Move over, cupcakes. The newest dessert trend is here â€“ single-layer minicakes.
Minicakes, made in 8- or 9-inch pans, look special yet can be eaten in a day or two, when cake is freshest.
â€œCake is best eaten in the first day or two,â€ says Carol Kicinski, a gluten-free recipe developer, food writer and TV chef.
Kicinski created the single-layer Cherry Cake recipe featured below. It is studded with ruby-red maraschino cherries and has a tart, lemony flavor. And, as an added benefit, the recipe can be prepared with a gluten-free flour blend, if desired.
She recommends keeping a jar or two of maraschino cherries on hand because these tasty fruits are an easy way to add color and fun to many desserts. For more recipes, tips and information, visit www.nationalcherries.com.
(Makes 8 servings)
Nonstick cooking spray
1Â½ cups sliced almonds, divided
1Â¼ cups maraschino cherries, quartered
1Â½ cups all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour blend
1 teaspoon baking powder
Â½ teaspoon kosher salt
Â¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
Freshly whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350Ëš F. Spray 8- or 9-inch cake pan well with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper on the bottom and sides.
Finely grind 1Â¼ cups almonds in food processor (you should end up with 1 cup); combine with cherries in small bowl. In separate bowl, place flour; take out 1 tablespoon flour and stir into cherry mixture. To the remaining flour, add baking powder and salt; whisk to combine.
Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down sides of bowl after each addition. Add flour mixture and fold together. Stir in the cherry mixture. Finely grate lemon peel into the batter and add juice of the lemon; stir to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining Â¼ cup sliced almonds and turbinado sugar on top. Bake 50 to 75 minutes or until cake is golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.
Serve topped with whipped cream, if desired.