Sunday, 10 February 2013

Sunday bake: Raspberry Valentine's Cake...

OK so this Sunday I felt the need to don the apron and have a go at a bit more baking. What's more with Valentines Day being the next week I wanted to go with a 'pink' theme, though not too obvious (no fluffy cutesy hearts were used in the baking of this cake).

Personally I love berries and usually it is the summertime when I fill up on heaps of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Though this raspberry cake lets you look forward to the warm summer BBQ's and dining alfresco.

Though below is the recipe on how to make my Raspberry Valentines Cake:

250g unsalted butter at room temperature
250g caster sugar
4 eggs, a room temperature lightly beaten
250g self-raising flour
75g ground almonds
225 fresh raspberries (ripe but firm)
icing sugar for sprinkling on top

Preparation time: roughly 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 – 1 ¼ hours ( until cake is golden brown)

Pre-heat the oven to 180 C/350 F. Put the butter into the bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or electric mixer for a minute until the butter is smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until pale and fluffy.

Gradually add the beaten eggs beating in and then add a bit more until there are a couple of tablespoons of egg left, beat a tablespoon of flour in between each egg edition.

Shift the rest of the flour into the mixture. Sprinkle the ground almonds onto the top. With the edge of a large metal spoon, gently fold in the ground almonds until you cant see any streaks of flour.

Scatter half the raspberries over the mixture and gently fold in. Scrape the mixture in to a prepared tin (a cake tin greased and with grease proof paper on the bottom), spread out to the edges. Scatter the rest of the raspberries on top (they will slowly sink in)

Carefully place in the oven and bake for 1- 1 ¼ hours until golden brown . To test the cake use a tooth pick to check it is cooked all the way through.

Set on a wire rack to cool before removing it from the tin. Dust with icing sugar and we are done!

Let me know if you have a go at baking!