Cherry & Vanilla Traybake I love that we live five minutes from a ‘Pick Your Own’ fruit farm, it means I can indulge whenever I have an urge to make something specific. Take yesterday for instance, I really fancied making a cake with fresh cherries so off seven year old M Vanilla Extractand I popped to go and pick a glut of cherries for the cake and a few left over to snack on. Perfect. Regular readers may notice a theme in my recipes of using a lot of vanilla extract, my chocolate cakes have to taste of vanilla too and for this cake I wanted a strong sweet vanilla taste to go with the ever so slightly sharper cherries. Nielsen-Massey sent me some of their vanilla extract to try and this is what I used in this recipe. I usually use Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste in my recipes, I was still pleased with the result though, a vanillary cake, not overpowering the subtle cherry taste but if Picking cherriesyou are not such a fan you can just take out a spoon of the vanilla extract. I also wanted to top the cake with a sour cream and white chocolate icing, however tiredness got to me, I made a mistake with the quantities and ended up with a dipping sauce instead. I think it would go beautifully with this cake though. In hindsight, you can’t go wrong with a simple glacé icing, which is probably my favourite anyway!

Fresh Cherry & Vanilla Traybake
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A lovely summery traybake using fresh cherries and vanilla
Serves: 15

  • 300g Fresh Cherries, pitted and halved
  • 250g butter, melted and then cooled slightly
  • 250g Self Raising Flour
  • 250g soft brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract, I use Nielsen-Masey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Flour to coat the cherries
  • Fresh cherries to decorate
  • Icing sugar to decorate

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC
  2. Grease and line a traybake tin 20x30cm
  3. Melt the butter on a very low heat and then allow to cool slightly
  4. Remove the stones from the cherries and halve, leave to one side
  5. Add the sugar, then the eggs and vanilla extract to the melted butter and mix well
  6. Stir into the mixture the flour and baking powder
  7. Toss the halved cherries in flour and then gently stir into the mixture
  8. Pour the cake mixture into the tin and bake for 30 minutes or until firm
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool
  10. Decorate with a simple glacé icing (water & icing sugar) and decorate with cherries.
  11. When the icing is set cut the cake into squares and serve.

Cherry & Vanilla traybake


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7 thoughts on “Fresh Cherry & Vanilla Traybake

  1. Hi,

    I love your blog! I’ve had a great time browsing through your recipes. Can’t wait to try the cherry and vanilla traybake!

    Posted on July 27, 2014 at 10:39 am
    1. Oh thank you that is so lovely to hear. The speed the traybake went I think my children recommend it. 🙂

      Posted on July 27, 2014 at 8:21 pm
  2. This looks so good! You are really lucky to live near a pick your own farm. You can’t get much fresher than that!

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm
    1. Thanks Ciara, I know I love it…we are very lucky.

      Posted on July 27, 2014 at 9:28 am
  3. I can’t wait to have a fitted kitchen so I can start baking!

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:07 am
    1. Is it a near event? hope so, that must be hard.

      Posted on July 27, 2014 at 9:27 am