Be My Guest – Cherry Cake

Some blogs, I must say, attract me due to the nature of the pictures. It must be because I am not good at it, so I love to look at the pictures and “imagine” if I could do it. A few of the blogs who I have got hooked to due to this factor are Meena’s, Rekha’s, Shree’s and Shibi’s. When I asked Meena about the tricks in photography, she told me, “practice, practice, practice!” Now frankly speaking, I don’t have the patience nor the time to practice and I guess that will effect the forward movement of my blog. I am seriously considering putting in time for improving my skills but I know with my current restrictions, I may not be able to do so, but at least by looking at all your blogs, I will collect ideas and try to put it forward, what say? 馃槈


So, such a blog that made me feel in love with the pictures was Anupa’s Palaharam. Just have a look at her array of recipes – be it the homemade icecream or the fish patty burgers, absolutely delicious in sight!!! The time I eyed her blog and a few of her posts, I just popped in the question as to whether she would be interested in doing a guest post. I was so glad that she agreed to. And she gave me something that is so apt to my blog name – how sweet is she!! So there you go, she emailed me this sumptuous looking cherry cake. Why don’t we go over to her and see what Anupa has to offer? 馃檪



Hi there,
I am Anupa who blogs聽at “Palaharam“. Currently, I am staying in聽Phoenix, US with my husband. Like many of you my interest in cooking began post聽marriage. Back in Bangalore, when I prepared our first onam sadya, having taken
the day off , spending the entire day in the kitchen and leaving my husband’s聽jaw dropped, I knew I had changed – I had developed a liking for cooking. I聽guess few things inherited(my mom is a great cook) start showing up only when
it is time.聽My blog was started less than a year ago when we came down to聽US after I had given up my job and I had so much free time in hand. I am so聽glad that I did start one. Because this blogging world has gifted me with so
many like minded friends. Even though hardly anyone of us have met in person,聽we talk as if we have know each other for years. I can spend hours going聽through different blogs and browsing for recipes and all the more, I keep
learning so much from them. I am proud to be part of the Bloggers family :).
Few weeks back when I聽saw a message from Rafeeda asking, if I would like to do a guest post for her,聽I didn’t think ‘No’ as an answer. Well why would I , since this is my first聽guest post ever and all the more when it is being asked by a such a sweetheart聽like Rafeeda, you cannot deny it :). I am so excited to be doing a guest post聽for her.Thank you Rafeeda for this opportunity.
I have known Rafeeda聽through the blogging world. A person who is so active, friendly and an聽interactive blogger. I sometime wonder how she finds time to manage a job and a聽blog along with her family of sweet little kids.聽Since this is my first聽guest post, I wanted to get it right for her. So I asked Rafeeda to guide me聽and she indeed left me to pick up anything of my choice. Isn’t she generous?聽While I was wondering what to make for the guest post, I was sure I should make聽something sweet for her blog –聽The Big Sweet Tooth聽:). So here it is聽a Cherry cake that I tried out to sent it virtually to sweet Rafeeda. Recipe聽was adapted from Joy of Baking. Hope you all like it.
Cherry Cake
1/2 cup or 113 gms of
salted butter
350 gms of fresh
cherries – rinse, dried and pitted
1 cup of all purpose
1/2 cup of almond meal
1 1/2 tsp of baking
2 large eggs
3/4 cup of granulated
white sugar
1 tsp of pure vanilla
1/3 cup of milk
路聽 In a saucepan melt the butter and remove it聽from the stove. Let it cool down to room temperature.
路聽 Preserve few cherries, having cut them into聽half to be placed on the top of the cake during baking. Cut the remaining聽cherries into quarters and sprinkle them with all purpose flour just to form a聽coating over them.
路聽 In a bowl, whisk the flour, almond meal and聽baking powder. This would be referred to as the flour mixture.
路聽 In another bowl, beat the eggs and sugar聽untill thick and light colored. Beat in the vanilla extract.
路聽 With a spatula or wired whisk, fold in the聽cooled butter and milk just until incorporated. Now fold in the flour mixture聽just untill moistened.
路聽 Fold in the cherries that were cut into聽quarters.
路聽 Preheat the oven to 400 F/ 200 C.
路聽 Grease a 9 inch spring foam pan with butter or聽non stick spray. Pour the batter into it and smooth the top with a spatula.
路聽 Bake for 15 minutes and then remove from the聽oven and quickly arrange the remaining cherries on top of the cake with the cut聽side down.
路聽 Place the cake back in the oven and bake for聽15- 20 minutes or untill golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out聽clean.
1.聽聽聽聽聽If the cake seems to be over browning, cover it with a piece of aluminum foil for the rest of the baking period.


