Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Gooseberry Crumble Cake

Yes, I know this is another cake. Which means that three out of my last four posts have been cakes. But hey, who turns down cake? Not me. Especially when it tastes so summery and pretty like this one…DSCF8657 Before this cake I had never cooked with gooseberries, despite them being such a classic British summer fruit. They’re pretty much impossible to eat raw – they’re furry and super sour – but when baked they’re so pretty. I don’t often bake with fresh summer fruit (like strawberries) because they are so good fresh on their own (plus a little expensive) that it sometimes seems like a waste to bake them. Obviously with gooseberries, it’s a different story, and so this cake was made.DSCF8669I don’t think that I have made a crumble cake before but I love it. The moist dark layer of almond cake, the soft sweet-tart layer of gooseberries and the crisp and crunchy crumble? Everything is covered! This cake is best eaten on the first day because the crumble will have the nicest crisp texture. However, we saved this cake for a few days to take with us on a weekend trip and it was still perfectly delicious – just a little softer on top.DSCF8665 The cake is a Nigel Slater recipe and he calls it a ‘cut and come again cake’ which is exactly right – it is very moreish! And as it contains fruit it really cannot be that bad for you...right?! Enjoy!

7 comments:

Nisrine said...

Your cake looks totally fab. I'm inviting myself for a piece, Lucy!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, I miss English gooseberries so much! Here, there are far too expensive and a lot smaller...

Your cake looks marvelous and so scrumptious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Elra's cooking and baking said...

I wish I could easily find gooseberry here. Looks superb Lucy!

The Caked Crusader said...

Can never have too many posts about cake as far as I'm concerned!

Looks lovely. A crumble cake is so versatile as it can be served for dessert or at tea time.

I don't use gooseberries much eithc but can see they'd really work here

Faith said...

Your cake is beautiful, Lucy! What a pretty crumble topping. I don't think I've ever had gooseberries! I'm on the lookout for them though. ;)

Shari said...

This looks amazing! I don't think I could leave it alone.

Ailbhe said...

What a fab looking cake and I love love love gooseberries. Great site by the way. Keep baking : )