Sour cherry cake with cherry sauce. If desired, 1/2 cup sour cherries may be added to the sauce before cooking.
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups sour cherries – drained, juice reserved
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 drops red food coloring
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2 In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and 2/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk. Stir in cherries and chopped nuts. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3 Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool. Serve with cherry sauce.
4 To make cherry sauce: In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt. Blend in 3/4 cup reserved cherry juice and 1 cup water. Stir in almond flavoring and red food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens.