Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sour Cherry and Mahleb Crumb Cake #CakeSliceBakers

Delicious seasonal cherries surrounded by a tender cake and topped with a crunchy crumble.  This was one of my favorite desserts I served up last month.

Sour Cherry and Mahleb Crumb Cake

This was my selection for Cake Slice Bakers this month......

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Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The New Way To Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. 

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It is a new year and a new book - The New Way To Cake - and our choices for September 2020 were ~

Date & Rooibos Loaf Plum & Black Peppercorn Cake Sour Cherry & Mahleb Crumble Cake
Sour Cherry and Mahleb Crumb Cake

This cake was soooooo good.  I can't wait to make it again.   I did make several adaptations to the recipe.  I used frozen mixed cherries instead of only sour cherries.  I also used almond paste in place of the Mahleb as suggested by Benjamina.  I was out of parchment paper so lined my pan with aluminum foil.

Sour Cherry and Mahleb Crumb Cake

I normally have a ton of sour cherries from our daughter, Nicole's, tree.  I'm not sure if it did not bear fruit this year, if she didn't get a chance to harvest them before the birds got to them, if our son Tony grabbed them all for his jams or if Nicole and Pierre decided to keep them all for themselves.  

The next time they are generous enough to share their harvest I am definitely making this cake with all sour cherries to compare it with my version.  I find it hard to believe that it could be better than the recipe I'm sharing but I have been pretty impressed with all of the recipes that I have made from this cookbook thus far this year.

Desserts, Cake, Cherries, Crumble
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Cherry and Almond Crumble Cake

Cherry and Almond Crumble Cake

Delicious seasonal cherries surrounded by a tender cake and topped with a crunchy crumble.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 60 MinTotal time: 1 H & 15 M


  • 4 T. cold butter
  • 1/4 c.  sugar
  • 2/3 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 t. almond paste 
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. almond paste
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 c. + 1 T.  milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 t. vanilla paste
  • 1 1/2 c. frozen mixed variety cherries
  • Whipped Heavy Cream, if desired


  1. Place the butter, sugar, flour and almond paste into the bowl of a food processor and pulse 2 or 3 times until crumbled.  Place in the refrigerator while assembling cake.
  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
  2. Place the butter and sugar in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Beat until pale and fluffy.  Stir in the almond paste and then add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each.
  3. Reduce speed to low and stir in half of the flour, followed by the milk and vanilla.  Stir in the remaining flour mixture and pour batter into a springform pan that has been treated with baking spray and lined with parchment paper.  Sprinkle the cherries evenly over the top of the batter.  Sprinkle the reserved, refrigerated crumble ove the top and bake in a preheated 350* oven for 50-60 minutes, until golden brown and a skewer inserted removes cleanly.
  4. Cool completely in pan on wire rack before transferring to a cake plate and serving with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.


Adapted from a recipe found in The New Way to Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi.



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    1. I really wanted to make this one because I do have some mahleb. I just can't get sour cherries here! I guess I should have followed your lead. It sounds delicious.

    2. That looks like such a WONDERFUL treat - packed with great cherry flavor. I love the addition of fresh fruits to cake. I don't think I've baked with fresh or frozen cherries yet though!

      1. Time to rectify that and this recipe is a good place to start.


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