I bought a load of blackberries at the weekend, thinking that I’d *definitely* make a cake with them. Then I saw them in the fridge a few days later and realised I had no idea what to bake with them, nor for whom, as my boyfriend had been and gone in the interim! Undeterred, I flicked through my recipe folder and found this little gem for blackberry and almond cake.
This is a rather delightful cake to make – very easy yet extremely scrumptious, and perfect as either a cold teatime treat or a warm dessert with lashings of cream or ice cream. I didn’t have a big enough square tin, so I used a 20 cm x 30 cm rectangular tin instead, and added a splash of almond extract for an extra almond-y flavour.
The rectangular tin resulted in 15 pieces, most of which I distributed to friends and colleagues – but I kept a few for myself and am very much enjoying them! I’m particularly impressed by the rise, considering I only used self-raising flour and no extra baking powder. A good rise = more cake for all, which is surely a good thing…
From the September 2012 issue of Asda magazine:
Makes 15/16 pieces
- 175g butter, softened
- 175g caster sugar
- 0.5 tsp vanilla extract
- 0.5 tsp almond extract (optional)
- 3 large eggs
- 250g self-raising flour
- 50g ground almonds
- 1 tbsp milk
- grated zest of 1 lemon
- 150g blackberries
- 50g flaked almonds
- Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line either a 23 cm x 23 cm square or 20 cm x 30 cm rectangular tin with baking paper.
- Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and almond extract (if using) until light and creamy.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a tablespoon of the floor between each one.
- Fold in the remaining flour, ground almonds, milk and lemon zest.
- Fill the cake tin with the mixture, level the top and press the blackberries into the surface until they’re level with the top of the mixture.
- Sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top and bake for 35 minutes, until the top springs back when pressed.
- Leave to cool on a wire rack and serve either warm with cream or ice cream, or cold with a lovely brew!