When I was in India last year I saw cardamom growing and that provided inspiration for this recipe.
Also, New Zealand is becoming well known for its fresh cherries, and this cake pays homage to that queen of summer stone fruits.
Topped with fresh cherries, this creation should impress everyone.
200g butter, softened
200g caster sugar
4 organic eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g plain flour
150g ground almonds
2 tsp ground cardamom
24 cherries, halved and pitted (you could also use 40 morello cherries from a jar)
250g cream cheese
4 tbs honey
15 fresh cherries with stalks intact
Preheat the oven to 180C fan bake. Grease and line a 22cm cake tin.
Pour batter into cake tin and dot with cherry halves. Bake for about 40 minutes. The cake is ready when it is golden in colour, springy to the touch and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow cake to cool for around 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack.
Meanwhile, make icing. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and continue to add the other ingredients.
Once cake is cool, apply a generous layer of icing and decorate with fresh cherries. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
This recipe was originally published in the Sunday Star Times.
Photography: Emma Boyd