Saturday, 17 November 2012

Blackberry And Blueberry Christmas Cake...



A lighter alternative to the traditional cake

If you are not a fan of heavy dried fruit cakes then try this light almondy sponge cake speckled with blackberries and blueberries drizzled with glace icing.


Serves 8

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 40-50 minutes

To decorate: 5 minutes

What you need

  • 175g (6oz) mixed blackberries and blueberries, if the blackberries are very large, cut them in half
  • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 175g (6oz) butter, at room temperature
  • 175g (6 oz) caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
  • 75g (3oz) ground almonds
  • Few drops almond essence, optional

To decorate


  • 175g (6oz) icing sugar
  • tsp cold water
  • 3 tbsp toasted flaked almonds
  • Few extra blackberries and blueberries or a few halved strawberries

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
  • Brush inside a 23cm (9 inch) diameter or 1.5 litre (3 pint) fluted ring mould with a little oil.
  • Add the blackberries and blueberries to a small bowl with 2 tablespoons of the flour and gently stir together until the berries are coated.
  • Add baking powder to the remaining flour.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually mix in alternate spoonfuls of beaten egg and remaining flour, beating well after each addition and continuing until both have all been added.
  • Stir in the ground almonds and almond essence if using, then fold in the flour coated berries.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and level the top.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes or until well risen, the top is golden and a skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the cake.
  • Leave to cool for 30 minutes then loosen the edges of the mould, turn out on to a wire rack and remove the mould.
  • Leave to cool completely.
  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, gradually mix in just enough water to mix to a smooth icing that will slowly fall from a spoon.
  • Transfer the cake to a serving plate, drizzle the icing over in zig zag lines, decorate with a few extra berries and sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
  • Leave to stand for 15 minutes or so for the icing to set, then cut into thick slices and serve.

Tip:

  • As the cake has lots of fresh fruit in the mixture it is best eaten within 2 days.


Recipe and photo credit by- Seasonal Berries



14 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the recipe, that looks so good!

    Shadow of Snowman
    Have a lovely weekend. Come and drop me a line or two when you get a chance.

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    1. Thanks for the comments @Chubskulit Rose and @Shadow of Snowman :)

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  2. Looks fabulous! Makes me want to go out and buy myself a fluted ring mould :)

    Angela

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  3. this looks so delicious & colorful!!

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  4. Wow! This cake is so beautiful and I am sure delicious Clairejustine. So colourful and perfect for Christmas! Take care and have a good Sunday.

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  5. Claire - this cake looks absolutely amazing !!
    I LOVE it

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