Very little is as appealing to me as a slice of cake, and this one would be almost impossible for me to resist. I grew up dunking, eating, and loving cake in almost every imaginable form and yes, cake is a part of our culture. The accompaniments of gin-soaked cherries and sour milk jam firmly plant this specimen in only one position – over the top. Nice job in sharing this one!!
Haha! I laughed out loud at the “first-class tool” part. (And I agree with you – you definitely chose the better route with that one.)
And I have to say, you pick such good recipes. This one is simple enough, but I think that sour milk jam and those gin-poached cherries sound perfect with that buttermilk cake. Looks as good (or better – in the case of that picture you linked to) than a restaurant. You must host pretty damn spectacular dinner parties!
I was just cleaning out our cabinets the other day and discovered a jar of juniper berries that I don’t remember ever buying. I’d been wondering what the heck to do with it, and now I know…gin poached cherries! Genius.
“first-class tool” has got to be one of my favorite blog lines ever. it’s funny: this cake held no appeal for me when I saw it in the magazine, probably because it was in stupid bits. this post, however, makes it look wonderful!
Brandied cherries have long been a staple in our house, but I am very intrigued by the concept of the gin soak. I imagine it would be a lighter, cleaner taste and love the idea of pairing it with a rustic, buttery cake like this (sans the froo froo torn presentation :) ).
Just made this for Sunday lunch. Partner described it as a ‘hug in a bowl’. A perfect marriage of textures and tastes. Also made the spinach salad and aubergine dip, so it’s been a Lottie & Doof day – all to great acclaim – thank you!!
Hi Tim–I just made the cake part of this (I cannot ignore that much butter), but mine took a good 55 minutes to bake (in a 8″ glass square pan). Curious how long yours took? This is one of my favorite cakes in a while–inlay use it as the base for the caramel cake recipe (which is a regular for us).