Of course we will all be merry if you get to eat your cherry crumble cake….

redkathy  on November 21st, 2011

Hi Mary Love the cherry cake!! I thought I was the only one who made crumb topping with their fingers ;)

Joy  on December 6th, 2011

The crumb cake looks great.

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