This cake was purely the result of staring in the fridge and wondering what to make to use up various ingredients. These included blueberries and raspberries on offer from the shops, and soured cream with no future plans attached to it.
The recipe is effectively something I've made up, but based extremely loosely on Nigella's Chocolate soured cream cake, insofar as I looked at her recipe before I started making this one!
Raspberry Blueberry Soured Cream Cake
130g softened butter
175g self raising flour
100g soured cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g raspberries (1 punnet)
handful of blueberries (?60g)
-Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Grease and line an 8"/20cm square tin.
- Cream the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy.
- Add the soured cream, eggs, vanilla extract and flour and beat again until everything is just incorporated.- Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level out with a spatula.
- Sprinkle the fruit over the top of the cake.
- Bake for 50 minutes until golden brown and a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
- Allow to cool a little in the tin and then turn out and allow to finish cooling on a wire rack.
I cut them into relatively small squares and they were the perfect accompaniment for morning tea-break. Really soft and moist cake, with a lovely juicy burst from the raspberries and blueberries. I don't normally buy fruit so out of season, but this was about a month ago, and believe it or not, the raspberries were marked as British, and as they looked such good quality and smelled nice too, I succumbed to the reduced-to-clear offer. And actually, I'm glad that I did because I thoroughly enjoyed this simple cake.
I think that Christmas baking will happen at some point - I keep thinking about it and know that Christmassy baking is popping up all over the place but I haven't got into the Christmas mood just yet. I think part of the problem is that there are so many things I see and want to make that I just don't know where to begin :-)
Any suggestions for things that'll get me in a Christmassy mood and make me want to bake? Anything special that you're planning for Christmas? or anything that is a permanent fixture in your Christmas baking? All comments and suggestions gratefully received!