For 8-10 portions you need

4 oz. butter or margarine 4 oz. castor sugar 2 eggs few drops vanilla essence 6 oz. plain flour 1 level teaspoon baking powder 3-4 oz. glace cherries 1 1/2 tablespoons milk

  • Cream the butter and sugar until soft and light.
  • Whisk eggs, beat gradually into the butter mixture, if the mixture shows signs of curdling add a little sieved flour.
  • Add vanilla essence, fold in sieved flour and baking powder gently with metal spoon.
  • Add the cherries-these should be halved or quartered and coated in flour. If very sticky they should be rinsed in cold water then dried to prevent their sinking; then milk.
  • Put into the greased and floured or lined tin, level on top.
  • Bake for time and temperature given.
  • Test cake before removing from tin -ensure the cake has shrunk away from the sides of the tin and feels firm to the touch.

Oven temperature: very moderate, 325-350°F.- Gas Mark 3-4 Oven position: centre