Monday, 26 August 2013

Blackberry, Lime and Elderflower Cake

It appears lime recipes on this blog are like buses – you wait forever for one and then two come at once. I was really surprised when I was tagging my Lime & Rosewater cake that I’d never blogged anything limey in all 5 years of blogging – especially considering I have made 18 lemon and 16 orange recipes. It was actually a sheer coincidence that I ended up making two limey recipes so close to each other after years of nothing, but the tasty results of both cakes have persuaded me to make sure another 5 years of blogging doesn’t go by before I use it again.DSC_0086In this cake the limes are paired with a whole load of fresh blackberries. The bramble bushes near my house are ripening rapidly now – the fruit can’t be picked fast enough! I remember going blackberrying with my parents when I was younger – spending hours in amongst the huge brambles, perfecting a routine of one berry for the bucket, one for me, one for the bucket, one for me. Now my parents go together to pick the berries all growing by the river or the common – I think its great that even in London there is still fruit growing wildly. My Mum uses the fruit to make jars and jars of blackberry jam for gifts and to last us through the winter, and I take advantage of this wealth of free fresh fruit to bake with. DSC_0089This recipe makes a big tray of cake but it’s not rich (and it is addictive) so you’ll definitely find yourself repeatedly going back for more, and also the drizzle keeps it super moist. I really liked the combination of flavours in this cake – lime and blackberry isn’t something I would have put together but they really work – but I think I would have liked the elderflower to be a bit stronger. It’s only a delicate flavour that got slightly overpowered by lime, so I would up the cordial and reduce tCalendar Cakes Challengehe lime juice in the drizzle next time. Also, I think I would stir the blackberries right into the cake mixture rather than place them on top so that they release a bit more juice and flavour into the cake. Overall though I was definitely pleased with this traybake – it was super quick to make and really versatile. I’m going to submit this cake to my first ever Calendar Cakes challenge, hosted by Dolly Bakes and Laura Loves Cakes.The August theme is ‘Summer Lovin’ using seasonal ingredients or summer memories and this cake combines both! Enjoy :)

Blackberry, Lime and Elderflower Drizzle Cake, adapted from Waitrose Kitchen Magazine
Ingredients: 225g self raising flour
75g ground almonds
250g softened butter
250g golden caster sugar
4 eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
1 lime, juiced and zested
2tbsp milk
200g blackberries

Drizzle: 100ml elderflower cordial
6tbsp granulated sugar
zest of 1 lime
juice of 1/2 lime

1. Preheat the oven to 180’C. Line a 22cm x 33cm cake tin.
Blitz all the cake ingredients apart from the blackberries in a food processor (or with an electric whisk) until smooth.
3. Tip the cake mixture into the tin and top with the blackberries, pressing in lightly (or stir the blackberries into the cake mixture gently before tipping into the tin). Bake for 30 minutes.
4. Use a cake skewer to poke holes all over the surface of the cake – this will enable the drizzle to properly soak into the cake. Mix together the drizzle ingredients and spoon over the hot cake. Cool in the tin before slicing. Enjoy!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful cake! That is such a fabulous flavor combination. I love foraging for food. The bramble bushes near my house are also ripening fast.



Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane said...

I love the combination you've used here, I can almost smell it :) I agree elderflower is a delicate flavour but it really enhances the flavour of the cake! Lucky you to find fresh berries in London, I can't seem to find them anywhere so I guess Asda will have to do!

La Table De Nana said...

I think I need to find myself some elderflower cordial..and blooms:)
I Rosa.. love foraging for edibles:)

Mary Callan said...

the cake looks wonderful and I LOVE your flavors!!
mary x

Gloria Baker said...

This look absolutely lovely and delicious, perfect:)

Dewi said...

I am bookmarking this recipe. Looks incredibly delicious Lucy. Thank you for sharing.

Kezia said...

The flavours in your cake look really interesting (not to mention delicious)! I love blackberries and am hoping to go blackberry picking soon!

Jules said...

that sounds amazing! :) i really enjoy your blog.
if you know any others that are like yours (teens that bake), could you please let me know on my blog? :) i've been wanting to come across some who i have things in common with!

The Caked Crusader said...

I find that - I'll be attracted to a recipe with an ingredient I don't use often...and then find several recipes come all at once! Lovely looking cake