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Hungarian Sour Cherry Cake

As a kid, I had a Hungarian friend. Her family always made this cake. I LOVED it. I have been thinking about it for over 20 years, but I have never seen sour cherries for sale. Until last week…when I saw canned tart red cherries for sale in my local grocery store. I was so excited. This is the best coffee type cake I have ever had. Both sweet and tart at the same time, I can eat an entire pan.

You can use fresh or frozen sour cherries if you can find them. I found the canned tart cherries at King’s Supermarket.

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This cake is pretty easy to make. First drain your cherries and then coat them in 1 tbsp. of flour. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter, sugar, grand marnier and vanilla. Once the mixture is fluffy, beat in the egg.

Add 1/2 the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Beat well to thoroughly combine. Then add 1/2 the milk. Again, beat well to combine. Then repeat with the remaining flour and  milk. The batter will be the consistency of icing.

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Scoop the batter into a greased 9X13 pan. Sprinkle the cherries on top and bake for 25-30 minutes at 375 degrees.

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Hungarian Sour Cherry Cake
Ingredients
  • 14 oz canned tart red cherries or 2 cups fresh/frozen sour cherries
  • 2 cups flour plus 1 tbsp
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Drain cherries and toss with 1 tbsp. of flour. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well.

  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla and grand marnier. Once fluffy, beat in the egg.

  4. Add 1/2 the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Beat well to fully combine.

  5. Add 1/2 the milk and beat well to combine. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.

  6. Scoop batter (it will be thick) into a greased 9X13 pan. Sprinkle cherries overtop.

  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. 

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