Torta de Ciliege (Fresh Cherry Cake)

Sheryl Faulkner

By
@athestove

My husband originally found this recipe in our local paper in 1997 and I have been making it every year since for our anniversary-which is the midst of cherry season! It's very pretty, very rich and absolutely delicious. Perfect for a celebration! My notes say it came from a book by Carol Field called IN NONNA'S KITCHEN.

Rating:
★★★★★ 3 votes
Comments:
Serves:
10
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
1 Hr
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

1/2 c
(1 stick) + 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 c
sugar
3
eggs, separated, room temp
3 Tbsp
milk
1 tsp
vanilla
1 c
+ 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp
baking powder
pinch
salt
1 lb
meaty, ripe red sweet cherries, pitted (about 3 cups)
2-4 Tbsp
sugar, depending on sweetness of cherries

Step-By-Step

1Preheat oven to 350. Butter & flour 9 1/2" spring-form pan.(I use a 9" removable-bottom pan,lined with parchment)
2Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 mins.Add egg yolks one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Stir in milk and vanilla.Mix together flour and baking powder. Sift directly into bowl.
3Beat egg whites separately with pinch of salt until they stand in soft peaks.Stir 1/4 of whites into butter/sugar mixture, then carefully fold in the rest.
4Spread dough into prepared pan. Combine cherries with sugar and sprinkle over top. (They will sink into cake as it bakes)
5Bake 50-60 minutes until top is golden and knife inserted into cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pan 15-30 minutes. Unmold onto rack and cool completely.
6I like to sprinkle the cake with a bit of powdered sugar just before serving. And we always have it with a dollop of whipped cream on the side.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtag: #cherries