Oh Sweet Day!

Cherry Walnut Cake


I am in Hong Kong.

I can’t even believe I just said that. It’s been so long since I left my hometown and moved to Vancouver. And over these couple days being in this robust city, I was asked if I could ever move back. Well, the answer is: Yes, if I COULD HAVE A LIFE. A life that doesn’t require to take shower three times a day just because all the sweat and dust that come along after a 10-minute walk on the street.

 Ingredients (8-inch cake):

1 cup walnut, coarsely chopped
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups pitted fresh cherries, halved


Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch cake pan and line bottom with parchment paper.

Add 3/4 cup chopped walnut, flour, baking powder, salt in a food processor. Blend the mixture until smooth. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until well combined and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time until blended, followed by vanilla extract.

Add in flour mixture. Beat until well combined.

Pour batter into the prepared cake pan. Cover with cherries.

Mix the remaining 1/4 cup walnut with a teaspoon of sugar and sprinkle over the top of the cake.  Bake the cake for 60 to 70 minutes, until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cake cool completely before serving.


  1. Beautiful recipe but..what happened to “printer friendly” button? ;o(

  2. Beautiful and delicious sounding cake!

  3. Beautiful cake, and I envy your travels!

  4. The cake looks amazing, I love anything with walnuts. Never been to Hong Kong, but I did live in Vancouver for 4 years. Great city!

  5. Your cake looks delicious and I will surely miss the cherries since they are almost out of season here! Since things are ever changing, the places I have lived in the past probably have changed quite a bit-so I would find it hard to decide if I wanted to go back.

  6. its true: the cake looks beautiful and Hong Kong is not suitable for life with children unless you can afford help. how did you manage to bake this cake while on holiday?!

  7. This cake sounds so delicious! I love how pretty the top of this cake looks with the cherries and the walnuts!

  8. What a pretty cake…… it sounds wonderful. I don’t blame you on the dust and heat. I have family in Taiwan and I could never do it I told my mother I would melt. LOL.

  9. Hahaha. In Ireland, the showers will come to you if you just wait about 3 minutes for it to rain on you. No problems of heat and dust. More cold and mud.

    Anyway, LOVE this cake. Normally go for cherry and almond but this sounds divine.

  10. What a beautiful cake! I’m in the situation you discribed. We are currently living in a country where multiple showers daily is a must between the sand and sweat. Nice post.

  11. How lucky to be in Hong Kong – food! But yeah, the heat and the smog? I’d want this cake!

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