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Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake or pudding is a lovely soft and fluffy cake steamed on the stovetop, steamer or multicooker.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake or pudding is a lovely soft and fluffy cake steamed on the stovetop, steamer or multicooker.

Oh my goodness! Friends! Today I have a most wonderful Steamed Cherry Cake recipe to share with you.

Now, depending on where in the world you live, you might call this a 'pudding', for example, in the United Kingdom, these types of cakes are referred to as puddings because of the type of bowl used in cooking and the method of cooking too, which is steaming.

The bowl is known as a 'pudding basin' and is always used when steaming such things as Christmas puddings, sticky toffee puddings, and so on.

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For those of you who aren't familiar with steaming cakes, or puddings, I've given some easy instructions with photos on how to make a cover for the pudding during steaming, and of course, if you're familiar with this, simply skip that part of the instructions. I hope those of you who haven't done this before find the photos helpful!

What does a steamed cake taste like?

Steaming cakes is a lovely method of cooking. It ensures you get a soft and light cake, never dry and actually, it's quite difficult to overcook, so long as you follow the cook times.

Well, look at it this way, you won't be able to burn or over brown your cake! Here's another of our steamed cakes, it's a Chinese recipe called Ma Lai Go, and often served as part of Dim Sum. It's soft, light and absolutely delicious!

Traditionally, steamed puddings are served warm with custard. We have a lovely recipe for homemade custard. For this steamed cherry cake, you can serve with custard, vanilla ice cream or simply eat on its own.

Homemade Custard

If you're making this steamed cherry cake ahead, you can cover it and keep chilled for a day and then simply pop in the microwave to warm up and then serve. It will also freeze well too. Again, allow to defrost and microwave for about a minute if warming the whole cake then serve.

We've also got a lovely lemon steamed cake for you to try. The instructions are exactly the same, and it's so delicious!

I've made this recipe by hand, simply using a spatula to mix the ingredients. No need to use an electric mixer. Just make sure your butter is softened before you start and it will all mix very easily.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake or pudding is a lovely soft and fluffy cake steamed on the stovetop, steamer or multicooker.

I've used my multi cooker to steam this cake. Some of you may have an Instantpot or similar. So the instructions are below for you.

The key is to make sure your bowl is the right size to fit inside the multi cooker. I have only recently purchased my multi cooker (and I love it!). I didnt have a pudding bowl to fit so I bought one as most of my baking equipment is in a storage box right now (moving house soon!).

Some tips for buying a steamed pudding basin.

  • Make sure it fits in your multicooker, width, and height
  • It has a rim so you can use string to tie the foil down
  • Make sure it is heatproof. You can get plastic pudding bowls, however, most are not for steaming, but only for the microwave, so please make sure!

So, getting back to this delicious Steamed Cherry Cake recipe, this is a lovely dessert to serve to guests and equally, to have for a weekend dessert. It's flexible any time of year. In the summer months, you can eat it chilled with some ice cream and in the winter months, serve warm with some delicious custard.

So let's get straight to the recipe and see how we make this delicious steamed cherry cake. Please do enjoy!

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake or pudding is a lovely soft and fluffy cake steamed on the stovetop, steamer or multicooker.

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

45 Minutes

Serves

6

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons Cherry Jam
6 oz or 175 g Self-Raising Flour
1 Heaped Teaspoon Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
6 oz or 175 g softened butter
3 large eggs
6 oz or 175 g Regular Sugar
Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon

Instructions

1. Prepare your pudding bowl as follows; Place the bowl on a sheet of parchment paper and draw around the base and cut out the circle.

My pudding bowl is diameter: 6 1/2 Inches or 16 cm at the top and 4 inches or 10cm in height. You need to make sure your bowl will fit in your multi cooker. This size is a perfect fit for mine.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake, measuring base

2. Grease the inside of the pudding bowl and place the cut out piece of parchment paper in the bottom. This will stop the cake from sticking. You can also use our easy pan release for baking instead of greasing with butter if you prefer.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake, grease inside of pudding basin

3. Prepare the cover as follows; Take a sheet of parchment and a sheet of aluminium foil large enough to cover the top of the bowl. Place one on top of the other then form a pleat across the centre. Set aside.

