Melanie's Coconut Cherry Loaf

TRH Melanie's Coconut Cherry Loaf
One of the guys that hubby works with, has chickens on his farm and sent me fresh eggs to try with the message that I must send him some cake. Well the easiest I could think of was Madeira Cake. While looking in my recipes for the recipe though, I came across Viloshni Naraidu’s Coconut Cherry Loaf, which was much of a muchness. The inclusion of Almond essence and cherries is so awesome and had me eating cake way past midnight last night. Simple but sooo divine with a Hug in a Mug 
185g butter
250ml castor sugar
5ml almond essence
3 eggs
125ml desiccated coconut
500ml cake flour
5ml baking powder
½ cup milk
125ml chopped cherries, coated in flour, excess shaken off.
Sift the flour and baking powder and set aside.
Cream butter and castor sugar with electric beater.
Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each egg.
Add the coconut and almond essence.
Add the sifted dry ingredients alternating with the milk. Fold min the cherries.
Pour mixture into a greased 23cm loaf tin and bake at 180C for 1 hour or until golden.
Recipe Credit : Viloshni Naraidu
Prepared, tried and tested by: Melanie Kramar