How do I stop the cherries sinking

(12 Posts)
notasausage Tue 11-Dec-12 23:02:31

I'm going to try washing the cherries. DH birthday on Friday so a good chance to try it out!

Some hot water to get rid of the syrup has always worked for me

littlemefi Fri 07-Dec-12 19:15:32

I second washing the cherries to get rid of the syrup and dusting/rolling in flour

Slainte Fri 07-Dec-12 07:06:34

ISee grin

notasausage Thu 06-Dec-12 19:53:36

Would the cake not be rubbish too if it was too runny? Always rises well and seems good in the middle?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 06-Dec-12 17:23:07

Your cake mixture is too runny - it should be quite a bit thicker than if you were making a sponge.

ISeeSmallPeople Thu 06-Dec-12 17:17:21

Teeny little life jackets smile

PolterGoose Thu 06-Dec-12 17:15:21

Usual advice is to wash the cherries first to get rid of the syrup, pat them dry and then dust lightly with flour. I've found that if the cake mix is quite thick, which it should be for a Madeira cake, they never sink.

SantaFrontPaws Thu 06-Dec-12 15:23:16

Or just leave them out because they are naaaasty.

sieglinde Thu 06-Dec-12 15:22:18

Basically you have to make the batter less liquid and it also helps to cut cherries in half and roll them in a light dusting of flour. smile

SantaFrontPaws Thu 06-Dec-12 15:21:36

Roll them in flour before mixing them in. Also works with raisins, but I have no idea why.

notasausage Thu 06-Dec-12 15:19:09

To the bottom of my cherry Madeira cake? I tried holding back some and pressing lightly into the top of the mix just before putting it in the oven but with no success! I would love to know.

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