How to make the cover for pudding basin

**The pleat is necessary to allow the cake to rise when steaming.

How to make the cover for pudding basin
How to make the cover for pudding basin

4. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I've done this by hand as it is not hard so long as the butter is nice and soft.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake , cream the butter and sugar

5. Add the eggs, lemon juice and zest.

6. Add the SIFTED flour, salt and baking powder. Fold gently so as not to lose too much air.

7. Add the cherry jam directly into the pudding basin so it sits on top of your cut out parchment paper in the base of the bowl.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake, add cherry jam to base of pudding basin

8. Transfer cake batter to the pudding bowl.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake, add cake batter to pudding basin

9. Place the parchment and foil over the pudding basin with the parchment on the underside.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake, place parchment over top

10. Using some string, tie the cover around the rim of the bowl.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake, secure cover with string

11. Place in the steamer or multi cooker.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake, transfer to steamer

For Multi cooker, place a trivet in the bottom of the cooking container and fill with water up to the level of the trivet. The setting should be for STEAM, for 45 minutes. When the time is up, release the steam and remove from the multicooker.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake, showing water level in steamer

12. Remove the cover and place a serving plate over the pudding. ***Please be VERY CAREFUL as the bowl will be hot!! Use a tea towel!

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake, remove cover

13. Turn the plate and pudding bowl upside down and remove the bowl. You may have to wait a minute or so for gravity to work. The cake should drop easily.

If it doesn't, just run a knife around the edge of the bowl to loosen the cake then try turning it upside down again and the cake should drop.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake, showing how to transfer cake from pudding basin to a plate
Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake, showing how to transfer cake from pudding basin to a plate
Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake or pudding is a lovely soft and fluffy cake steamed on the stovetop, steamer or multicooker.

14. Serve warm with some custard or ice cream.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake or pudding is a lovely soft and fluffy cake steamed on the stovetop, steamer or multicooker.

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our delicious steamed cherry cake recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

I took this photo below to show you the inside of the cake so you can see how soft and moist it is. It's so delicious!

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake or pudding is a lovely soft and fluffy cake steamed on the stovetop, steamer or multicooker.

If you love cherries, why not try our easy cherry cream cheese crescent roll recipe. It's quick and simple to make too!

 
Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake or pudding is a lovely soft and fluffy cake steamed on the stovetop, steamer or multicooker.

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Delicious Steamed Cherry Cake or pudding is a lovely soft and fluffy cake steamed on the stovetop, steamer or multicooker.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Cherry Jam
  • 6 oz or 175 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 1 Heaped Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 6 oz or 175 g softened butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 oz or 175 g Regular Sugar
  • Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon

Instructions

1. Prepare your pudding bowl as follows; Place the bowl on a sheet of parchment paper and draw around the base and cut out the circle. My pudding bowl is diameter: 6 1/2 Inches or 16 cm at the top and 4 inches or 10cm in height. You need to make sure your bowl will fit in your multi cooker. This size is a perfect fit for mine. 

2. Grease the inside of the pudding bowl and place the cut out piece of parchment paper in the bottom. This will stop the cake from sticking. 

3. Prepare the cover as follows; Take a sheet of parchment and a sheet of aluminium foil large enough to cover the top of the bowl. Place one on top of the other then form a pleat across the centre. Set aside. 

**The pleat is necessary to allow the cake to rise when steaming. 

4. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 

5. Add the eggs, lemon juice and zest. 

6. Add the SIFTED flour, salt and baking powder. Fold gently so as not to lose too much air. 

7. Add the cherry jam directly into the pudding basin so it sits on top of your cut out parchment paper in the base of the bowl. 

8. Transfer cake batter to the pudding bowl.

9. Place the parchment and foil over the pudding basin with the parchment on the underside. 

10. Using some string, tie the cover around the rim of the bowl. 

11. Place in the steamer or multi cooker. 

For Multi cooker, place a trivet in the bottom of the cooking container and fill with water up to the level of the trivet. The setting should be for STEAM, for 45 minutes. When the time is up, release the steam and remove from the multicooker. 

12. Remove the cover and place a serving plate over the pudding. ***Please be VERY CAREFUL as the bowl will be hot!! Use a tea towel!

13. Turn the plate and pudding bowl upside down and remove the bowl. You may have to wait a minute or so for gravity to work. The cake should drop easily. If it doesn't, just run a knife around the edge of the bowl to loosen the cake then try turning it upside down again and the cake should drop. 

14. Serve warm with some custard or ice cream. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 515Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 702mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 7g

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