Cooking time: 75 mins
Cut the cherries in half, put into a colander and rinse under running warm water to remove the excess syrup. Drain then dry thoroughly on kitchen paper towels.
Sift the flour with the cinnamon and ground almonds and set aside.
Cream the butter until soft using an electric mixer or wooden spoon. Gradually beat in the sugar then beat well until the mixture is very light.
Break the eggs into a jug then beat with a fork until just mixed. Gradually beat the eggs into the butter mixture, beating well after each addition, and adding a tablespoon of the flour with the last addition.
Add 2 tablespoons of the flour to the cherries and toss well. Tip the flour mix onto the beaten mixture and gently fold the two together with a large metal spoon. Lastly, add the cherry/flour mix and stir gently until thoroughly combined.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly.
Decorate the top with the whole glacé cherries and blanched almonds then bake in the preheated oven for about 1¼ hours (one and a quarter) or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. If mixture sticks to the skewer cook for another 5 minutes then test again.
Remove the tin from the oven and run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the tin to loosen the cake. Leave to cool for 5 minutes then gently pull out the side of the tin to release the cake. Leave the cake to cool completely on its base.Best eaten within a week.