Thank you so much, Anupa for sending me that lovely little cake. I can literally feel the taste in my tongue!!! :)Have a lovely weekend, friends…

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  1. Thank u Rafeeda for giving me the opportunity and for that introduction of my blog..wooow… I am flattered 馃檪

    1. My pleasure Anoopa having u around!!! 馃檪

  2. Looks delicious.. Perfect for your space rafee.. Nice post anupa!

    1. Thank u so much sangeetha…

  3. Anupa ,congrats on ur first guest post.Love the fresh cherry cake and the celebration theme u have chosen.
    Rafee,I am blushing what a complement!:)Rafee u are a super woman we all adore for ur multi tasking skill!Don't worry about pics they will fall in place once u set ur mind on it.

    1. Ayyoda…thanks a lot Meena darling!!! 馃檪 xoxo

  4. Stunning, not only the pictures but the whole package including the recipe.

    1. Thank u so much nava…

  5. Cherry cake looks fabulous. Rafeeda, your guest posts are a great way to know the bloggers. I am hopping on to Anupa.

    1. Thank u so much sebeena…

  6. Mouth Watering cake @ anupa!! would visit your blog quick!! @ raff do agree with u its so important to live a eye catchy pic and Like u even I look at others pics and thinking if i can do the same!! Practice Practice n Practice is right concept, But for Some reason I like focusing directly to the subject than the background venture!! I find it more cool as I love to show the texture and effect Alas my cam sometimes is super cool and sometimes make me look like fool 馃榾

    1. Haha aara…cant stop laughing… 馃榾

  7. i would love to be invited.

    1. Pls drop me n email vit ur details…

  8. cake looks so yummy and nice gust post.. Pics are super

    1. Thank u so much veena…

  9. nice guest post on ur blog rafeeda, it luks yummm….

    1. Thank u so much razina…

  10. wonderful guest post rafee….going there to check out and inform that it is fabulous

    1. Thank u so much divs…

  11. Ahan!!! Wonderful it looks… I loved this guest post for my soon-to-be-hosted food-event 馃檪

    Subscribe me via email @ to stay updated for the 1st food-event with a giveaway!!! 馃檪

    1. Thank u so much shruthi… 馃檪

  12. As always nice guest post Rafee and nice to know more of Anupa.
    Anupa, great recipe with wonderful recipe.
    Rafee I am blushing too. Thank you soo much sweety

    1. Thank u so much sweety… my pleasure!!! 馃檪

  13. yummy and a delicious cake..wonderful guest post with superb clicks..

    1. Thank u so much ruxana…

  14. Rafeeda,

    I am speechless!!! Not sure how to thankyou for that great compliment 馃檪 You are such a sweet person and you had done a wonderful job in blogging and making connection with other bloggers.
    The cake looks awesome and I know her recipes make you drool especially the keralite snacks she makes.

    1. Thanks a lot 4 ur lovely words Shibi… 馃檪

  15. Cake looks delicious and inviting!

    1. Thank u so much sona…

  16. Awesome guest post Rafee… Such a pretty and beautiful cake… It looks delicious.. And yes as Rafee already mentioned your clicks are awesome Anupa 馃檪

    1. Doesnt it look so good Nilu? 馃檪 thank u so much…

  17. Lovely guest post ! That's an awesome cake …lovely clicks !

    1. Thank u so much reni…

  18. Wau! OMG I missed this….really amazing , appealing and looks soooo good. B eautiful guest post dear….

    1. Thank u so much remya… u r not late, dun worry!!! 馃檪

  19. Yet another great guest post, me too am awed by Anupa's pics 馃檪 Yummy looking cherry cake , a great virtual treat for u Rafee !!

    1. Thank u so much chitz… 馃檪

  20. looks amazing, mouth watering 馃檪

    1. Thank u so much subha… 馃檪

  21. Wow..dats great guest post..ya..need patience to learn clikng…sure u vl do..all d best..

    1. Thank u so much usha…

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