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Cherry & Marzipan Cake with Orange Syrup
It's #TwitterBakeAlong time (set by The Baking Nanna and Robert Allen) and this week it's a marzipan challenge. Simply make something, anything, using marzipan. We decided to make this fruity, middle-eastern inspired cake from Delicious Magazine.
Although the recipe is quite simple, there is a fair amount of prep-work so start by getting organised. You'll need to stone and chop your cherries and, if like us, you don't have a nifty stoning device then it's 15 minutes of careful knife work! You'll also need to cube your marzipan then dust both in a little flour. This will help to stop them sink in your mix.
Beat your butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy then gradually add your eggs and orange blossom water, if you have any. We struggled to get any and opted for adding a little orange extract instead (orange oil) to boost the flavour. Fold in your flour then add half of your marzipan and cherries.
Mix gently then pour into your lined tin. Add the remaining marzipan and cherries to the top of you cake mix before starting your bake. Start at 150 fan for 20 minutes before reducing by 10 degrees for a further 50-60 minutes (you made need to cover with foil if it's getting too dark).
Make a simple orange syrup and, when your cake is out of the oven, poke skewer holes all over and drizzle with the syrup. Finish with a generous scattering of lightly toasted pistachios.